Instructions for Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose that accompanies your application for the Columbia Southern University Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is used, along with a review of your graduate school transcript(s) and resume, to assess both your academic and business experience and to provide insight into your proposed research. The Statement of Purpose must contain three elements:

  • Introduction
  • Summary of Academic and Business Experience
  • Academic Interest

The Introduction section is a concise description of what inspired you to begin a terminal degree in business. It should not be an autobiography. The Summary of Academic and Business Experience section is where you should discuss relevant graduate-level academic work you have completed, and the business experience you have gained in preparation for entering a doctoral program. Finally, the Academic Interest section is your elaboration on your research interest, linking contemporary research you have found on the topic and its application to business administration.

Your statement of purpose should be an original, between 500-1000 words, single-spaced in 12 point font, and be free of spelling and grammatical errors.