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Essay Questions for MBA Programs That Start In 2019

Important Note! On rare occasions, schools change essay topics after they have been published.
In addition, we may inadvertently make a mistake in copying content.
In such cases, it may be that the information presented here is not accurate!
It is essential that you visit the school website to be 100% certain about the exact essay topics.

Please note that for re-applicants, the essay topics are often different from those below.

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Essay Questions by School

Please adhere to the word limits outlined for each of the essay questions as you copy and paste your essays directly into the respective text boxes in the application. Please keep in mind that it is to your benefit to make your essays concise, clear and easy to read for the Admissions Committee as you directly answer the question asked.
We do check your essays for plagiarism so make sure you always submit your own work.
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.
Please type or paste in your response within the word limit shown.
Reapplicants (those who applied to the same program in the last two years) are only required to answer the Reapplication essay.

Please note:

  • 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.
  • 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 and activities from which you would benefit if admitted to UCLA Anderson. These references are best found through online 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 above.
  • All essays and short answer responses are to be submitted in written form only.
  • All essays and short answer responses are to be entered directly in the text box provided in your application.

NEW APPLICATION — ESSAY 1: Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. How can the UCLA Anderson experience add value to your professional development? (textbox, 500 words maximum)

NEW APPLICATION — ESSAY 2: What are you passionate about and why? (textbox, 300 words maximum)

REAPPLICATION: Reapplicants who applied for the class entering Fall 2017 or 2018 are required to complete the following essay: Please describe your career progress since you last applied and how you have enhanced your candidacy. Include information on your short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (textbox, 750 words maximum)

OPTIONAL: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (textbox, 250 words maximum)
No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit a response to the optional question.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Academics

  • Please explain any failing grades received in college or university courses (textbox, no limit)

Career

For each employer:

  • Job Description (textbox, no limit)
  • Reason for Leaving (textbox, 50 words maximum)
  • Promotions and Dates Received (textbox, 85 characters maximum)
  • Please describe and quantify additional annual compensation (e.g., relocation, automobile or military allowances, variable compensation or stock options) (in $U.S.) (textbox, 100 characters maximum)

Activities and Distinctions

  • For each activity, Please describe your participation in this activity. Include any honors won and accomplishments. (textbox, no limit)
  • Honors and Distinctions – For each one, input Description and Basis for Award
  • Hobbies – Please list the hobbies you are most interested in (textbox, no limit)

Conduct

  • Other Information – If you wish to provide additional information about circumstances or qualifications not included in this application, please so do here. (textbox, no limit)

2018-2019 Chicago Booth Full-Time MBA Application Questions:

  1. How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250 word minimum) (this question appears in the “Chicago Booth & You” section)
  2. Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)  (this question appears in the “Activities” section)

Response Guidelines:

      • Length: There is no maximum length, only a 250 word minimum. 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.
      • File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
      • Acceptable Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF or Word. We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting.
      • Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, multimedia, hyperlinks, etc. will not translate over.

Optional Question:

    • Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? (300 word maximum)

Re-applicant Question:

    • 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 word maximum)

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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Chicago Booth & You

  • Post-MBA – What is your immediate post-MBA career goal? (textbox, 250 characters max)
  • What is your long-term post-MBA career goal? (textbox, 250 characters max)
  • What is your intended post-MBA industry? (select)
  • What is your intended post-MBA function? (select)

Academics

  • Awards and Honors – Please list any collegiate academic or athletic awards or honors you have received. (textbox)

Employment

  • For each job:
    • Job Description (textbox, 700 characters max)
    • Reason for Leaving (textbox, 50 words maximum)
  • Professional Awards – Please list any significant professional awards/recognition that you have received. (textbox)

Activities

  • For each activity – Description of Participation (textbox, 500 characters)

Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.

Short Answer Question:

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

Examples of possible responses:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a strategy consulting firm.”
“Launch a data-management start-up.”

Essay 1:

Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Essay 2:

How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? Click photo to watch video. (250 words)

Essay 3:

Please provide an example of a team failure of which you have been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (250 words)

Optional Essay:

Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (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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Additional questions from the online application

Employment

  • Please provide an explanation for any gaps in your employment history: (textbox 1000 characters)
  • For each employer:
    • Duties/Responsibilities (textbox, 500 characters)
    • Reason for Leaving (textbox, 50 words maximum)

Education

  • Please list any professional credentials received (e.g. CFA, CPA): (textbox, no limit)

Extracurricular Activities

  • For each activity – Description of Participation (textbox, 200 characters)
  • Hobbies – Please list other activities or interests that you regularly engage in: (textbox, no limit)

Non-Degree Coursework (Optional)

  • With regard to academic preparedness, we evaluate your undergraduate performance along with standardized test scores. We will also consider additional coursework that you are prepared for Darden. Please share examples that highlight your academic and quantitative preparedness. (textbox, 150 words max)

College Extracurriculars and Employment

  • List your extracurricular activities while in college including any offices held and awards received. Include dates of participation and list them in order of importance to you. If you were employed while in college, include employer, job responsibilities, hours worked per week and dates for each position held. (textbox, 200 words max)

Employment

  • For each job – Job description: (textbox, no limit)

Tell us your story

The Darden School of Business is a thriving community of MBA students, faculty and alumni from a diverse array of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Because of the highly participatory nature of the MBA program — both inside and outside of the classroom — Darden actively recruits and fosters a vibrant MBA community. Below are a series of questions to allow you the opportunity to share the many dimensions of you.

  • Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personal, professional or both. (textbox, 100 words)
  • Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to go with Darden? (textbox, 5 words)
  • And why? (textbox, 50 words)
  • Darden strives to identify and cultivate leaders who follow their purpose. At this stage, how would you describe your evolving leadership style and please provide an example. (textbox, 200 words)
  • Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (textbox, 200 words)
  • What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why? (textbox, 150 words)
  • What are you excited to explore in Charlottesville? (textbox, 25 words)

What do you do for fun?

There are a variety of organizations and clubs at Darden that help shape our community and the Darden experience overall. In this section, we’d like to learn about your unique interests, talents and passions. Please list the professional associations and community activities (clubs, faith-based, civic, etc.) in which you have participated since graduation from university. If you graduated from university more than 10 years ago, please simply list your activities for the last 5 years, making sure to include: Activity Type, Organization name, Your role, Dates of participation, Description of your involvement.

  • Description of Participation (textbox, no limit)

Batten Scholars Program

All candidates for the Batten Scholars Program are expected to exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership skills and a drive for innovation, as well as recognizable background characteristics and goals that satisfy the desired purposes of the Batten Institute. For clarity, we designate three categories of Batten Scholars, which embrace particular aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. Please visit the Darden website for details.

To apply, please select the scholarship for which you are applying and answer the questions below.

Please answer the following in the text box below.

  1. How do you meet the criteria of the Batten Scholars Program, consistent with the priorities of the Batten Institute?
  2. How you will contribute to the Darden community?
  3. How would this award and Darden further your career ambitions in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology?

Additional Comments

  • If there is further information you believe would be helpful to the Admission Committee, please provide it: (textbox, 250 words)

Essays & Additional Information

  1. Are you applying to other Schools? Please provide detail of Schools and Programmes. This information is for our own records; it will not affect the Admissions Comittee’s decision.
  2. Did you learn about this programme through an Alumnus recommendation? If so please provide us with the name and graduation year.
  3. Which aspects have you improved on during your academic and professional career so far? Which tools or values have helped you achieve this?
  4. How will your background, values and non-work-related activities enhance the experience of other ESADE MBA students and add to the diverse culture we strive for at ESADE? (Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have accomplished)
  5. What are your motivations in pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life? Describe your mid-term and long-term visions for your post-MBA career path. What is it about ESADE you think will help you reach your goals?
  6. Complete two of the following four questions or statements (1000 characters per response)
    a) I am most proud of…
    b) People may be surprised to learn that I…
    c) What has your biggest challenge been and what did it help you learn about yourself?
    d) Which historical figure do you most identify with and why?
  7. Please, provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information.

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.
Re-applicants: candidates who applied to the Daytime MBA program during the 2017-2018 application cycle 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, with the exclusion of Essay 1. Re-applicants are not required to generate a new list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” You have the option of resubmitting “25 Random Things” from your previous year’s application, or creating a new list of “25” Random Things.
Applicants also have the opportunity to submit an optional essay to explain any extenuating circumstances about which the Admissions Committee should be aware.
All essays are scanned using plagiarism detection software. Expressing your ideas by using verbiage from existing sources, including other applicants’ essays or materials, without properly crediting those sources constitutes an act of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered a cheating violation within the Honor Code and will result in an application denial. Note: if you have worked with a consultant to complete your application materials, please ensure that the honor code policy is discussed and he/she will not share your essays with other potential applicants.

Short Answer Questions

Short answer questions will allow for 500 characters only – the equivalent of about 100 words.

  1. What are your short-term goals, post MBA? (textbox, 500 characters)
  2. What are your long-term goals? (textbox, 500 characters)
  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? (textbox, 500 characters)

Essay 1

The ‘Team Fuqua’ spirit and community is one of the things that sets the MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. Please share with us “25 Random Things” about you. These ’25 Random Things’ help us get to know someone’s personality, their background, special talents, and more.
The Admissions Committee wants to get to know YOU – beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. 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.
Please present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may only be 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. (upload document)

Essay 2

Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.
Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community, outside of the classroom?
Your response to this essay question should be no more than 2 pages in length, with a font size no less than 10-point and 1.5 line spacing. Do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application. (upload document)

Optional Essay

If you feel there are 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). 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 circumstances only.
Your response should be no more than 1 page, 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. (upload document)

Re-applicant Essay

Note: You are considered a re-applicant only if you submitted an application for admission during the 2017-2018 application cycle.
It is not uncommon for it to take more than one try to achieve a goal. Please share with us the self-reflection process 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?
Please do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application, and limit your response to two pages. (upload document)

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Professional Experience and Corporate Support

  • For each employer –
    • In your own words, briefly describe your role and responsibilities (textbox, no limit)
    • Reason for Leaving (textbox, no limit)
  • Please indicate if you are a member of or participate in any professional or civic organizations. (textbox, no limit)

Leadership Experience and Community Involvement

  • For each activity – Contribution (textbox, no limit)

Conduct and Honor Code

  • Have you ever been dropped, suspended, placed on academic or disciplinary probation, disciplined, expelled, requested or advised to resign from any post-secondary school, college, university, professional school, or law school? (yes/no)
  • Have you ever been arrested, charged or cited for any crime or been convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation? You are not required to report any matter that has been expunged by a court of law. (yes/no)
  • Have you ever been discharged or dismissed from the armed forces other than by honorable discharge or been subject to military discipline? (yes/no)

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you are required to submit a supplementary explanatory statement. (upload document)

The essays must be answered and submitted for your application to be considered complete. (Only two essays are required for re-applicants). Remember to review each question carefully. We consider essays to be a very important part of the application process, and they are your opportunity to show the Admissions Committee a bit about yourself beyond the application itself. Please visit the Essays page for details on the questions and how to submit your finished essays.

QUESTIONS

Answer all essays, following the word limits indicated for each question. NOTE: Applicants who apply to more than one MBA program will only complete the essay question requirement related to their first preference program.

POST-MBA CAREER GOALS

Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300 word limit)

LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS

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. Mr. Goizueta’s core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership in a professional setting and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300 word limit)

VIDEO ESSAY

Please select ONE of the following topics to share with us using the Video Essay feature. Your comments should last 60-90 seconds and you have the option to re-record until you are satisfied, before submitting.

  • Of Goizueta Business School’s Core Values (Courage, Integrity, Accountability, Rigor, Diversity, Team, Community), which one resonates the most with you and why?
  • What is the best advice you have received and how have you used it in your life or career?
  • Outside of family and work, what is something that you are passionate about and why?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you are applying to a second- and/or third-preference program, please describe your reasoning for applying to the additional program(s). (100 word limit)

Should you feel there is an important part of your story missing from your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic probation issues), please use this section to provide a brief explanation. We ask that you limit your response to 100 words; responses in bullet point format are preferred.

RE-APPLICANT ESSAYS

Applicants who have applied to Goizueta Business School in the past are required to answer the following questions.

  1. Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300 word limit)
  2. Explain how you have improved your candidacy for Goizueta Business School’s MBA Program since your last application. (250 word limit)

Note: Modular MBA for Executives and Weekend MBA for Executives require separate essay prompts.

Berkeley Haas 2018-19 Application Essays

The Full-time MBA program annually enrolls approximately 300 diverse, talented, and creative future business leaders. We admit candidates from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds who demonstrate professional achievement, academic aptitude, and leadership potential. Our community is enriched by students who embody our Berkeley Haas Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself, and we seek candidates who will contribute to our distinctive culture.

The admissions team takes a holistic approach to application review and seeks to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences. We will consider achievements in the context of the opportunities available to a candidate. Some applicants may have faced hardships or unusual life circumstances, and we will consider the maturity, perseverance, and thoughtfulness with which they have responded to and/or overcome them.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Essays help us learn about who you are as a person and how you will fit with our community. We seek candidates from a broad range of industries, backgrounds, and cultures. Our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles – Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. We encourage you to reflect on your experiences, values, and passions so that you may craft thoughtful and authentic responses that demonstrate your fit with our program – culturally, academically, and professionally.

Application essays will be screened through anti-plagiarism software.

Required Essays

Essay #1

Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (300 words maximum)

Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader’s interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley-Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

Six word story: (6 words)

Response: (textbox, 300 words)

Essay #2

Future Industry (select)

Future Function (select)

Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal, and discuss how it will put you on a path to a meaningful and rewarding career. (textbox, 300 words maximum)

Supplemental Information

1. If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A. (textbox, no limit)

2. List, in order of importance, up to five significant community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Include the following information for each 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

If not applicable, enter N/A. (textbox, no limit)

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. If not applicable, enter N/A. (textbox, no limit)

4. 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 applicable, enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission). (textbox, no limit)

Optional Information

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements. You may answer part, all, or none of the questions as it relates to your background.

1) What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

Parent 1: (select)

Parent 2: (select)

2) What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

Parent 1: (select)

Parent 2: (select)

3) If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate: (select)

4) What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home? (select)

5) If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate: (select)

Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact. (textbox, 300 words maximum)

Additional Optional Information

This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate. (textbox, no limit)

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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Employment

  • Company Description (textbox, no limit)
  • Responsibilities / Accomplishments: (textbox, no limit)
  • Reasons for Leaving (put N/A if not applicable): (textbox, no limit)

There is one essay question to be answered by all applicants:

As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

There is no word limit for this question.  We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here:  don’t overthink, overcraft, or overwrite.  Answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

Please upload your document below.  We have no preferences for font type or size.  Note that we do not accept audio or video submissions in lieu of a written essay.

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Joint program applicants for the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School must provide an additional essay:

How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)

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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Employment

For each employeer:

  • 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)

Intended Post-MBA Information

  • Industry (select)
  • Function (select)
  • Briefly tell us more about your career aspirations: (textbox, 500 characters)

Additional Information

  • Please share additional information here if you need to clarify any information provided in the other sections of your application. This is not meant to be used as an additional essay. Please limit your additional information to the space in this section. We 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. (textbox, 500 characters)

Extracurricular Activities

  • Description (textbox, 200 characters)

Awards and Recognition

  • Basis of Selection (textbox, 200 characters)

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? (textbox, 500 words max)

2. What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (textbox, 250 words max)

3. Leadership and ethics are inevitably intertwined in the business world. Describe a situation in which you have dealt with these issues and how they have influenced you. (textbox, 250 words max)

4. Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be? (textbox, 250 words max)

5. Please choose from one of the following essays: (textbox, 250 words max)

a) What monument or site would you advise a first-time visitor to your country or city to discover, and why?

b) Certain books, movies or plays have had an international success that you believe to be undeserved. Choose an example and analyse it.

c) What figure do you most admire and why? You may choose from any field (arts, literature, politics, business, etc).

6. Is there any additional information you would like to share with us? (textbox, 900 words max)

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Program choice

  • If you are re-applying, please explain the reason that you are re-applying below (textbox)

Academic Background

  • Which other MBA Programs are you applying to and why? (textbox, 100 words)

Professional Experience

  • Job Description – Description of the position (textbox, 200 words)
  • Career Goals – Please describe your immediate career goals following your MBA including location (textbox, 200 words)
  • Please explain how you plan to finance your MBA education (textbox, 250 words)

International Experience

  • For each Experience – Description (textbox)

Extra-professional Activities

For each activity – Description (textbox)

Express Yourself

Step One: Personal essay

This section is important in understanding who you are, not just as a student but also as a person in order to grasp the value that you could add to our program. Take this as an opportunity to showcase your unique attributes and personality. There are three formats you can choose to express yourself: a video (max. 3 minutes), a PowerPoint presentation (max. 10 slides), or a written essay (between 250-650 words). Please pay special attention to punctuation, structure and content.

What is the most important thing that you would like us to know that is not in your resume or application?

We suggest the following platforms:

  • video or animation: Youtube Vimeo
  • presentation: Prezi Slideshare

All your compositions must be absolutely original and specifically intended for this admission application. The compositions must be composed, executed and completed by you alone. Before submitting the links, check that they work correctly. The links must be active and available for consultation for a minimum of 18 months after the date the application is submitted.

Upload your personal essay here: Please keep in mind that the text should be between 250-650 words and should be uploaded as one of the following:.pdf, .doc or. docx, font size 11, line spacing 1.5 or presentation .ppt, .pptx (Max size of file 6 MB)
Upload essay, or Include the link if you are responding in other format:

Step Two: Live Questions

Once you have submitted the application form and paid the admissions fee, you will receive an email to complete an online assessment through our partners at Kira. During this exercise you will be answering questions to demonstrate why you would be a valuable asset to the IEU community. This will take around 20-30 minutes.

Additional open questions from the online application:

Education

  • For each degree – Comments [text box, 2000 characters]

Professional experience

  • Briefly describe your duties and responsibilities. [text box, 250 characters]

Quick evaluation

We want to gain in-depth knowledge about the experiences, values and future plans of the candidates
for our Master’s Degree programs. In this first part of the “More about You” section, you have the chance to
show us, in a very practical and direct way, characteristics of your life that we consider
important at IE.

  • What language(s) do you speak? (select)
  • Level  (select)
  • What percentage of your daily activity do you carry out in a language other than your mother tongue?  (select)
  • How many countries have you visited?  (select)
  • What countries, besides your own, have you lived in for over 4 months?  (select)

Choose the reason(s) that most influenced you to apply for admission to IE:

  • The international prestige (in rankings, companies, etc.)
  • The diversity of students and professors
  • The possibility for exchanges or international trips
  • Access to new professional opportunities
  • The focus on entrepreneurship
  • The methodology focused on professional practice
  • The program’s specific content(s)
  • Program format (Full-time/Part-time/Blended)
  • The program’s total duration
  • Recommendation from alumnus/alumni
  • Campus Location (Europe/Spain/Madrid)
  • Scholarship and financial aid program
  • Quality-Price Ratio
  • Other motivation [textbox, Max 140 characters]

How will you be financing this program? [for each, select percentage between 0-100]

  • Personal savings
  • Family support
  • Loans
  • External scholarship
  • IE Scholarship
  • Fellowship
  • Support from my organization

How do you want to direct your professional career in each of these levels during the months after finishing your program?

  • Organizational (select)
  • Sectorial (select)
  • Functional Area (select)
  • Geographical – Country (select)
  • Geographical – Continent (select)
  • Level of Responsibility (select)

How would you define your level as a user of new technologies? (select)

Do you consider yourself an “early adopter” of new technologies? Yes No

Here are a number of personality traits that may or may not apply to you. Please choose a number next to each statement to indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with that statement. You should rate the extent to which the pair of traits applies to you, even if one characteristic applies more strongly than the other.

1-Disagree strongly / 2-Disagree moderately / 3-Disagree a little / 4-Neither agree nor disagree / 5-Agree a little / 6-Agree moderately / 7-Agree strongly

I see myself as:

  • Extraverted, enthusiastic.
  • Critical, quarrelsome (inquisitive).
  • Dependable, self-disciplined.
  • Anxious, easily upset.
  • Open to new experiences, complex (multifaceted).
  • Reserved, quiet.
  • Sympathetic, warm.
  • Disorganized, careless.
  • Calm, emotionally stable.
  • Conventional, uncreative.

Here are a number of characteristics that you may or may not improve. Please choose a number next to each statement to indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with that statement.

1-Disagree strongly / 2-Disagree moderately / 3-Disagree a little / 4-Neither agree nor disagree / 5-Agree a little / 6-Agree moderately / 7-Agree strongly

I would like to be a more:

  • Creative person.
  • Innovative person.
  • Inquisitive person.
  • Efficient person.
  • Persistent person.
  • Organized person.
  • Adaptable person.
  • Talkative person.
  • Optimistic person.
  • Collaborative person.
  • Modest person.
  • Flexible person.
  • Tolerant person.
  • Transparent person.
  • Stable person.

Describe yourself in three words. ____  ____  ____

Indicate with three words how you believe your colleagues/classmates would describe you.  ____  ____  ____

At what age did you first earn money from anyone other than your direct family? How did you earn it? (textbox, Max 140 characters)

Have you been involved in any of these ways of promoting sustainable development?

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Nature conservation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Alternative transport
  • Waste reduction
  • Efficient use of water
  • Not yet

I wish that the application had asked me… (textbox, Max 140 characters)

Are you applying to other schools? Yes / No

  • In what region? (select)
  • Which ones? __________

Are any of your parents/Legal guardian IE Alumni?

  • Full Name       End Year         Program

How did you learn about IE?

  • Through a Friend/Colleague
  • Family Member
  • Company I currently work for
  • Online Search
  • IE Mooc (online courses)
  • Through Social Media
  • Which one? (textbox, Max 140 characters)

Upload Organizational chart

  • In your Organizational Chart, show where you are in the organization, who you report to, and who reports to you. People’s names are not required for any positions except yours, but position titles are suggested. If your organization is extremely large, show only your division or your immediate reporting structure. If you are self-employed with no employees, show your position and your business-to-business and/or business-to-customer relationship structure.

Upload Other Documents (optional)

Background Statement

  • If you think there is any relevant information on possible disciplinary actions, criminal proceedings where you were involved or related matters, please describe them (textbox, 400 characters)

Essay Question I

How do you expect to be changed by your experience at IESE and what impact you would like to make after your MBA? (word limit 300 max) (upload)

Essay Question II

What are your short and medium term post MBA career goals and how will IESE help you achieve them? (word limit 300 max) (upload)

Optional Essay

I wish the admissions committee had asked me… (word limit 300 max) (upload)

IESE Scholarship Essay

How do you plan to finance your MBA and why do think you deserve a scholarship? (500 words)

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. (short answer) (textbox)

2. What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (short answer) (textbox)

3. Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (short answer) (textbox)

4. Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with an MBA from INSEAD. (short answer) (textbox)

5. 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. (optional) (textbox)

MOTIVATION ESSAYS

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 (maximum 500 words). (textbox)

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(maximum 400 words). (textbox)

3. 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? (maximum 300 words) (textbox)

4. Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (maximum 300 words) (textbox)

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Please briefly explain any time gaps (2 months or more) since leaving high school that are unaccounted for in your application (textbox, 30 words maximum).

Goals Statement

A statement of your goals will begin a conversation that will last throughout the admissions process and guide your steps during the MBA program and experience. To the best of your understanding today, please share your short and long term goals by completing the following sentences and answering the enclosed short answer question (250 words maximum):

Immediately post-MBA my goal is to work as a(n) ___(Role)___ at __(Company)__ within __(Industry)__.

  • Targeted Job Role _________
  • Targeted Job Company __________
  • Industry _________

In 5-10 years post-MBA my goal is to work as a(n) ___(Role)___ within __(Industry)__.

  • Job Role in 5-10 years __________
  • Industry in 5-10 Years __________

How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals? [textbox]

Impact Essay

At Cornell, we value students who create impact. Please indicate the opportunities for impact that you’ve identified through engagement with our community and describe how what you learned has influenced your decision to apply to (500 words maximum).
Please limit your response to 500 words or fewer. [textbox]

Back of Your Resume Essay

The front page of your resume has given us a sense of your professional experience and accomplishments as well as your academic summary and extracurricular involvement. If the back page reflects “the rest of your story,” please help us get to know you better by sharing the experiences that will give us insight into your character, values, and interests.
We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube, etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions.
Maximum file size is 5 MB. If you choose to submit a written essay, please limit your submission to 500 words or fewer. Multimedia submissions should be under 5 minutes.
Submission of your application requires a completed Back of Resume essay. Please upload a document or enter your content in the field provided. [textbox] / [Upload your creative submission]

Optional Essay (Required for Re-Applicants)

You may use this essay to call attention to items needing clarification and to add additional details to any aspects of your application that do not accurately reflect your potential for success at Johnson (500 words maximum).
If you are reapplying for admission, please use this essay to indicate how you have strengthened your application and candidacy since the last time you applied for admission. Please also review our Admissions Policy for additional information about re-applying (500 words maximum).
Please enter your re-applicant or optional essay below. [textbox]

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Employment History

  • Description of Organization [textbox, no limit]
  • Describe your duties [textbox, no limit]
  • If applicable, please explain your reason for leaving. [textbox, no limit]

Family Business

  • Are you affiliated with a family business? If yes, please describe the company as well as your relationship to it. [textbox, no limit]

Education History

  • Academic awards, activities, honors, fellowships or scholarships. [textbox, no limit]

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. Limit your response to 250 words or fewer. [textbox]

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. Limit your response to 250 words or fewer. [textbox]

Hobbies and Activities

  • Please list any hobbies or activities that hold special significance for you. Limit your response to 250 words or fewer. [textbox]

Scholarship

  • What steps have you taken to prepare financially for your MBA study? [textbox, no limit]
  • If applying for the Park Fellowship, please answer the essay question below. What is your greatest example of leadership and what personal qualities helped you succeed in that role? [textbox, 500 words max]

Miscellaneous Information

  • What other programs have you or will apply to? [textbox, no limit]
  • How did you first learn about us? If you chose “other”, please specify how you first learned about us. [textbox, no limit]
  • Have you ever entered a plea of guilty, no contest, nolo contendere, or an Alford plea or received a deferred prosecution or prayer for judgment continued to a criminal charge? If yes, please explain. (Please limit your response to 500 words or fewer). [textbox]
  • Have you ever been disciplined or placed under academic sanction (for example, expulsion, suspension, probation or formal reprimand) by any college or university you have attended, or are there disciplinary charges pending against you at the present time? If yes, please explain. (Please limit your response to 500 words or fewer). [textbox]

Creativity Statement

In lieu of a traditional Personal Statement, Johnson Cornell Tech MBA applicants may submit a website, video, slide deck, and/or essay to answer the following questions:

1. Why are you applying to the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA?

2. What technical skills and professional experience do you have that are relevant for this program?

3. How would you uniquely contribute to your class and the greater Johnson and Cornell Tech communities?

4. What are your short- and long-term career goals after graduation?

While we encourage you to be as creative as you desire for this portion of the application, please abide by these guidelines:

  • Links should only be to reputable websites and in English. (Links that may pose a security risk or that are not in English will not be reviewed.)
  • Videos should be under 3 minutes in length and uploaded to a reputable website (ex. YouTube, Vimeo).
  • Slide decks must be uploaded directly to the application or to a reputable website. (Links to Google Drive or any other shared folder will not be reviewed.)
  • If you submit media that was not created specifically for this application, include a separate essay that explains how it is relevant to your application.
  • Essays should be 500 words or less.

Please note that Cornell Tech Admissions cannot individually advise applicants on their Creativity Statements.

Provide a link to your Creativity Statement (if applicable)

Upload a PDF or Word document (if applicable)

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Education

  • List any relevant academic awards, honors, fellowships, or scholarships you have received, if applicable. [textbox, no limit]
  • Have you ever been disciplined or placed under academic sanction (ex. expulsion, suspension, probation, formal reprimand) by any college or university you have attended, or are there disciplinary charges pending against you? If yes, please explain. (textbox, Please limit your response to 800 characters.)

Scholarship

  • What steps have you taken to prepare financially for your MBA study? [textbox, no limit]

Additional information

  • What other graduate programs are you applying to, if any? [textbox, no limit]

Essay question 1

What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (textbox, up to 200 words)

Essay question 2

Describe a situation where you had to work jointly with others to achieve a common goal. What did you learn from the experience? (textbox, up to 200 words)

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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Language information

  • Application Waiver – If English is not your first language, but you are fluent and believe that we should waive the requirement to take an English language proficiency test, please use the field below to provide your explanation. (textbox)

Work experience

  • Return to your employer? – Do you plan to return to your current employer after completing your studies? (textbox, Maximum 100 words)
  • Previous roles/promotions at your current company – including dates (textbox, Maximum 150 words)
  • Primary responsibilities – Describe your primary job responsibilities; type and size of internal and external teams with which you work or supervise; type and number of clients or projects you manage; size of budget or revenue for which you are responsible; international experience or exposure (textbox, 150 word limit)
  • Challenge – What is your most significant challenge? (textbox, 200 word limit)
  • Accomplishment – What is your most significant accomplishment? (textbox, 200 word limit)

Career objectives

  • Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions: (textbox)
    1. What are your short and long term career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve them?
    2. What actions will you take before and during the MBA to contribute to your career outcome?
    3. If you are unsure of your post-MBA career path, how will the MBA equip you for the future?

Finance

  • Please list any scholarships/loans that you have or intend to apply for. (textbox)

Additional information

  • Residence status – If you are not a UK or EEA national, but are currently living in the UK (i.e. you have stated the UK as your country of residence), please provide details about your visa status. (textbox)
  • About you – Please provide information on any aspect of your candidacy that requires further explanation, or information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know (textbox, 300 word limit).
  • Disability – Do you have a disability, long term health condition or specific learning difficulty? – If yes, please tell us about any adjustments you may need should you come to Cambridge to study. (textbox)
  • Do you have any criminal convictions? If yes, please provide further information. (textbox)

Your essays will give us an idea of your personality, perspectives, and opinions and will let us know how closely your professional objectives match the objectives of the MBA program. We encourage you to be honest, informative, creative, and concise.

Required:

1. Discuss your immediate post-MBA professional goals. How will your professional experience, when
combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals? Should the short-term goals you have
identified not materialize, what alternate career paths might you consider? (500 words)

2. Respond to one of the following short essay prompts. (300 words)

a. My greatest memory is…

b. I’m most afraid of…

c. My greatest challenge has been…

d. I’m most proud of…

3. Share a brief fact about yourself that your classmates would find interesting, surprising, or noteworthy. (25 words)

Optional:

4. Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question. (300 words)

Instructions: Please include the essay prompt in bold at the top of the page. Please use 12-point Times New Roman font, line spacing at 1.5 lines and 1-inch margins.

For 2018-2019, the following two essays are required of all applicants:

  1. Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value.  Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value.  What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)
  2. Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (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)
  • Re-applicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)

All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in 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)

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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Employer

For each employer:

  • Description of Duties (textbox)
  • Reason for Leaving (textbox, 50 words maximum)

Career Goals

  • What has been your most significant career accomplishment? (textbox, 240 c)
  • What is your desired position after Kellogg? (textbox, 150 c)
  • What is your long-term career goal after Kellogg? (textbox, 150 c)
  • What drives your interest in these short and long-term goals? (textbox, 240 c)

Education

  • If you held a paid part-time job or work study position during your undergraduate studies, please list the average number of hours per week spent working, and a brief description of your employment. Internships, summer positions, and other activities listed on your resume do not need to be included.
    Brief description of employment: (textbox, 200 c)

Awards, Certifications and Recognition

  • Description (100 Character Limit)

Extracurricular Activities

  • For each activity – Description of Participation (100 character limit)

International Experience

  • Purpose of experience (100 character limit)

We have two required essays and one optional essay. The essays for the 2018-2019 application season are:

Question 1:  Required (500 words)

Please respond to the questions below that will assist us in learning more about you:.

  • Tell us what your immediate career goals are and how you will benefit personally and professionally from earning an MBA at Kenan-Flagler Business School.
  • As the business world continues to evolve, circumstances can change and guide you in a different direction. Should your goals that you provided above not transpire, what other opportunities would you explore?

Question 2:  Required (250 words)

The UNC Kenan-Flagler community lives by its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork.

  • Pick a core value that resonates most deeply with you.
  • Identify the most challenging situation that you have encountered and how you responded while upholding that core value.

Question 3:  Optional (300 words)

Is there any additional information not presented elsewhere in your application that you would like the admissions committee to consider? Optional areas to address include:

  • If you have not had coursework in the core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), how will you prepare yourself?
  • Inconsistent academics, gaps in work, or low standardized test scores
  • Choice of recommenders

The Admissions Committee will consider carefully the answers to the following essay questions. To provide your answers to the following essay questions, you must download the essay-question answer template using the link at the end of this paragraph. Complete your answers in the template, then attach them to your application form.
Please complete all of the essay questions beginning your answer below each question and giving word counts for each answer. Once complete, please attach this document to your online application following the instructions given on the web form.
You are required to add the word count at the end of each question.
Please do not write more than the specified word limit for each essay. Any extra words or essays may be disregarded.
Candidates should not contact us to ask for advice on how to answer the essay questions. We expect all candidates to interpret the questions as they see fit.

Question 1 (500 words)

What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these?

Question 2 (500 words)

(This question is optional)

Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School?

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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Current employment

  • What’s your organisation’s main area of activity? (textbox, no limit)
  • 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, 400 words max)
  • Reason for taking on this role _____________________
  • If you’ve now left this job, please tell us why ____________________________
  • If you are currently not working, or if you plan to leave your current employer more than three months before the programme starts, please explain your activities between leaving your last role and the start of the programme (textbox, max 300 words).
  • Is your employer willing to support you? In what way – time, tuition, or both? (textbox, no limit)

Previous employment

  • What was your organisation’s main area of activity? (textbox, no limit)
  • Your responsibilities (textbox, no limit)
  • Reason for taking on this role __________
  • Reason for leaving this job _____________

Academic performance

  • 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, no limit)
  • Have you ever received formal disciplinary action from an academic institution, been forced to withdraw from a course of study, or failed to graduate? If so, you must declare that information here. (textbox, no limit)

English language ability

  • Please outline your experience of working or studying in an English-speaking environment. Do you plan to take further English language tuition before the programme starts? (textbox, no limit)

Additional information

The information you give on this page will help us to provide you with information relevant to your interests and to improve our admissions process.

  • Please tell us your most significant international experiences to date. (textbox, 100 words max)
  • Please tell us which country you hope to work in after graduation _____________
  • Which industry are you looking to work in? (select)
  • What job function are you aiming for? (select)
  • Tell us about your main interests and activities in your free time. (textbox, 400 words max)
  • Roughly when did you start researching MBA programmes in general? (select)
  • How did you first hear about this programme? __________
  • When did you decide to apply for this programme? (select)
  • What’s your main reason for wanting to do this programme at this point in your career? (select)
  • Have you attended an event on or off campus where you met with representatives from the school? If yes, please tell us when, where and who you met. _________
  • 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? (textbox, 300 words max)
  • If you know any London Business School Alumni or Students, please give their names, graduating class and tell us how you know them. (textbox, 300 words max)
2018-2019 Application Essay Topics
At Texas McCombs, we celebrate being a community of individuals. We value each person’s unique background, experience, passions, and perspective. Essays help us to get to know you as an individual and how you would fit with our culture and community. We also use them to
assess your communication and/or presentation skills. This is your opportunity to give us more insight into your background, goals, and personality. Strong essays convey research, reflection, and your personal motivations for pursuing an MBA, specifically at the McCombs School of Business.
Please complete both essays below, as well as the optional statement if you would like to provide any further information regarding your application.
1. We will learn a lot about your professional background through your resume and letter of recommendation. We want to get to know you further. Please introduce yourself. Select only one communication method you would like to use for your response.
a. Write an essay (250 words)   
b. Share a video introduction (one minute in length)
2. Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your time as a Texas McCombs MBA, and how that experience helped prepare you for the post-MBA world. (500 words)
Optional Statement:
Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that you believe will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)

We want to hear your story. When responding to our required essays, be authentic and take time to reflect on your goals and past experiences. Craft a response that explains how these experiences led you to pursue an MBA.

Our goal at Georgetown McDonough is to craft a diverse class with people who have had varying personal and professional life experiences. As such, we want to give our applicants the opportunity to select one essay (from a list of three) that allows them the ability to best highlight their experiences, characteristics, and values that showcase the value proposition that they can bring to the McDonough community.

Please select one of the following three essays to complete in 500 words or less and include the essay prompt and your first/last name at the top of your submission.

  • Essay Option One: It can be said that life begins outside your comfort zone. Describe a situation when you were asked to lead outside of your comfort zone. What leadership characteristics did you exemplify in this situation that allowed you to succeed?
  • Essay Option Two: “Failure is not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to be POWERED by. Failure is the high-octane fuel your life can run on. You’ve got to learn to make failure your fuel.” -Abby Wambach. Describe a situation when failure has been your fuel. What was your failure (or when did you not succeed to your full potential), and how did you use this as motivation to move forward and be successful in a future situation?
  • Essay Option Three: Your personal brand reflects your values and beliefs, and impacts your relationships and community. Describe the personal brand that you will bring to business school using examples or experiences that support how you’ve developed it. How do you believe your personal brand will strengthen the McDonough community? As you complete your MBA program, how do you hope to see your personal brand evolve through the transformative experience of business school?

Video Essay: We ask that you introduce yourself to your cohort in one minute or less. The Admissions Committee would like for you to appear in person during part of your video, and we strongly encourage you to speak outside of the experiences we can read on your resume. Use this video as an opportunity to bring life to your application. For more instructions, view our Video Essay Guide.

  • You may use your phone, computer, or other means to record the video, but please ensure all audio and visual components are clear. We recommend a well-lit room and minimal noise distraction.
  • Upload your video to an accessible website (such as Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, or Tudou), and submit the direct video URL into your online application.
  • Please note that all videos must remain active and accessible to the admissions committee online for a minimum of five years for record retention purposes.
  • For your privacy: Do not include your name in the title of your video. You may submit “unlisted” videos via Youtube or password protected videos through Vimeo. If using a password, please include immediately after your link in the text box below. [Ex: www.youtube.com/123, password: Hoyas]

Optional Essay: Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)

Re-Applicant Essay: Required for re-applicants. How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (500 words or fewer)