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1 WRITING YOUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: A BRIEF OVERVIEW - Madhu Sudhan Rao. M Virtually all graduate applications require some form of the Statement of Purpose (SOP), though schools may use different names in referring to what is essentially the same document. Other names include" "letter of intent," “personal statement,” and "personal narrative." Once you’ve drafted a basic document, you will be able to tailor your statement to meet the requirements of specific programs. Remember to read entrance applications carefully and be sure that the statement you submit addresses the points required by a given program. In the absence of guiding questions or prompts, you are free to submit your own statement. Be sure, however that you always cover the basics: • Your preparation and background • Your area of interest • Research ambitions • Reasons for wanting to undertake graduate study • Future career goals How important is the SOP? Personal statements allow admission committees to distinguish between otherwise very similar applicants Opportunity to get an advocate on the admission committee Helps you to begin graduate study with a clear focus What are the formal requirements? Some applications call for one statement, while others require responses to a series of six or more questions, ranging from 250 to 750 words each. Always read the instructions carefully! When in doubt, call the department or program for clarification.
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  • Fall '16
  • sumanth tadepalli
  • Statements, Statement of purpose, graduate study, realistic research purpose

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