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UCLA / Anderson Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 UCLA / Anderson Essay Topic Analysis is now available.

Anderson has posted one essay topic for the 2013-2014 admissions season that carries over from the school’s essay sets in previous years.  UCLA Anderson has therefore contributed to the trend seen at many leading programs by removing several prompts in order to target a more specific area of applicants’ candidacies.  However, the essay that remains is up from 700 to 750 words maximum from the 2012-2013 season, affording MBA applicants 750 words to display their candidacy with an additional 250 words to tackle any extenuating circumstances in their profiles.

Let’s take a closer look at the school’s required response:

Essay 1: What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (750 words maximum)

This wording is direct repeat from seasons past, and this essay is a fairly standard career goals essay.  While it’s always important to provide a candid account of your professional objectives and interest in the Anderson MBA, keep in mind that a compelling profile will include essays that complement other application materials, and thus the way in which you display your candidacy in your résumé and data forms should correspond to the goals you have set for yourself.  Given that applicants must now work with only one required essay, it will especially important for applicants to make clear connections between their goals and the other elements of their candidacy that support this professional vision; this is also the only written opportunity for applicants to call the adcom reader’s attention to any unusual or outstanding parts of their profiles.  For example, an applicant could link his or her accomplishments from studying and volunteering abroad to his or her desire to join an international NGO after business school, thereby directing the adcom to those parts of the application that best support his or her goals.

The second part of the question, meanwhile, puts the focus on the ways that UCLA’s MBA program will satisfy one’s academic needs and advance the applicant toward his or her stated professional goals.  In order to tailor your response to Anderson’s unique merits and resources, you will need to be able to identify certain programs and courses that are relevant to your goals and stated interests.  Taking the time to learn about the school’s curriculum, special programs and extracurricular activities – whether through a visit to campus, conversation with alumni or reading the Clear Admit School Guide to the Anderson School of Management – will pay dividends here.


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