Masters abroad: preps and steps

101 Guide to SOP, LOR and Resume

Sumeet Jain

When applying to universities, there are three key components that can help you stand out from the competition: the statement of purpose (SOP), letters of recommendation (LOR), and your resume. In this blog, we will go over each of these elements and explain how they can contribute to your university application.

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Your SOP is a crucial part of your university application. It is essentially an essay that outlines your academic and career goals, as well as your reasons for wanting to attend the particular university you are applying to. The SOP is an opportunity for you to showcase your writing skills and demonstrate your passion for your chosen field of study.

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To write a successful SOP, you should do your research on the university and program you are applying to. This will allow you to tailor your essay to the specific requirements of that institution. You should also focus on highlighting your strengths and experiences that make you a good fit for the program. Finally, be sure to proofread your essay carefully and make sure it is free of errors and typos.

  • Letters of Recommendation (LOR)

Your LOR is another important part of your university application. It is a letter written by a professor, mentor, or employer who knows you well and can speak to your academic and personal qualities. The purpose of the LOR is to provide the admissions committee with an outside perspective on your abilities and potential.

When choosing someone to write your LOR, you should look for someone who can speak to your strengths in your chosen field of study. You should also provide your recommender with any relevant information that can help them write a strong letter, such as your resume and academic achievements. 

We often get asked, "How many LORs do I need?!" Let us help you there! Usually, most Universities require at least 3 LORs. Some universities may ask for more so our suggestion? Check the exact requirement for your target university!

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  • Resume

Your resume is a document that outlines your academic and professional accomplishments. It is a snapshot of your qualifications and experiences that can help you stand out from other applicants. Your resume should be well-organized, easy to read, and tailored to the specific program or job you are applying for.

When creating your resume, you should focus on highlighting your achievements and experiences that are relevant to the program or job you are applying to. You should also include any relevant coursework, research, or extracurricular activities that demonstrate your skills and abilities.

In conclusion, a strong SOP, LOR, and resume can help you make a strong impression on the admissions committee. Be sure to put in the time and effort to create each of these documents carefully, and tailor them to the specific program or job you are applying for. With a well-crafted application package, you can increase your chances of getting accepted into the university or program of your choice.


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