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A listing of business school application essay topics posted as they are announced by leading MBA programs. Check back frequently during the summer months for updates!

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Aug 18, 2015

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USC / Marshall Essay Topics 2015-2016

The USC / Marshall School of Business admissions committee has released the Marshall essay topics for the applicant pool seeking entrance for August 2016. The 1 mandatory, 1 optional essay, and 1 re-applicant essay follow respectively: 1. Required Essay: What are your short-term and long term personal and/or professional goals following graduation from USC Marshall? How will USC Marshall enable you to develop or improve your skills in order to reach your goals? (500-700 words) 2. Optional Essay:... Read more »

Aug 7, 2015

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London Business School Essay Topics 2015-2016

The London Business School’s admissions committee has released the essay topics for the applicant pool seeking entrance for August 2016. The 2 mandatory and 1 optional essays follow respectively: 1. What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words) 2. What specific areas of London Business School life are you most excited about getting involved in and where will you add value? (300 words) 3. Is there any other in... Read more »

Aug 7, 2015

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IESE Essay Topics 2015-2016

The admissions committee at the IESE Business School has released the essay topics for entrance to the Class of 2018! The 5 essay questions are as follows: 1. Please describe your short-term professional goals and how you plan to achieve them. Be as specific as possible for example including the industry or sector, specific companies, etc. (200-word limit) 2. Describe one substantial accomplishment and one failure in a professional, academic or private endeavor (400-word limit) 3. Describe the m... Read more »

Aug 5, 2015

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Cambridge / Judge Essay Topics 2015-2016

The Cambridge / Judge online application is live and here are the Cambridge / Judge Essay Topics for the 2015-2016 admissions season. The three essays (each 500 words in length) are as follows. 2015-2016 Cambridge / Judge Essay Topics Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must include the following: * What are your short and long term career objectives? What skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you to achieve them? What do you hope to gain f... Read more »

Jul 31, 2015

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UCLA / Anderson Essay Topics 2015-2016

UCLA Anderson has announced their 2015-2016 MBA essay topics! The required and optional essays are as follows: First-time applicants – One required essay: We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change. With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career? (750 words maximum) Optional essay: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee shou... Read more »

Jul 23, 2015

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Cornell / Johnson Essay Topics 2015-2016

Cornell / Johnson has announced their 2015-2016 MBA essay topics! The required and optional essays are as follows: Table of Contents You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 500 words or less, please create the table of contents for the book in the space provided or upload it as an attachment. We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing me... Read more »

Jul 21, 2015

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CMU / Tepper 2015-2016 Essay Topics

The b-school admissions committee at Carnegie Mellon University has released the topics for this season’s Tepper MBA essays. The 2015-2016 CMU MBA application includes two required questions of 300 words each. Applicants are asked to describe an important moment in their lives, and to address their potential to contribute to and benefit from the Tepper MBA program. The CMU / Tepper MBA essay topics are as follows: Essay 1: Describe a defining moment in your life. How has it shaped you prof... Read more »

Jul 17, 2015

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UNC / Kenan-Flagler 2015-2016 Essay Topics

Following up on the announcement of its 2015-2016 deadlines, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has revealed the Kenan-Flagler MBA essays for the coming admissions season. Applicants are required to respond to just one 500-word essay about their career goals and interest in an MBA, and are given the option of responding to three additional 300-word essays. The UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA essay topics for 2015-2016: Essay 1: Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain ... Read more »

Jul 16, 2015

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Chicago Booth Admissions Director Reveals Origins of Unusual New Essay Prompt

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has done it again. Seven years ago the school made waves when it invited applicants to respond to its essay prompts via PowerPoint presentation. This year, the school has decided to go even further—innovating on its prior innovation. Applicants now are instructed to select one of 16 photographs that capture elements of the school’s community and culture and offer a response—in whatever format they want—that tells the Admissions Committee how the... Read more »

Jul 9, 2015

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Chicago Booth 2015-2016 Essay Topics

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business posted an innovative new essay topic today for prospective applicants seeking to enroll in 2016. “In the spirit of diverse perspectives and challenging the status quo—even our own status quo—we are excited to prompt applicants to think in a different way when responding to this year’s essay,” wrote Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions Kurt Ahlm in a blog post announcing the new prompt. Both the new prompt and th... Read more »

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