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Concerning an individual, what influences them, professional interests, and plan for the future, typically described as part of a college applicant's application for admission.

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How to turn something negative to positive in SOP?

I did not pass my PhD candidacy twice and planning to apply at other institutes to pursue my PhD dream. In that case, should I mention my failure in candidacy to my SOP? If yes, how can I convert that ...
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Citing literature reference as a statement of purpose title

I'm currently putting the finishing touches on a few grad school applications, and some of them require that my statement of purpose has a title. For one reason or another, I decided that the title of ...
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Difference between "letter of motivation" and "research statement"

I am applying to a PhD position (theoretical physics, Austria) and the application asks for a letter of motivation, a CV, and a statement of research interests. Given that I have no publications/...
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How to write a statement of purpose for a PhD project you do not understand?

I am trying to write a statement of purpose for a PhD position in physics in the UK. I have a master’s degree in physics which is the standard requirement for such a position. I have been interested ...
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Can an application for a PhD after an undergraduate program be considered for MS if the profile fits it better?

I am applying for a PhD under a professor whose interests strongly match with mine and I don't want to lose an opportunity to work with her. My profile is not so strong for a PhD as compared to a ...
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Personal statement vs letter of intent

I am applying to PhD programs in different universities and while for some universities it is asked that I write a personal statement (PS), for other universities I have to write a letter of intent (...
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Is this a valid reason to choose a specific sub-field?

My local university has announced the need for local experts in a specific sub-field within Electrical Engineering (EE), which is why they are offering the opportunity to sponsor student(s) in said ...
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Formats for writing and/or submitting Statement of Purpose

I am going to submit my SOP for the Ph.D. application. I just want to know if there is any standard format for organizing the SOP such as should I include a title, do I have to write my name, page ...
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Statement of Purpose conventions in Canada and Europe

I'm applying to universities in Canada and Europe (The Netherlands, Belgium and France) for admission to their computer science/mathematics master's programmes. I showed my statement of purpose to a ...
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Mentioning a professor's work in the statement of purpose when they aren't the first author

I am applying to graduate school (USA, computer science/machine learning), and one potential PhD advisor is Bob. Many of the papers that he coauthored overlap significantly with my interests. One of ...
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US v/s European SOP (Motivation Letter) for Ph.D

Is there a difference in the kind of SOP you write for European Ph.D. vacancies/structured programs v/s US grad school? -- in terms of length, type of content to be covered (completely technical v/s ...
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Statement of Purpose for going back to school years after graduating

Background It's a rather uneventful story, but I think nobody can come up with a relevant answer without knowing where I'm coming from. Thanks in advance for reading through this! I finished my ...
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I have solid projects but the papers have not been published yet. How can I mention this in my SOP?

I have a few solid projects, however I have not yet been able to write papers on them. I am in my final year of Computer Science & Engineering. How can I tell them that I have done useful work ...
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Is it okay to be undecided in b/w industry or research in one's SOP for grad school?

I am a little unsure about whether I will end up doing research or being in the industry, after my masters. A good part of me wants to be in academia and I really liked the little research projects I ...
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Statement of Purpose or Statement of History?

I am applying for graduate programs in Physics (at the US universities) for Fall 2018. I am writing my Statement of Purpose and I read a few successful SoPs before writing my own and it made me all ...
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For Grad School Statement of Purpose, do I have to precisely state what research theme I'm interested in?

I am applying for a MSc research degree. So far, I haven't secured a supervisor, but I am interested mostly in cardiovascular research and there are only 3 of them in the entire department. Since ...
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Is it a good idea to email a potential grad adviser a modified motivation essay after I have submitted my application?

I am applying for a master's program in electrical engineering/applied physics. After I submitted my motivational essay, I felt that I could have talked more about my experience. Is it a good idea to ...
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What's the difference of personal statement for funding and for admission?

I am applying for a Ph.D. position in the UK. However,after I submitted my admission application, I found that the funding application requires another personal statement. What's the difference? Could ...
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Should a Statement of Purpose for a PhD program concentrate on facts or emotions?

I am applying for Ph.D. programs in pure mathematics. One of the confusions I have about writing a Statement of Purpose is whether I should concentrate on the things I did (mentioning facts: REUs, ...
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SOP for two programs, but in the same department?

Within my field, I have strong interests in two subfields. Those two subfields are quite different from another though. There is also no overlap between the two fields. (assume all of this) The ...
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is it ok to write about your poor economic condition in SOP

I want to pursue my masters in USA. I have completed my bachelors in Electrical Engineering from one of the top colleges in India and have about 4 years of experience in software development. I will ...
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Including a non-relevant work experience in Statement of Purpose for higher studies abroad

After completing my undergraduate studies in Biotechnology, I switched to a career in Banking services where I have worked for a year. But now I would like to pursue higher studies abroad in ...
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In my Statement of Purpose (SOP), is it best to write about my specific area of interest, or to broaden my options?

I am currently a 4th year CS undergrad student. If I tailor my Statement of Purpose (SOP) around my research interests (which are related to the research project I am working on with my professor), I ...
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SOP highlighting a change in career path

I am eager to pursue a postgraduate diploma course in supply chain management, a path I believe aligns perfectly with my analytical thinking capabilities. Now I neither have relevant experience nor an ...
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Should I explain the reason why I am still taking basic computer science courses when applying for graduate school?

I am an undergraduate student double majoring in computer science in my last year of college, but I am still studying data structure, operation system and will study algorithm and computer ...
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Mention a specific potential adviser in the PhD statement of purpose who strongly suggest to apply and use his name in the SOP

I am writing my statement of purpose for my Ph.D. and I want to work in a specific field with a specific professor in the department that I am going to apply for. I sent an email for that professor ...
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What things must international students take care of while writing a Masters SoP for a US drama school?

I am only looking for tips on how to best direct my SoP in the right direction so as to not digress and stay on point with my material.
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