This sample SOP is for applying to a master's program in Management in the UK.
Statement of Purpose - Management
In the age of globalization, it is crucial to have a broad and refined international outlook. The United Kingdom boasts an excellent cultural atmosphere and highly developed commercial sector, as well as sophistication in the humanities and areas of scientific and technological advancement. For these reasons, I hope to acquire management knowledge in the UK and learn from reputable professors with outstanding research facilities. In such a setting, I will be constantly exposed to skills and ideas that will enable me to develop into a management professional with virtually unlimited potential.
I was inspired to pursue a career in management from a young age, witnessing the business activities of my father. He is an entrepreneur in the electronics industry who is very business-minded and dedicated to his work. As a child, I began to absorb many ideas and concepts related to business and management. After school, I often read books and periodicals such as Business Week and Forbes, and it was clear even at that young age that I would work in business in the future. My decision to pursue a master’s degree is due to the fact that I recognize that my father is limited by his qualifications; he only earned a high school degree, relying on his own diligence and perseverance to succeed. I hope to be able to assist him and his company in the near future, and the professional management skills I learn in your institution will allow me to achieve this goal.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sociology from Good University, where I attended many management-related courses, including Computer Science and Information Management, Introduction to Management, International Relations, and Mass Communication. During my four years of training, I had a positive attitude and developed good relationships with both classmates and teachers. Perhaps most importantly, during my time in the university I cultivated the patience necessary to deal with people in need. For instance, in the course Social Casework, I was involved in many cases which required considerable talking and communication skills. Because of this, I grew patient and tolerant in demanding and frustrating situations. Apart from working to help people in need, we also had opportunities for self-reflection and growth, such as when we had disagreements with those with whom we lived. In these situations, it was important that I have patience and communicate clearly to mediate and resolve conflicts. My work has provided me with valuable knowledge and experience that will be of great use in my future management-related work, where such communication skills are vital to success.
In addition to my experience in the university, I further developed my skills as an Intern at GoodHealth General Hospital, where I counseled patients, planned educational promotional activities, and engaged in administrative work. I then worked in the Department of Social Service at Wellness Memorial Hospital, where I was involved with community health promotion as well as planning, evaluating, and counseling. These were incredibly valuable opportunities to learn about hospital management and obtain experience and knowledge that can not be learned through books and classroom study alone.
Finally, I hope that in the near future, with the guidance of the experienced and learned professors in your institute, I will have thoroughly cultivated my independent thinking and research capabilities. I eventually plan to work as a professional manager in an international context, and I am convinced that by studying alongside the dedicated professionals and students in your school, I will be able to engage in enlightening research and acquire a more profound academic foundation.