Statement of purpose (SOP) for Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Statement of purpose (SOP) for Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Statement of purpose (SOP) for Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Suman PoudelWed Aug 25 2021

It doesn't matter which country you choose to apply for your student visa, that could be the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or any other country, SOP is a mandatory application requirement.  

A well crafted comprehensive SOP plays a significant role in a successful study visa application for any country. This guide presents to you a Statement of Purpose (SOP) sample for students who are looking to enrol on an MBA degree. 

If you are having a hard time figuring out the statement of purpose for your study abroad process, do check out this SOP guide. 

These are the quick tips you need to follow while composing your SOP for MBA: 

  • Clearly mention when you developed a passion for your intended course.
  • Present your independent research and reasons behind choosing the course, country and the university.
  • Mention your academic achievements. Also, do not forget to write about your projects, research papers and experiences.
  • Assert your career plans and how the chosen degree will help you in achieving them.
  • Talk about your goals based on your home country.

Statement of purpose Sample (SOP) for Master of Business Administration (MBA)

I feel an immense honor to be able to introduce myself. I am [name of the applicant], a [age] years old graduate from Management Stream. I am a permanent resident of [full address of Myanmar]. I come from an Army family, my forefathers were military men, so discipline has always been the prime concern at my home. I live with my family which involves my mother, father, brother and sister.

As concerned to my qualification, I completed my school level in 2011 A.D from [name of the school] with ….. %. Then I joined my Secondary level in [name of the college] and completed with..... % in 2013. After the completion of my Secondary level I went to [name of the college] for my Bachelors studies. I completed Bachelor of Economics with …..% in 2017. 

I started my working career as an assistant accountant in [name of the company]. Whether it was sharing my knowledge or getting inspiration from seniors, I feel benefited from every aspect. I worked there for 2 years from 20th September 2017 to 25th September 2019. Post graduation was always on my priority list but before that I wanted to explore a couple of institutions to grave that practical acknowledgement. After gaining a couple years of work experience as an assistant accountant, I started looking for more challenging work. I always wanted to invest my skills into the accounting and marketing department so on 16th December 2029 I joined [name of the company] as a Sales Executive where I was responsible for looking after all the sales accounts and keeping the day to day cash activities of the company. I worked there till 25th December, 2020. Thrive to gain more and more experience and never get lost. 

On 7th of February 2021, I joined the company called [name of the company] which is a multinational company. I have been working for this company as a chief financial officer. I kept myself going as I was multitasking. The more responsible I became, the more I craved excellence. In order to sharpen my managerial skills and learn updated tools, I finally decided to continue my education and started to look for universities. To achieve my goal, I first prepared for IELTS through an online course. When I began to get a good band score during the mock tests, without a second thought I booked an IELTS date and secured an overall of 6.5 (Listening- 7.0, Speaking- 7.0, Reading- 6.5, and Writing-6.0).

After my decision to study abroad, I started to search for my desired course in various universities in different corners of the world. During my research, I found out about Australia, the USA and the UK and Denmark as the best academic destinations in the world. I did not choose Denmark because of its language barrier and extreme weather conditions. The UK is on the top of the list of world best countries to pursue education. Furthermore, the tuition fees are comparatively lower in the UK than in any one of those countries. So, it wasn't a hard decision for me to choose the UK as my destination to continue my education. There are around 130 universities in the UK counting all four countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). And out of those universities, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge are in the top two positions in the World University Rankings 2019 published by the Times Higher Education. Students from over 200 different countries choose to study in the UK due to its affordability and high standards of education, which is one of the reasons for me choosing the UK. I can observe that the education system in the UK is more progressive and systematic. With their scientific-based courses and expert professionals as tutors, they enable learners to become creative and practically capable. The UK is the home for many big industries and research centers which helps a student to learn about the dynamics of various fields.

Furthermore, the UK government has announced a PSW (post study work) program which will be very helpful for me because I will get a chance to learn new techniques, skills and to get experiences in my related field. Their culture fascinates me a lot. Their lifestyle attracts me like a magnet. I am really fantasized by its health benefits and eco-friendly nature. Besides this, the UK is also one of the safest destinations for International students to study and to live in as well, where students from different parts of the world come to pursue their education. Along with my research I found out that the MBA programmes are usually of a year but few universities provide 1 added year of industry placement for students so in this regard I came across the [name of your chosen college], London Campus. After a lot of research I found that [name of your chosen college] will fit me best and I am willing to pursue my MBA with one year of industry placement from the very University which has international recognition. I got highly impressed by the website itself and I have also watched a lot of testimonials which seems and sounds very promising. With 178 years of teaching people from different corners of the world in the heart of London, the university holds the reputation of providing qualitative and world renowned education. They hold the Social Enterprise Gold Mark in recognition of the responsible way they do business. This university is among the top 10 universities in the country for teaching quality according to the Sunday Times. The university focuses on practical learning including field trips, projects, group activities and case studies. Furthermore, the university consists of a global family with a network of over 28,000 alumni from across the world. According to the survey by NSS (National Student Survey), one of the biggest student surveys in the world carried out by the Office for Students on behalf of the UK funding and regulatory bodies, [name of your chosen college] is now [ranking] Higher Education Institutions in England for overall student satisfaction. Moreover, the university has been named as the fastest rising university in the North for the second year running as it has been placed in.... position, showing a rise of 21 places, in the 2020 league table for Teaching Quality. Moreover, the course content is perfectly designed to provide practical exposure to the students along with theoretical knowledge which makes the university more appealing.

I wanted to pursue a Master of Business Administration Program in London city because I have always been interested in learning about business and administration. I believe this MBA with industry placement is perfect for me because I will get to learn all the subjects and additionally I will get to learn from the London based industries as I was always keen to know about the work practices of people in their workplace. A MBA degree will provide me the knowledge of general management techniques that I need to know for successful management, however will also teach me how to tailor the strategies for different markets. In a world that is rapidly globalizing, flexible and customizable management strategies save firms both time and resources.

The course completely blends theoretical studies along with practical skills providing a chance for the students to develop essential business skills and to be able to apply those skills in the real world within a short period of graduation. This thoroughly designed course and curriculum is sure to impart a great knowledge and broaden my mind. Some of the modules included are Dynamic Perspectives on Sustainable Business, Leading Innovation and Cultural Change, Business Development and Value Creation, Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Data Analytics and so on. With the help of these modules, I will be learning about the skills and practices required to run a business. I will develop creativity, innovation as well as leadership qualities. I am sure that I will make a successful career in this field with the knowledge and skills gained and will be able to contribute to the economy of the country.

I found out that my country basically provides theoretical based studies due to which students tend to be deprived of many opportunities and skills. The education system in Myanmar is still based on traditional ways and we still have outdated teaching and learning methods lacking modernization, innovation and creativity. The courses over here are mainly focused on providing theoretical education and the students get a very low amount of practical exposure. Hence, the graduates from Myanmar lack the skills and experience to apply their knowledge in real life situations and as a result find it difficult to get relevant jobs. When it comes to education I do not want to take a risk so I finally decided to study overseas.

I am a girl with a strong mind and heart. I am a believer that Education is the most important thing because an uneducated person can see water in the river whereas; an educated person can see electricity in the water. The MBA program which I have chosen has 1 year of industry placement which will help me to learn to the fullest. As I was always keen to know the work ethics and the way people work in a real work environment and with this program I will get an opportunity to live and practice the work life. After the completion of studies I will be eligible to apply for a Post Study Work (PSW) Visa. During the time of PSW, I will try my best to invest all my learning and to be productive to its peak. In Myanmar, there is a need for qualified managers, so I will use my professional skills, knowledge and the exposures for the development of accounting and financial fields in my community and the whole nation. After graduating from [name of your chosen college], I plan on returning to Myanmar and initially work in the [few names of the top ranked financial institutions of Myanmar] as they are the best growing industry in Myanmar at present and the career growth here is also very bright. Similarly, I am hoping that I would be able to compete in the international market and get opportunities to work with Multinational Companies. I am a positive person and always give my best for every work I do. I am very hopeful that I will get the opportunity to enroll at your University to pursue my post graduation.

Yours Sincerely,

[Name of the applicant]

[E-mail Address] 

[Contact number]

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