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Essay Questions published so far

Essay questions for programs that start in 2015

Important Note!
Schools rarely change essay topics after they were already published.
In addition, we may rarely make a mistake in copying content.

In such cases, it may be that a topic presented here is not accurate!

It is essential that you visit the school website to be 100% certain about the exact essay topics.

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Please note that for re-applicants the essay topics are often different from the below!

Anderson - UCLA
Booth - Chicago
Columbia   Somewhat Common Topics
Fuqua - Duke
Haas - Berkeley   Very Common Topics
IESE   Somewhat Common Topics
INSEAD   Very Common Topics
Johnson - Cornell
Kellogg   Very Common Topics
Kenan-Flagler - UNC   Common Topics
LBS   Common Topics
Ross - Michigan
Said - Oxford
Sloan - MIT
Stern - NYU   Somewhat Common Topics
Tepper - Carnegie Mellon
Tuck   Common Topics

Find Schools That you can Add Easily
Since different school's essay topics are similar, you might be able to take an essay you wrote for one school and adjust it for other schools.
However, it's important to give all schools the impression that you care about them and their essay topics. Some admission readers are put off if they feel they are reading a "recycled" essay. Therefore, customize and tailor the essay content to the exact phrasing of the question asked. Make sure you answer all parts of the questions, and not much beyond it. Pay attention to the instructions and word limit.
Questions about career vision/goals are very common and are asked by almost every school, so those are not mentioned here.

Berkeley –
Essay 2: with some adjustments, you can use it for INSEAD (essay 2) or Ross (essay 1).
Essay 3: with some adjustments, you can use it for UCLA or Columbia (essay 1)

With some adjustments, you can use it for Berkeley (essay 3) or Columbia (essay 1).

Columbia –
Essay 1: with some adjustments, you can use it for Berkeley (essay 3) or UCLA.

Harvard –
With some adjustments, you can use it for Chicago.

Chicago -
With some adjustments, you can use it for Harvard.

Essay 2: with some adjustments, you can use it for Berkeley (essay 2) or Ross (essay 1).

Kellogg –
Essay 2: with some adjustments, you can use it for Darden or Tuck (essay 2).

Darden –
With some adjustments, you can use it for Kellogg (essay 2) or Tuck (essay 2).

Ross –
Essay 1: with some adjustments, you can use it for Berkeley (essay 2) or INSEAD (essay 2).

Tuck –
Essay 2: with some adjustments, you can use it for Darden or Kellogg (essay 2).

Anderson - UCLA

Essay questions on UCLA's website

Your essays are the primary way for you to share your perspectives and plans with the admissions committee. The best essays are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and responding to our topics.

 Essay questions are listed below for both first-time applicants and re-applicants.
 You should try to distinguish yourself by showing what makes you different from others who share similar profiles.
 Personal expression is what we are looking for, not platitudes.
 Making a strong case for your future plans requires you to first do research on career paths and find one that resonates. Even if this target will change during business school, your application essays should lay out a clear trajectory for short-term and long-term goals. Do this by demonstrating how you expect to build on skills from your past, and those you expect to gain from the MBA.
 Essays are more compelling if they include specific courses, programs, groups, opportunities, activities, etc. from which you would benefit, if admitted to UCLA Anderson. These references are best found through website research, personal discussions and a campus visit (if possible).
 Content and clarity are key elements, as we seek superior communication skills.
 Style is a consideration too, although we understand that those who speak other languages may have different manners of expression in English.
 We do check your essays for plagiarism, so make sure you always submit your own work.
 Length does not equal strength. A well-written short essay can have even more impact than a longer essay. Please try to respect the word limits indicated below.
 All responses to essays must be on double-spaced pages that are uploaded as a document. We do not accept essays in any other media but written form.


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)


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)

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Booth - Chicago

Essay question on Booth's website

Presentation/Essay: Chicago Booth values adventurous inquiry, diverse perspectives, and a collaborative exchange of ideas. This is us. Who are you?

Presentation/Essay Guidelines

 • 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.

Technical Guidelines

 • 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.

Reapplicant Question:
Please answer the following question if you submitted an application for the Chicago Booth Full-Time MBA program for the Fall 2013 and/or Fall 2014 start dates. (300 word maximum)

Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application?

Optional Essay
If there is any important information that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here. (300 word maximum)

Additional questions from the online application:

List all academic honors and awards you have received. (600 characters)

If you have received a failing grade, been placed on academic probation, been part of an academic hearing or been dismissed from any school, please explain. (1000 characters)

Please provide an explanation for any gaps in your employment history. (700 characters)

What is your short-term post-MBA goal? (700 characters)

What is your long-term post-MBA goal? (700 characters)

Please list significant professional awards and/or recognition that you have received, along with a brief description of the selection criteria. (500 characters)

We would like to further understand what you are interested in outside of work and activities. Please share hobbies and areas of interest that are important to you. (500 characters)

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Essay questions on Columbia's website
Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.

Short Answer Question:
What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (75 characters maximum)

Examples of possible responses:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy.”
“Work for an investment firm that focuses on real estate.”

Essay 1:
Given your individual background and goals, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Essay 2:
Please view the video below:
The Center
How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 3:
What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)

Optional Essay:
Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. (Maximum 500 words)

Reapplicant essay:
How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied and reiterate how you plan to achieve your immediate and long term post-MBA professional goals. (Maximum 500 words).

Knight-Bagehot Fellows:
Rather than answer Essay 1, current Knight-Bagehot Fellows applying to Columbia Business School should use the space allocated to the first essay (500 words) to complete the Wiegers Fellowship application essay.

Wiegers Fellowship Essay Question:
What are your career goals? How has the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship affected these goals? How will an MBA help you achieve these goals? (500 words maximum)

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Essay question on Darden's website

Describe the most courageous professional decision you have made or action you have taken. What did you learn from that experience? (500 words maximum)

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Fuqua - Duke

Essay questions on Duke's website

Three short answer questions and two essay questions must be completed before submitting your application. Prepare your responses carefully. The Admissions Committee considers your answers to the following questions important in the selection process.
Candidates who applied to The Duke MBA between July 2013 and May 2014 are considered re-applicants. All re-applicants are required to complete the Re-applicant Essay in addition to the Short Answer Questions and Applicant Essays.
Applicants also have the opportunity to submit an optional essay to explain any extenuating circumstances about which the Admissions Committee should be aware.

Responses should use 1.5 line spacing and a font size no smaller than 10-point.
Respond fully and concisely.
Responses must be completed before submitting your application.
Prepare your responses carefully. The Admissions Committee considers your answers important in the selection process.
All essays are scanned using plagiarism detection software. Plagiarism is considered a cheating violation within the Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admissions process.

Required Short Answer Questions

Instructions: Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each short answer question, respond in 250 characters only (the equivalent of about 50 words).

1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
2. What are your long-term goals?
3. Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?

First Required Essay

1. The 'Team Fuqua' spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions Team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of '25 Random Things About Yourself.' As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these '25 Random Things' helps us get to know someone’s personality, their background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you - beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of '25 Random Things' about you.

Please present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages, with a font size no less than 10-point. Do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application.

Second Required Essay (choose 1 of 2)

Please answer only one of the following two questions. Your response to either essay question should be no more than 2 pages in length. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing. Do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application.

1. When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.

2. The Team Fuqua community is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Underlying our individuality are a number of shared ideas and principles that we live out in our own ways. Our students have identified and defined 6 “Team Fuqua Principles” that we feel are the guiding philosophies that make our community special:

Authentic Engagement: We care and we take action. We each make a difference to Team Fuqua by being ourselves and engaging in and supporting activities about which we are passionate.
Supportive Ambition: We support each other to achieve great things, because your success is my success. The success of each individual member of Team Fuqua makes the whole of Team Fuqua better.
Collective Diversity: We embrace all of our classmates because our individuality is better and stronger together.
Impactful Stewardship: We are leaders who focus on solutions to improve our communities both now and in the future. We aren’t satisfied with just maintaining the status quo.
Loyal Community: We are a family who looks out for each other. Team Fuqua supports you when you need it the most.
Uncompromising Integrity: We internalize and live the honor code in the classroom and beyond. We conduct ourselves with integrity within Fuqua, within Duke, and within all communities of which we are a part.

At the end of your two years at Fuqua, if you were to receive an award for exemplifying one of the Principles above, which one would it be and why? Your answer should reflect the research you have done, your knowledge of the Fuqua program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

Optional Essay Question
If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weakness in your application). Note that you should NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area. The Optional Essay is intended to provide the admissions committee with insight into your extenuating circumstances only.

Your response should be no more than 1 page in length, with a font size no less than 10-point. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing. Do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application.

Essays for Reapplicants
Note: You are considered a reapplicant only if you submitted an application for admission between July 2013 and May 2014.

Please do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application, and limit your response to two pages.
It is not uncommon for it to take more than one try to achieve a goal. Please share with us the self-reflection process that you underwent after last year’s application and how you have grown as a result. How did it shape your commitment to Fuqua and inspire your decision to reapply?

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Haas - Berkeley

Essay questions on Berkeley's website

At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles — Question the Status Quo; Confidence Without Attitude; Students Always; and Beyond yourself. We seek candidates from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and industries who demonstrate a strong cultural fit with our program and defining principles. Please use the following essays as an opportunity to reflect on and share with us the values, experiences, and accomplishments that have helped shape who you are.(Learn more about Berkeley-Haas' Defining Principles).

1. Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world. How did this transform you? (400-500 word maximum)

2. What is your most significant professional accomplishment? (200-300 word maximum)

3. What is your desired post-MBA role and at what company or organization? In your response, please specifically address sub-questions a., b., and c.
  a. How is your background compelling to this company?
  b. What is something you would do better for this company than any other employee?
  c. Why is an MBA necessary and how will Haas specifically help you succeed at this company?
(500-600 word maximum for 3a, 3b, and 3c combined)

Supplemental Information:

1. If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.

2. List in order of importance all community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Include the following information for each organization or activity using the format below:

Name of organization or activity
Nature of organization or activity
Size of organization
Dates of involvement
Offices held
Average number of hours spent per month

3. List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies, indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.

4. Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your university degree.

5. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)

Optional Essays:

1. (Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven't addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

2. (Optional) If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript. (250 word maximum)

(Optional). Please provide the occupation of, and highest degree obtained by, your parent(s) or guardian(s).

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Essay question on Harvard's website
You're applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, academic transcripts, extracurricular activities, awards, post-MBA career intentions, test scores, and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?

Additional questions from the application form:

Employment section:
Your Role and Responsibilities (textbox – 250 characters)
Company/Organization Description (textbox – 250 characters)
Reason for Leaving (textbox – 250 characters)
Key Accomplishments (textbox – 250 characters)
Most Significant Challenge (textbox – 250 characters)
Please provide an explanation for any gaps in your employment history: (textbox - 1000 characters)
Briefly tell us more about your career aspirations: (textbox - 500 characters)

Additional Information:
Instructions: Use this section to include any additional information that you believe is important for the MBA Admissions Board to know in evaluating your application, but that you were unable to include elsewhere in the online application. Tell us a fun fact about yourself, or just say hello!
Please limit your additional information to the space in this section. We'll know you'll be tempted, but please don't send us any additional materials (e.g., additional recommendations, work portfolios). To be fair to all applicants, extra materials won't be considered.

     Additional Information (textbox – 500 characters)

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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)

If you would like to apply for IESE scholarships (IESE Trust, Alumni Association, etc. ) please fill in the Scholarship Essay:
How do you plan to finance your MBA and why do you think you deserve a scholarship?
(200 word limit)

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Job description 1
Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (350 words max.)

Job description 2
Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. It should be written as if you were talking to someone at a social gathering detailing your career path with the rationale behind your choices. Discuss your short and long term career aspirations. (350 words max.)

Job description 3 (Optional)
If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.

Essay 1
Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (600 words max.)

Essay 2
Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (400 words max.)

Essay 3
Tell us about an experience where you were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or negative way. (300 words max.)

Essay 4
Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (300 words max.)

Essay 5 (optional)
Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words max.)

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Johnson - Cornell

You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 2000 characters (including formatting characters) or less, please write the table of contents for the book in the space provided or upload it as an attachment. Note: approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity.

What is the job that you would like to have immediately upon graduating with your MBA? (2000 character limit, including formatting characters).

Post-Collegiate Activities - List community activities (clubs, church, civic, etc.) and professional associations you contributed to since graduation from college. Please include the organization name, your role, hours dedicated, elected offices held, and dates of participation (2000 character limit, including formatting characters).

Collegiate Activities and Employment - List your extracurricular activities while in college in order of importance to you. You may include details about your positions and the time commitment, honors or awards received, and dates of participation. The list may also include part-time and summer employment held while in college. Please list your employer, job title, responsibilities, hours per week, and the dates for each position (2000 character limit, including formatting characters).

Hobbies and Activities - Please list any hobbies or activities that hold special significance for you. (2000 character limit, including formatting characters.)

Optional Essay - Complete this essay if you would like to add additional details regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate record or test scores) do not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School. (2000 character limit, including formatting characters).

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Essay questions on Kellogg's website

For 2014-2015, the following two essays are required of all applicants:

1. 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)

2. 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)

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

Dual-degree applicants: For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250 words)

: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)

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 limit)

Video essays

The Video Essays provide applicants with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what they will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. Each applicant will complete two short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

 • After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete two Video Essay Questions. One will be about the candidate’s interest in Kellogg and the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.
 • There are 10 practice questions which candidates can complete as many times as they like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool and help applicants feel prepared.
 • There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions. We encourage applicants to practice so they are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions.
 • Candidates will have 20 seconds to think about their question and up to 1 minute to give their response.
 • We estimate the Video Essays will take 30 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.

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Kenan-Flagler - UNC

Essay questions on UNC website

Essay One
Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how: your professional experience has shaped these goals; why this career option appeals to you; and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)

Essay Two
What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (300 words maximum)

Essay Three (Optional)
If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)

Essay Four (Optional)
Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)

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Essay questions on LBS website

The essays form a major part of your application so we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time reflecting on the questions below and preparing your replies.

The essay questions for the class of MBA 2017 are:

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

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

3. Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (300 words)

Additional questions from the online application:
Current employment -
 - What's your organisation's main area of activity? [textbox-unlimited]
 - Tell us about your responsibilities. Describe your day-to-day role, details of any clients you work with/for, the level/title of the person you report to, the size of budget for which you are directly responsible and the number of people in your team. [textbox-unlimited]

Education -
 - Do you feel that your academic performance so far gives an accurate indication of your potential for success on the programme? If so, why? If not, why not? [textbox-unlimited]
 - Have you ever received formal disciplinary action from an academic institution or been forced to withdraw from a course of study? If so, you must declare the information here. [textbox-unlimited]

Additional information -
 - Tell us about your main interests and activities in your free time. [textbox-unlimited]
 - We encourage applicants to take into consideration the impact of study on family and friends. Who have you discussed your plans with, and what was the response? Feel free to give the names of members of the school community (alumni, students, faculty, staff etc) as appropriate. [textbox-unlimited]

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Ross - Michigan

Essay questions on Ross website

Fall 2015 Full-time MBA Essay Questions:

1. What are you most proud of professionally and why? What did you learn from that experience? (400 words)

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

3. Optional question:
Is there anything not addressed elsewhere in the application that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you to evaluate your candidacy? (300 words

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Said - Oxford

1) What should Oxford expect from you? Maximum 500 words.

2) How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will the MBA and Oxford assist you in the development of these ambitions? Maximum 500 words.

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.

For re-applicants only:
4) What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA programme?  Maximum 250 words.

Additional questions from the online application:

Please provide information regarding any relevant professional qualifications that you hold including the professional firm or educational institution attended, qualification, subject, year achieved and result. (500 characters)

You at work - Please list your main responsibilities, your most significant challenge and your greatest achievement: (5000 characters)

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Sloan - MIT

Essay questions on MIT website

We are interested in learning more about you. In each of the essays, please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did. Please draw upon experiences which have occurred in the past three years.

Essay 1:
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. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or fewer)

Essay 2:
Write a professional letter of recommendation on behalf of yourself. Answer the following questions as if you were your most recent supervisor recommending yourself for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA Program: (750 words or fewer)

• How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
• How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
• Please give an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
• Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
• Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
• Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

Optional Information
The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format. If you choose to use a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide us the URL. [textbox - 7900 characters]

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Essay questions on Stanford's website

Essays help us learn about who you are rather than solely what you have done. Other parts of the application give insight to your academic and professional accomplishments; the essays reveal the person behind those achievements.
When writing your essays, resist the urge to “package” yourself into what you think Stanford wants to see. Doing so will only prevent us from understanding who you really are and what you hope to accomplish. The most impressive essays are the most authentic.

Essay Questions for the Class of 2017
We request that you write two personal essays. The personal essays give us glimpses of your character and hopes. In each essay, we want to hear your genuine voice. Think carefully about your values, passions, aims, and dreams prior to writing them.

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?
A strong response to this question will:
Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
Reflect the self-examination process you used to write your response.
Genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
Be written from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.

Essay B: Why Stanford?
Use this essay to explain your view of your future, not to repeat accomplishments from your past. Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.
A strong response to this essay question will:
Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at the Stanford MBA Program.

Your answers for both essay questions combined may not exceed 1,100 words. Below are suggested word counts per essay, but you should allocate the maximum word count in the way that is most effective for you.
Essay A 650-850
Essay B 250-450

 • 12 pt. font size
 • Double spaced
 • Recommended font types: Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman
 • Indicate the question you are answering at the beginning of each essay (does not count toward the word limit)
 • Number all pages
 • Upload one document that includes both essays

Be sure to save a copy of your essays and preview the uploaded document to ensure the formatting is preserved.

Editing Your Essays
Begin work on the essays early to give yourself time to reflect, write, and edit.
Feel free to ask friends or family members for constructive feedback - specifically if the tone and voice sound like you. Your family and friends know you better than anyone. If they feel the essays do not capture who you are, how you live, what you believe, and what you aspire to do, then surely we will be unable to recognize what is most distinctive about you.

Feedback Vs. Coaching
There is a big difference, however, between ‘feedback’ and ‘coaching.’ You cross that line when any part of the application (excluding the letters of reference) ceases to be exclusively yours in either thought or word.
Appropriate feedback occurs when others review your completed application - perhaps once or twice - and apprise you of omissions, errors, or inaccuracies that you later correct or address. After editing is complete, your thoughts, voice, and style remain intact.
Inappropriate coaching occurs when you allow others to craft your application for you and, as a result, your application or self-presentation is not authentic.

It is improper and a violation of the terms of this application process to have someone else write your essays. Such behavior will result in denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission.

Additional information
Through all of the elements of your application, we believe that we get to know you well. Only complete this section if you have critical information you could not convey elsewhere on your application (e.g., extenuating circumstances affecting academic or work performance). Do not include essays, and please, be brief. (upload document)

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Stern - NYU

Essay questions on NYU website

Our Stern essay questions give you the opportunity to more fully present yourself to the Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals and thought processes.

Please note the following details when completing your essays.

  • All written essays must be typed and submitted using the standard U.S. 8 1/2” x 11” format, double-spaced, in 12-point font.
  • Word limits apply to the total question. For example, your response to Essay 1 should answer all parts of the question with a total maximum of 750 words.
  • Label the top of each essay with the following: Name, Date of Birth (month, day, year), Essay Number and Page Number (e.g.: Joe Applicant, January 1, 1983, Essay 1, Page 1).
  • Your essays should be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be revoked if you did not write your essays.

Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
(750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

  • Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?
  • What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?
  • What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?

Essay 2: Choose Option A or Option B

Option A: Your Two Paths
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given today’s ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can have impact.

Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?
What factors will most determine which path you will take?
How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?

Option B: Personal Expression

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.
If you submit a non-written piece for this essay (i.e., artwork or multimedia) or if you submit this essay via mail, please upload a brief description of your submission with your online application.

Please note the following guidelines and restrictions:

  • Your submission becomes the property of NYU Stern and cannot be returned for any reason.
  • If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font. If you submit a video or audio file, it should be five minutes maximum.
  • If you prepare a multimedia submission, you may mail a CD, DVD or USB flash drive to the Admissions Office. These are the only acceptable methods of submission. Please do not submit an internet link to any websites or to a video hosting service such as YouTube.
  • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an alternate essay if we are unable to view your submission.
  • Do not submit anything perishable (e.g. food), or any item that has been worn (e.g. clothing).
  • Mailed materials must be postmarked by the application deadline date. Please follow our mail and labeling instructions.

Please note that mailed packages are subject to size restrictions. Submissions that exceed the stated size restrictions will not be accepted for review by the Admissions Committee. Please see the table below for the maximum package size guidelines:

Packaging Type

Dimensions: Metric

Dimensions: Non-metric


36cm x 31cm x 8cm

14” x 12” x 3”

Cylindrical tube

8cm x 91cm

3” x 36”

Triangular tube

97cm x 16cm x 16 cm x 16 cm

38” x 6” x 6” x 6”

Essay 3. Additional Information (optional)
Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information.

If you are unable to submit a recommendation from your current supervisor, you must explain your reason, even if you are a re-applicant.

If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application.

Uploading Formats
You may upload documents into the online application in the following formats: word, excel, PDF, .txt, .rtf and .wpd.

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Tepper - Carnegie Mellon

Essay questions on Tepper's website

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.

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Essay question on Tuck's website

Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. There are no right or wrong answers. We encourage applicants to limit the length of their responses to 500 words for each essay. Please double-space your responses.

1. Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA fit for you and your goals and why are you the best fit for Tuck?

2. Tell us about your most meaningful leadership experience and what role you played. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

3. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

4. (To be completed by all reapplicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.

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Essay questions on Wharton's website

First-time applicants and re-applicants are required to complete the two essays. First-time applicants have the option of submitting a third essay, the Optional Essay, which may be used to address extenuating circumstances.

Re-applicants are required to complete the Optional Essay, using the space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates on your candidacy. More details on this requirement can be found below.

Our essay questions are an attempt to learn more about you, beyond your professional and academic accomplishments. We hope to learn more about what motivates you and what you consider to be important. Through your answers to the essay prompts, you have the opportunity to tell us more about your thoughts, interests and passions. The most compelling essays are those that are authentic and self-reflective. Please remember that there are no right answers, we look forward to hearing your story.


1. (Required) What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

2. (Optional) Please highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

Optional Essay

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words)

All re-applicants (those who applied for Fall 2014 or 2013) are also required to complete the Optional Essay. Please use this space to explain how you have reflected on the previous decision on your application and to discuss any updates on your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extra curricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

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Our note to candidates, due to Yale's ethics policy, if you are "recycling" an essay from another school to create a Yale essay, use the non-edited first draft that you created for the other school.

Instructions: Please answer the required essay question below. Your essay must be entirely your own work. Although you may ask others for general feedback, you may not allow anyone to write or edit your essay.

Any component in your application that may require additional explanation may be addressed in the Optional Information section.

Reapplicants should complete both the required essay for all candidates and the section for reapplicants.

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)

Optional Information
If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation (unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, promotions or recognitions, etc.), please provide a brief description here. (200 words maximum).

Required for Reapplicants Only
Since your last application, please discuss any updates to your candidacy, including changes in your personal or professional life, additional coursework, or extracurricular/volunteer activities. (200 words maximum)

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