1 / Harvard University (MA)

Ø   What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit)

Ø   What have you learned from a mistake? (400-word limit)

Ø   Please respond to two of the following (400-word limit each):

A. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?

B.  Discuss how you have engaged with a community or organization.

C. Tell us about a time when you made a difficult decision.

         D.  Write a cover letter to your application introducing yourself to the    Admissions Board.

E.  What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?

  

2 / Stanford University (CA)

ü   Essay Questions for Class of 2012 - (entering Fall 2010)

Ø   Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why?

Ø   Essay 2: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them?

Ø   Essay 3: Answer two of the four 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.

J  Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.

J  Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.

J  Option C: Tell us about a time when you motivated others to support your vision or initiative.

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

ü   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.

J  Essay 1: 750 words

J  Essay 2: 450 words

J  Essay 3: 300 words each

ü   Formatting

Ø   Use a 12-point font, double spaced

Ø   Indicate which essay question you are answering at the beginning of each essay

Ø   Number all pages

Ø   Upload all four essays as one document

Ø   Preview the uploaded document to ensure that the formatting is true to the original

Ø   Save a copy of your essays

  

3 / Northwestern U (Kellogg) (IL)

ü   2010 Application Essay Questions:

Ø   Essay #1 – MBA Program applicants - Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at Kellogg. (600 word limit)

Ø   Essay #2 – Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experiences (600 word limit)

Ø   Essay #3 – Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would your peers select you to become a member of the Kellogg community? (600 word limit)

Ø   Essay #4 - Complete one of the following three questions or statements. (400 word limit) Re-applicants have the option to answer a question from this grouping, but this is not required.

a     Describe a time when you had to make an unpopular decision.

b    People may be surprised to learn that I….

c     I wish the admissions committee had asked me……

Ø   Required essay for re-applicants only - Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (400 word limit)

 

3 / University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) (PA)

ü   Fall 2010 Essay Questions

Ø   Essay 1 (750-1000 words) - As a leader in global business, Wharton is committed to sustaining "a truly global presence through its engagement in the world." What goals are you committed to and why? How do you envision the Wharton MBA contributing to the attainment of those goals?

Ø   Essay 2 (750-1000 words) - Tell us about a time when you had to adapt by accepting/understanding the perspective of people different from yourself.

Ø   Essay 3 (500 words) - Describe a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself?

Ø   Essay 4 (500 words) - Choose one of the following:

a     Give us a specific example of a time when you solved a complex problem.

b    Tell us about something significant that you have done to improve yourself, in either your professional and/or personal endeavors.

Ø   Essay 5 (Optional) — (250 words) 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, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application).

  

5 / Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) (MA)

ü   Essay - All applicants

Ø   Essay 1: Please describe a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Ø   Essay 2: Please describe a time when you coached, trained, or mentored a person or group. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Ø   Essay 3: Please describe a time when you took responsibility for achieving an objective. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

ü   Resume: Please prepare a business resume that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged. The resume should not be more than one page in length (up to 50 lines).

ü   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.

 

 5 / U of Chicago (Booth) (IL)

ü   Essay questions for the Fall 2010 application

1.          How did you choose your most recent job/internship and how did this experience influence your future goals? What about the Chicago Booth MBA makes you feel it is the next best step in your career at this time? (750-1000 words)
1a. FOR REAPPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (250 words)

2.          Please choose one of the following (500 - 750 words):

n   Describe a time when you wish you could have retracted something you said or did. When did you realize your mistake and how did you handle the situation?
or

n   Describe a time when you were surprised by feedback that you received. What was the feedback and why were you surprised?

ü   Slide Presentation - In four slides or less please answer the following question: What have you not already shared in your application that you would like your future classmates to know about you?
We have set forth the following guidelines for you to consider when creating your presentation.

Ø   The content is completely up to you. There is no right or wrong approach to this essay.

Ø   Feel free to use the software you are most comfortable with. Acceptable formats for upload in the online application system are PowerPoint or PDF.

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

Ø   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.

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

Ø   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.

ü   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.

  

7 / UC--Berkeley (Haas) (CA)

ì  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 and institution. Beyond courses, please 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.)

ì  Short Answer:

1.          What are you most passionate about? Why? (250 word maximum)

2.          Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)

3.          At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe a time when you created positive change in a group or an organization. (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)

ì  Required Essays:

1.          Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)

2.          What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? How will an MBA from Berkeley help you achieve these specific career goals? (1000 word maximum)

ì  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)  

  

8 / Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)

ü   Essay: 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 response.

±  Essay 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.)

±  Essay 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?

±  Essay 3: Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?

±  Essay 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?

±  Essay 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.

±  Essay 6 - Reapplicant Essay: (To be completed by all reapplicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.

  

9 / Columbia University (NY)

Ø  Essay 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)

Ø  Essay 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)

Ø  Essay 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)

Ø  Optional Essay: 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.)

  

10 / Yale University (CT)

ü   Short Answers - Please answer each of the four questions below with a short paragraph of no more than 150 words. This is an opportunity to distill your core ideas, values, goals and motivations into a set of snapshots that help tell us who you are, where you are headed, and why. (150 words each)

1.          What are your professional goals immediately after you receive your MBA?

2.          What are your long-term career aspirations?

3.          Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA and why now? (If you plan to use your MBA experience to make a significant change in the field or nature of your career, please tell us what you have done to prepare for this transition.)

4.          What attracts you specifically to the Yale School of Management’s MBA program?

ü   Personal Statement 1 - Describe an accomplishment that exhibits your leadership style. The description should include evidence of your leadership skills, the actions you took, and the impact you had on your organization. (500 words maximum)

ü   Personal Statement 2 - Choose one 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 achievement are you most proud of and why?

3.          What is the most difficult feedback you have received from another person or the most significant weakness you have perceived in yourself? What steps have you taken to address it and how will business school contribute to this process?

4.          Describe a situation in which you devised and implemented a creative or unique solution to a difficult problem. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?

5.          Required for reapplicants: What steps have you taken to improve your candidacy since your last application?

  

11 / New York University (Stern) (NY)

Ø   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.

Ø   Please adhere to the essay word limits provided for each question.

Ø   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.

Ø   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)

ì  Essay 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?

 

ì  Essay 2. Your Stern Experience

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

We take great care to shape the Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative, and committed to flourishing as Stern leaders. Please answer the following questions:

(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.

(b) Describe what most excites you about Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.

(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve.

 

ì  Essay 3. 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 are required to upload a brief description of your submission in your online application. Please note that on the online application checklist, you must select "Submitted Online" for Essay 3 even if you are mailing it.

To submit Essay 3 by mail, please follow the mail and labeling instructions and ensure it is postmarked by the deadline. 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. Please see the table below for the maximum package size guidelines:

Packaging Type

Dimensions:  Metric

Dimensions:  Non-metric

 Box

 36cm x 31cm x 8cm

 14” x 12” x 3”

 Cylindrical tube

 8cm x 91cm

 3” x 36”

 Triangular tube

 97cm x 16cm x 16 cm x 16 cm

 38” x 6” x 6” x 6”

 

ì  Essay 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, 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.

   

12 / Duke University (Fuqua) (NC)

Applicant Essays: Answer all 3 essay questions.

1.          Describe your vision for your career, your inspiration for pursuing this career path, and the role of The Duke MBA in achieving your goals. If you are interested in a specific concentration or joint degree program, please discuss in this essay.

2.          Discuss a person, event, or experience that has significantly shaped your life and explain why.

3.          Individuals choose a business school for many different reasons. Through your research, what attributes or characteristics of The Duke MBA program have most resonated with you and why? How do you plan to contribute to the strengthening and enhancement of those attributes and characteristics during your time at Duke and beyond?

Optional Essay (not required)

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).

Re-applicant Essay

All re-applicants are required to complete the Re-applicant Essay. Please limit your response to two pages. Write an essay describing how you are now a stronger candidate for admission compared to the application you submitted the previous year.

  

13 / U of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Ross) (MI)

1a. Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals.

1b. Why is an MBA the best choice at this point in your career?

1c. What and/or who influenced your decision to apply to Ross?

(500-word maximum total)

 

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. (500-word maximum)

 

3. 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? (300-word maximum)

 

4. Describe your experience during a challenging time in your life. Explain how you grew personally, either despite this challenge or because of it. (300-word maximum)

Optional Question - Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy?

(Information from online application)

  

14 / UC-LA (Anderson) (CA)

Ø   Essay Question 1: Describe the ways in which your family and/or community have helped shape your development. (750 words)

Ø   Essay Question 2: Describe the biggest risk you have ever taken, the outcome, and what you learned in the process. (500 words)

Ø   Essay Question 3: Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. What is your motivation for pursuing an MBA now and how will UCLA Anderson help you to achieve your goals? (750 words)

Ø   Essay Question 4 - Audio/Video or Text: Select and respond to one of the following two questions. We would like you to respond to the question by recording an audio or video response (of no more than 1-2 minutes) for upload in the online application and uploading it here (click the 'Upload File' button). Please note that there is a 5Mb file size limit.
If you are unable to submit a response via audio/video, then please upload a written response instead (250 words), using the 'Upload Document' button.

1.          Entrepreneurship is a mindset that embraces innovation and risk-taking within both established and new organizations. Describe an instance in which you exhibited this mindset.

2.          What is something people will find surprising about you?

 

Ø   Essay Question 5: OPTIONAL: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words)

(From online application)

  

15 / Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) (PA)

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 the Tepper School.)

 

B.         The Tepper School’s culture relies on all members to be active contributors to our community. With your values, experiences, and interests, how will you make a unique contribution to the Tepper community? Your examples may include: classroom interaction, student activities, career development, community service, etc.

 

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 . . .

 

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.

  

15 / U of Virginia (Darden) (VA)

1.          How have the changes in the global economy over the last 18 months affected you and your plan for the future? (400 words)

2.          What will you contribute to an MBA program and what are your personal and professional expectations of the program you attend? (600 words)

  

17 / Cornell University (Johnson) (NY)

±  Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you added value to your organization. (400 word limit) *

±  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) *

±  You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. Please write the table of contents for the book. Note: Approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity. (Required essay) (400 word limit)*

 

±  Optional Essay: Complete this essay if you would like to add additional details regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate record or test scores) fo not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School. (400 word limit)

  

18 / U of Texas--Austin (McCombs) (TX)

Required Essays

ì  Describe how your experiences, both personal and professional, have led you to pursue an MBA at this time. What are your short and long term goals and how will a Texas MBA help you achieve them?
Limit: 900 words

ì  Discuss a defining experience in your leadership development. What did you learn from this experience about your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?
Limit: 650 words

ì  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

Optional Essay

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

 

19 / Georgetown University (McDonough) (DC)

«  ESSAY ONE (Required) - Limit: 750 words

A.  What position do you plan to obtain upon graduation from the MBA program? Please include both industry and function in your explanation.

B. How will the combination of your past experiences and the Georgetown MBA position you for this new opportunity?

C.    Please describe how you envision your career progression beyond your initial post-MBA position.

 

«  ESSAY TWO (Required) - Limit: 750 words

A.    What does leadership mean to you? What are the personal characteristics and skills required to be an effective leader?

B.      Provide a specific example of when you demonstrated leadership skills. Describe a challenge that you faced and the results that you achieved.

C.     What areas do you wish to develop in order to become a more effective leader?

«  ESSAY THREE (Required) - Limit: 750 words - How will your classmates benefit from your presence in the Georgetown MBA program?

«  ESSAY FOUR: COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS - Limit: one page

A.        Please provide a bulleted list of your post-undergraduate involvement in the community. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, dates of involvement, offices held, and average number of hours spent each month.

B.  What motivates you to continue contributing to the community? Limit: 250 words

«  OPTIONAL ESSAY ONE - Limit: 500 words - If you are not currently employed full-time, use this space to provide information about your current activities.

«  OPTIONAL ESSAY TWO - Limit 500 words - Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere.

 

20 / U of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) (NC)

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? Your response should not exceed 500 words. 

 

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. Your response should not exceed 500 words. 

 

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? Your response should not exceed 500 words. 

 

Essay Four (Required)

We greatly value current student involvement in the admissions process. Essay #4 will be read and evaluated by a trained student admissions volunteer. Please do not put your name on this essay since we would like the student evaluation to be anonymous.

Kenan-Flagler has five core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. If you could add one value what would it be and why? Be sure to explain how you have lived this value. 300 words maximum 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

Additional Information / Explanation Page

The Admissions Committee believes that the MBA application is comprehensive and does not require submission of any supplemental information. If you feel that additional information or explanations are necessary, please use this page for that purpose. 

(Information from online application)

 

 

20 / Univ. of Southern California (Marshall) (CA)

1.       What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will USC Marshall help you achieve these goals? (750 words) If interested in a dual-degree program, please address in this essay.

2.         How will other USC Marshall MBA students benefit from your background, experience, leadership and teamwork skills? (500 words)

3.          Select three from the following and describe: (250 words each)

A.        A challenging international experience

B.         A personal or professional setback

C.         An entrepreneur you admire

D.        Your family, including any ties to USC

E.         Your most significant accomplishment

F.          A situation where your professional ethics were challenged

4.          Optional Essay: Please add any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider in evaluating your application. (250 words)

Re-Applicants:

If you applied within the past two years, please answer the following:

1.          What steps have you taken to strengthen your application since your last submission?

2.          Select two from the following and describe: (250 words each)

A.        A challenging international experience

B.         A personal or professional setback

C.         An entrepreneur you admire

D.        Your family, including any ties to USC

E.         Your most significant accomplishment

F.          A situation where your professional ethics were challenged

 

 

22 / Emory University (Goizueta) (GA) – Two year Full time MBA

 1.      List one of your most significant professional or organizational accomplishments. Describe your precise role in this event and how it has helped to shape your management skills. Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

2.          Please complete/address two of the following statements. Full-time candidates (Two-Year and One-Year Programs) must complete/address choice F as one of the two options. Please limit each response to one, double-spaced, typed page.

a     I have always wanted to....

b    My most memorable cross-cultural experience....

c     My family background is unique because....

d    The person who has had the greatest influence on my leadership style is... because...

e     The greatest lesson I have ever learned....

f     Of Goizueta’s core values (courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, community), which value resonates most with you and why?

3.           What do you expect to accomplish in the Goizueta Business School MBA program? How will your participation in the MBA program fit in with your experiences and responsibilities as well as your short and long-term career goals? Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

 

 

22 / Georgia Institute of Tech. (GA) – Full time MBA

ü   Statement of Purpose: Please clearly indicate the reasons you wish to study in your chosen program at Georgia Tech as opposed to some other program or university. The biography should describe the applicant's academic background, training and experience and should mention honors, memberships, and extracurricular activities. Special areas of research or interest should be discussed. Please be concise and specific in your response. Your space is limited to 4000 characters.

 

22 / IU--Bloomington (Kelley) (IN) – Full time MBA

Required Essay 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?

 

Required Essay 2.1

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

 

2. Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced in your professional career. How was it resolved and what did you learn from the experience?

 

3. 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.)

 

4. 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.

 

Required Essay 2.2

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

 

2. Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced in your professional career. How was it resolved and what did you learn from the experience?

 

3. 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.)

 

4. 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

5. 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.

 

 

22 / Washington Univ. in St. Louis (Olin) (MO)

ü   Essay:

«  Please provide a statement of purpose that describes your decision to pursue the Olin MBA or specialized master's degree for which you are applying for. Your response should include a thoughtful presentation of the personal and professional experiences that have led to your decision to pursue graduate management education. It should also provide an identification of your specific short- and long-term career objectives, an explanation of your decision to pursue this degree at this point in your life, a description of your specific interest in the Olin Business School, and any other information that would help inform the Admissions Committee of your qualifications for our program. (500 – 1,000 words)

 

«  Please provide any additional information not previously addressed in other areas of the application that you feel would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in its assessment of your candidacy. (300 word maximum)

 

 

26 / Ohio State U (Fisher) (OH)


Essay #1: Shaping Your Vision
Every year Fisher College’s MBA program admits a select group of talented professionals with demonstrated potential to become successful business leaders in an increasingly competitive, global environment. Briefly summarize your professional accomplishments to date. If you have not held a full-time job or are still in college, let us know about your leadership accomplishments in a school, internship, or extracurricular context.

Also, why do you want to earn an MBA degree in general and a Fisher College MBA in particular? Include your post-MBA goals, both short-term and long-term, and outline your plan for achieving them.

Maximum words: 750


Essay #2: Focusing On Leadership
At the core of our mission is our dedication to developing leaders. Successful leaders have a number of shared characteristics, and we would like you to choose two out of the 10 attributes that best describe you, your leadership style, and/or your leadership successes to date:

Creativity

Communication Skills

Curiosity

Empathy

Endurance

Global Outlook

Integrity

Passion

Self Awareness

Vision

Please provide us with clear evidence of your accomplishments for the two chosen attributes. You have three options for doing so:

Ø   Option 1*: You may submit physical objects, images, photographs, or photocopies, along with brief descriptions of how these objects exemplify the leadership qualities you selected. For example, to illustrate endurance, you might share a copy of your marathon medal, along with a short paragraph describing this experience.

Ø   Option 2: You may choose to write an essay for each of the two characteristics you select, describing situations in which you exemplified these leadership traits. Maximum words per essay: 500

Ø   Option 3: You may combine options 1 and 2.

* You may send objects to MBA Admissions, 100 Gerlach Hall, 2108 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.  Please note that Fisher College will not be responsible for returning physical objects to applicants.


Essay #3: Discovering You
As a Fisher College MBA student, you get the best of both worlds: the up-close and personal feel of a small program combined with the resources and opportunities offered by a major research university. As an individual participant, you will play a key role in shaping our culture. Consequently, we would like to learn more about who you are and the unique characteristics you will contribute to the Fisher College community.

Provide an honest description of yourself outside your professional context, stressing the personal characteristics you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses, along with the factors that have most influenced your development to date.

Maximum words: 750

 

 

26 / Univ. of Washington (Foster) (WA)

l          Essay 1 - GOALS STATEMENT

What do you expect to do immediately after completing the MBA program? What steps have you taken to assess the viability of your post-MBA goals given your experience to date combined with your intended MBA study plans? What do you anticipate will be the primary challenges to achieving your career goals? What is your lifetime career goal? What unique aspects of the Foster MBA Program would contribute the most to achieving your short term and long term goals?

 

l          Essay 2 - OVERVIEW(500 words maximum)


We consider a high level of involvement in student organizations, networking and career efforts to be a hallmark of the Foster MBA experience. Please describe your anticipated level of involvement as an MBA student beyond the MBA course requirements. In what specific organizations or activities will you participate? Where do you expect to make the greatest contribution to the overall MBA experience at the Foster School of Business? What aspects of your past or current life provide insights into your ability and willingness to consistently deliver more than the minimum effort required?

 

l          ESSAY 3 - CHOICE ESSAY

Required for Full-time and Evening MBA Applicants (500 words maximum)

Answer one of the following:

A. Describe a situation in a work environment that either severely strained your relationship with co-workers or challenged your personal values. How did you resolve the situation?

B. At this point in your career what do you consider your most significant professional accomplishments? How have these particular accomplishments affected the career choices you have made?

 

 

l          ESSAY 4 - OPTIONAL ESSAY/ADDITIONAL INFORMATION(250 words maximum)

 

Please include any other information that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee in considering your application. For example, applicants have used this essay to explain a stretch of weak grades in college, an unusual job change, travel or time off not explained in the resume, or some particularly interesting or unique characteristic or experience that they were unable to discuss elsewhere in this application.

 

l          ESSAY 5 - REAPPLICANT ESSAY  Reapplicants only (500 words maximum)

 

All applicants reapplying to the MBA Program within the past 2 years must submit a reapplicant essay to satisfy your admission requirements and to pass the application inspector. Your reapplicant essay should discuss what has changed and what you have accomplished since you last applied. For the remaining essays, you may choose to use the essays that you submitted with your previous application or you may rewrite the essays. If you choose to submit essays from your previous application, simply type "Refer to previous application" in the document.

 

 

28 / University of Wisconsin—Madison (WI)

1.         Explain why you are interested in pursuing your MBA and the specific career specialization at this point in your life. Specifically, how will this degree impact your future career and describe your professional short term career goals (immediately following the MBA).

2.          Tell us about a time you faced either a challenge or set back (professional or personal) in your life. Explain the situation, what happened and what did you learn or gain from the experience.

The following questions are specific to your career specialization. Based on the career specialization you selected please address questions 3 and 4:

 

Arts Administration

3.  Describe the specific skills and abilities you hope to gain from the graduate degree program in Arts Administration, and the skills and abilities you would bring to the program.

4.  Identify and describe a key issue facing the marketing, management, development, creation, or support of arts and culture today. Explain why you think this is a critical issue to arts administrators, and provide your recommendations as to how this issue might be addressed. Include specific examples from your own experience if applicable.

 

Corporate Finance & Investment Banking

3. Please describe why you should be admitted to the Corporate Finance & Investment Banking (CFIB) program, and why you believe CFIB is a good fit for you.

 

4. Identify and list three critical financial issues affecting businesses today. Select one issue to discuss in depth. Discuss why you think this is a critical issue and provide your recommendations as to how this issue may be resolved.

 

Applied Security Analysis

3. Why specifically do you believe you are a good fit for a career in money management?

4. Please describe your history of interest or participation in the area of investments.

 

Brand and Product Management

 

3. What personal qualities and past experiences have most directly influenced your decision to begin your career in brand management? Following up on the first question regarding career goals, given your personal interests, what would be one of your "dream" product management positions (industry, company, or product, etc.) immediately after your MBA? What do you see yourself doing in the longer term (ten to fifteen years out of MBA program)?

4. Give an example of a product that is marketed particularly well. Why? What is an example of a product that is not marketed well? What would you do to improve it?

 

Entrepreneurial Management

3. Describe an experience you have had with entrepreneurship (either starting, working in, or providing professional services for an entrepreneurial venture). How did it affect your career aspirations?

 

4. Entrepreneurs are often characterized as innovators. Describe something you have done that you consider to be especially innovative.

 

Marketing Research

3. Please describe any research you conducted on graduate programs and career choices. Why did this lead you to choose the A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research? What specific types of industries and marketing research responsibilities are you most interested in pursuing after graduation?

4. What do you think it takes to be successful in marketing research? Why? How does your past experience demonstrate your ability to be successful as a marketing research professional?

 

Operations and Technology Management

3. Briefly describe three critical operations or technology management-related issues facing global businesses today (you may narrow this down to an industry with which you are familiar). Also describe why you think they are critical, and what you as a manager could do to address them.

 

4. Why are you, and what made you, interested in operations and/or technology management?

 

Real Estate

3. Why are you interested in Real Estate as your area of concentration? What specific aspects of real estate most interest you, and why?

 

4. What specific qualities and skills do you bring to the study and practice of real estate? Given your short and long run goals (Question #1), in which qualities and skills do you think you need strengthening? How do you see your development in the next two years? Please be as specific and concrete as possible.

 

Risk Management and Insurance

3. Who are the individuals and/or what are the events in your life that have led to your specific interest in pursuing a degree in risk management and insurance? Please explain.

 

4. In what area of risk management and insurance are you most interested? Provide a discussion of the current key issues associated with this field and the skills you bring to efforts in addressing those issues. Be as specific as possible.

 

Strategic Human Resources

3. To follow up on the question regarding your career goals, what type of organization would you like to work for and what would your roles and responsibilities be there? Now, jumping ahead another 15 to 20 years, please consider the same questions. What would you like to be doing and in what kind of organization? Finally, in what way or in what area of SHRM do you hope to make your biggest mark and why?

 

4. Thinking of the plans you just described, what are your reasons for choosing to do an MBA in SHRM at the University of Wisconsin? What is it about our program that will help you achieve your goals? What are the advantages and disadvantages of our program relative to other programs for what you would like to do?

 

Strategic Management in the Life and Engineering Sciences

3. In what ways have you been significantly influenced by your scientific and technical background? How have these influences shaped your career and personal objectives?

4. SMILES graduates will likely work with, at, and define the forefront of organizations where leading-edge science and business knowledge intersect. How might such roles have implications for public policy, environmental sustainability, or other broad social issues?

 

Supply Chain Management

3. List three critical supply chain management challenges facing business today and select one to discuss in depth.  Explain why the issue is important, including suggestions for how to address this challenge and examples from your own experience if applicable.

4. Successfully managing a business’ supply chain requires continuous innovation and leadership.  What personal qualities and experiences will make you an effective leader in this field?  What skills and experiences do you hope to gain and/or improve from the Grainger Center and MBA program?

 

 

29 / Arizona State U (Carey) (AZ) – Full time MBA

ESSAY QUESTION #1

Explain how your past accomplishments have prepared you for the W. P. Carey MBA.

 

ESSAY QUESTION #2

How will the W. P. Carey MBA help you achieve your personal and professional goals?  For full-time and evening applicants, please reference the specialization or area of emphasis you plan to pursue and discuss your career goals after the MBA program.

 

ESSAY QUESTION #3

Please address any weaknesses in your W. P. Carey MBA application or provide additional information you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. Concerns to be addressed may include past academic performance or GPA, work experience and/or GMAT scores.

 

 

29 / Brigham Young University (Marriott) (UT) – MBA

1.          Much of management education requires analysis of complex business situations. Students are expected to consider all available quantitative and qualitative data, formulate and evaluate alternatives, and make recommendations. Since there are often no correct or incorrect answers, the educational value of the exercise is only complete when the student receives feedback on their analysis. Ideally the student would present the work to the class and the instructor and would then benefit from the collective response. Unfortunately, there is insufficient time in class for everyone to have their work evaluated in this manner. Consequently, the education process relies heavily on students receiving feedback on their work from the study group of which they are a part. Typically, study groups include people with different backgrounds and perspectives, so the feedback can be as valuable as possible. What strengths, skills, and experiences do you have that would make you a particularly valuable member of a study group?

 

2.          Because the Marriott School MBA program receives substantial financial support from the tithes of the LDS Church, the faculty and administration are committed to advancing the mission of the Church as they operate a nationally recognized MBA program. Thus, the goals of the MBA program include the melding of spiritual and secular truths in your studies, as well as sharing the benefits of your education with people throughout the world. Please describe ways that the program might realize these goals and what role you might play in those efforts.

 

 

29 / U of Rochester (Simon) (NY) – Full time MBA

Ø   Describe your post-M.B.A. or post-M.S. career plans. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? What aspects of the Simon School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? Why have you chosen to apply to the Simon School for graduate study?(500 word maximum)

Ø   Discuss two examples that demonstrate your potential as a successful leader. (500 word maximum)

Ø   (Optional) Share any information that you think is important in the evaluation of your application, including any concerns you think the Admissions Committee may have regarding your application. (500 word maximum)

Ø   Please provide a current resume in standard format (limit 2 pages) with your employment history. For each position, include the following:

±  Dates of employment (month and year),

±  Employer Name and estimated number of employees,

±  Location,

±  Job Title,

±  Responsibilities,

±  Starting and ending salaries,

±  Average number of hours worked per week,

±  Reason for job/position change.

Please explain any gaps in your employment history. Also include post-secondary educational history, nonacademic interests and activities, awards received, and examples of leadership roles.

 

 

32 / Purdue U--West Lafayette (Krannert) (IN)

ì  Discuss your long and short term career goals, how these goals developed, and what you hope to gain from graduate study at Krannert. Limit your responses to no more than 500 words.

ì  Describe a situation in which you had to work with a diverse group of people (those with backgrounds or opinions different from your own) to accomplish something. What conflicts arose and how did you resolve these conflicts? What did you learn about yourself and accomplishing work as a group that you can bring to Krannert? Limit your response to no more than 500 words.

ì  Describe a major obstacle you have faced in your professional, academic, or personal life. How did you overcome this obstacle? How did this experience foster your personal and professional development? Limit your response to no more than 500 words.

ì  Additional Information (Optional) Please provide any additional information that was not captured within your application. If you feel you've already provided us with sufficient information about yourself, you need not add anything here.  (250 words or less)

 

 

33 / Texas A&M U--College Station (Mays) (TX)

ü   Essay: Limit to two typed pages (double-spaced) per response. Please type and save each of your answers in a separate word processing document (.pdf, .doc, and .rtf formats accepted) and upload each essay below.

1.          Discuss your three most significant professional accomplishments. Why do you view them as such?*

2.          To what personal characteristics do you attribute your professional success? What has prevented you from becoming more successful? *

3.          Optional Personal Statement: If you would like to share additional information with the Admissions Committee regarding your background or candidacy, you may add this information in an optional essay here.

 

 

33 / U of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Carlson) (MN)

Ø   Essay 1: Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Describe your professional goals and how an MBA from the Carlson School will help you to reach these goals. (maximum 1000 words) (Required)

Ø   Essay 2: Describe one personal and one professional accomplishment and how those accomplishments will contribute to the MBA experience at the Carlson School. (maximum 500 words) (Required)

Ø   Essay 3: Leadership can take many forms, please give one specific example of how you have demonstrated effective leadership in your professional career. (maximum 500 words) (Required)

Ø   Essay 4: How will you contribute to and improve society using the knowledge and skills gained from a Carlson MBA? (maximum 500 words) (Required)

Ø   Other Factors (optional)

Ø   Optional: If there are any factors that have influenced your grade point average or your test scores, or if your educational background has generally been disadvantaged and you would like these factors to be considered when your application is reviewed, please explain these circumstances fully in a supplemental essay. Use the Browse... button to select the file you wish to upload. The file may be in .rtf, .doc, .pdf, or .txt format. Once you have selected the file, press the Upload button to save the file with your application materials.

 

 

33 / U of Notre Dame (Mendoza) (IN)

ü   Essay - Your responses to the essay questions are extremely important in the selection process. Please use separate sheets of paper for each essay question and include your name on each sheet. Your essays should be typed and double-spaced. Each essay should be no longer than 2 pages each.

I.                  What are your career plans immediately after graduation? Explain how your past experiences prepare you for your desired position. What are your long-term career aspirations?

II.                Additionally, please complete one of the following six essay questions.

1.          The MBA Values Statement is an important guide for our students and the bedrock of our shared community values. Please review the MBA Values Statement and then choose the one value you believe has had the most impact on your professional career to date. Be sure to give a specific example of how you have lived out that value in your professional experience.

2.          What do you view as your greatest professional failure to this point? How do you feel that a Notre Dame MBA would change the outcome of a similar situation in the future?

3.          How has trust played a role in your professional experience? Give a specific example of how trust, or a lack of trust, has impacted your professional experience.

4.          Describe a time when you were given a project or assignment in an area that was not well defined or where you had little expertise. Please explain exactly what you did and what the result or outcome was.

5.          What brand would you most like to manage? Why? How would you improve it?

6.          Walter B. Wriston, the storied late CEO of Citibank, wrote a book titled “Risk and Other Four Letter Words” in which he postulated that society's greatness is commensurate with its ability to take risk and, thus, to reward risk takers. Given the financial crisis of 2008-2009, do you feel that banks took on an acceptable or unacceptable level of risk? Why or why not? In either case, has the financial crisis changed your view of careers in finance? If so, how?

 

Slide Presentation - Effective business communication is a central skill for managers and visual presentations are an important and frequent method of communication.

I. Demonstrate your ability to clearly, concisely and persuasively communicate important information by telling us about yourself using a short slide presentation. Please consider the following guidelines when creating your presentation.

Ø   You are free to cover any material about yourself that you think would be of value to the Admissions Committee. Please use whatever software programs you like to develop your presentation but note that the only acceptable format for upload in the online application system is Adobe PDF.

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

Ø   The slides that you submit will be printed and added to your application file for review by the Admissions Committee. As a result, only text and static images will be seen. Videos, music, hyperlinks, etc will not be conveyed and should not be included. Color may be used.

Ø   Your goal is to clearly, concisely and persuasively convey key information. Slides will be evaluated on these dimensions and not on graphic or presentation elements.

Ø   Notes pages will not be accepted. You should plan to convey your entire message on the actual slides themselves.

 

33 / Vanderbilt University (Owen) (TN)

ü   Essay - Please limit your essays to 500 words.

Ø   Explain your short-term and long-term career plans as specifically as possible. When combined with your studies at Owen, how will your background, previous experiences, interests and personal attributes enable you to pursue these goals successfully? *

Ø   In what ways would you impact Owen as a student and as an alumnus/alumna? How would you create change within the Owen community? *

Ø   Optional –

¢  You are strongly encouraged to provide an additional statement to clarify and explain any of the following: gaps of more than three months in full-time employment, lack of recommendation from your current or most recent supervisor, limited full-time work experience (ignore if you are a recent undergraduate), poor academic performance, weak test scores, academic misconduct, violations of the law, or anything else you think is important for the Admissions Committee to know about you that is not already addressed elsewhere in your application. Applicants reactivating a previous application submitted within the last two years should provide their additional statement here.

¢  Please provide any additional information you would like for us to consider that would strengthen your application.

 

 

37 / Univ. of Florida (Hough) (FL)

Traditional Programs

1.          Describe how you would like to see your career develop. Explain how your academic background, prior professional experience and the Florida MBA degree will help you achieve your career goals. If your career goals are international, or you are an international student, please include as part of your career plans, in what country or region you plan to seek employment following completion of the program. Limit your response to the equivalent of 2-3 double-spaced type written pages. 

 

2.          Describe a success that you achieved due to your self-motivation, persistence, and hard work. What motivated you? Limit your response to 1-2 pages.

 

3.          (Optional) Please share any additional information that you think will assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application to the Florida MBA Programs. Limit your response to the equivalent of no more than 1 double-spaced type written page.

 

 

38 / Rice University (Jones) (TX) – Full time MBA

1.        Discuss your post-MBA career goals and how your work experience has influenced these goals. Include in your discussion: "Why an MBA at this time?" and "The industry or functional area you plan to pursue at the completion of your MBA." (Maximum 750 words)

2.          Describe a team experience in which your leadership and interpersonal skills directly affected the outcome of the project. How will this experience impact your contribution as a team member at the Jones School? (Maximum 750 words)

3.          Choose one of the following three essays (Maximum 750 words):

Ø   Describe a defining moment or event that changed your life. Include its impact on you and how it may have altered your view of the world.

Ø   If you took out a one-page advertisement of yourself in a magazine, what would it look like, and what would the headline be? In which magazine would it be, and why?

Ø   What literary character best represents you, and why?

4.          Optional: Is there anything else that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (1 page)

 

 

38 / Univ. of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign (IL) – MBA

Essay questions:

1.   Discuss the goals you have set for yourself immediately following the MBA. How will the Illinois MBA combined with your skills and previous experience help you accomplish these goals? (Maximum of two pages)

2.    Please provide a detailed example of your experience related to one of the following areas: (Maximum of two pages)

Ø   Perseverance

Ø   Innovation

Ø   Leadership

Ø   Teamwork

3.          Tell us about your life outside work and school? (250-300 words)

4.          Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. If you feel that your credentials and essays represent you adequately, you should not feel obligated to answer this question.

 

 

40 / Michigan State University (Broad) (MI)

Essay A

(Required for all applicants.)

Describe both your short-term and long-term career goals. How compatible is your career progression (or professional accomplishments) to date with these goals? How will the Broad MBA from MSU help you achieve these professional goals? Please address why you believe now is the appropriate time to pursue the MBA as a part of your response (maximum of 700 words or 2 pages).

 

Essay B

(Required for all applicants.)

Describe your most significant professional achievement. Provide evidence of your leadership skills displayed, the actions you took, the influence you had on your organization, and the results attained. Please limit your response to 375 words or 1 page.

 

Essay C

(Required for all applicants.)

How has your background and life experiences including social, economic, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities and/or challenges shaped or influenced you as an individual and as a leader? How might you leverage your background to contribute to the Broad MBA community? Limit your response to 375 words or 1 page.

 

Essay D (Optional for all applicants.)

You should only answer this question if you feel your complete application for admission does not adequately represent you. What other information do you believe is necessary in the assessment of your candidacy to the Broad MBA? 375 words or less (1 page), please.

 

Essay E

(JD/MBA candidates only. In lieu of Essay Question A, please answer the essay question below.)

What attracts you to the dual degree JD/MBA program at MSU? What are your future career aspirations? How does the MBA degree along with your chosen concentration (HR, finance, supply chain, or marketing) fit with these aspirations, both in the short- and long-term? Limit your response to 700 words or two pages.

 

40 / Pennsylvania State U—Univ. Park (Smeal) (PA)

Essay 1: Why are you choosing to get an MBA?  How do you see a Smeal MBA influencing your future?

 

Essay 2: How do you see Principled Leadership impacting the business world today?  Give an example of a time when you demonstrated Principled Leadership in your career or community.

Essay 3: Listed below are the values that embody the Penn State Smeal MBA community.

 

Penn State Smeal MBA Values:

We value how these principles help us develop our future leaders. Please select ONE of the following questions to show how you embody the Penn State Smeal MBA culture.

 - 3A - "We value each person's unique contributions to the community". What is your unique contribution to the Penn State Smeal MBA community?

 - 3B - "We honor our obligation to each other and to the world in which we live". What obligation do you have to the world and how are you planning to make an impact?

 - 3C - "We take risks and reach beyond our perceived limitations". Describe a time when you took a risk, and what you learned from the outcome.

 

 

40 / University of California—Davis (CA)

«  Essay 1: Our most successful MBA candidates have identified their professional aspirations and can clearly articulate them. Being as specific as possible, tell us:

Ø   What career path have you identified for yourself?

Ø   What experiences have helped prepare you?

Ø   What relevant skills have you already acquired?
(500 word maximum)*

«  Essay 2: The UC Davis MBA fosters innovation, collaboration and excellence and challenges you to excel academically, professionally and personally. With this in mind, why is UC Davis the right MBA experience for you?(250 word maximum)*

«  Essay 3: We provide opportunities for you to take theory and put it into practice, what we call 'Ideas into Action.' Share a recent professional example when you took an idea and put it into action, either successfully or unsuccessfully. Describe the impact this had on your organization.(250 word maximum)*

«  Essay 4 - Optional - Is there any other information about your background, family or experience that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (250 word maximum) 

 

 

40 / U of Maryland-College Park (Smith) (MD)

REQUIRED ESSAY 1

What are your specific post-graduate short-term and long-term goals? How will a graduate degree from the Robert H. Smith School of Business assist you in achieving your goals? Finally, please discuss your personal and professional motivations for pursuing a graduate degree. Please limit your response to 2 pages, double-spaced. 

 

REQUIRED ESSAY 2

Choose one of the two essays below:

  1. If salary was not a factor and your living expenses were covered, what would you do for a living and how would you spend your time?
  2. If you could be the leader of an organization, what organization would you choose, and why? What changes would you make to enhance the organization and what current strategies would you retain?
  3.  

Please limit your response to 2 pages, double-spaced.

 

OPTIONAL ESSAY

Please use this essay to provide the admissions committee with additional information that will assist us in evaluating your candidacy (for example, an explanation for gaps in employment history or an undergraduate grade point average that is less than 3.0).

 

 

44 / Boston College (Carroll) (MA)

Essay Questions:

1. Define long term success in your specific area of interest. How have your previous experiences prepared you for this professional career? What areas of specialization within the Carroll School of Management do you believe will be most valuable in achieving your goals? What specific short-term career objectives have you set to assist you in achieving your long-term career plans? (2 pages)

 

2.   Why have you selected the MBA or MSF program in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College? (1 page)

 

 

44 / University of Iowa (Tippie) (IA) – Full time MBA

Ø   Discuss your specific career objectives and how the Tippie MBA will contribute to the accomplishment of your objectives.

Ø   Give an example of a situation or an action that demonstrates your potential for success in a professional environment (e.g., communication skills, entrepreneurial interests, leadership ability, etc.).

 

 

46 / Boston University (MA) – Full time MBA

1.  Describe your decision to pursue an MBA degree, highlighting the following (750) words:

A.  Your motivation for pursuing an MBA degree at this point in your career;

B.   Your reason for choosing to apply to Boston University and the specific program  that you have chosen, i.e. MS·MBA, Health Sector Management,or Public and Nonprofit Management, or International MBA;

C.    Your plan to leverage your professional and academic experiences to achieve your post-MBA career goals

 

2. Describe a formative or significant event in your life and then explain how this event has influenced your subsequent thoughts and actions. (500 words)

 

3.   Tell the Admission Committee about a time when it cost you to maintain your integrity and what you learned from the experience. Who was affected besides yourself? Was there anything you might have done differently? Would you make the same decision again if given the chance? (500 words)

4.        Other than national identity, describe a uniqueness you will bring to the Boston University community that will impact your classmates - both inside and outside the classroom. (500 words)

 

 

47 / Southern Methodist U (Cox) (TX) – Full time MBA

Essay Questions

1.          How did you come to the decision to pursue a graduate business degree? Are there specific skills you wish to develop or enhance? What are your post-graduate career goals? How will a graduate degree from the Cox School of Business help you in your professional development? (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font)

 

2.          Please describe a challenge faced in the workplace and the steps you took to resolve it. Would you make the same decision again? If not, what would you do differently? (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font) 

Candidates for the MA/MBA program must answer question 3B. All other candidates must answer question 3A.

 

3A - The Cox School of Business seeks students who desire to become leaders with purpose - those who will positively influence the global business community, whether in a small way or on a large scale. What have you done thus far in your career to make a difference? (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font)

 

3B - How do you plan to make an impact on the arts/non-profit community and how specifically would your graduate education help you do so? (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font) 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL - If you answered yes to the questions related to academic/disciplinary issues or criminal history you MUST submit this essay. Otherwise, please only use this space to address essential issues not covered in the rest of your application package. (2 pages maximum; double spaced; minimum 10 point font) 

 

 

 

48 / Tulane Univ. (Freeman) (LA) – Full time MBA

---Please complete one of the following statements. Please limit your response to one typed page.

Ø   After completing the MBA program, I will...

Ø   I am interested in attending the Freeman School because...

Ø   I should be admitted to the Freeman School because... :

Ø   You have not submitted a response for this question.

 

---Please complete one of the following statements. Please limit your response to one typed page.

Ø   My life up to this point has been...

Ø   If money was no object, I would...

Ø   The best advice I have been given...

Ø   My favorite movie or book is... :

Ø   You have not submitted a response for this question.

 

 

49 / Babson College (Olin) (MA)

Ø   Required Essays

1.  Please describe in detail your short (immediately after graduation from Babson) and long-term career plan in which industry would you like to work, which function or role would you ideally hold, and how do you intend to secure that position? If your plans entail a career transition, what challenges do you anticipate facing in securing your ideal position, and how will you address those challenges? Your answer should show how your past professional experiences, background, and interests combined with a Babson graduate degree will position you for success in attaining these goals.*

 

2. Babson defines entrepreneurship as 'thinking or acting in a manner that is opportunity obsessed, holistic in approach, and leadership balanced.' Please describe how, in your own experiences, you have met some or all of that definition. *

 

3. What unique contributions will you bring to the Babson community that will enhance the value of the classroom experience for your classmates?*

 

Ø   Optional Essays

1.  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 should not feel obligated to answer this question.

2.  Optional for Two-Year MBA Applicants Only: Frederic C. Hamilton Entrepreneurial Scholarship (a merit-based award) and Price-Babson Fellowship (a need-based award) Essay. Write a 250-word essay that answers the following questions: What are your specific entrepreneurial accomplishments, and how will these accomplishments add value to the Babson MBA?

 

 

49 / Univ. of Texas – Dallas (TX)

ü   Essay: Please attach to the application a brief narrative outlining your academic interests. Include any current or long–range interests in research, teaching or other professional objectives. If you have progressed far enough in your career to have publications or other evidence of scholarly endeavor, please describe these.

 

 

51 / Univ. of California--Irvine (Merage) (CA)

ü   Essay: Please include your full name and the essay question at the top of each page.

«  ESSAY 1 (maximum 750 words) Please describe your short-term and long-term career goals and how your current professional experiences relate to these goals. Explain why you are pursuing an MBA degree at this point in your career. Specifically, how will the Merage MBA help you accomplish these goals?

 

«  ESSAY 2: Short answer (maximum 250 words each). Please answer both questions.
Describe a recent professional experience in which you have taken an active leadership role and the impact it has had on your organization.
Each of our students is unique. Describe how your background, skills, and values would contribute to the Merage community and enhance the experience of your prospective classmates.

 

«  ESSAY 3 Optional (maximum 500 words): Please provide any additional information about yourself that you have not addressed elsewhere which you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee.

 

 

51 / Wake Forest U (Babcock) (NC) – Full time MBA

1.       Why are you interested in a graduate business degree from Wake Forest University? How will a graduate business degree help you achieve your short-term and long-term goals? (required, 500 word limit, double-spaced)

 

2.         What, if any, cultural norms, ways of life, practices or beliefs will people who live 100 years from now look back and say, "How did they tolerate that?" (required, 500 word limit, double-spaced)

 

3.       Optional Essay. Please use the optional essay to address anomalies that may exist in your application (i.e. poor academic performance, gaps in your educational history) (250 word limit, double-spaced)

 

 

53 / USC – Columbia (Moore) (SC) 

ü   Essay: Please select 3 of the 5 essay options below to answer. Responses should be approximately 200-500 words in length.

1.      Why have you chosen to apply to the International MBA program?

2.      What does global business mean to you?

3.      Tell us how you will take part in the sustainable development and economic success of your future organization and/or industry.

4.      Please describe an article/book that you have read in the past year that has influenced your perceptions of the world?

5.      If you were stuck on an airplane sitting between any two people in the world (past or present), who would you want them to be and why?

 

 

54 / U of Tennessee – Knoxville (TN) – Full time MBA

1.      Why have you decided to enter an MBA program? Why have you decided to apply to the UT MBA Program in particular? How does the pursuit of the UT MBA fit into your career goals–both short and long term?

 

2.      Evaluate a recent experience that required the use of your leadership skills. What effect has the experience had on your personal and professional development?

 

3.      The UT MBA Program supports the idea that studying in a group enhances the learning experience for each person in the group. What attributes or skills do you possess that would help you make a meaningful contribution to your classmates’ educational experiences in this kind of environment? What weaknesses would you like the group to help you overcome?

 

4.      Describe your three most substantial accomplishments and explain why you view them as such.

 

5.      List any honors and awards or academic achievement or community service. Indicate date and basis for selection. (Resume may be attached as a supplement to the information provided here.)

 

6.      List any extracurricular college and community activities. Indicate the name and dates of involvement, emphasizing leadership roles where relevant. (Resume may be attached as a supplement.)

 

 

55 / College of William and Mary (Mason) (VA)

Ø   What key decision(s) or experience(s) in your life have led you to pursue an MBA at this time? Please describe how these experiences have shaped you. (800 words)

  • Ø      What do you consider to be the most compelling business issue of our time?  How do you think it will impact the first five to ten years of your post-MBA career? (800 words)
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55 / George Washington University (DC)

1. Discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of this statement or as an addendum. (Limit to 500 words.)

 

2. As a manager, you are likely to work with a team in order to accomplish a particular task, and teamwork is the cornerstone of the Global M.B.A. program. Describe what your role would be within a group setting and describe the qualities and characteristics of your ideal teammates. (Limit to one page, 250 words.)

 

3.  Describe your “perfect” post-M.B.A. job. (Limit to one page, 250 words.)

 

 

55 / Temple University (Fox) (PA) – MBA

Ø   Leadership Essay: Please describe an incident from your personal experiences that typifies your definition of leadership. Specifically address ethics, diversity, collaboration and motivation.

 

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Ø   Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information or material you would like to include, such as discussing any weaknesses or strengths that bear on your application.

 

55 / U of Georgia (Terry) (GA) – Full time MBA

Ø   Please describe your short-and long-term career goals, the steps that you have taken to prepare yourself for those goals, and the ways in which an MBA will help you achieve them. (Maximum: 2 pages)

 

  • Ø      Why do you want to attend the Terry MBA Program? How will you contribute to the experience of your classmates and the larger Terry community? (Maximum: 1 page)

 

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Ø   Optional EssayIs there anything you want to tell us in regard to your application?

 

55 / U of Missouri—Columbia (Trulaske) (MO)

ü   Essay

Ø   Personal Statement, Statement of Goals or Statement of Purpose (Optional)

Ø   Awards and Honors. List awards, honors, and other recognitions you have received (include dates).

Ø   Interests and Activities - List personal interests (such as hobbies and recreational activities) and/or personal accomplishments that hold specific significance to you.

Ø   Career Goals - Describe the type of industry or organization and career path that currently interests you. Discuss your reasons for wanting to earn an MBA and your expectations of yourself and f the Crosby MBA program.

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