Motivation for Graduate Studies

Dr Muzzafar Zaman

Digging more into your area of specialisation can be very promising once you finally get a hold of how bright your future looks like if you pursue further studies. Most people who want to be experts in their fields look for their dream school and search for the specific master’s degree they need enrol to. The application process however is very tough because various outstanding bachelor degree holders will compete for limited spots of a graduate studies program. One way to stand out from all other applicants is to write a stellar Statement of Purpose for your application – Dr Muzzafar Zaman.

What to include in the Statement of Purpose (SOP)

A professor in a London-based university, Dr Muzzafar Zaman, mentioned some tips on how to come up with an excellent Statement of Purpose. Here are some of the tips that he shared:

  1. Perfectly proofread the article before submitting it. Needless to say, grammar, spelling, punctuation and coherence of paragraphs are supposed to be of top quality for a SOP to stand out. Dr Muzzafar Zaman added that when there are hundreds or thousands of applications for graduate studies, those SOPs that are poorly written immediately find their way to the garbage can.

 

  1. Have a very informative tone in writing the SOP. The Statement of Purpose should be supplemental to the other documents within the application package that you send to the screening committee. Therefore, merely repeating facts that can be found on your CV, resume or other credentials would not make the SOP stand out. Include details in your past related to your interest in the field that you want the screening committee to know.

 

  1. Be creative but don’t get too fancy. Most SOPs are written creatively and do not always have to follow strict or formal tone. You can write as if it were a creative essay but make sure that you do not get too informal with the choice of words. As pointed out by Dr Muzzafar Zaman, your personality will be reflected by the approach of how the statement would be written.

 

  1. Mention someone or a group already in the graduate studies in the SOP. By mentioning a specific professor who teaches within the graduate studies program or a group of students who are already enrolled there, it will send message to the screening committee that you know what you are going to deal with and that you want to be a part of them.