SoP: The Academic Statement should be a concise, well-written essay about your professional and academic goals (1000 words). The admissions committee is interested in how your background has influenced these goals as well as how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
Personal statement: A Personal Statement is also required for all applicants (500 words). This statement is meant to convey how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree.
For professional master’s program SoPs, how thoroughly should I develop my areas of interest? I have several, all within the purview of health/health policy, but otherwise relatively unrelated (e.g., the separation of physical and mental health vs. intelligent regulation of emerging technologies that have a direct impact on public health, along with a few others, though most aspects of health policy interest me on some level). My interests are largely motivated by work I did in classes during my senior year.
I worked part-time in college in various positions, only one of which was particularly relevant to my choice in graduate studies (and then, only loosely, as I was an administrative assistant). I can discuss how one of the other jobs dissuaded me from pursuing medicine, though. I graduated in May and currently have a full-time position that is... shall we say adjacent to health policy, but I’ll only have been working for ~3 months when I write these essays. Is it improper to rely heavily on educational experiences (classes I really enjoyed that left me wanting to learn more) in my SoP when the prompt for the personal statement specifically asks for educartional opportunities?