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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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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 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 »

Jul 8, 2015

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Northwestern / Kellogg 2015-2016 Essay Topics

Northwestern University’s Kellogg MBA essays are now available for business school applicants aiming to head to Evanston for their studies in 2016. Northwestern MBA hopefuls will respond to two required questions totaling 900 words. There is also a required essay for re-applicants, as well a an optional essay without a word limit. The Kellogg MBA essay topics for 2015-2016 are: Essay 1: Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful t... Read more »

Jul 2, 2015

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Oxford / Saïd Essay Topics 2015-2016

The Saïd School of Business has announced the 2015-2016 Oxford MBA essays for the coming application season. This year’s Oxford MBA application consists of two “mandatory” essays, as well as additional prompts for 1+1 applicants and reapplicants to Saïd. The Oxford/Saïd MBA essays are as follows: Essay 1: How do you fit with Oxford Saïd’s mission? (Maximum 500 words) Essay 2: Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions committ... Read more »

Jun 30, 2015

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Fuqua Admissions Dean Dishes on Essays and Life

It’s not every admissions director who will make time during her vacation to discuss how prospective business school applicants should approach their essays. And yet Liz Riley Hargrove, associate dean for admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, did just that. Speaking from North Carolina’s Outer Banks this morning, before the kids woke up ready to head to the beach, she shared insights with Clear Admit on the essay prompts released last week. Not a lot has changed this year in ... Read more »

Jun 23, 2015

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HEC Paris 2015-2016 Essay Topics

The HEC Paris admissions committee has released the 2015-2016 MBA essay topics via the program’s online application. The HEC MBA essays consist of five required responses and an additional optional essay. The HEC MBA essays for 2015-2016 are: Essay 1: Why are you applying to the HEC MBA Program now? What is the professional objective that will guide your career choice after your MBA, and how will the HEC MBA contribute to the achievement of this objective? (500 words) Essay 2: What do you ... Read more »

Jun 23, 2015

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Duke / Fuqua 2015-2016 Essay Topics

The Duke MBA admissions committee has announced the Fuqua 2015-2016 essay topics for business school applicants targeting the class of 2018. Fuqua MBA applicants will complete three short answers and two required essays for this season’s admissions process. The Fuqua 2015-2016 Daytime MBA essay topics are as follows: Required Short Answers (500 characters; ~100 words) Short Answer 1: What are your short-term goals, post-MBA? Short Answer 2: What are your long-term goals? Short Answer 3: Li... Read more »

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