How to write a Statement of Purpose (SOP) for MBA Programs

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Feb 4, 2022 16:12 IST

MBA courses, across universities of the world, draw a certain specific category of students. Unlike other Master's courses, MBA programmes are defined in a separate section. Simply said, there is a lot of difference between the SOP for MBA and MS programme. In effect, a student must pay great attention while writing the SOP for applying to a Management program.

To begin with, the 5 basic steps of how to write an SOP remain the same. However, there are a few things a student must do in addition to those steps while writing an SOP for an MBA programme, such as:

Step 1: Prepare a separate list of personal and professional instances

Writing an SOP 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 while preparing an SOP for a Management course or an MBA program is that you should create 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 SOP as well. While writing an SOP for MBA programs, it is important to understand how to strike a balance between the two. The best way to do that is by preparing a list of incidents, instances and/or qualities that you would want to include, and segregating these in two separate lists.

Step 2: Select the characteristic that you wish to highlight

Often, different Business/Management Schools, look for a certain quality in the candidate. Before you start writing your SOP, it is important to search for the quality that universities often look at, to determine which of those characteristics you would want to display. It could be anything from leadership, entrepreneurship, lessons from failures and perseverance to even being focussed and/or goal-oriented. It could be anything that you wish to highlight. What matters is that you choose something that the university is looking for.

Point to Remember: You can always highlight more than one characteristic that strengthens your profile.

Step 3: Match the lists and prepare a combined list

Once you have selected the idea and have lists ready, you must now match the lists and prepare one combined list. Remember, while writing, you would be required to shorten the list for your MBA SOP, so, you must try and 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 this 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 to display.

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Step 5: Write the first draft and edit and re-write

This is the same as any SOP…now you are ready to write it. The first draft should be prepared and then edited. Punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary should be given extra focus. After you have written your first draft, give it a few days before going through it again. Spacing it out gives you a fresher perspective. Then, rewrite the draft; remember, just making changes will not suffice. And, always edit and proofread the document thoroughly.

You can also start by reading a Sample SOP for MBA to get a basic understanding of how to write your own. You may also want to refer to SOP writing for Masters in Management (MIM).

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert

Srishti has spent six years in the Education industry helping study abroad aspirants draft their application documents for their dream universities. Experienced in creating impressive SOP, LOR, and Essays, she knows... Read Full Bio



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Reply to Harini Seeman

I already completed my graduation in logistic management 2019 and my current age is 22 and turn to be 23 in may month. I have 2.5 years experience also in shipping line. Now I want to do MBA or PGDM so what should I do now. Should I do it from India or out of India.



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If you are ready to study abroad then you can apply to foreign universities. You can also refer to this:

Hello Ma'am,
I have completed my graduation in Accounting & Finance from India. I want to apply for MBA in Finance in Ireland.
Kindly help me out to write an appropriate SOP. Thank you !

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Hi Mom, I'm Emmanuel: a recent graduate in Civil Engineer. Pls help me with some basics and advices on how to write an appropriate SOP for graduates program in Engineering.


Dear Emmanuel
Please refer to for MS SOP Writing Tips and for Sample SOP for MS in Civil Engineering. All the best!

Hello Ma'am
I have completed my Btech in Textiles from India . I want to apply for MBA in fashion business in France . Kindly help me out to write an appropriate SOP . Thank you !

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