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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!


Yale SOM Essay Topic 2015-2016

yaleFollowing up on the announcement of their application deadlines last week, Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico has released the Yale SOM Essay Topic for 2015-2016. The prompt is as follows:

The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent. (500 words maximum) Continue reading…

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Columbia Business School Admissions Director Provides Insight into 2015-16 Essays

amanda_carlsonColumbia Business School (CBS) kicked off the application cycle for the Class of 2018, sending its application live in late April, before any other leading business school. Though this year’s essay questions aren’t hugely different from last year’s, the school’s admissions director took time to share her perspective on the subtle changes with Clear Admit and offer some guidance to applicants who may be preparing to embark upon the application process.

Speaking to Clear Admit yesterday, Admissions Director Amanda Carlson turned first to the school’s first essay prompt—the “career goals/why a Columbia MBA now” question. Continue reading…

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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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