What Should be the Length of Statement of Purpose?

What should be the proper length of a Statement of Purpose (SOP)?

This is one of the most common questions asked by students applying for masters or PhD programs at American universities: "Will the longer an SOP is, the better the chances to get admission?"

Universities usually specify the length of an SOP.

For instance if you look at:

The length of most essays for admission are usually specified very clearly per school. And whenever the essay length is specified, make sure that you follow that.

During a review of SOPs here at HSB, we have seen 2 page statements of purpose, which were written without the proper spacing and margins.

These 2 essays had used over 1,500 words packed into just 2 pages! It was very hard to read, much more understand their contents.

Try to have 1 to 1.5 line spacing and fit within 2 pages. Edit and re-edit the essay to remove unnecessary contents.

If you happen to read your SOP after a couple of days of writing it, you will be able to edit it better.

However, for instances when the essay length is not specified, then it’s safe to make a 2-page statement of purpose with following format and style:

  • 1.5 lines spacing
  • 12 point font
  • Lots of sub-paragraphs
  • Sub-headings make it readable

Refer to the following article, Sample Statement of Purpose, for guidelines that will help in your SOP preparation.

Please don’t just copy and paste the contents from the sample SOPs, use them only as reference for your own.



  1. manu on August 26, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    sir can you please help me with an sop of computer science(undergraduate).?

  2. Manish on December 11, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    sir can u pls send me the SOP of industrial engineering (masters)

  3. guy on May 14, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    I thought this was one of the best cases of accidental irony I’ve ever come across:
    “If you happen to read the SOP after couple of days of writing it, you will can edit it better”
    Perhaps it would be best if one follows their own advice? 🙂

  4. sukhmeet singh on January 25, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    hi sir i need sample SOP for mechanical engineering(under graduation)….

  5. padmapriya on July 2, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    Thank you very much for providing elaborate details about SOP.Send me more Sample SOP's in electronics and communication engineering.I need it for reference………

  6. keerthana on January 10, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    i need some sample (M.Sc HR and IBM) sop's………for reference..

  7. priya on October 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    thanks a lot for ur invisible help by providing sample SOP's sir.Thanks a looooooooooooooooootttttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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