Essay Questions 2007-2008

Essay Questions 2007-2008

     

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Chicago GSB

  1. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Describe your personal and professional goals and the role an MBA from the University of Chicago GSB plays in your plans to reach these goals. (1500 word maximum)
  2. If you could step into someone else’s shoes for a day, who would it be and why? (500 word maximum)
  3. We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application. In this portion of the application, we invite you tell us about yourself using a non-traditional application format – a PowerPoint presentation. In four slides or less, please provide readers with content that captures who you are.

Given that this is a new section we have set forth the following guidelines for you to consider when creating your presentation.

The content is completely up to you. There is no right or wrong approach to the way you construct your slides or answer this question.

There is a strict maximum of 4 slides, though you can provide fewer than 4 if you choose.

Slides will be printed and added to your file for review, therefore, flash, hyperlinks, embedded videos, music, etc. will not be viewed by the committee. You are limited to text and static images to convey your points. Color may be used.

Slides will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas, not on PowerPoint expertise or presentation.

You are welcome to attach a word document of notes if you feel a deeper explanation of your slides is necessary. However the hope is the slide should be able to stand alone and convey your ideas clearly. You will not be penalized for adding notes but you should not construct a slide with the intention of using the notes section as a consistent means of explanation.

If you do not have access to PowerPoint or a similar software application, you can contact the admissions office at admissions@chicagogsb.edu for alternative methods for completing this required section of the application.

(Optional) If there is any important information that is relevant for your candidacy that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here.

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Columbia

  1. What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals (Recommended 750 word limit)?
  2. In a recent speech delivered to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Dean Glenn Hubbard discussed the new, essential elements of the 21st century MBA: http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/admissions/21st_century_MBA.pdf. How will your MBA prepare you for a rapidly changing business environment (Recommended 500 word limit)?
  3. The entrepreneurial mindset is an integral component of the Columbia Business School MBA. Please discuss a time in your own life when you have identified and captured an opportunity (Recommended 500 word limit).
  4. Please tell us about what you feel most passionate in life (Recommended 250 word limit).
  5. (Optional) Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.
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Cornell/Johnson

  1. Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you were able to add value to your organization (400 words).
  2. What career do you plan to pursue upon completing the MBA and why? How will the Johnson School help you achieve this goal? (400 words)
  3. Optional Essay: Complete this essay if there is other information you would like to add regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate GPA or test scores) do(es) not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School (400 words).

The Admissions Committee is interested in getting to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid, and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself.

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Carnegie Mellon University/Tepper

MBA Essays

  1. A. What are your short-term and long-term goals? How will a Tepper MBA help you to achieve these goals. (Please include any information regarding what steps you have taken to learn more about Tepper.)
    1. B. Describe an instance in which you made an impact as part of a team or as an individual. How did this experience help shape you as a team member or leader and how will it enable you to contribute to the diverse Tepper Community?
      1. C. Please answer two of the following three questions or statements. Please clearly specify which questions you are answering. Your two answers should equal a total of two pages or less.
        • 1. Describe an obstacle you have faced in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this obstacle and how did it foster your development?
        • 2. Describe a time in which your ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it?
        • 3. One thing people would be surprised to know about me is . . .
      2. D. Is there anything additional that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? Note: if you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application.
        You must complete this essay if you answered “yes” to the additional information questions on the previous page.
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Darden

  1. What matters to you most, both personally and professionally, and how does an MBA relate to these priorities? (500 word maximum)
  2. Please select one word that describes you from the set below and support your statement using concrete examples. Professionally I am: (a) an innovator. (b) a leader. (c) an entrepreneur. (300 word maximum)
  3. Please choose one phrase that describes you from the set below and support your statement using concrete examples. Professionally I am: (a) involved globally. (b) committed to diversity. (c) socially responsible. (300 word maximum)

If there is further information that you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee, please provide it below. (150 word maximum)

Please share any other hobbies/activities and your involvement with them. [no length stated]

As you reflect upon your business school research process, what led you to see yourself as a fit with the Darden School? (150 word maximum)

Dartmouth/Tuck

  1. Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)
  2. uck defines leadership as “inspiring others to strive and enabling them to accomplish great things.” Describe a time when you exercised such leadership. Discuss the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What characteristics helped you to be effective, and what areas do you feel you need to develop in order to be a better leader?
  3. Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?
  4. Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?
  5. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or
    changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.
  6. Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?

Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. Compose each of your answers offline in separate document files and upload them individually in the appropriate spaces below. Although there is no restriction on the length of your response, most applicants use, on average, 500 words for each essay. There are no right or wrong answers. Please double-space your responses.

Duke/Fuqua

Applicant Essays

Two short essay answer questions and two long essays must be completed before submitting your application. Prepare your essays carefully. The Admissions Committee considers your responses to the following questions important in the selection process. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing. For the short answer questions, please restrict your response to a single page each. For the long essay questions, please select only one question to answer from the three choices given for the first question, and then you must answer the second question. There is no restriction on the length of your response for the two long essay questions. Applicants typically use between 500 and 750 words for long essays one and two. Candidates who applied to Fuqua between September 2006 and April 2007 are considered reapplicants. Reapplicants are asked to complete the Reapplicant Essay in addition to the Applicant Essays. All applicants have the opportunity to submit an optional essay to explain any extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware.

Short Essays – Answer both short essay questions.

  1. Why are you interested in The Duke MBA and how will it help you achieve your goals? Please also discuss your career path, including your short and long-term professional goals. If you are interested in the Health Sector Management concentration or a joint degree program, please address in this essay.
  2. How will your background, values, and non-work activities enhance the experience of other Duke MBA students and add value to Fuqua’s diverse culture?

How will your background, values, and non-work activities enhance the experience of other Duke MBA students and add value to Fuqua’s diverse culture?

  1. Please respond fully and concisely to one of the following three essay topics. Clearly identify which question you have selected.
    • A. Describe an example of where you were challenged to lead in a team-oriented context. What was the challenge you faced, how did you address it, and what takeaways or lessons learned have you successfully applied in other leadership situations?
    • B. Describe a situation in which your ability to perform ethically was challenged. What was the issue, how did you handle it, and what did you learn from it?
    • C. Describe a significant leadership failure in your life. What did you learn from this failure? How has it impacted who you are today and the kind of leader you would like to be?
  2. How has your personal history and family background influenced your intellectual and personal development? What unique personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally.

Re-applicant Essay

In addition to the Applicant Essays listed above, please answer the following question. There is no restriction on the length of your response. Reapplicants typically use between 500 and 750 words for this essay.

Write an essay describing how you are a stronger candidate for admission compared to the previous year’s application.

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HBS

  1. What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit)
  2. What have you learned from a mistake? (400-word limit)
  3. Please respond to three of the following (400-word limit each)
  • Discuss a defining experience in your leadership development. How did this experience highlight your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How have you experienced culture shock?
  • What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?
  • What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?
  • What global issue is most important to you and why?
  • What else would you like the MBA Admissions Board to understand about you?

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INSEAD

Job Description:

  • Please give a detailed description of your job, including nature of work, major responsibilities; and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, number of clients/products and results achieved (250 words)
  • Please give us a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words)

Personal 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. (400 words approx.)
  2. Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date, explaining why you view them as such. (400 words approx.)
  3. Describe a situation taken from school, business, civil or military life, where you did not meet your personal objectives, and discuss briefly the effect. (250 words approx.)
  4. Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career. (500 words approx.)
  5. Please choose one of the following two essay topics:
    • a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What did it mean to you? (250 words approx.)
    • b) What would you say to a foreigner moving to your home country? (250 words approx.)
  6. Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (200 words approx.) This essay is optional.

Re-application

  1. In case of reapplication, please use this page. Your essay should state any new aspects of professional, international, academic, or personal development since your last application. We would also like you to explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. This essay should not exceed 400 words.
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Kellogg

All applicants are required to answer questions 1, 2 and 3 in addition to 2 of the essays in question 4.

  1. All applicants must complete A OR B as appropriate:
    • A – Master of Business Administration applicants only: Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at Kellogg (one to two pages double spaced).
    • B – Master of Management and Manufacturing applicants only: Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the MMM program meet your educational needs and career goals? (one to two pages double spaced).
  2. Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values, academics, activities and/or leadership skills will enhance the experience of other Kellogg students. (one to two pages double spaced).
  3. How have your past and current leadership experiences prepared you for Kellogg? What leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience?
  4. Applicants must answer 2 of the below essays, two to three double spaced paragraphs for each question. (Re-applicants must answer question 4D and 1 other essay).
    • 4A – Outside of work I…

    • 4B – I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…
    • 4C – Describe the most challenging professional relationship you have faced and how you handled it.

    • 4D – (Required essay for re-applicants only)—Since your previous application, what are the steps you’ve taken to strengthen your candidacy?
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LBS

  1. (500 words)
 In what role do you see yourself working immediately after graduation? Why? How will your past and present experiences help you achieve this? How will the London Business School MBA Programme contribute to this goal?
  2. (200 words)
 Where do you see your career progressing five years after graduation and what is your longer term career vision?
  3. (500 words)
 Please describe your experience of working in and leading teams, either in your professional or personal life. Given this experience, what role do you think you will play in your study group, and how do you intend to contribute to it?
  4. (400 words)
 Student involvement is an extremely important part of the London MBA experience and this is reflected in the character of students on campus. What type of student club or campus community event do you envisage yourself leading? How would you set about becoming involved in a leadership position and how would you align and communicate the goals and vision for the club to the wider School community?
  5. (150 words)
 Describe any significant experiences outside of your home country. What did you gain from these?
  6. (300 words) (This question is optional) 
Is there any other information that you believe would help the MBA Admissions Committee when considering your application?
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Michigan/Ross

Required questions

You must answer the following four questions below.

    Long Answers (500 word max)

  1. Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why is an MBA the best choice at this point in your career? What and/or who influenced your decision to apply to Ross?
  2. Describe your most significant professional accomplishment. Elaborate on the leadership skills you displayed, the actions you took and the impact you had on your organization.

Short Answers (300 word max)

  1. If you were not pursuing the career goals you described in Question 1, what profession would you pursue instead? (for example, teacher, musician, athlete, architect, etc.) How will this alternate interest contribute to your effectiveness in solving multi-disciplinary problems?
  2. Describe your experience during a challenging time in your life. Explain how you grew personally, either despite this challenge or because of it.
  3. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or
    changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.
  4. Optional Question: Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy?
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MIT

Cover Letter

Prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Please comment on your career goals and those factors which influenced you to pursue an MBA education at MIT Sloan. The cover letter provides a chance for you to discuss your passions, values, and interests. Through what you write we hope to discover whether you will thrive at MIT Sloan and how you will contribute to our diverse community. Address your cover letter to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions.

  1. Please tell us about a time when you had an impact on a group or organization. Describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.
  2. Please tell us about a challenging interaction you had with a person or group. Describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.
  3. Please tell us about a time when you defended your idea. Describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.
  4. Please tell us about a time when you executed a plan. Describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.

From the MIT website: “Please select experiences or events from the past one to two years.”

Supplemental Information


You may provide additional information about any of the following topics that you consider relevant. Please tell us anything that will round out our impression of you as a unique individual.

  1. List the leadership activities in which you have actively participated, including your responsibilities and positions held in the organization, and dates. Provide contact name(s) and contact information for each leadership activity.
  2. List your academic and/or professional awards, including the basis for your selection and the date(s) of the honor(s).
  3. List your hobbies, interests, and activities, including any significant accomplishments related to them.
  4. Special circumstances related to your academic program which you would like to mention (up to 500 words).
  5. Whatever else you would like the Admissions Committee to know (up to 500 words) .
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NYU/STERN

  1. Professional Aspirations (750 word maximum):
 Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Answer the following:
    • (a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
    • (b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
    • (c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?
  2. Fit with Stern (500 word maximum):
 The NYU Stern community is one of our strongest assets. Please answer the following questions about our community:
    • (a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? What actions have you taken to learn more about us?
    • (b) How would you contribute to our community as a student?
    • (c) How will you benefit personally and professionally from the Stern community?
  3. Personal Expression (500 words maximum, if written):
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.
  4. 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, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information.
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Stanford

  1. What matters most to you, and why? (Recommended length is 3 pages, double-spaced)
  2. What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them?


    As a Stanford MBA student, you will be assigned a team of advisors who will guide both your academic experience and your personal development. Your team will include a faculty advisor, a career counselor, and a leadership coach. Use Essay B to help you prepare for your first conversations with these mentors.

  3. Answer 2 of the questions listed below.

    • 1: Tell us about a time when you empowered others. (Recommended length is 1 page, double-spaced)
    • 2: Tell us about a time when you had a significant impact on a person, group or organization. (Recommended length is 1 page, double-spaced)
    • Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or complete a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating. (Recommended length is 1 page, double-spaced)
    • Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected. (Recommended length is 1 page, double-spaced)

In answering both questions, tell us not only what you did, ut also how you did it. Tell us the outcome, and describe how people responded. Describe only experiences that have occurred within the last three years.

Essay Length & Format

Your answers for all 3 essay questions cannot exceed 7 pages in total, double spaced using a 12-point font.

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UC Berkeley/Haas

Listed below are the supplemental questions, short answer questions, required essays, and optional essays that you will need to provide when completing the fall 2008 application.

Supplemental Questions:

  1. If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain; otherwise, enter N/A.
  2. List in order of importance all community & professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, dates of involvement, offices held, & average number of hours spent per month.
  3. List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies, indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
  4. Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your university degree.
  5. Please identify the course(s) you have taken or intend to take to demonstrate quantitative proficiency. Provide the course name, date, grade if any, and institution at which the course was or will be taken. If you wish, you may discuss other ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities.
  6. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)

Short Answer:

  1. If you could have dinner with one individual in the past, present, or future, who would it be and why? (250 word maximum)
  2. Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)
  3. At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe an innovative solution you have created to address a specific challenge. (250 word maximum)
  4. What steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA program, and what factors have influenced your decision to apply? (250 word maximum)

Required Essays:

  1. Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)
  2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? Why do you want an MBA from Berkeley at this point in your career? (1000 word maximum)

Optional Essays:

  1. (Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven’t addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)
  2. (Optional) If you wish to be considered for the Haas Achievement Award (for individuals who have achieved success in spite of significant economic, educational, health-related and/or other obstacles), please use this space to address the obstacles you have overcome. (750 word maximum)

UCLA

  1. Please provide us with a summary of your personal and family background. Include information about your parents and siblings, where you grew up, and perhaps a special memory of your youth. (Please limit to 2 pages, double-spaced)
  2. Discuss a situation, preferably work related, where you have taken a significant leadership role. How does this event demonstrate your managerial potential? (Please limit to 1 page, double-spaced)
  3. Discuss your career goals. Why are you are seeking an MBA degree at his particular point in your career? Specifically, why are you applying to UCLA Anderson? (Please limit to 2 pages, double-spaced)
  4. Is there any other information that you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in considering your application?
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UNC/Kenan-Flagler

  1. (Required): Describe your career progression to date, highlighting leadership and management positions and reasons for changing jobs or career paths, if applicable. Tell us how your experience, coupled with an MBA degree from UNC, will lead to your short-term and long-term career goals. (1200 words maximum)
  2. (Required): Describe the major obstacles challenges you have faced pursuit of your goals. Tell us how you addressed these challenges and how they have shaped you. (800 words maximum)
  3. (Optional): Tell us about any international experience you have, either living or working abroad. Tell us how it has impacted your global perspective. (400 words maximum)
  4. (Optional): UNC Kenan-Flager seeks to enroll students from a variety of undergraduate majors. Regardless of your major, we strongly recommend that all students enter the program with some backgraound in calculus, microeconomics, statistics and and financial accounting. If you have not studied one or more of these subjects in college or university, please tell us how you have developed proficiency in these areas. If you have not been exposed to one or more of these subjects, please tell us how you will prepare yourself prior to entering UNC Kenan-Flagler. (400 words maximum)
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Wharton

The Admissions Committee is interested in getting to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid, and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself.

First-time Applicant Essays

All first-time applicants are required to complete four essays, with the option of a fifth essay that may be used to address extenuating circumstances. Reapplicants who applied for the Entering Fall 2006 or 2007 Class are to complete the re-applicant essays. All other reapplicants are to complete the first-time applicant essays.

Required:

  1. Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect a Wharton MBA to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? (1,000 words)
  2. Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. What role did you play and what did you learn about yourself? (500 words)
  3. Tell us about a situation in which you were an outsider. What did you learn from the experience? (500 words)
  4. Please Complete One Of The Following Two Questions:

Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)

Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. (500 words)

Optional:

  1. If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

Re-applicant Essays

Reapplicants are required to complete three essays, with the option of a fourth essay that may be used to address extenuating circumstances. (Please note: re-applicants essays are for Fall 2006 or Fall 2007 applicants only. Reapplicants from prior years are to complete the first-time applicant essays).

Required:

  1. Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect a Wharton MBA to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? How has your candidacy improved since the last time you applied? (1,000 words)
  2. Tell us about a situation in which you were an outsider. What did you learn from the experience? (500 words)
  3. lease Complete One Of The Following Two Questions:

    Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)

    Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. (500 words)

Optional:

  1. If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, TOEFL waiver request, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)
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Yale

  1. Why an MBA?
Describe your short- and long-term goals and how your previous experience and an MBA will help you to achieve these goals. 500 words maximum.
  2. Leadership Example
Describe a situation in which your leadership and/or teamwork had a significant impact. 500 words maximum.
  3. Personal Statement
Please develop a question/topic of your choice and answer it in essay form. Please state the question/topic at the beginning of your essay. 500 words maximum.

Optional Essay


If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation, please provide any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. 200 words maximum.

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