I plan to publish by doing MS with thesis to get a feel of research.

How can I convey this without sounding informal. Is this already formal for a statement of purpose for a graduate school?

  • First of all, don't use abbreviations like MS. Also it is not clear what you are trying to say, so more explanation is needed. Seems like "I plan to publish (something) by doing (something) to get a feel for research."
    – user3169
    Nov 30 '16 at 6:53
  • First, find out what term the university uses for "MS with thesis" and use that. In My case it was "Masters of Engineering by Research", with differentiated it as a Masters based on physical time spent in the lab, with a thesis on my topic at the end. I presume your university will use similar terminology.
    – mike
    Nov 30 '16 at 7:12
  • The university uses the term "MS with thesis".
    – emmy
    Nov 30 '16 at 7:55
  • What does MS stand for? Nov 30 '16 at 8:03
  • Masters of Science would be my guess. You may also see it abbreviated as MSc, MSci, depending on location.
    – mike
    Nov 30 '16 at 8:08
  • to develop a basic understanding of
  • to improve my knowledge of
  • to gain experience in

Given what you have stated in the comments, I would probably formalise the sentence as a whole

  • I plan to publish by completing a MS with thesis to improve my knowledge of research.
  • I plan to publish by completing a MS with thesis to develop my understanding of research.

There's still a level of ambiguity on what you plan to publish though.

  • 2
    publish a research paper
    – emmy
    Nov 30 '16 at 8:20

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