Application Essay Questions

APPLICATION ESSAY QUESTIONS 2016-2017

Chicago - Booth

Chicago - Booth  

View this collection of shared Booth moments. Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why.

Presentation/Essay Guidelines:

  • Choose the format that works for you. Want to illustrate your response visually? Submit a slide presentation. Like to express yourself with words? Write a traditional essay. Use the format that you feel best captures your response, the Admissions Committee has no preference.
  • Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.

Technical Guidelines:

  • File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
  • Accepted Upload Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF, Word, and PowerPoint. We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting.
  • Multimedia Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over.

Optional Essay:
Is there any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please address in an optional essay. (300 word maximum)

Re-applicant Essay:
Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words maximum)

CMU Tepper

CMU Tepper

Required Essay

Imagine that you meet up with a member of the admission committee at an airport while on a layover. You have an opportunity to make a memorable impression. Use this essay to introduce yourself. Include any information that you believe is important for the committee member to know about you both professionally and personally. (Maximum 300-350 words, 12-point font, double-spaced)

Optional Essay

  • Use this essay to convey important information that you may not have been otherwise able to convey. This may include unexplained resume gaps, context for recommender selection, etc.
  • If you are a re-applicant, explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.
Columbia

Columbia

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters)

Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (100-750 words)

Essay #2: Columbia Business School’s students participate in industry focused New York immersion seminars; in project based Master Classes; and in school year internships. Most importantly, they are taught by a combination of distinguished research faculty and accomplished practitioners. How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (100-500 Words)

Essay #3: CBS Matters, a key element of the School’s culture, allows the people in your Cluster to learn more about you on a personal level. What will your Clustermates be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (100-250 Words)

Cornell

Cornell

Not Yet Available

Dartmouth (Tuck)

Dartmouth (Tuck)

Not Yet Available

Duke (Fuqua)

Duke (Fuqua)

Not Yet Available

ESADE

ESADE

Not Yet Available

Harvard

Harvard

As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

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.

Joint program applicants for the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School must provide an additional essay:

How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)

HEC Paris

HEC Paris

Not Yet Available

IESE

IESE

Not Yet Available

Illinois

Illinois

We require three short essays that can be completed on your online application, but feel free to answer these essays in a word processor and then copy and paste to your online application.

  • Short Essay #1 – What are two ways in which you are eager to contribute to the Illinois community, inside and/or outside of the classroom? You can discuss specific electives, programs, extracurricular activities, community service, etc. (1,000 character maximum, including spaces).
  • Short Essay #2 – What differentiates you from others? You can discuss character traits, special talents, etc. Feel free to be creative and write about anything that you think the Admissions Committee will find interesting (1,000 character maximum, including spaces).
  • Short Essay #3 – What are your career goals after graduation? (1,000 character maximum, including spaces)

We require one full essay to be uploaded with your online application as individual documents.

  • Full Essay #1 – Personal Statement) – Please upload your personal statement that answers questions 1, 2, and 3 in one essay. Take time to reflect and consider the direction you want to take your professional career. Remember to write a cohesive essay, complete with a thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, and a comprehensive conclusion (maximum of 750 words, double-spaced).
    1. Please briefly discuss your career history to date. What capabilities have you gained through your professional experience?
    2. What skills or knowledge will an MBA education give you that you currently lack, but that you need to realize your goals?
    3. What specific electives, programs, extracurricular activities, etc. at the College of Business will prepare you to realize your goals?
  • You can use this optional essay for one of the two purposes below. If you opt to write an additional essay, you will need to upload it as a document to your online application. Please note that no preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay (400-word maximum, double-spaced).
    1. Please address any concerns you may have in your application. If, for example, you do not believe that your test score or grades demonstrate your true capabilities, please explain. Also, it is appropriate to discuss any gaps in your academic career and work experience or any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be made aware.
    2. If there is something that you would like to highlight that you have been unable to discuss in other areas of the application, you can do so in this essay.
Indiana (Kelley)

Indian (Kelley)

  1. Please discuss your immediate post-MBA professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals? Should the short-term goals you have identified not materialize, what alternate career paths might you consider? (500 words)
  2. Please respond to one of the following short essay prompts. (300 words)
    a. My greatest memory is…
    b. I’m most afraid of…
    c. My greatest challenge has been
    d. I’m most proud of…
  3. Please share with the admissions committee an interesting or surprising fact about you. (25 words)

Optional Essay:

Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question. (300 words)

INSEAD

INSEAD

Not Yet Available

Ivey

Ivey

Essay 1: Goals

What are your short-term career plans immediately post-MBA, and why is an Ivey MBA essential to those plans? (250 word limit)

Essay 2: Team

Why will your Ivey MBA classmates want to work with you on team projects? (250 word limit)

Video Essay

You will have an opportunity to practice your video essay prior to recording it. You must submit your video essay in KIRA in order to be able to submit your completed application.

London (LBS)

London (LBS)

Not Yet Available

Michigan (Ross)

Michigan (Ross)

1. What are you most proud of outside of your professional life? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)

2. What is your desired career path and why? (up to 250 words)

MIT (Sloan)

MIT (Sloan)

Not Yet Available

Northwestern (Kellogg)

Northwestern (Kellogg)

Not Yet Available

NYU (Stern)

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: 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.

Please note the following guidelines and restrictions:

  • Your submission becomes the property of NYU Stern and cannot be returned for any reason.
  • Written Submission: The essay should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.
  • Video/Audio Submission: If you submit a video or audio file, it should be five minutes maximum, and the file should be uploaded to a video/audio hosting website. You must include the URL, along with a brief description of the video/audio piece, in a Word or PDF document with your online application. Do not mail a USB or DVD to our office. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an alternate essay if we are unable to view your submission.
  • Physical Submission: If you submit a physical piece for this essay (e.g. artwork), you must include a Word or PDF document with a photo and a brief description of your submission with your online application and note the following:
    • Do not submit anything perishable (e.g. food), or any item that has been worn (e.g. clothing).
    • Mailed materials must be postmarked by the application deadline date. Please follow our mail and labeling instructions.
    • Mailed packages are subject to the size restrictions below. Submissions that exceed the stated size restrictions will not be accepted for review by the Admissions Committee.

Candidates should also make sure to visit Stern’s website to review the size restrictions for Essay 2.

Essay 3: Additional Information (optional)
Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL or any other relevant information.

If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application.

Oxford (Said)

Oxford (Said)

Not Yet Available

Penn (Wharton)

Penn (Wharton)

Essay 1 (Required):

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

Essay 2 (Optional):

Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

Reapplicant Essay (Required):

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). (250 words)

All applicants, including reapplicants can also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

Stanford

Stanford

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (Suggested word count: 750)

For this essay we would like you to:

  • Do some deep self-examination, so you can genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
  • Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
  • Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.
  • Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”

Essay B: Why Stanford? (Suggested word count: 400; 450 for applicants to both the MBA and MBx programs)

  • Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.
  • Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
  • Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.
  • If you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs, use Essay B to address your interest in both programs.
Texas (McCombs)

Texas (McCombs)

Essay 1: The University of Texas at Austin values unique perspectives and cultivates a collaborative environment of distinct individual contributions. It is the first day of orientation. You are meeting your study group, comprised of five of your classmates from various backgrounds. Please introduce yourself to your new team, highlighting what drives you in your personal and professional life.

Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.

  • Write an essay (250 words)
  • Share a video introduction (one minute)

Essay 2: Based on your post-MBA goals and what drives you in your personal and professional life, why is the Texas MBA the ideal program for you and how do you plan to engage in our community? (500 words)

Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)

UC Berkeley (Haas)

UC Berkeley (Haas)

Essays help us learn about who you are as a person and how you will fit with our community. We seek candidates from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and industries who demonstrate a strong cultural fit with our program and defining principles. Our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles – Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. We encourage you to reflect on your experiences, values, and passions so that you may craft a thoughtful and authentic response.

Essay 1: If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 word maximum)
Essay 2: Please respond to one of the following prompts: (250 word maximum)

  • Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world and how it transformed you.
  • Describe a time when you were challenged by perspectives different from your own and how you responded.
  • Describe a difficult decision you have made and why it was challenging.

In your response, clearly indicate to which prompt (1, 2, or 3) you are responding. We do not have a preference among the prompts and suggest that you select the one for which you can share a specific experience, professional or personal.

Essay 3: Tell us about your career plans. How have your past experiences prepared you to achieve these goals? How will Berkeley-Haas help you? (500 words maximum)

You are encouraged to reflect on what it is you want to do after business school, including the types of roles, responsibilities, and organizations that are of interest. Through this essay we hope to learn about your professional journey to date and how an MBA will facilitate your success – broadly defined – in the future.

Optional Essay: Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in the application, for example (500 word maximum):

  • Explanation of employment gaps or academic aberrations
  • Quantitative abilities
  • For re-applicants, improvements to your candidacy
UCLA (Anderson)

UCLA (Anderson)

Not Yet Available

UNC (Kenan-Flagler)

UNC (Kenan-Flagler)

Essay 1: Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how your professional experience has shaped these goals, why this career option appeals to you, and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)

Essay 2 (Optional): What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (300 words maximum)

Essay 3 (Optional): If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum.(300 words maximum)

Essay 4 (Optional): Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Essay 1 (Required): What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

Essay 2 (Required): Teamwork is at the core of the Wharton MBA experience with each student contributing unique elements to our collaborative culture. How will you contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

Virginia (Darden)

Virginia (Darden)

Not Yet Available

Yale

Yale

Not Yet Available


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