Statement of Purpose and Essays

The statement of purpose also sometimes called the personal statement or statement of personal intent, is required with most application packages and is a short note on the applicant’s background, aspirations and career goals. This is a highly personalized essay which helps differentiate the applicant from the general pool. The university is most interested in finding students whose areas of interests match the university’s goals and the statement of purpose is highly influential in the admission process.

Certain programs, especially MBA and undergraduate programs, may require submission of essays written on topics provided. The topics would aim to reveal a personal trait or experience that the student may have had during his past academic or professional life or during social interactions with the community.