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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!


Ross Admissions Director Provides Insight into New Essay Questions

soojin kwon 2The admissions director at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business weighed in on the school’s new application essay questions—announced this week—in an exchange of emails with Clear Admit. Read on to learn what she had to say.

On Wednesday, Ross Admissions Director Soojin Kwon posted the school’s new essay questions for the 2015-16 application season on her Admissions Director Blog. This year, she and her team chose to combine last year’s two essay questions (“What are you most proud of personally?” and “What are you most proud of professionally?”) into one, more open-ended question and ask a second question about applicants’ career goals.  Continue reading…

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University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Essay Topics 2015-16

Ross_School_Exterior editedThe University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today released its essay questions for the 2015-2016 application season. They are as follow:

1. What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)

2. What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 words)

For more information about the Ross School of Business Essay Topics 2015-2016 or the 2015-2016 application, visit Ross’s admissions website.

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Harvard Business School 2015-2016 Essay Topics

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009a2Harvard Business School has released its essay topic for the 2015-2016 application season.

It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting. Continue reading…

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MIT Sloan Admissions Director Provides Insight into New Essay Question, Third Round

dawna_levensonIn an interview today with Clear Admit, the admissions director at the MIT Sloan School of Management shared the reasoning behind the school’s decision to add an additional round to its admissions process and reduce the number of required essays applicants must answer to just one.

For the first time in its history, MIT Sloan will give applicants the opportunity to apply as part of a third admissions round, which will feature a deadline of April 11th and a notification date of May 18th. The change comes in response to requests from multiple applicants, according to MIT Sloan Admissions Director Dawna Levenson. “Many of our peer schools, if not all of them, have a Round 3,” says Levenson. By adding a third round, she says, MIT Sloan provides greater options to prospective applicants whose work situation may have changed after earlier round deadlines passed, for example. Continue reading…

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MIT Sloan School of Management Essay Topics 2015-2016

mit sloanThe MIT Sloan School of Management has just released its 2015-2016 application essay topics.

Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have? (500 words or fewer).

A second short-answer question will be asked of those invited to interview: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something about your past that aligns with this mission. (250 words or fewer).

MIT Sloan will also continue to ask its optional open-ended question.

For more information about the MIT Sloan School of Management Essay Topics 2015-2016 or the 2015-2016 application, visit MIT’s admissions website.

 

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Stanford GSB Essay Topics 2015-2016

stanfordStanford GSB has released their essay topics for the 2014-2015 admissions season.  They are as follows: Continue reading…

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Columbia Business School Essay Topics 2015-2016

Columbia Business School Essay Topics 2015-2016

Columbia Business School just announced its essay topics for the 2015-2016 admissions season, and the application for the Class of 2018 is now live!  The essay topics are below.  All essays are required unless otherwise noted.

Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

Essay 1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (Maximum 500 words) Continue reading…

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USC/Marshall Essay Topics 2014-2015

USC/Marshall Essay Topics 2014-2015

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
words)

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.

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London Business School Essay Topics 2014-2015

London Business School Essay Topics 2014-2015

The London Business School admissions team has revealed the essay topics for the upcoming admissions season. Here they are:

Essay 1
What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words)

Essay 2
How will you add value to the London Business School community? (300 words)

Essay 3
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.

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IESE Essay Topics 2014-2015

IESE Essay Topics 2014-2015

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.

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Emory Goizueta Essay Topics 2014/15

Emory Goizueta Essay Topics 2014/15

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School has posted their MBA admissions essay questions for the 2014/15 admissions season. They are as follows:

  1. What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next step toward that goal? (200 word limit)
  2. If your initial career plans are not realized, what else are you considering? (200 word limit)
  3. 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)

  1. 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…
  2. 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.

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