A statement of purpose, or SOP, is different than a personal statement. Generally, a statement of purpose looks toward the future, while a personal statement looks backwards. You want your SOP to reflect your specific career goals when applying to certain graduate school programs, but you’ll also want to give admissions officers a sense of who you are as a person.
Your SOP needs to be persuasive and detailed, but it also needs to be concise. Download this infographic for tips on how you can create a successful statement of purpose for graduate school.