Essay Questions 2008-2009

Essay Questions 2008-2009

     

Please click school names for questions and original sources.

   

Chicago GSB

Applicant Essays

  1. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? (750 word maximum).
  2. Please select one of the following two questions to answer. (1000 word maximum)
  • 1a) Please provide an example of a time when you had to make a choice between two equally important obligations. How did you decide which obligation deserved your attention? b) Did you try and predict other people’s reactions to your decision? If so, how accurate were you? Why do you think you were or were not accurate in your prediction? c) Reflecting on this experience, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB might have aided in your decision making process?
  • -or-
  • 2a) Have you ever made a decision that caused you to go against popular opinion? Please describe that situation and your rationale for you decision. b) Did you feel at any point that people misperceived your motives? Explain? c) In retrospect, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB would have affected your decision?

Slide Presentation

We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you tell us about yourself. Using four slides or less, please provide readers with content that captures who you are.

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 this essay. Feel free to use the software you are most comfortable with. Acceptable formats for upload in the online application system are PowerPoint or PDF.
  • 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 technical expertise or presentation.

You are welcome to attach a document containing notes if you feel a deeper explanation of your slides is necessary. However the hope is the slide is 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.

Optional Essay

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 J-Term 2009

  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. Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. View link below. Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone. (Recommended 500 word limit) :

    View with Real Player: http://merlin.gsb.columbia.edu:8080/ramgen/video1/faculty/MasterClass-promo.rm

    View via Google: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4698876883776961370&hl=en

  3. Please provide an example of a team failure of which you’ve been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (Recommended 500 word limit)
  4. Describe for us your greatest passion in life. (Recommended 250 word limit)
  5. Optional

  6. (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.)


Columbia (Regular)

Please see our blog for advice on answering individual
questions.

  1. (Required): 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. (Required): Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. View link below. Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone. (Recommended 500 word limit)

    View with Real Player: http://merlin.gsb.columbia.edu:8080/ramgen/video1/faculty/MasterClass-promo.rm

    View via Google: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4698876883776961370&hl=en

  3. (Required): Please provide an example of a team failure of which you’ve been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (Recommended 500 word limit)
  4. Optional

  5. 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.)

Please see our blog for advice on answering individual
questions.

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Cornell/Johnson

  1. Essay 1: Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you were able to add value to your organization. (400 word limit)
  2. Essay 2: What career do you plan to pursue upon completion of an MBA degree and why? How will the Johnson School help you achieve this goal? (400 word limit)
  3. Essay 3: You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. Please write the Table of Contents for the book. (400 word limit)
  4. Essay 4: 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) does not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School. (Optional; 400 word limit)
  5. Essay 5: Describe the measures you have taken to strengthen your application since you last applied to the Johnson School. (Required for all re-applicants; 400 word limit)
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Carnegie Mellon University/Tepper

  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.)
  2. B. The Tepper School’s culture relies on all members to be active contributors to our community. How will you contribute to the Tepper community? Please feel free to include examples from the past or ideas for the future.
  3. 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 . . .
  4. 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.
  5. 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 pivotal choices have you made in your life that have influenced your decision to pursue an MBA? (500 words)
  2. From the following categories, describe the one that has taught you the most: a creative challenge, an ethical dilemma or an experience of failure. Why? (250 words)
  3. Describe how you are a fit with the case study method. (250 words)

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?
  2. Tuck defines leadership as “inspiring others to strive and enabling them to accomplish great things.” We believe great things and great leadership can be accomplished in pursuit of business and societal goals. 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. Although there is no formal word limit for these essays, the school recommends that applicants aim for an average of 500 words per response. Applicants should also note that essays are expected to be submitted in a double-spaced format.


Duke/Fuqua

Short Answer Essays

– Answer all short answer essay questions.

  1. What do you hope to gain from The Duke MBA? How does it fit into your short- and long- term goals? If you are interested in a joint degree or the Health Sector Management program, please address in this response.
  2. How will you contribute to the overall experience of your peers at The Duke MBA?
  3. Discuss a person, event or experience that has significantly shaped your life and explain why. Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally.

Long Essay

– Answer the long essay question below.

  1. Today, companies must navigate through complex and interdependent issues. They must deal with health and security matters, environmental impact questions, and diversity and cultural concerns. Leaders need adaptability, imagination, and emotional intelligence as well as business acumen.

    Upon graduation, a Duke MBA will be a leader of consequence – able to deal simultaneously with complex matters and engage skillfully with colleagues, clients, and community. What impact do you hope to have as a leader of consequence?

Optional Essay (not required)

  1. If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weakness in your application).
    Reapplicant Essay

    All reapplicants are also required to complete the Reapplicant Essay below. Please limit your response to two pages.

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

Reapplicant Essay

All reapplicants are also required to complete the Reapplicant Essay below. Please limit your response to two pages.

  1. 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 two of the following (400-word limit each):
  • What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?
  • Discuss how you have engaged with a community or organization.
  • What area of the world are you most curious about and why?
  • What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?

Joint degree applicants:

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

 

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Georgetown

All essays should be double-spaced using 10pt. font. Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually. Please follow the instructions regarding length of each attachment, and label each page with your name.

Essays (Required)

#1-3 (Limit: 750 words), #4 (Limit: one page)

  1. Briefly state your short-term and long-term career objectives. How have your prior professional, academic, and personal experiences influenced your career plans? Specifically, how will your participation in Georgetown’s MBA Full-Time Program contribute to your career objectives?
  2. In your own words, how do you define leadership? Please provide a specific example (professional or personal) of a time when you embodied the characteristics of a leader. Be sure to highlight the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What areas do you wish to develop in order to become a more effective leader?
  3. What is the most significant change you have made to any organization with which you have been recently affiliated? Please describe how you identified the need for change and how you managed the process of implementing change. What were the results?
  4. List in order of importance all community and 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, and average number of hours spent each month.

Optional Essay (Limit: 500words)

  1. Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere. For example, you may comment on your academic record as an indication of your potential for graduate management education, or you may explain any gaps in your work history. If you are not submitting a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, use this space to explain why. Similarly, if you are not currently employed full-time, use this space to provide information about your current activities.
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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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Indiana/Kelley

Your essays will give us an idea of your personality, perspectives, and opinions and will let us know how closely your professional objectives match the objectives of the MBA program.
All applicants must answer number 1. You must also choose two of the next three essay questions (2 through 4). Number 5 is optional. Please limit each essay to no more than two double-spaced pages. Finally, please include the essay number and your name at the top of each sheet.
We encourage you to be informative, creative, and concise.

Required Essays:

  1. Please discuss your post-MBA short- and long-term professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals?

  2. Choose two of the next three: (Note: Enter or upload response to first selected essay here.)

    • Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced in your professional career. How was it resolved and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Suppose you had to choose three people-people alive now or people from another era-to travel with you on a cross-country automobile trip. Who would you choose and why? What would you hope to learn from them? (Think carefully about the company you want on those long stretches through Nebraska and Kansas.)
    • Describe what there is about your background and your experiences that will contribute to the diversity of the entering class and enhance the educational experience of other students.

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.

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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.

For questions 1-3, please limit responses to 2 pages.

  1. Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at Kellogg.
  2. Describe how your background, values, academics, activities and/or leadership skills will enhance the experience of other Kellogg students.
  3. Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experience.
  4. Choose two of the following three essays…

  5. Applicants must answer 2 of the below essays. (Re-applicants must answer question 4D and 1 other essay). Please keep responses to two paragraphs.
    • 4A – Describe a time when you had to motivate a reluctant individual or group.

    • 4B – I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…..
    • 4C – What do others admire about you?

    • 4D – 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. Question 1 (600 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? Why is this the right time for you to pursue an MBA?
  2. Question 2 (200 words)
    Where do you see your career progressing five years after graduation and what is your longer term career vision?
  3. Question 3 (500 words)
    Please describe your experience of working in and leading teams, either in your professional or personal life. Include any specific challenges you have faced. Given this experience, what role do you think you will play in your first year study group?

  4. Question 4 (400 words)
    Student involvement is an extremely important part of the London Business School MBA experience and this is reflected in the character of students on campus. What type of student club or campus community events will you be involved with and why? How will you contribute?
  5. Question 5 (150 words)
    Describe any significant experiences outside of your home country. What did you gain from these?
  6. Question 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?

  7. Question 7 (300 words) (This question is for re-applicants only)
    Please describe how your candidacy for the London Business School MBA has improved since your last application.
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Michigan/Ross

Long Answers (500 words 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.
  3. Short Answers (300words max)

  4. 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 multidisciplinary problems?
  5. Describe your experience during a challenging time in your life. Explain how you grew personally, either despite this challenge or because of it.
  6. Optional Question

    Is there anything else you think the Admissions Comittee ahhould 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. Describe your accomplishments and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. Your letter should conform to standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions.

Essays

We are interested in learning more about you and how you work, think, and act. For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response. Please limit the experiences you discuss to those which have occurred in the past three years.
In each of the essays please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.

  1. Please tell us about a challenging interaction you had with a person or group. (500 words or less, limited to one page)
  2. Please tell us about a time when you defended your idea. (500 words or less, limited to one page)
  3. Please tell us about a time when you executed a plan. (500 words or less, limited to one page)
  4. Please tell the Admissions Committee whatever else you would like us to know. (250 words or less, limited to one page)

LFM applicants only

  1. Why do you wish to pursue the LFM Program? How does this fit into your future plans? (250 words or less, limited to one page) You are welcome to copy and paste text directly from your cover letter.
  2. Why do you wish to pursue the engineering field and specialty area you have selected? (250 words or less, limited to one page) You are welcome to copy and paste text directly from your cover letter.

Supplemental Information


You may use this section to address any specific circumstances related to your academic background. (250 words or less, limited to one page)

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NYU/STERN

Please note the following details when completing the Essays section of the standard online application.

The following essay questions give you the opportunity to more fully present yourself to the Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals and thought processes. Your essays should be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be withdrawn if you did not write your essays. Please note the following:

  • Essays 1, 2 and 4 must be typed and submitted using the standard U.S. 8 1/2” x 11” format, double-spaced, in 12-point font.
  • Please adhere to the essay word limits provided for each question.
  • Word limits apply to the total question. For example, your response to Essay 1 should answer part (a), part (b) and part (c) with a maximum of 750 words.
  • Label the top of each essay with the following: Name, Date of Birth (month, day, year), Essay Number and Page Number (e.g.: Joe Applicant, January 1, 2001, Essay 1, Page 1)
  1. Professional Aspirations:

    (750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

    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. Admissions Tips:

    • Listen to our podcast: Writing your Story.
    • Proofread your essays carefully.
    • Make sure you have fully answered the essay questions.
    • Be genuine in your essays – tell us about the real you.
    • Follow the essay instructions, including word limits and font size.
  3. Fit with Stern

    The NYU Stern collaborative community is one of our strongest assets. We seek individuals who are passionate about our community and committed to growing as leaders at Stern. Please answer the following questions:

    • (a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? What actions have you taken to learn more about us?
    • (b) What is the most difficult piece of constructive feedback you have received, and what did you do as a result of it? How will this experience make you a better member of the Stern community?
  4. Admissions Tip:

  5. 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.

    All submissions become part of NYU Stern’s permanent records and cannot be returned for any reason.

    Please do not submit anything that must be viewed or played electronically (e.g. CDs, DVDs, MP3s, online links), that is perishable (e.g. food) or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.

    If you are not submitting Essay 3 online, you must provide a brief description of your submission with your online application. To submit Essay 3 by mail, please follow the mail and labeling instructions. Also, note that supplemental Essay 3 packages are subject to size restrictions.

    Essays that exceed the stated size restrictions will not be accepted for review by the Admissions Committee.

  6. Admissions Tip:

    • Listen to Isser Gallogly, Executive Director of MBA Admissions, discuss Essay 3 on Public Radio’s “Marketplace”. (Before listening, note that we now have new Essay 3 size restrictions.)
  7. 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 and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information.

    If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4.

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

    If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

Uploading Formats

You may upload documents into the standard online application in the following formats: word, excel, PDF, .txt, .rft and .wpd.

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Stanford

Please see our blog for advice on answering individual
questions.

Essay Questions for 2008/2009

  1. Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?
  2. Essay B: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them?
  3. Essay C: Short Essays—Options 1-4
  4. Answer two of the questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years.

    Option 1: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team.

    Option 2: Tell us about a time when you felt most effective as a leader.

    Option 3: Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or complete a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating.

    Option 4: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.

    Essay Length

    Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,800 words. Each of you has your own story to tell, so please allocate the 1,800 words among all of the essays in the way that is most effective for you. We provide some guidelines below as a starting point, but you should feel comfortable to write as much or as little as you like on any essay question, as long as you do not exceed 1,800 words total.

    • Essay A 750 words
    • Essay B 450 words
    • Essay C 300 words each

    Formatting

    • Use a 12-point font, double spaced
    • Indicate which essay question you are answering at the beginning of each essay
    • Number all pages
    • Upload all four essays as one document
    • Preview the uploaded document to ensure that the formatting is true to the original
    • Save a copy of your essays

Please see our blog for advice on answering individual
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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 change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be, and how would you do it differently? (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. Essay 1: How has your family and/or community helped shape your development? Please include information about where you grew up, and perhaps a highlight or special memory of your youth. (750 words)
  2. Essay 2: What experience has had the greatest impact on who you are today and why? (500 words)
  3. Essay 3: Discuss your short-term and long-term career goals. What is your motivation for pursuing an MBA now at UCLA Anderson? (750 words)
  4. Essay 4: Audio or Text
    Select and respond to one of the following questions. We would like you to respond to the question by recording an audio response (up to 1 minute). For applicants unable to submit a response via audio, there is an option to submit a written response instead (250 words).
a) What does entrepreneurial spirit mean to you?
b) What global issue matters most to you and why?
c) What is something people will find surprising about you?
  5. Essay 5: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words)

Re-application

Reapplicants who applied for the entering Fall 2007 or 2008 class are required to complete the following three essays.

  1. Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. (750 words)
  2. What experience has had the greatest impact on who you are today and why? (500 words)
  3. Select and respond to one of the following questions. We would like you to respond to the question by recording an audio response (up to 1 minute). If you are unable to submit your response via audio, then please upload a written response instead (250 words).
a) What does entrepreneurial spirit mean to you?
b) What global issue matters most to you and why?
c) What is something people will find surprising about you?

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UT Austin/McCombs

    Required Essays

  1. Please define your short- and long-term goals and objectives, your career progression to date, and how an MBA fits in at this time. What makes the Texas MBA the perfect fit for you?

    Limit: 900 words

  2. The Texas MBA is built around four key pillars of leadership. Describe an experience that you have had that clearly demonstrates your leadership as it relates to one of our four pillars: 1) Responsibility/Integrity; 2) Knowledge/Understanding; 3) Collaborative/Communication; or 4) Worldview of Business and Society.
    Limit: 650 words
  3. At the McCombs School of Business, you will be part of an active and diverse community. How will you use your personal strengths and unique experiences to enrich the McCombs community during your two years in the program?
    Limit: 500 words
  4. Optional Essays

    Please provide any additional information to the Admissions Committee that you believe is important and/or will address any areas of concern that will ultimately be beneficial to the committee in considering your application.
    Limit: 350 words

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UNC/Kenan-Flagler

  1. Essay One (Required)

    What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? Do you have other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500 words maximum)

  2. Essay Two (Required)

    Briefly describe the career path you intend to pursue immediately after b-school. Explain why this career option appeals to you and why an MBA is appropriate at this time. (500 words maximum)

  3. Essay Three (Required)

    What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to Kenan-Flagler? (500 words maximum)

  4. Essay Four (Required)

    What do you expect from your MBA program? How and when will you measure the return on your investment in the MBA?
    (500 words maximum)

  5. Essay Five (Optional)

    If your GMAT quantitative score is low, or if you have not had coursework in calculus, microeconomics, statistics and financial accounting, please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)

  6. Essay Six (Optional)

    Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you in order to evaluate your candidacy?
    (300 words maximum)

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Wharton

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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 an MBA from Wharton 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 setback or a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? (500 words)
  3. Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)
  4. Please Complete One of The Following Two Questions:
    • a. Describe an experience you have had innovating or initiating, your lessons learned, the results and impact of your efforts. (500 words)
    • b. 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:

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, maximum)

Re-applicant Essays (for candidates who have applied for admission for Fall 2008 or 2007 only)

Required:

  1. Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Wharton 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. Describe an experience you have had innovating or initiating, your lessons learned, the results and impact of your efforts. (500 words)
  3. Please Complete One of The Following Two Questions:
    • a. Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)
    • b. 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:

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, maximum)

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Yale

  1. Why a Yale MBA?
  2. What is the impact that you wish to have on the world? How will your previous experiences and a Yale MBA enhance your ability, in the short-term and long-term, to pursue a career that will allow you to achieve this impact? (500 words maximum)

  3. Leadership Example
  4. Describe a professional accomplishment that exhibits your leadership style. The accomplishment should include evidence of your leadership skills, a description of the actions you took, as well as the impact you had on your organization. (500 words maximum)

  5. Personal Statement 1
  6. Choose one (1) of the following topics and answer it in essay form. Please indicate the topic number at the beginning of your essay. (500 words maximum)

    • (1) A central premise of our teaching about leadership at the Yale School of Management is that true leadership – leadership that helps to address a significant problem in a new way – is necessarily personal. It is only when personal passion aligns with meaningful aspirations that individuals are able to inspire others to act in support of an important goal or cause. What are you most passionate about, and how have you demonstrated a commitment to this passion?
    • (2) What personal achievement are you most proud of and why?
    • (3) Describe a situation in which your values were challenged. How did you respond to the situation and what did you learn from it?
    • (4) A phrase often heard among SOM graduates is that they aspire to lead a life that is an “SOM Story” – that of a broadly engaged, values-based leader who owns and solves hard problems that matter. How will you create your own SOM Story? Describe a situation in which you devised and implemented a creative or innovative solution to a difficult problem. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
    • (5) The Yale School of Management is a community of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests. What unique attributes would you bring to the Class of 2011?
    • (6) What is the most difficult feedback you have received and how did you address it? Looking forward, what skills are you most eager to build or improve upon in business school?
    • (7) Required for reapplicants: What steps have you taken to improve your candidacy since your last application?
  7. Personal Statement 2
  8. Choose one (1) of the other topics listed in Personal Statement 1, or create a topic of your own about a subject that is meaningful to you, and answer it in essay form. Please indicate the topic number (or state the topic if it is not one of the ones listed) 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. (250 words maximum)

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