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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 specific should I be in my SOP, regarding courses and thesis subject?

I know there isn't an absolute answer but I certainly could use some hindsight. I'm writing an SOP for an Msc at TU Delft in Aerospace, and I am having trouble with two parts of it : specifically I'm ...
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Writing Statement of Purpose after answering prompts in the application that already cover the material

I apologize in advance if my question wasn't very clear. It only allowed for 150 characters. I was wondering how to approach writing a statement of purpose after answering prompts or short answer ...
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Should I mention that I quit my job and give up good salary to take a PhD degree in the personal statement?

I have a good job and salary now. And I want to quit my job to take a Ph.D. degree, which means my income will be cut in half. Should I mention that in my personal statement to prove my dedication to ...
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What should one look for in a statement of purpose (from the admissions side) in mathematics?

I'm a youngish (recently tenured) faculty member at a reasonably, but not extremely prestigious university in the mathematics department. While I've looked at some graduate admissions files, this is ...
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Length of statement of objectives [mathematics / MIT]

While most other schools seem to have some recommended length (e.g. 1000 words) for the statement of purpose, MIT (maths) simply states Please explain why you are a good candidate for graduate ...
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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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Will mentioning that I'm considering a PhD to start a company hurt my chances?

I would like to do a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences. I love doing research but I'm not sure that I want to become a professor and stay in academia. I would, however, like to commercialize the research ...
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Does this statement seem arrogant? How do I put this humbly?

This is somewhere in my conclusion. I do not want to expand further; just state it without sounding boastful. My undergraduate result shows that I am diligent, intelligent and focused. Does ...
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Unintentionally disrespectful in the Statement of Purpose/Academic essay

I am applying to Master's program in Computer Science. In my Statement of Purpose, I mentioned the names of a few Professors with whom I would like to work. However, accidently, I failed to address ...
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How should one address negative circumstances with past advisor in a Statement of Purpose?

I am referring to a situation described in a previous question of mine: How to deal with an abusive advisor? To summarize for those who don't want to read the lengthy story: I had a difficult ...
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Unoriginal research in Statement of Purpose

I am applying to phD programs in statistics and I wanted to include my work on a project I had completed in the school year. Unfortunately everything I did in the project had been published almost 20 ...
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Should I mention professors in a Masters application?

I am wondering if I am supposed to mention in my statement of purpose/research objective/reason for the masters program that I like the research of Prof X. Lets assume for example a Master in ...
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What could/do applicants usually ask professors, and how does this reflect in a statement of purpose?

When applying for PhD programs (or MPhil or MS) that require only a statement of purpose and not a research proposal, I was advised to first check if some faculty members (or is one good enough?) in ...
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Should one mention the prestige of the target university/advisor as motivation in a statement of purpose?

When one writes their statement of purpose, is it advisable to mention the prestige of the target university? How about expressing interest in working with a certain professor due to him being world ...
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MPhil applications - How flexible/sure should I be, and should I mention this possibility?

(I don't think there's a master of philosophy tag here) I'm applying to PhD programs in pure math. I have a research master's degree in applied math. While it doesn't have a thesis, it has a course ...
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What to write in a 300 character personal statement?

I am applying to an undergraduate programme at my school, for which the following basic description is given: As you earn your degree you will develop the skills you need to thrive in a science-...
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How much does one explain on a PhD application if an MA took 3 years instead of two?

I am applying to History PhD programs, and recently finished my MA thesis and coursework in August 2016. But I began initially began MA studies in Fall 2013, and so it took me three years instead of ...
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How long should a graduate school statement of intent be?

I'm attempting to apply to a graduate program for medicinal chemistry and the prompt for the statement of intent doesn't explicitly state a page length. Should I assume about one page? And are ...
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Can I mention interest in two somewhat different research areas in my SOP?

I am applying to 8 schools in research area X of applied physics. I have some research experience in a very closely related area and one publication in a solid journal. One of those schools has a ...
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I am a Re-Applicant for MS/PhD program,can I copy snippets of my previous SoP for my new application

I am applying for masters program after a gap,I had a few rejects last time and re applying to those universities this year again,will it be ok if I copy some snippets from my old SoP for the new ...
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How do I add a little bit of personality to my SOP without turning it into another “trembling steps” narrative?

I wrote my SOP very closely to JeffE's answer here: Choosing research ideas to include in a statement of purpose Just a very straightforward, all research no BS statement. My 3 letter writers liked ...
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How do I explain work experience in a different field on my SOP?

I want to pursue a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. I have a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, but I have two years experience as a software engineer. I want to ...
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Should I mention that I will be opting for the non-thesis option in my statement of purpose?

I am planning to apply for Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have prepared most of the application requirements (GRE,TOEFL,transcripts,LORs,Resume). The only thing left is my SOP. I ...
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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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How to /Should I include a disadvantaged youth in personal statement

I'm currently writing my personal statement for a big ten university, I have read many guides on the subject and have written out most of my undergrad research experience, my academic interest, my ...
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How to politely describe a situation where you have no publication because both you and the advisor are inexperienced in a new research topic?

How to politely describe a situation where you have no publication because both you and the advisor are inexperienced in a new research topic? The lab previously only did research on topic A (e.g. ...
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Reapplying to PhD program after Master's

Two years ago, I applied to PhD programs (in Physics, if it matters); my undergrad was characterized mostly by underachievement, so my application was pretty weak (poor GPA, generic LORs, no research ...
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What is the best way to explain the change of my research interest in my Statement of Purpose for a PhD application?

I've been an research assistant in a lab of my department for a while. I've gained some research experience and skills but I've developed some new research interests during my internship and I found ...
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Okay to state very specific research interest in statement of purpose?

*I am applying to Psychology PhD For graduate (PhD) applications, most universities ask for a statement of purpose and instructions simply state to discuss your research interests. This type of open-...
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Do STEM PhD admissions committees check a candidate's Statement of Purpose for plagiarism?

Or is that not really possible, given the high volume of applications? Do professors have a plagiarism-detecting application to launch investigations, if necessary? What if, for instance, a ...
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Applying for Ph.D. Program when desired adviser is on leave?

I'm an undergraduate student planning to apply for Ph.D. programs in the humanities field this admissions cycle (Fall 2016). I've been contacting a few professors I'd be interested in working with at ...
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Using the names of the teachers in Personal Statement?

Is it ok to use the names of my ex or recent professors in the personal statement? Of course in positive context (how they influenced me etc.) I am not from the USA and in my country it is quite ...
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Statement of purpose addressing expected contribution and outcomes

I am writing the statement of purpose for a PhD application (applied math, in the US) and wondering about how to address these two questions: What are your expected outcomes from the program? What do ...
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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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How does one modify a statement of purpose to remain effective as the applicant age increases?

I am getting ready to apply to some biomedical engineering programs this coming fall and I am a bit concerned about explaining why I am applying so late in life. A lot has happened in the ~15 years ...
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Should I include volunteer work in my SOP and/or CV?

I have been involved in two volunteering groups for the past two years and I'm not sure If I should ever mention it in the SOP/CV. Should I mention it in one or both my SOP and CV? Also, how detailed ...
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Is it advisable to cite papers in PhD Statement of Purpose?

I found out some similar questions, such as https://www.quora.com/Should-I-cite-papers-in-my-Statement-of-Purpose, Is it advisable to use formal citations in a statement of purpose?. However, I think ...
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Should I mention that I refereed a paper in my CV/SOP?

The journal I published in invited me to referee a paper and I would like to know if such experience can can be mentioned in my CV/SOP when I apply for masters/PhD degree?
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My internship mentor would not write a recommendation for me, should I include the internship in my statement of purpose?

I'm finishing up my MS and getting ready to send out PhD applications, and I am not sure about a particular item that should be included / or should not be included. I spent a semester at a high ...
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Whether to mention contributions on Stack exchange in Statement of purpose (SOP) for MS/Phd application in US?

Assume that a student has a continuous involvement in any community of Stack Exchange.(consider 1,000+ reputation). Does It has a positive impact to mention this involvement in order to show you are ...
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Mention of Open problems in statement of purpose

I graduated with a first class honors in dual degrees (bachelor of electrical engineering and mathematics) from Australia and would like to study for a phd in USA. One of my dreams is to work on a ...
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How to write a good essay for phD application?

I have completed my Bachelors of Engineering and I now want to purse my PhD in Computer Science. I have written essays for my Masters application before and I am familiar with the context of those ...
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Does anyone know a good resource for statement of purpose critiques? [closed]

I have been out of academia for about eight years and am looking to go back to graduate school. I would like to get some feedback on my statement of purpose, outside of the circle of friends and ...
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What to do with what I've learned when writing my research proposal?

During the time to prepare for my application to applying to grad school, I have learned a lot of new knowledge. They are from various sources: scientific papers from insiders in the field, blog posts ...
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Applied vs academic future goals

The universities and programmes I am going to apply emphasizes their research, hands-on experience, startup environment, etc as well as strong academia. Is it fine to state in the Statement of ...
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Applying to PhD position (Scandinavia): what should be included in personal letter

So I'm thinking about applying for a PhD position in Norway (life sciences). They use a jobb portal for the application, meaning that you just upload your diplomas (bachelor, master, etc.) and write a ...
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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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What to say about somewhat forgotten studies? [closed]

The matter of fact is, I graduated from university (physics and mathematics) more than 4 years ago. I remember myself enjoying most of the subjects, communicating with professors and study mates, ...
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Is it a good practise to involve a child in a statement of purpose?

Is it a good practise to involve a child in a statement of purpose to say how my point of view has changed since the birth?