MBA courses, across the universities of the world, draw a certain specific category of students. Unlike other masters’ courses, MBA courses are defined in a separate section. That said, we can simply suggest that there is a lot of difference between the SOP for MBA vis a vis the SOP for a Masters’ program. In effect, a student must pay great attention while writing the SOP for applying for a Management Program.
To begin with, the 5 basic steps of how to write a SOP remain the same, there are a few things a student must do in addition to those 5. In other words, what all things should a student look at doing within those 5 basic steps.
Step 1: Prepare a separate list of personal and professional instances
Writing a statement of purpose is a creative exercise. However, one must remember that the process as such is rather technical. And like writing any SOP, you need to start by preparing a list. The difference, however, while preparing a SOP for a Management Course or an MBA program would be creating two separate lists – one personal and another professional.
Many Universities abroad require work experience for their MBA programs. As such, you would have to include your work experience in your statement of purpose as well. While writing a SOP for MBA programs, it becomes important to understand how to strike a balance in the two. The best way to do that is by preparing the list of incidents, instances and or qualities that you would want to include and putting them in two separate lists.
Step 2: Select the characteristic that you wish to highlight
Often, different MBA/ Management Schools look for a certain quality in the candidate. Before you start writing your SOP, it is important to search for the quality universities often look at and determine which of those characteristics you would want to fit it. It could be anything – leadership, entrepreneurship, lessons from failures, perseverance and hard-working or even focussed and goal oriented. It could be anything that you wish to highlight. What matters is that you choose something that would be what the university is looking for.
Step 3: Match the lists and prepare a combined list
Once you have selected the idea and the have lists ready, now you must match the lists and prepare one combined list. Remember, while writing a SOP you would be required to shorten the list when writing for your MBA SOP, you must keep in mind to match the two lists and accordingly strike away from the unnecessary parts. No matter which incident you pick, you must ensure that the personal or professional experiences fall in place with the same.
Step 4: Research the relevant clubs
Management programs are more of a training arena and clubs/ student associations are a big part of the learning process. It is important to include the clubs and other activities you would be participating in. The club you choose should also be in accordance with the characteristics you choose.
Step 5: Write the first draft and edit and re-write
This is the same as any SOP…you are now ready to write your SOP. The first draft should be prepared and then edited. Punctuation, spellings, and vocabulary should be given extra focus. After you have written your first draft, give it a few days before going through it. Spacing it out gives you a fresher perspective. Give it a few days and read your SOP again. And then, write a fresh statement of purpose. Remember, to re-write. Making changes would not suffice. And as said, remember to always edit the document.
You can also start by reading a Sample SOP for MBA to get a basic understanding of how to write your own.