I’m wondering how one can ever fit all pertinent information and still stay interesting in 250 words? I’m applying for an MS applied economics program.
Great question! The key to making the SOP Script work with a super-short word limit is to compress the first section into one boldly airtight sentence. For example:
“My goal is simple: to continue studying the [XYZ subfield of applied economics] so as to fully prepare myself for a career in [ABC specific niche].”
Specificity is key. Generality is a death sentence. If you write that you want to study “applied economics” so you can prepare for a career in “finance,” your application will go straight to the trash pile. Boring. Cliche. Be hyper-specific, and if you don’t know how, then spend some time thinking about it or don’t apply to grad school.
Once that’s done, transition smoothly into your hyper-specific reasons for applying to this school. For example:
“Because of its [XYZ unique selling point] and [ABC unique selling point], I feel certain that the MS program in econometrics at Big Ivy U is the perfect environment in which to pursue this goal.”
Then write out your roadmap study plan. Then write out the reasons why you’re overwhelmingly overqualified. 1-sentence conclusion and boom, you’re done.
Sound about right?