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  1. J,

    You might want to read http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-econo...pplicants.html.

    Consider that almost every SOP that is received by a committee will be written by a current student who really has very little to explain in a SOP--not because they're not interesting people, but because the types of experiences that undergraduates and masters students have are very well understood by committees. Hence they tend to discuss research interests, which a committee knows will change over time. In a sense, they're a better indicator of writing skill than of useful content.

    Anecdotal evidence suggests that SOPs tend to be more helpful when the applicant is older and does have more items to clairify than a younger person. I spent no time discussing the research of professors and very little time customizing the SOP for each school. Instead, I customized my school list to fit my interests and then wrote about those.

    Hope it helps, and good luck!
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    Hi Team3 -

    You mentioned that you are an "older" applicant such as myself. Any hints as to the application process? I've struggled with the SOP...


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