Statement of Purpose Examples from Ph.D. Program Applications
November 2017 (perspective of an assistant professor)
Here are the statements of purpose written by myself and some of my students for our Ph.D. program applications. These are mostly for computer science and HCI (human-computer interaction) Ph.D. apps, but the structure generalizes to other fields as well.
For the rationale behind how these statements are organized, read A Five-Minute Guide to Ph.D. Program Applications.