So, you want to learn how to write SOP for Masters Degree?

In this article, you can find the following information

  1. Various Tips from Professor about writing Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  2. Sample original Statement of Purpose
  3. Formulas for writing high impact statement of purpose

Structure of the SOP is important. You need to have a plan to write how to write sop for masters degree admission.

Example 1: Structure of Statement Purpose

  • First paragraph – Describe the general areas of research that interest you and why. (This is helpful for a committee to determine which professors should read your application.)
  • Second paragraph and Third paragraph – Descibe some research projects that you worked on. Tell us what you found, what you learned, what approaches you tried. It’s fine to say that you were unable to prove what you wanted or to solve your problem.
  • Fourth paragraph – Tell us why you feel you need a Ph.D.. Look back to section what in there appealed to you.
  • Fifth paragraph – Tell us why you want to come to CMU. Whom might you like to work with? What papers have you looked at from CMU that you enjoyed reading? What will CMU teach you?

Example 2: Structure of Statement Purpose

  • Introduction
    • This is where you tell them what you want to study. For example, M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in dynamics and controls.
    • Summarize what you did as an undergraduate
      • Important class or classes you took which stimulated your desire for graduate study; specific project or class?
      • Research you might have done. Indicate with whom, the title of the project and what your responsibilities were. Write technically; it’s professors, not secretaries, reading this.
      • Work experience, especially if you had any kind of responsibility for testing, designing, or researching a product or apparatus.
    • Indicate what you want to study in graduate school in greater detail.This is a greater elaboration of your opening paragraph.
      • Indicate area of interest, then state questions you might have which are associated; i.e. what you might be interested in studying. You should have an area selected before you write the statement.
      • If you can, contact the department for information and find out what the professors are doing for research. Are there people whose interests match yours? If so, indicate this as it shows a sign that the student has done his or her homework and is highly motivated. (Be sincere, however. Don’t make up something bogus just to impress people.)

How to Write : Style Matters

  • Writing style
    • Write simply, not in a flowery and complicated manner.
    • Write in a straightforward way.
      In other words don’t be subtle or cute. Write in a clear and logical manner. If you have to be creative, that is fine, but do so in a straightforward way. These people are really interested in your vocation. They don’t want to read something that is in the form of one act plays nor do they want to read three adjectives per noun. They want you to be direct and straightforward.
    • Be clear in what you are saying.
      Make sure you are logical. Explain yourself with great clarity. Finally, most important of all, be specific, not vague. Don’t say – ‘My grades were quite good’ but say ‘I belonged to the top 5% of my class’. Don’t say – ‘I am interested in sports’. Say ‘I was captain of my hockey team’. Don’t say ‘I like poetry’. Say ‘I did a study of Shakespeare’s sonnets and wrote a twelve-page bachelor’s degree dissertation on Imagery’. Don’t say – ‘I want to be a Supreme Court Judge, that is why I want to go to law school’. Say things like ‘I was an apprentice in a court’ or ‘I often went with my father to the courts to listen to cases’ or ‘I wrote a legal column for a school newspaper’. That is being specific.

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  1. Hi, I have a decent profile but I have still gotten upto 4 rejections. I really need help in writing an impactful SOP.

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  8. I really need the sample SOP’s and the rest of the article for composing my SOP….it would be of great help…
    Thanks in advance…

  9. Can you send me the link/points to help me write an SOP for MS in CS? Thanks.


  10. Sir , I would request you to very kindly send me a sample for an SOP. I have been accepted on Scholarship at UPEI, Canada. Please need urgent help in this regard.

  11. Hello,

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  15. Hello am applying for public health and would really like to know more about writing an effective sop. Thanks

  16. I would appreciated to opportunity to read the full article. I’m applying for an M.Arch degree and am having trouble starting my SOP. Thank you.

  17. Hi… please send me a sample of a sop which is related to biotechnology. i want to apply for a P.hD…….. thanks

  18. Thank you for your wonderful posts. I would appreciate if you can send me the link to the above article.

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  19. I am little stuck while writing my SOP for PhD-International Business. Actually overwhelmed with the information available on the internet.

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  23. Hi,
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    • it is indeed a very crucial task in the process of applying to a university as you have to have quantative knowledge of what you have done and what the university and faculty can provide you with…


  25. How do I get access to the full article???? I have already subscribed to the HSB recently….

  26. Hello Sir,
    I Would like to have access to the above resource, as i am preparing for GRE and want to have a good SOP.

  27. hello dear sir/madam
    I would like to study abroad , i graduated in computer science with bachelor degree, I want to know which one is better to get fast addmision plus scholarship:
    1- to continue my studies in master of science and then apply for ph.d after graduation (in 2 or 3 years)
    2- to apply for master + ph.d programms
    3- to apply for master of science , now

    and if the 1st one is the best choice, how can i start a communication with some professors from now on,

    thanks in advance

  28. Hi Sir

    I am applying for Phd at IITM. I would like to know tips about writing SOP.



  29. Hi sir I'm trying for a Phd in bioinformatics in germany.Kindly send me the full article with some high impact sample SOPS..

  30. Hello I want to write SOP for Dalhousie univ in canada.

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  31. Hi,

    Really interested in reading your tips for writing a Statement of Purpose Letter.

    Thanks and Regards

    Arun Chandranath

  32. Hello,

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  34. Hi, guys

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  35. Hi, guys

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  36. SOPs are the only way to express yourself on the application to university. Though consultancies say they can edit & glorify your essays, my experience is that they suck long time. And its a hard fact that you know yourself better than anyone else in the world.
    During my SOP structuring all I did was
    > pick few SOP samples from various sources & go through them
    > asked myself which way I like the most to represent myself in reference to examples. (If you don’t like one invent yourself one.)
    > deleted every example & started typing essay
    > After finishing it, I went through it ones & edited. Went through it again on the next day twice & saved changes. Each time before actually applying for a particular university I scrutinized it (as I included University name & latest updates in my profile)

    * one problem was that many a times I got confused regarding few overlapping factors of resume & SOP.

    Anyways its all done now. Waiting for the response from universities. :)

  37. Could you please help me in learning how to write a good SOP. I would appreciate it very much if you could help me

  38. I'm planning to apply for MSc in Photonic at Ghent University. I need to write SOP to support my application. Actually I have written a draft SOP but I need people to help look into my draft and offer me suggestions on how to improve on it. I'm new to this site and would appreciate it if anyone can give some direction.

  39. I am going to apply for Harvard concurrent program; JD/PHD, I need to write two perfect SOP, one for Harvard school of Arts and Science to be admitted in PhD in Business economics, and the other one is for Harvard law school to be admitted in JD. So, would you please help me in learning how to write a good SOP. I would appreciate it very much if you could help me.

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  41. pls, Singh ur expertise on sop is well attested fact.pls send me some samples am planning to do my msc in food technology.thank alot

  42. pls send me link,wanna read full article.can i have any sample SOP for Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering?

  43. Can I get a look at those sop's please…………so that i can have an idea how to present my sop's to the universities iam going to apply……thank you

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  49. Hey,

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  50. Guys i have just now completed my MBA and now i would like to apply for my is not at the same school…do you think i would have a chance

  51. hi, your website provides invaluable tips and guidance to graduate school admission seekers like me. great job guys…keep up the good work

  52. i read all of the articles posted in this was good n helpful for my univ selection and application process.. kindly sent me the link to SOP tips mentioned in this page…Thanks in advance

  53. Hi! can im going to upply for hotelmanagement in Switzerland.Can i please have samples of sops which would help me.


  54. Hi,

    I am looking for applying to a PhD program. Would appreciate it if you would give me the link to the SOPs that you have.


    • plz send me tips to write higjhly acceptable sop for for taking admission in phd microbiology

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  55. Dear Friends

    Can you help me in developing a statement of purpose for adimission in International Sustainable Developmen in Brandise University USA

  56. i want sop for biotechnology for going to US.. can anyone help me.

    please mail me. its so urgent…Thanks

  57. hi, I’m done with my GRE and TOEFL, and am looking forward to preparing my SOP. It will be really helpful if you could send some SOPs for MS in Telecommunication.

  58. I’ve been going through this blog for quite some time…and I must say it is really helpful…..keep up the good work…

  59. hi raghu its so nice of u dude u r really doin a gr8 job keep it up…

    am satyaprasad i have done my graduation in electronics n instrumentation in may'08 n now working as software engineer in a company from may'08 to till date now i want to pursue masters in software techonology or computer science so i've applied for univ's in sweden so i need a good sop to get an admission so i'll be very thankful if u help me out.


    satyaprasad y

  60. Hi! I m working on my SOP for admission to do my phd in Marketing. Do u have any sample SOP which I could refer to? Also would appreciate it greatly if you could email me the link to the article on tips by professor about writing SOP.


  61. hi Raghu,

    My GRE score is 1110 and TOEFL 88 . I have done my B.Tech in BIOTECH and secured 63%. Now I am applying for fall'09 to do MS in BIOTECh. CAn i get admission in these listing universities:

    wayne state uni


    uni of MIAMI

    uni of houston at clr lake


    CSU, sacremento

    university of texas at arlington


    plz try to mail me which one is better to get in according to my profile and guuide me others university where i should apply.

  62. Can i have some help on writing the SOP please……………….
    Keep up the good job………nice work…………..thanx

  63. This is a great article for the applicant swho really do not know where to start with applications and especially make a good impression through it…like me!

    Thanks a lot, really, and I’ll be really grateful if i could get access to the tips from Professor and formulas for writing high impact statement of purpose

  64. Hi. Thanks for this great blog. Could you provide me access to this content plz, I need some sample SOPs for Ph.D. in Computer Science.

  65. Hi. Your blog is very informative and gives indepth insight for students like me, who wish to pursue higher studies. I am applying to LSE, london for Master in HRM, and would apprecaite if you could provide some Sample SOP's for mangement related courses.

    Thanks!! and keep up the great work!!

  66. I'm applying for MS in bioinformatics, it's greatly appreciated if you can provide me access to the article! Thanks!

  67. I'm planning to write an sop for ms application in electronics.

    please do provide me access to the artticle

  68. hi, I’m done with my GRE and TOEFL, and am looking forward to preparing my SOP. It will be really helpful if you could send some SOPs for MS in Computer sc engg..

  69. continuation to above… from a prof for sop should also help me with what is expected in reco…. i have found many other posts on the website very useful and am really looking forward to reading this one…

  70. i would really find the post useful….only one of my recommenders wants me to draft it on my own, the others are nice enough to write it on their own….please send me the link soon….thanks….

  71. i really found these blogs useful . Thank u all for putting up information here. if u can provide d link for sample SOP , it would be of great help… thanks!

  72. Hai
    I’m a Biotech graduate planning to apply for the fall inteake 2009 so i want some sample sops for biotechnology..

  73. plz send me some sample sops for masters in quality assuarance and regulatory affairs it will be a great help as i have just started working on it .

  74. currently i am working on my sop and a link to this article would be of great help. hope to receive the link soon.

  75. the stuff is really cool…could you please let me know if the academic profile of the person who gives the reco letter really matters?

  76. hello,
    i m sumedh, i m giving my gre on 2 nd september……..
    but i am working on my sop right now….
    so it will be a gr8 help if you give me some guidance

  77. hi, I'm done with my GRE and TOEFL, and am looking forward to preparing my SOP. It will be really helpful if you could send some SOPs for MS in Computer sc engg..

  78. can u plz send me some sample sops for phd in chemistry and some important links useful in writing sop for phd.

  79. can u plz send me some sample sops for phd in mathematics and some important links useful in writing sop for phd.

  80. Hello could you please send me the link for sample SOPs. if you have SOPs related to MS finance… thanks so much.

  81. I’d love to get a sample SOP for anything to do with chemistry or on cemistry machinery.


  82. hi can i get one sample letter of sop
    its very urgent for me
    so anyone can help me, plzzzzzzzzz.

  83. hello. could you please send me a sample of a sop which is related to biotechnology. im applyin for a bachelors degree.. thanks

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