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!
The 2014-2015 USC / Marshall essay topics have been announced. They are listed below:
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)
Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information that you believe is important and/or will address any
areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (250
Re-application Essay: Please describe any significant professional, personal, or academic growth since your
last application to the USC Marshall School of Business. Discuss your specific professional goals and how the
USC Marshall MBA Program will help you achieve these goals. (500 – 700 words)
For more information, visit the school’s admissions website.
The London Business School admissions team has revealed the essay topics for the upcoming admissions season. Here they are:
What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words)
How will you add value to the London Business School community? (300 words)
Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (300 words)
For more information, check out LBS’s admissions website.
IESE have released their online application for the upcoming admissions season. They can be found within the online application form, and are as follows:
1. “Tweet” your post MBA goals (280 characters)
2. Describe a recent professional situation (1-2 years ago maximum) that demonstrates your fit with IESE’s mission and values (300 words).
3. I wish that the application had asked me… (200 word limit)
More information can be found at IESE’s admissions website.
Emory University’s Goizueta Business School has posted their MBA admissions essay questions for the 2014/15 admissions season. They are as follows:
- What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next step toward that goal? (200 word limit)
- If your initial career plans are not realized, what else are you considering? (200 word limit)
- The Business School is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. It is his legacy and the strength of his character that gives rise to our vision: Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Goizueta once said, “The cynics will tell you that the good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. I’m telling you, do it anyway.”
Provide an example of the good you have contributed to an organization and the impact of your actions. (300 word limit)
- Complete one of the following statements. (250 word limit)
- I am unique because…
- My most memorable cross-cultural experience…
- I am passionate about…
- The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is…
- Please share with the committee and your future classmates an interesting or fun fact about you. (25 word limit)
Optional Essay: If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues or areas of weakness in application). Please limit your response to 250 words.
UCLA Anderson has announced its essay for the 2014-2015 season. The required and optional essays follow:
FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS – ONE REQUIRED ESSAY:
- UCLA Anderson is distinguished by three defining principles: Share Success, Think Fearlessly, Drive Change. What principles have defined your life and pre-MBA career? How do you believe that UCLA Anderson’s principles, and the environment they create, will help you attain your post-MBA career goals? (750 words maximum)
The following essay is optional. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. Please note that we only accept written essays.
- Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)
RE-APPLICANTS - ONE REQUIRED ESSAY:
Reapplicants who applied for the class entering in fall 2013 or 2014 are required to complete the following essay:
- Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)
Essay 1 (Maximum 300 words):
Describe a defining moment in your life, and explain how it shaped you as a person.
Essay 2 (Maximum 300 words):
Based on your research and interactions with the Tepper community, please share why you are a good fit with the Tepper MBA program.
There are two questions to which your recommender will be asked to respond based on his/her experience working with you:
- If you were to coach this candidate with respect to how s/he works within a team, what would you advise that s/he does well? What would you advise the candidate to do differently? Provide specific examples that support your advice.
- If you were to coach this candidate on his/her professional development, in what areas would you suggest s/he focus? What are the areas of strength on which s/he can build? Provide specific examples that support your advice.
For more information, visit the Tepper admissions website.
Northwestern/Kellogg has announced its essay topics for the 2014-2015 admissions season, which are as follows:
Essay One: Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will…. Challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450 words)
Essay Two: Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people. What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 words)
Re-applicant Essay: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)
Optional Essay/Additional Information: If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)
Visit Northwestern/Kellogg’s admissions website for more information.
Presentation/Essay: Chicago Booth values adventurous inquiry, diverse perspectives, and a collaborative exchange of ideas. This is us. Who are you?
- Be reflective. We’ve learned a lot about you throughout the application, but what more should we know?
- Interpret broadly. “Who are you?” can be interpreted in many different ways. We encourage you to think critically and broadly about who you are, and how your values, passions and experiences have influenced you.
- Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.
- Choose the format that works for you. You can design your presentation or compose your essay in the format that you feel best captures your response. However, please consider the specific technical restrictions noted below.
- Think about you, not us. Rather than focusing on what you think we want to hear, focus on what is essential for us to know about you. Simply put, be genuine.
- File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
- Accepted Upload Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF, Word and Powerpoint.
- Multimedia Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over.
- Preserve Your Formatting: We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting to ensure that everything you see matches what we see.
Chicago Booth also requires that reapplicants to its program complete the following essay question:
Reapplicant Essay: Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words maximum)
For more information, visit Booth’s admissions website.
The 2014-2015 Cambridge / Judge essay topics have been announced! The two essays are as follows:
Essay 1: What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)
Essay 2: 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 from the degree and how do you feel it will help you achieve the career objectives you have? (please do not exceed 500 words)
Essay 1: Why You? (Hint: we are looking for an answer that cannot be found from research on our website) – 750 words or fewer
Optional Essay 1: If you are not currently employed full-time, use this space to provide information about your current activities. (250 words or fewer)
Optional Essay 2: Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)
For more information, visit McDonough’s admissions website.
Oxford/Saïd has announced its essay topics for 2014-2015! They are as follows:
Essay 1: What should Oxford expect from you? (Maximum 500 words)
Essay 2: How do you hope to see your career developing over the next 5 years? How will the MBA and Oxford assist you in the development of these ambitions? (Maximum 500 words)
Essay 3: Please choose and answer one of the two essays below:
- Sport is pure competition. What does it teach us about companies, individuals, and markets? (Maximum 500 words)
- The business of business is business. Is this true? (Maximum 500 words)
Reapplicant Essay: What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (250 words)
Additional Essay for 1+1 Scheme Applicants: Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your careers and personal development aims (Maximum 250 words)
For more information, visit Oxford / Saïd’s admissions website.