What to Include in an SOP for MBA Applications: 6 Things that add value

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 15:06 IST

While ordinarily, MBA Admissions across universities abroad require a range of short to long admission essays that may be more than two in number, some universities in Europe do away with them and request a Statement of Purpose instead. Also, while straight off MBA courses may have different question-answer based essays, courses like MSc. In Management, Masters in Marketing, Masters in Management, etc. require Statement of Purpose. As such, it becomes important to know that writing a SOP for MBA is essentially different and varies in a lot of its characteristics. The biggest one being – What All to Include in Your MBA SOP.

Here are a few things that you can and some “Must” includes in your MBA SOP.

1. Clearly defined short and long term goals

When applying for a management program in a university abroad, you would have to clearly specify your short term and long term goals. Unlike a SOP for an MS course, the SOP for an MBA application must have clearly defined goals, replete with the position you wish to work on, the nature of work that you wish to do. If there is a company or a list of companies that you aspire for, mention that as well. The clearer your mind about what you need to do and how you wish to achieve it, the better your SOP.

2. Incidents that define your achievements at work

While a statement of purpose ought to be able to suggest what you wish to do in life, it must also clearly specify what all you have done in your life. Work experience is a big contributor to that. We suggest that don’t simply mention what all you have achieved but rather explain that achievement, the incidents and how it was a big event in your life. This is important to lay out your personality in front of the admission committee. Also, narrating incidents help the committee to judge on your decision-making abilities.

3. Incidents relating to teamwork

Apart from elucidating your ability and academic understanding, it is also important to showcase important aspects of your personality pertaining to teamwork. Your ability to work in a team or just the specific example of actually working in a team is an important aspect. If you are running out of word limit, we suggest that you try to mention this as part of the incident your choose to highlight in your SOP.

4. Contributions to Society

Universities abroad are looking at not merely making good managers but also socially responsible managers. The better the university, the more important to include this in brighter light.

Remember, social responsibility need not be as extravagant as working in an NGO for 5 to 10 years!

It could be as small as volunteering after your office/ college hours, reaching out to the underprivileged or participating in a cause. Whatever small or large, the bottom line is that the purpose of your life should not be simply the advancement of your career but also the advancement of you as a person.

5. Your co-curricular activities

Most people believe that writing about your extra-curricular in an MBA SOP is a strict no. Contrary to normal belief, it is important to mention your forays into everything non-academic. It could be your passion for adventure sports or your run in with a drama club or even your inherent abilities as a debater or an orator. Whatever it might be, it is important to include more “personal” aspects of your personality. Work-Life Balance is a must across various universities abroad. It is hence important to let your SOP showcase the same.

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6. How the University would help in your goals

Simply suggesting what you wish to do is not enough. What you need to also suggest is why you have picked the university that you have picked. Your SOP must also include university specific characteristics that would enable you in materializing your purpose. It could be any of the student clubs, or something as important as your dream company hiring from that university or even a certain alumni that have been rather influential. However, you might want to put it…your SOP should be “University Specific”.

Apart from the things mentioned above, there are many small little things that you can include in your MBA SOP. Some of them are your international experience (if applicable) and your gaps in education. These are good things to explain. And while you are picking them up, there is a strict list of things that you should not be included in an MBA SOP. Also, it would be important to remember that what all to include in a SOP for MS would be different in character and structure.

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About the Author
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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