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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 »

Jun 29, 2015

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Duke / Fuqua 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the 2015-2016 Fuqua MBA essays, we wanted to offer some guidance to business school applicants targeting the Duke Class of 2018. Duke’s essay section of the MBA application is largely unchanged from last admissions season. The Fuqua adcom has doubled the length limit for the school’s three short answer questions about the applicant’s professional plans. Meanwhile, the structure of the program’s longer essays remains the same: all applicants ... Read more »

Jun 24, 2015

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NYU / Stern 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Now that the NYU adcom has released the Stern MBA essays for the 2015-2016 admissions season — and now that Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions Isser Gallogly has offered his insight to NYU applicants via Clear Admit — we wanted to follow up with our analysis of this year’s NYU essay topics. As has been the case for several years running, the Stern essay section comprises two required essays. The first, which focuses on the applicant’s professional goals and interest in the ... Read more »

Jun 23, 2015

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Berkeley / Haas 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Now that the topics for each of the Haas MBA essays has been announced for the 2015-2016 season, we wanted to offer our thoughts on how to approach each of these prompts for business school applicants targeting the UC Berkeley MBA Class of 2018. Haas MBA applicants will respond to three required essays totaling just 1,000 words. This represents a reduction in total word count as compared to the program’s essays over the past few years. Meanwhile, the subject matter is similar to that of pr... Read more »

Jun 23, 2015

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UVA / Darden 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the announcement of the Darden essay topic for 2015-2016, we wanted to take a closer look at this season’s prompt for UVA MBA Class of 2018 hopefuls. This is the third consecutive year that the Darden essay section has comprised a single 500-word essay asking applicants to recount the specifics of a past experience. Meanwhile, the nature of that situation is a new one for this admissions cycle; where last year’s applicants were asked to describe their most courageous ... Read more »

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