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How to compensate zero research work on SOP?


Hi,

I am going to apply for MS in Data Science for Fall 2017. My GRE score is 309 (Quant - 166, Verbal - 138, AWE- Yet to come) and TOEFL(85). I have already started working on Statement of Purpose. While planning the content, I am finding shortage of research works and publications. My final year project was on data mining. I am really interested in Data Science. However, I am not understanding what to say for the missing research paper, which I failed to publish due to some problems, on SOP, such a way that I will certainly get admitted.

Please help me with this.

Looking forward positive response.

Nov 27, 2016   #2
Pallaw, it is not important for you to mention your exam scores in your SOP. The focal point of your purpose should relate to your possible future employment, previous college education (in relation to your MS studies), and any sort of work related exposure that you had in the field (internships and assistant positions apply). All of these information should culminate in your desire for higher studies in order to perform a higher level of work in a more intricate capacity that requires you to have a master in the academic and practical application of your job.

While you would be better benefited in your application by having some sort of published work, it is not a requirement in an MS SOP unless otherwise specified. If it specified in your application prompt, then you should make mention that you have done relevant research which you hope to get published in the future. There is no need to make mention of the problems that you have which are preventing its publication. All you have to make clear is that it is a work in progress and should be published soon. Discuss the content of the research and the current status of the paper in terms of possible publication. It should not be too much of a problem for you to resolve in your SOP.

When you finish writing your SOP, post it here, in a new thread so that we can help you review it and improve the presentation of the missing research paper in a way that can benefit your application. We will be very happy to help you out.
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