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Aug 25, 2015

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London Business School 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the recent release of the 2015-2016 LBS MBA essay topics, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants targeting London Business School this admissions season. The London Business School MBA essay prompts are largely unchanged from last admissions season; the program continues to require applicants to respond to two prompts in a total of 800 words, with an optional third essay prompt. As Admissions Director David Simpson confirmed in an interview with Clear Admit earlier this m... Read more »

Aug 20, 2015

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Oxford / Saïd 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the Oxford MBA essays for 2015-2016, we wanted to offer some pointers to applicants targeting Saïd Business School this admissions season. The Oxford MBA adcom has overhauled its essay set as compared to last year, reducing the number of required essays from three to just two of a total 750 words. This year’s prompts are both rather open ended, with the first inviting applicants to comment on the ways they fit the school’s larger mission, and inviting t... Read more »

Aug 14, 2015

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Cornell / Johnson 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the Cornell University / Johnson MBA essays for 2015-2016, we wanted to offer some pointers to applicants who are targeting the Cornell MBA Class of 2018. At a high level, Johnson’s two required essay prompts remain fairly similar to those posed to applicants last admissions season. The program has retained its creative Table of Contents essay, as well as its straightforward prompt about the candidate’s post-MBA plans. Of note, the school has expanded t... Read more »

Aug 11, 2015

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Emory / Goizueta 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the Emory University‘s Goizueta MBA essay topics earlier this summer, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants on how to approach these prompts. The Goizueta adcom has streamlined the essay portion of its application for the 2015-2016 admissions season; whereas last year’s essay set included five required prompts — including an inquiry about the candidate’s back up plan if they did not secure their target post-MBA position — this... Read more »

Jul 24, 2015

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CMU / Tepper 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the announcement of this year’s Tepper MBA essays for the 2015-2016 admissions season, we wanted to offer some guidance on how to approach these prompts for candidates targeting the Carnegie Mellon University MBA Class of 2018. At a glance, this year’s essay prompts look almost identical to last season’s; the school again poses two required essay questions with 300 word limits, one focusing on a defining moment and the other on the candidate’s fit with Tep... Read more »

Jul 23, 2015

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Indian School of Business 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on our post with the 2015-2016 Indian School of Business essays, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants who are targeting the ISB PGP in Management this admissions season. On the surface, the ISB adcom has overhauled its essay set for this year, introducing three new prompts and increasing the total required essay word count from 800 to 1,000. This gives candidates a bit more room to work with as they convey the high points of their candidacies and address each of the school... Read more »

Jul 20, 2015

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U Chicago / Booth 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the University of Chicago / Booth MBA essay topics for 2015-2016 last week — and our interview with Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions Kurt Ahlm — we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants as they prepare to tackle this potentially challenging new prompt. Booth has sidelined its personal expression prompt, which had appeared on the Chicago MBA application for seven consecutive years, and has introduced a task that differs from the... Read more »

Jul 10, 2015

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Northwestern / Kellogg 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Now that Northwestern has announced the Kellogg MBA essay topics for the 2015-2016 admissions season, we wanted to offer our advice to applicants who are targeting that program’s Class of 2018. The format for Kellogg’s essays remains the same as last year’s: applicants will respond to two required essays in a maximum of 450 words. Meanwhile, the content of the essay prompts has changed a bit since the previous season. Kellogg continues to ask a leadership-focused question, sign... Read more »

Jul 3, 2015

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Georgetown / McDonough 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the Georgetown MBA essays for 2015-2016 — and our recent interview with Associate Dean of MBA Admissions Shari Hubert — we wanted to take a closer look at the program’s essay prompts and offer our analysis for applicants targeting McDonough’s Class of 2018. Georgetown’s essay section has remained the same as last admissions season. In our interview with Dean Hubert, she reported that the adcom was pleased with the insight that the requ... Read more »

Jun 30, 2015

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INSEAD 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Now that the online application for INSEAD’s September 2016 intake is live — and the INSEAD MBA essays for 2015-2016 have been released — we wanted to follow up with some commentary for business school applicants targeting the school this season. Whereas last year saw INSEAD shortening the essay portion of its application, we’re seeing an expansion this year. This is particularly evident in the Job Description portion of the application, where the program has moved from j... Read more »

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