Application Essay Questions 2014-2015

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Columbia

Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (75 characters maximum)

  • Essay 1: Given your individual background and goals, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)
  • Essay 2: Please view the video. How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (Maximum 250 words)
  • Essay 3: What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)

 



Dartmouth (Tuck)

Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. There are no right or wrong answers. We encourage applicants to limit the length of their responses to 500 words for each essay. Please double-space your responses.

Essay 1.  Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA fit for you and your goals and why are you the best fit for Tuck

Essay 2. Tell us about your most meaningful leadership experience and what role you played. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

 

 


Duke (Fuqua)

Required Short Answer Questions Instructions: Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each short answer question, respond in 250 characters only (the equivalent of about 50 words).

Essay 1: What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?

Essay 2:  What are your long-term goals?

Essay 3:  Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?

First Required Essay Instructions: Answer the following question — present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages

The “Team Fuqua” spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more. In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.

Second Required Essay (choose 1 of 2) Instructions: Choose only 1 of the following 2 essay questions to answer. Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length.  

Essay 1.  When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.

Essay 2.  The Team Fuqua community is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Underlying our individuality are a number of shared ideas and principles that we live out in our own ways. Our students have identified and defined 6 “Team Fuqua Principles” that we feel are the guiding philosophies that make our community special. At the end of your 2 years at Fuqua, if you were to receive an award for exemplifying one of the 6 Principles listed below, which one would it be and why? Your response should reflect the research you have done, your knowledge of Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

  1. Authentic Engagement: We care and we take action. We each make a difference to Team Fuqua by being ourselves and engaging in and supporting activities about which we are passionate.
  2. Supportive Ambition: We support each other to achieve great things, because your success is my success. The success of each individual member of Team Fuqua makes the whole of Team Fuqua better.
  3. Collective Diversity:  We embrace all of our classmates because our individuality is better and stronger together.
  4. Impactful Stewardship: We are leaders who focus on solutions to improve our communities both now and in the future. We aren’t satisfied with just maintaining the status quo.
  5. Loyal Community: We are a family who looks out for each other. Team Fuqua supports you when you need it the most.
  6. Uncompromising Integrity: We internalize and live the honor code in the classroom and beyond. We conduct ourselves with integrity within Fuqua, within Duke, and within all communities of which we are a part.



 


Harvard

Essay:  You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, school transcripts, extracurricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?

There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here. Don’t overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.





INSEAD*

Job Description Essays:

Essay 1. Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved.

- See more at: http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/12/insead-2014-2015-mba-essay-tips-deadlines-take-two/#sthash.bUXr1kKL.dpuf

Job Description Essays:

Essay 1. Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved.

- See more at: http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/12/insead-2014-2015-mba-essay-tips-deadlines-take-two/#sthash.bUXr1kKL.dpuf

 

ESSAYS

  1. Give a candid description of yourself, stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors, which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (600 words maximum)
     
  2. Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such. (400 words maximum)

  3. Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum)
     
  4.  
    a) Discuss your short and long term career goals. (300 words maximum) and
    b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision? (250 words maximum)
     
  5. Please choose one of the following two essay topics:
    a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain? (250 words maximum),
    or
    b) Describe the ways in which a foreigner in your country might experience culture shock. (250 words maximum)

  6. (Optional) Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (350 words maximum)

 




Michigan (Ross)

Essay 1: What are you most proud of professionally and why? What did you learn from that experience? (400 words)

        Essay 2: What are you most proud of personally and why? How does it shape who you are today?  (400 words)

 

 




MIT (Sloan)

Essay 1

The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice.  Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities.   (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Essay 2

Write a professional letter of recommendation on behalf of yourself.  Answer the following questions as if you were your most recent supervisor recommending yourself for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA Program: (750 words or fewer)

• How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
• How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
• Please give an example of the applicant’s impact on a person, group, or organization.
• Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
• Which of the applicant’s personal or professional characteristics would you change?
• Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.





Northwestern (Kellogg)

The following two essays are required of all applicants:

Essay 1:  Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will…. Challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450 words)

Essay 2:  Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people. What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 words)

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

  • Dual-degree applicants: For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250 words)
  • Re-applicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)

 

 

 


 

NYU (Stern)

Essay 1:  Professional Aspirations (750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

  • Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?
  • What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?
  • What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?

Essay 2: Choose Option A or Option B

Option A: Your Two Paths (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

 

The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given today’s ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can have impact.

 

  • Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?
  • What factors will most determine which path you will take?
  • How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?

Option B: Personal Expression

 Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

 






Penn (Wharton)

Required Question: What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

Reapplicant Essay: All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete the Optional Essay. Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

 

 




Stanford

Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why (750 words)?

Essay 2: Why Stanford (350 words)?

 





UC-Berkeley (Haas)

Essay 1: Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world. How did this transform you? (400–500 word maximum)

Essay 2: What is your most significant professional accomplishment? (200–300 word maximum)

Essay 3: What is your desired post-MBA role and at what company or organization? In your response, please specifically address sub-questions a., b., and c.

a) How is your background compelling to this company?

b) What is something you would do better for this company than any other employee?

c) Why is an MBA necessary and how will Haas specifically help you succeed at this company? (500–600 word maximum for 3a, 3b, and 3c combined)






UCLA (Anderson)


Required Essay

What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (750 words maximum)  [Note: updated question wording for 2014-15 will be posted by Aug. 1, and knowing your goals will remain a key component of a compelling essay.]

 




University of London (LBS)

 

Essay 1:  What will your future look like after completing your MBA? (500 words)

Essay 2:  What value will you add to London Business School? (300 words)

Essay 3:  What is the School's responsibility to you and what is your responsibility to the School? (400 words)

 





Virginia (Darden)

Describe the most courageous professional decision you have made or action you have taken. What did you learn from that experience?
(500 words maximum)

 

 




Yale

Essay: The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization—as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent. (500 words maximum)


 

* NOTE: Schools denoted with an asterick (*) indicate 2013-2014 essay questions. These will be updated to 2014-2015 as soon as they are released.