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Sample of Statement of Purpose (Sample SOP)

Updated on May 27, 2020
Shilpa Saxena
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Referring to a sample statement of purpose before writing your own would help you understand the relevance of content to be included in each paragraph. It is better to understand: What is an SOP or Statement of Purpose before you begin your search on SOP samples.

What is SOP?

Statement of Purpose refers to an essay that states your purpose of applying to a particular course or university is a document that is required by the universities abroad. It is needed to justify your intension behind studying abroad.

In order to better understand how to write a statement of purpose, let us first learn the SOP Format and Template and then check out some Study Abroad Statement of Purpose Sample.

Statement of Purpose Format and Template

To begin with, there are a few simple points to remember. Ensure to keep them on your SOP Review Checklist:

  • Statement of Purpose runs in paragraph format and follows the general rules that are associated with essay writing. While using bullets is accepted, they are to be avoided and kept only to the bare minimum.
  • Unless otherwise specified, a standard statement of purpose is ideally two pages long, uses a maximum of 12 point font and is double spaced in normal margins. Hence, depending on the font type, a standard SOP would be about 800 to 1000 words.
  • There should be no use of colourful text or images anywhere. The text should be plain black (not even grey).

快穿系统女主深吻hApart from the obvious, there are simple templates as to how you can present your statement of purpose. Ideally, a Statement of Purpose should have about 5-7 paragraphs of about 150 to 250 words each. Given below is a simple SOP template with a paragraph-wise explanation on SOP Format.

Simple SOP Template

A simple SOP template would help you draft your SOP consisting of different pieces of information attached in a flow. An SOP comprises of paragraphs that can be divided into headings for our understanding. These headings would help you identify what comes in which paragraph. Once your SOP is complete you just need to make sure that all the paragraphs are going in a flow covering all the essential information. A simple SOP template would go like this:

SOP Format for MS, MBA, UG, and PhD

Understanding what to include and what not to include is all very well. What is of most importance is getting the format right. Like all professional documents, SOP also has a standard format that is followed by general universities. It is important to note that irrespective of whether you are writing the statement of purpose for an MBA program, or an MS program or even for any of the UG Courses, the format essentially would remain the same. This article takes note of the same.

Check out the Paragraph-wise Structure for SOP

SOP Paragraph 1: INTRODUCTION AND STATEMENT OF GOALS

Use this space to talk about your goal in life. You can be creative here and use analogy or quotes to make it more interesting. But, don’t waste a lot of space in introducing your goal. The sooner you lay it out, the better it is. Remember, it is an essay about your goals in life…so starting with it is always a good idea. It is not very unlike a goals essay asked from MBA aspirants.

SOP Paragraph 2 & 3: CAREER PROGRESSION

This is the para that you usually use to talk about yourself. You can start with a brief history about yourself and career progression starting from your school to your college. This is the paragraph that is usually dedicated to your academic pursuits. If you have work experience, you can limit your school life and talk more about your college in para 2 and move to work experience in para 3. If not and you are applying directly after your graduation or school, then you can divide para 2 for academic and para 3 for co-curricular. You can take a hint on how to write about your career progression.

SOP Paragraph 4: WHY?

快穿系统女主深吻hThis is the most important part of your Statement of Purpose for this is the place where you provide the reason as to why you wish to do what you wish to do. You can make it more interesting by narrating an incident that leads you to the decision or a turning point in your life. The more emphatic and passionate you are in this paragraph, the better your essay.

SOP Paragraph 5: HOW YOU PLAN TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL?

You are finally ending your essay. So far you have talked about what you want to do, what lead you to that decision and why you are moving towards this course. Now, lay down how you plan to achieve your goals. If you wish to get into research, write it. If you plan to work for a certain organization, write it. This goes on to show how well you have thought your life over. Also, give it time periods…for instance, I intend to work in the industry for 2 years before I start my research program.

NOTE: It is not mandatory to present the information in the manner as suggested in this sample SOP format. This is only one of many possible ways in which you can present your statement of purpose. No matter how you wish to narrate the story, just remember, it should come together and be cohesive.

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Sample of Statement of Purpose for MS, UG, MBA, PhD

快穿系统女主深吻hWe have a few statements of purpose example based on various study abroad programmes such as MS, MBA, UG, and Ph.D.

SOP Samples for MS

Given below are some Sample SOPs for MS, which were accepted in popular schools abroad. See how an MS SOP is written and also refer to various samples for different engineering courses:

An SOP can be written with different approaches. You may check out the samples on:

Sample SOP for MS in Civil Engineering

Sample SOP for Masters in Information Systems

Sample SOP for MS in Electrical Engineering

Sample SOP for MS in Mechanical Engineering

Sample SOP for Masters in Telecommunications Engineering

Sample Format for SOP for MS

Statement of Purpose Sample for MBA

Writing a Statement of Purpose for MBA is slightly different than writing an MS SOP. Rather than sounding a geek, you would need to sound more of an all-rounder. Check out the writing style for MBA SOP and SOP Sample for MBA.

Statement of Purpose Sample for UG

A UG SOP differs from master’s SOP, as it has little to no work experience and no information on bachelor’s degree with projects information. Here, students need to mention more about their extracurricular activities. Their participation in quizzes, science competitions, sports, etc. carries a lot of weight. Check out how to go about a bachelor’s SOP and a UG SOP Sample.

Statement of Purpose Sample for PhD

A PhD SOP is a lot different than the rest of the programmes. Understand the importance of and how to write a PhD SOP here.

Study Abroad Statement of Purpose Sample for USA, Canada, UK, Australia

快穿系统女主深吻hYou might be wondering what differs in the SOPs with the change in the country. It is important to note that the format of SOP remains the same for every country unless there is some specific requirement given by any university. If you still wonder how the Sample SOPs for different look like you may refer to the sample SOPs popular countries:

Some pointers that are often missed while drafting an SOP

The most important points that you often end up missing in SOPs are as follows:

  • Career Goals: Writing just that you have childhood inclination towards a certain field would not make your SOP any stronger. You should always be able to explain what you aim to do in life by gaining knowledge in that field.
  • How the University would help in achieving them: Why do you want to join a particular university and how it would help in obtaining your career goals both are equally important. Writing that you are interested in joining a university abroad due to its location or infrastructure would not help.

Do's and Don'ts of a Statement of Purpose

It is certain that your SOP should sound interesting and convincing yet it is not acceptable that you lie to make it interesting. Likewise, you would definitely want to take help from the samples available over the internet but, at the same time, you need to ensure that your SOP is not copied from anywhere. Giving little to no emphasis on facts and figures would downsize the quality of your drafts meanwhile providing a lot of information is also not a good idea.

We tend to make some mistakes that should be avoided while writing SOPs that are going abroad for review. Check out the Common Mistakes to Avoid in an SOP.

SOP FAQs

Given below are frequently asked questions about SOP:

Q. Do all schools require SOP?

A.快穿系统女主深吻h Generally, most of the institutions abroad require an SOP to support your application irrespective of your course. However, in some schools, it is not mandatory or even asked as an optional.

Q. What is the ideal length for an SOP?

A. Unless the university has communicated its specific requirements, an SOP should be 800-1000 words and 1.5 pages long.

Q. What Should an Ideal SOP Communicate?

A.快穿系统女主深吻h An ideal SOP covers your desire of growing in a particular field with the help of the course that you are applying to in your chosen international college. An SOP is best supported with your career goals when you align them with the course curriculum that you aspire to join.

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Comments (58)

Ravinder Kumar
Ravinder Kumar
UG Aspirant4 weeks ago

hi mam, my name is Ravinder kumar , please mam tell me what i can write in the refusal ground of level of establishment and financial ability

Shilpa Saxena
Shilpa Saxena
Study Abroad Expert6 days ago

Hi Ravinder,
Please note that history of visa rejections needs to be mentioned in Visa SOP/Letter, do not write about it in a University SOP unless it has been asked for. To answer your question, you would need to justify your level of establishment and financial ability as follows:
- Discuss how well your family (parents, siblings) is doing in India financially and socially.
- Talk about your family members jobs, family property, annual income, total savings, details of businesses, etc.
- If you plan on taking a loan, you need to mention the amount of loan you have applied for along with your plans of paying it back.
These pointers will help in establishing the fact that your family is capable of sponsoring your education abroad.
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Mazharul Khan
Mazharul Khan
PG Aspirant3 months ago

Hi mam, I am graduated in Biochemistry. Now I have moved to the USA and would like to apply for MS in Computer science. I have taken some online courses to learn about programming. How can I nail my SOP? finding it difficult from being a different field.

Shilpa Saxena
Shilpa Saxena
Study Abroad Expert3 months ago

Hi Mazharul,
While writing your SOP, you should be able to create a connection between your past/recent activities and your interest in the field you are choosing now. Considering your Biochemistry background, you would not have anything much related to Computer Science during your academics. Thus, you should be able to show some extracurricular activities such as short-term courses, certifications, seminars, conferences, workshops, industrial visits, pieces of training, presentations, etc. that you have undergone for quite some time. This would justify your inclination towards the field not related to your core background. Build the story around how these activities have influenced you to pursue Computer Science. Also, discuss the initiatives you have taken to keep yourself updated with the chosen field.
Remember: The most important part of your SOP is goals. You should be able to write what impacts you about the chosen field and how you aspire to contribute to that industry.
快穿系统女主深吻h All the best!

Shilpa Saxena
Shilpa Saxena
Study Abroad Expert3 months ago
Simranjit Kaur
Simranjit Kaur
UG Aspirant3 months ago

Hlo mam I am simran and l have completed my 12 in non medical stream and now I want to pursue ug diploma of hotel and restaurants operation in Canada but I don't know how to write sop .... Please help me to write a sop

Shilpa Saxena
Shilpa Saxena
Study Abroad Expert3 months ago

Hi Simranjit,
Please refer to the SOP Writing Tips here: http://studyabroad.eservicestar.com/writing-a-winning-statement-of-purpose-applycontent1712.
Also, refer to the latest SOP Writing Guidelines for Universities Abroad here: http://studyabroad.eservicestar.com/shiksha-guidelines-for-sop-applycontent11497.
All the best!

Shilpa Saxena
Shilpa Saxena
Study Abroad Expert3 months ago

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saeed Hama
saeed Hama
PG Aspirant5 months ago

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert5 months ago

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SAMRIDHI LUNIAL
SAMRIDHI LUNIAL
PG Aspirant6 months ago

Hi i need help in framing my sop for trinity college dublin msc international management

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert5 months ago

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Harmanjot singh Mavi
Harmanjot singh Mavi
PG Aspirant7 months ago

hlo ....i need a SOP for quality engineering management at lambton ..i have no idea , please help me in this case.

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Study Abroad Expert5 months ago

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Siju Samson
Siju Samson
PG Aspirant8 months ago

can we add table within SOP?

Shilpa Saxena
Shilpa Saxena
Study Abroad Expert8 months ago

Hi Siju,
快穿系统女主深吻h It is recommended not to add tables in SOP as it is referred to as an Essay that depicts your life story and future plans. A table would break the flow of the essay and is not appreciated by the admission committee.

Usman Lawal
Usman Lawal
PG Aspirant9 months ago

Hi am please can someone help me draft my Pos on msc economics d program in tsinghua university china

Shilpa Saxena
Shilpa Saxena
Study Abroad Expert9 months ago

Hi Usman
You may take help from this write-up explaining how to write an SOP for MS: http://studyabroad.eservicestar.com/sop-for-ms-applycontent1714.

Mohamed Kallon
Mohamed Kallon
PG Aspirant9 months ago

i find this piece very educative and useful. can you please help me to develop sop for international development studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), last year i missed out because i could not prepare my sop

Shilpa Saxena
Shilpa Saxena
Study Abroad Expert9 months ago

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Rupinder Kaur
Rupinder Kaur
UG Aspirant10 months ago

I want to apply for pre health science advanced program in st.clair college .plz help me to write my SOP
I have also one time rejection from canada

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Ankur Mehta
PG Aspirant10 months ago

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