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Essay Questions for MBA Programs That Start In 2022

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Essay Questions by School

We look forward to learning about your perspectives and plans via your essay responses. Essays complement the answers you provide throughout the application to show us your whole profile. The best applications are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and showing clear plans for the future.

Instructions: We’d like to hear more about your aspirations and the passions and experiences that shape you. Please respond to both essay prompts below, using your best judgement regarding the length of response.

1. How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (textbox, 250-word minimum)

2. An MBA is as much about personal growth as it is about professional development. In addition to sharing your experience and goals in terms of career, we’d like to learn more about you outside of the office. Use this opportunity to tell us something about who you are… (textbox, 250-word minimum)

Additional Information

Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? If so, please use this section to clarify. (textbox, 300 words max)


Chicago Booth & You


  • What is your immediate post-MBA career goal? (textbox, 250 characters)
  • What is your long-term post-MBA career goal? (textbox, 250 characters)

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

Academic Record – Do any of the following situations apply:

• You have received a failing grade
• You were involved in an academic/disciplinary hearing
• You were placed on academic/disciplinary probation
• You were dismissed from a school

If yes, Please explain: (textbox)

Do any of the following situations apply:

• You attended more than one undergraduate institution (not including a study-abroad)
• You started, but did not complete, a postgraduate program

If yes, Please explain: (textbox)

Employment – Professional Awards – Please list any significant professional awards/recognition that you have received. (textbox)

Recommendations – Why did you choose these two recommenders? (textbox)

Activities – for each, Description of Participation (textbox)

Instructions: In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. There are no right or wrong answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully.

The “Goal” short answer and Essay 1 are required.

You are also required to submit two (2) additional essays. Please select from the options A, B, and C.

Short Answer

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters) _________________

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) (upload doc)

Essay 2 and 3: Please respond to two (2) of the three (3) essay questions listed below:

A. The Phillips Pathway for Inclusive Leadership (PPIL) is a new co-curricular program designed to ensure that every CBS student develops the skills to become an ethical and inclusive leader. Through PPIL, students attend programming focused on five essential diversity, equity, and inclusion skills: Creating an Inclusive Environment, Mitigating Bias, Communicating Across Identities, Addressing Systemic Inequity, and Managing Difficult Conversations. Tell us about a time you were challenged around one of these five skills. Describe the situation, the actions you took, and the outcome. (250 Words)

B. Why do you feel that Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 Words)

C. Tell us about your favorite book, movie, or song and why it resonates with you. (250 Words)

Optional Essay

If you wish to provide further information or additional context around your application to the Admissions Committee, please upload a brief explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words) (upload doc)



  • Please provide an explanation for any gaps three months or longer in your employment history: (textbox, 1000 characters )
  • Do you have plans to work for your family business at some point during your career? if yes, please explain: (textbox, 300 characters)

Extracurricular Activities

  • For each activity – Description of Participation (textbox)
  • Please list other activities or interests that you regularly engage in: (textbox)

Personal Statement

In an essay that is 700 words or less, please answer the following questions:*

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

2. Why are you interested in a one-year, tech-focused MBA (as opposed to a traditional two-year MBA program that would offer a summer internship opportunity)?

3. What personal attributes or skills do you think make you ideally-suited to be a Cornell Tech MBA student?

4. Demonstrate the relationship between your current professional experience and academic background to your short- (0-5 years after graduating) and long-term (6-15 years after graduating) career goals for this program.

5. Describe a situation in your personal or professional life when you were faced with a difficult decision or dilemma and how you resolved it (focusing on your process, not just the resolution itself).

6. At Cornell Tech, we aim to educate leaders for the digital age. What, in your opinion is the single most important characteristic that such leaders must possess? Why?

7. What else would you like the admissions committee to know about you?
(upload file)


GMAT/GRE Test Waiver

In response to continued hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we continue to debate the value of a GMAT/GRE score as a predictor of future academic and career success, Cornell Tech is offering applicants of 2021-2022 application cycle the ability to request a GMAT/GRE test waiver, without negative bias. Please note, the admissions committee will review your statement, transcripts, and other supporting materials, and will connect with you via email to indicate if a test waiver has been approved. If your test wavier is not approved, your application will remain incomplete until a test score is submitted. Please upload a short statement for why you will flourish in our rigorous academic environment (100 words max). (upload file)

Academic History

Have you ever been expelled or academically dismissed from school? if yes, Please explain what happened. (textbox)

Short Answer Questions

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.

Learning Team

Learning Teams are an invaluable peer resource for Darden students as they navigate the core curriculum. Every student is assigned to a Learning Team consisting of 5-6 students from an array of backgrounds and perspectives, and this built-in support system serves as an important connection to the broader Darden community.
Tell us what you would want your Learning Team to know about you that is not on your resume. (textbox, 150 words)

Leadership and Impact

Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please respond to one of the following prompts (textbox, 200 words)

Select the prompt to which you will respond.

Q1: Tell us about a time when you acted with a team to solve a problem or seize an opportunity. What role did you play? What did you learn from this experience?

Q2: Tell us about a time you acted to solve a problem for the greater good. What drew you to this issue? What did you learn from this experience?

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission and they work best when they are an integral and celebrated part of our community. Review the University of Virginia’s Commitment to Diversity.
Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions (including their own), and broaden the horizons for us all. A University of Virginia community rich in diversity affords every member equal respect and provides a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities.
The Darden School develops practices and cultivates a culture that reflect and incorporate the worldviews of its many community members. In this inclusive culture, the community learns important — and sometimes uncomfortable — lessons from one another, resulting in more conscientious global leaders and citizens. Please respond to one of the following prompts (textbox, 200 words)

Select the prompt to which you will respond.

Q1: Share a time when you learned something related to diversity, equity or inclusion that was previously unknown to you? How did this experience impact your perspective?

Q2: Share a time when you advocated for a perspective, identity, or community different from your own. How did this experience impact your worldview?

Career Goal

Darden’s Career Center delivers personalized career searches, support and resources to empower students in their goals to create value as purpose-driven leaders. The team of dedicated, expert career coaches spans every major industry, function and geography and collectively represent over one hundred years of coaching experience. Coaches are prepared to support students wherever they are in their search, as career goals shift and evolve while pursuing an MBA.
Through a wide variety of career-related programming, students gain lifelong skills they will continue to leverage throughout their careers. And this support continues after graduation – All Darden graduates have access to complimentary career support for life through Darden’s Alumni Career Services.
What is your short-term, post-MBA goal and how does it align with the long-term vision you have for your career? (textbox, 150 words)

Darden Worldwide

The Batten Foundation Worldwide Scholarship provides all Darden students in our full-time MBA program with an opportunity to participate in a Darden Worldwide Course.

Darden has an incredible network of alumni and partners around the world, and, in a typical year, the School connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to travel? (textbox, 5 words)
And why? (textbox, 50 words)

Additional Comments

Once you’ve finished your application, take a moment to think about your materials holistically. Are there any gaps or ambiguities in the information provided? Consider using the Additional Comments response on the Additional Information section of your application to provide additional context, if necessary. The Additional Comments section is not an additional essay, just a place to connect the dots.
Our advice is to be brief, make your point and provide action items if appropriate. Anything you choose to share should be valuable to both you and potentially our Admissions Committee.
If there is further information you believe would be helpful to the Admission Committee, please provide it: (textbox, 250 words)


Family Background – Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements and impact. (textbox, 150 words maximum)

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.
Description of Participation (Optional) (textbox)


  • Organizations/Community Involvement – Description of Participation (textbox)
  • Hobbies – List up to three hobbies you enjoy in your free time.
  • Explore Charlottesville – What are you excited to explore in Charlottesville? (textbox, 25 words)

One short answer question 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.

Reapplicants: candidates who applied during the 2020-2021 application cycle are considered reapplicants. All re-applicants are required to complete the Short Answer Question, Essay 2, and Reapplicant Essay. Reapplicants should ensure that they are answering the questions as they are asked since the essay prompts or word counts may have changed since submitting their application in the prior year. Reapplicants are not required to generate a new list of “25 Random Things About Yourself,” but may submit the same list from last year OR create a new list of “25 Random Things”. The Admission Committee will have access to essays submitted in the prior year. Reapplicants should take advantage of the opportunity to revise their essays and provide the Admissions Committee with new or updated information.

Applicants also have the opportunity to submit optional information explaining 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 Question

Short answer questions will allow for 100 words.
What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first-choice career plan and your alternate plan. (textbox, 100 words)

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. 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 hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are.

Please do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application, and limit your response to 2 pages (750 words maximum). Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be brief, while others may be longer.
(upload file)

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 to the development of leaders. Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, what are 3 ways you expect to contribute at Fuqua?

Please do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application, and limit your response to 1 page (500 words maximum).
(upload file)

Optional Information

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 Information section is intended to provide the admissions committee with insight into your circumstances only.

– Please do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application, and limit your response to 1 page or 500 words maximum.
(upload file)


Professional Experience

  • Please explain any breaks in your employment. (textbox)

Leadership Experience and Community Involvement

Please add all leadership experiences and community involvement activities in which you have been active during or after your university studies. Please do not include work-related activities that are a part of your job responsibilities; however, activities at work that are outside of your professional responsibility (for example, sustainability committees, mentorship programs, etc.) should be included. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, your role/contribution to the organization, the dates of involvement and the time devoted to each.

  • For each activity – Contribution: (textbox)

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?
  • 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.
  • Have you ever been discharged or dismissed from the armed forces other than by honorable discharge or been subject to military discipline?

By answering “Yes” to one or more of the above questions, you are required to submit a supplementary explanatory statement.To upload your statement, choose your file and click the upload button. You will be able to preview your document once the upload has completed successfully. (upload file)

Required Essays

  1. What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)
  2. The definition of successful leadership has evolved over the last decade and will continue to change. What do you need to develop to become a successful leader?  (300 words max)


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.

Optional Information #1

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements:

  1. What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
  • Did not complete high school
  • High school diploma or equivalency (GED) Associate’s degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)
  • Master’s degree (MA, MS)
  • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)
  1. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
  • Unemployed
  • Homemaker
  • Laborer
  • Skilled worker
  • Professional
  1. If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate:
  • Raised by a single parent
  • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Raised in a multi-generational home
  • Raised in foster care
  1. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?
  2. If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate:
  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Sibling
  • Parent
  • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Other
  1. 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. (300 words maximum)

Optional Information #2 

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.

Supplemental Information

  • If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.
  • List, in order of importance, 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
  • 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 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.)

We have one essay question for you to answer:

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 minimum or maximum for this question. We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here: don’t overthink, overcraft, or overwrite. Use the space you need to answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

Please upload your document below – PDFs generally work best. We have no preferences for font type or size (please, not too small!). Note that we do not accept audio or video submissions in lieu of a written essay.
Questions or technical difficulties? Please email us at [email protected]
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Family – Please use this section to share any additional information about your family background. (Optional) (textbox, 500 characters)

Resume – Do you have any gaps in your employment history? if yes please explain: (textbox, 1000 characters)

Post-MBA Goals – Briefly, tell us more about your career aspirations: (textbox, 500 characters)

Education – Academic Disciplinary Action – Have you ever been the subject of disciplinary action at an academic institution (including, but not limited to, violations of academic integrity)? if yes please explain: (textbox, 600 characters)

Activities – for each activity – Description: (textbox)

Awards and Recognition – for each award – Basis of Selection (textbox, 200 character limit)

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)

Disciplinary Action – Have you ever been the subject of disciplinary action (including, but not limited to, during military service or at place of employment)? Please do not include disciplinary action at academic institutions. if yes Please explain: (textbox, 600 character limit)

Conviction of Felony – Have you ever been convicted of a felony (a crime with a punishment of more than one year in prison)? if yes Please explain: (textbox, 600 character limit)


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. (textbox, 200 words maximum)

2. What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company instead of going to business school? (textbox, 200 words maximum)

3. Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (textbox, 300 words maximum)

4. Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with an MBA from INSEAD. (textbox, 100 words maximum)

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)


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 ((textbox, maximum 500 words).

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 ((textbox, maximum 400 words).

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, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? ((textbox, maximum 300 words)

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



Please briefly explain any time gaps (2 months or more) since leaving high school that are unaccounted for in your application (textbox, 40 words maximum).

Can you please share with us if you plan to attend the programme with a partner and/or children? This information is optional but would enable INSEAD to better welcome you and your family. (textbox, 200 words)

Video – Shortly after submitting this application form, you will receive a link to a video interview. This video component is required to start the evaluation of your application. You will have 48 hours after the application deadline you are applying for to complete the video interview. Once submitted, the video interviews will no longer be modifiable. Therefore please ensure that you carefully test your devices before starting the exercise.
We are keen on getting to know you better and believe that through a video you can come to life, so be spontaneous, be creative and be yourself!
We look forward to virtually meeting you!


Applicants to the Two-Year and One-Year Ithaca MBA programs must complete a Goals Statement as well as one essay. Applicants to the Two-Year MBA program may complete an additional essay to be considered for the Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program full-tuition fellowship award.

Goals Statement

Use this short-answer section to succinctly share your short- and long-term goals. If you’re invited to interview, you will have the opportunity to elaborate on your statement further, and you should be prepared to connect your prior experience with your future aspirations.

Goals Statement Prompt:

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 (350 words maximum):

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

Targeted Job Role:
Target Job Company:

In 5–10 years post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) [Role] at [Company] within [Industry].

Targeted Job Role:
Target Job Company:

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

Impact Essay

This essay is designed to explore the intersection of engagement and community culture. Our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. To help you explore your potential for impact, we encourage you to engage with our students, alumni, faculty, and professional staff before submitting your application. You may choose to connect with them via email or phone or in person during one of our on-campus or off-campus events. As you seek their input and insight, please be respectful of their time and prepare a few discussion points or questions in advance.

Impact Essay Prompt:
At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. Taking into consideration your background, how do you intend to make a meaningful impact on an elite MBA community? (350 words maximum)

Optional essay (required for reapplicants)

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 (350 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 Application Guide for additional information about reapplying (350 words maximum).

Park Leadership Fellows Program Essay (optional, Two-Year MBA only)

The Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program is a two-year, full-tuition fellowship award for Two-Year MBA candidates in Ithaca who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and who are committed to making an impact within their communities. Each year, fellowships are awarded to up to 25 incoming students with the expectation that they will participate in additional leadership and personal development activities outside of our regular curriculum, serve in leadership roles within the school, and complete a public service project by the time they graduate. The Park Fellowship is only available to U.S. citizens applying for the Two-Year MBA program.

Park Leadership Fellows Program Essay Prompt:

To apply for the Park Fellowship, please complete this essay (500-word limit).

Describe a past formal or informal leadership experience and how it informs your goals for growth as a leader.  How would the Park Leadership Fellowship assist with these goals?

Tell Us More About You

This is your chance to tell us why you think Kellogg is the right place for you. As you get started, remind yourself of the experiences that led you here and how they have shaped where you want to go.

*Please note: Be sure to include the essay prompt in bold at the top of your essay. If you’re uploading a document, please use 12-point Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing and 1-inch margins.

Essay 1
Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip and inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value. What challenges did you face and what did you learn? (450 words)

Upload doc, Or, type or copy-and-paste your document here: (textbox)

Essay 2
Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (450 words)

Upload doc, Or, type or copy-and-paste your document here: (textbox)

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.).

Upload doc, Or, type or copy-and-paste your document here: (textbox)

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

One-Year applicants: Please discuss your post-MBA career goal, the current experience you will leverage to support the transition, and the Kellogg 1Y opportunities that will help you reach this goal. (250 words)

MBAi applicants: The Kellogg McCormick MBAi program is designed to train the next generation of leaders who can help businesses deliver successful outcomes through AI-driven technology. This requires leaders who have both strong technical and business skills; many firms struggle to find leaders with these skills. Tell us about your firsthand experience with this disconnect between business and technology and how MBAi will prepare you to successfully lead businesses at the intersection. (450 words)

MMM applicants: The five core values of the MMM Program are curiosity, creativity, empathy, open-mindedness and a learning mindset. Describe a situation in which you demonstrated one of these values. Why is this value an important part of the MMM experience for you? (250 words)

JD-MBA applicants: Please discuss your post-JD-MBA career goals and why the JD-MBA Program is the right program to help you reach those goals. (250 words)

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


We’ve read your essays, we’ve read your resume — now we want you to bring all that to life in a video. Show us the person behind all those carefully crafted words. The video will be comprised of three questions, each designed to help you showcase your personality and share some of the experiences that brought you here today.


Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to complete this section:

  • Video Essays are due 96 hours after the application deadline.
  • A video essay link will appear on your application status page after you submit your application and payment (starting in September 2021).
  • Please be advised that it may take 48 hours for the application submission and payment to process in our system.
  • You will need an internet-connected computer with a webcam and a microphone.
  • The video should take about 20-25 minutes to complete, which includes time for setup.


You will be asked three questions. Here are some insights:

  • One question will be an opportunity to introduce yourself to the Kellogg team.
  • The second question will ask about your plans for the future and how Kellogg will help you on that journey.
  • The third question will focus on a challenge you’ve faced and what you’ve learned from it.
  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to answer.
  • To help you get comfortable with the format and technology, we offer a set of practice questions. We highly encourage you take advantage of these because the official essay questions cannot be re-recorded.

After submitting your application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through your application status page. You will be asked to answer three questions:

Video essay 1: Please introduce yourself to the admissions committee.

– Consider this your opportunity to share what you would want your future Kellogg classmates and our admissions committee to know about you. What makes you, you?

Video essay 2: What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?

– This is an intentionally broad question so you can answer honestly and meaningfully. We want to know why you’re pursuing an MBA and why you’re choosing a particular Kellogg Full-Time Program

Video essay 3: This question will be based on a challenge you’ve faced and what you’ve learned from it.

Here are some additional tips:

  • There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you 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 to help you feel prepared
  • We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. You will not have an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions
  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response



Career Goals –

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


  • Jobs or Work-Study Programs – Brief description of employment: (TEXTBOX, 200 characters)

Awards, Certifications & Recognition

  • For each – Description: (textbox)

Extracurricular Activities

  • For each activity, Description of Participation: (textbox, 100 character limit)

International Experience

  • For each experience – purpose: (textbox)

Put your full name and the question being answered at the top of each page and use at least 11 point font and 1.5 line spacing for each essay question.
Do NOT include any other self-identifying information in your essays such as social security number or date of birth.
Essays may be submitted to a third party vendor to detect for submissions that may contain plagiarized content.

1. Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less.

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:
  • I made a difference when I:
  • I was aware that I was different when:

Group 2

  • I am out of my comfort zone when:
  • I was humbled when:
  • I was challenged when:

Please attach your essay using the following button: (upload file)
Limit files to under 10Mb. Accepted File Types: .pdf, .rtf, .doc, .docx

2. What is your short-term career goal and why? (200 words)

Please attach your essay using the following button: (upload file)
Limit files to under 10Mb. Accepted File Types: .pdf, .rtf, .doc, .docx

3. Optional statement / Additional Information: Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? You might want to discuss the completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate. If you need to provide additional information not provided in another part of the application, please upload it in this section.

Please attach your essay using the following buttons: (upload file)
Limit files to under 10Mb. Accepted File Types: .pdf, .rtf, .doc, .docx


Contact with Ross School of Business

  • Have you attended any Ross events (online or in person) or been in contact with a member of the Ross community in the past year? If so, please list event and location, and/or contact name and association with Ross. Please also share any referrals to the Ross program made by staff or alumni. (textbox)

Crime and Conduct

  • Have you ever been expelled, suspended or placed on probation by any secondary school or college you have attended, for reason of academic dishonesty or because of an offense that harmed or had the potential to harm others?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation, or been found to be delinquent by a juvenile court, or are there such charges currently pending against you at this time?
  • Have you ever had a professional license revoked or been subject to disciplinary action by a licensing board or commission due to an ethical violation or professional misconduct?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, please enter your explanation here. Please limit your response to no more than 50 lines of text. (textbox)

Cover Letter

MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion. Please visit the website for frequently asked questions.
Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more professional examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to the Admissions Committee (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).
Upload a Word or PDF document.

Organizational Chart

Our goal is to learn about you and your professional background. Your employer’s organizational chart will help us better understand the role you play within your organization, who you report to, and the impact you might have on your department or company.

Some important details:

  • Give us as much detail as possible (names, titles, etc.) but it’s ok to redact names if you need to.
  • Make sure we can easily identify where you are, to whom you report, and if applicable, who reports to you.
  • If your recommender or references are on your organizational chart (they may not be, and that’s ok!), please highlight them for us.
  • If you are a consultant, entrepreneur, or affiliated with the military review our FAQs for suggestions on how to approach the organizational chart.
  • Please upload an organizational chart that outlines the internal structure of your place of employment. Limit to two pages.

Click here to view a sample organizational chart


Introduce yourself to your future classmates. Here’s your chance to put a face with a name, let your personality shine through, be conversational, be yourself. We can’t wait to meet you!

Videos should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No more than 1 minute (60 seconds) in length
  • Single take (no editing)
  • Speaking directly to the camera
  • Do not include background music or subtitles

Note: While we ask you to introduce yourself to your future classmates in this video, the video will not be shared and is for use in the application process only.

Upload Instructions

To upload media to your digital portfolio, add the files using the “Select Files” button below and click “Start Upload.” Uploading may take anywhere from seconds to several hours depending upon the size of the media file and your connection speed. If your file is large, we recommend that you upload from a wired connection if possible.
Once your file has been received, it will be displayed under the “Your Portfolio” tab. Your file will be processed and converted into its final form soon after uploading. Processing may take several minutes or hours depending upon the file size. You do not need to remain on this page after the media has been uploaded, as processing will occur automatically and independently.
You may re-order your uploaded media at any time by dragging the slides around. Please supply title and media information by clicking Edit Details.
Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you’re using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired Internet connection available. An intermittent or slow Internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.

File Sizes and Types

We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. Uploaded documents may contain no more than 75 pages. We support the following file formats:

Video: .3g2, .3gp, .avi, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .mxf, .webm, .wmv


Academic Record

  • Are there any areas of concern with regard to your academic record? If so, please briefly explain here in a few sentences: (textbox)

Employment Information

  • If there are any gaps in your employment history, please use the space below to explain. (textbox)

Additional Questions

  • Reapplicants – Please let us know what’s changed since you last applied. Max of 200 words. (textbox)

Student Conduct

  • How you’ve handled problems and challenges is important to us. Were you ever the subject of a disciplinary action at a prior academic institution? if yes, To help us understand you better, in a few sentences, please tell us the nature of the situation and what you learned from that experience. (textbox)

Required Essays

We request that you write two personal essays.
In each essay, we want to hear your genuine voice. Think carefully about your values, passions, aims, and dreams. There is no “right answer” to these questions – the best answer is the one that is truest for you.

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?

For this essay, we would like you to reflect deeply and write from the heart. Once you’ve identified what matters most to you, help us understand why. You might consider, for example, what makes this so important to you? What people, insights, or experiences have shaped your perspectives?

Essay B: Why Stanford?

Describe your aspirations and how your Stanford GSB experience will help you realize them.


Both essays combined may not exceed 1,050 words. We recommend up to 650 words for Essay A and up to 400 words for Essay B. We often find effective essays that are written in fewer words.


  • Double-spaced
  • 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 that the formatting is preserved.[Upload essay document]

Short Answer Questions (Optional)

In this section, we provide an optional opportunity for you to discuss some of your contributions and background more fully.
What do we mean by “optional”? We truly mean you have the opportunity to choose. In evaluating your application, we want to know about who you are, what you have done, and how your background may have influenced your experiences. If you feel that you’ve already addressed these questions well in other areas of the application, congratulations, you’re done! If not, feel free to use this opportunity to tell us more by answering one or both questions.

Optional Question A

In the Essays section of the application, we ask you to tell us about who you are and how you think Stanford will help you achieve your aspirations. We are also interested in learning about the things you have done that are most meaningful to you. If you would like to go beyond your resume to discuss some of your contributions more fully, you are welcome to share up to three examples (up to 1,200 characters, or approximately 200 words, for each example).

Question: Think about times you’ve created a positive impact, whether in professional, extracurricular, academic, or other settings. What was your impact? What made it significant to you or to others? (textbox, 1200 characters)

Optional Question B

We know that each person is more than a list of facts or pre-defined categories. We are interested in how your background may have influenced your life experiences. In answering this question, consider how your background, such as your work, education, skills, interests, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, where/how you grew up, and/or other factors had an impact on your recent actions and choices (textbox, up to 1,200 characters, or approximately 200 words).

Question: Tell us about a time within the last three years when your background influenced your participation in a situation, interaction, or project.

Additional Information

Through all of the elements of your application, we believe that we get to know you well. Complete this section only 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)


Professional Experience

  • Please write a sentence or two about what you aspire to do after graduating from Stanford GSB. (textbox, Limit 255 characters.)
  • Have you had any gap(s) of four months or more in your employment or educational history since secondary school? Let us know what you did during that period. (textbox, Limit 145 characters)

Activities and Interests

  • Description of activity/interest and your role, impact, or contribution. (textbox, Limit 320 characters.)

Awards and Honors

  • Basis of Selection (textbox, Limit 255 characters.)

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:

  • Written essays must be submitted using double-spacing and 12-point font.
  • Your response to Essay 1 should answer all parts of the question with a maximum of 350 words.
  • Your essays should be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be revoked if you did not write your essays.

Uploading Formats

You may upload Word and PDF documents into the online application.

Short Answer: Professional Aspirations

(150 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

What are your short-term career goals? (upload document)

Essay 1: Change: _____ it.

(350 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

In today’s global business environment, the only constant is change. Using NYU Stern’s brand call to action, we want to know how you view change. Change: _____ it. Fill in the blank with a word of your choice. Why does this word resonate with you? How will you embrace your own personal tagline while at Stern?

Change: Dare it.
Change: Dream it.
Change: Drive it.
Change: Empower it.
Change: Manifest it.
Change: [Any word of your choice.]

(upload document)

Essay 2: Personal Expression (a.k.a. “Pick Six”)

Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:
A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).
Six images that help illustrate who you are.
A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.

Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

(upload document)

Essay 3: Additional Information (optional)

(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

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, EA, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

(upload document)


Activities and Achievements


  • List college extracurricular, professional, or community activities in the order of their importance to you. Include dates of involvement and any offices held (e.g., Activity – Dates of Involvement – Office Held). (textbox, no limit)
  • List post-college extracurricular, professional, or community activities in the order of their importance to you. Include dates of involvement and any offices held (e.g., Activity – Dates of Involvement – Office Held). (textbox, no limit)


  • List any college and post-college awards, scholarships, or other types of recognition you have received (academic – for example, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude; military; extracurricular; professional; community). (textbox, no limit)

Professional Certifications

  • List any professional certifications you have received (e.g. CFA, CPA, PMP, Series 7, etc.) (textbox, no limit)

Background Information

Disciplinary Background

  • Have you ever (a) been subject to any disciplinary action, academic probation, suspension, or dismissal from an educational institution, or (b) withdrawn or been required to withdraw for academic or non-academic misconduct from an educational institution; or is any such action pending or expected to be brought against you? If Yes, Please explain the circumstances in the field below (textbox, limit 1000 characters):
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime involving financial impropriety, or is any such action pending or expected to be brought against you?
    You should answer “no” if your conviction has been sealed, expunged, or overturned or if you were arrested but acquitted, or if the charges against you were dropped. If Yes, Please explain the circumstances in the field below (textbox, limit 1000 characters):
  • Have you ever had a professional license suspended or revoked, or have you ever been sanctioned by a professional organization, or is any such action pending or expected to be brought against you? If Yes, Please explain the circumstances in the field below (textbox, limit 1000 characters):
  • Have you ever been convicted at trial, or pled guilty to, a criminal offense involving violence, physical force or the threat of physical force, a sexual offense, or is any such action pending or expected to be brought against you? You should answer “no” if your conviction has been sealed, expunged, or overturned or if you were arrested but acquitted, or if the charges against you were dropped. If Yes, Please explain the circumstances in the field below (textbox, limit 1000 characters):

Please respond to the following essay prompts.
For additional information, read our guidance on the Tuck 360 blog for writing your essays.

1. Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (textbox, 300 words max)

2. Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are. (textbox, 300 words max)

3. Tuck students are encouraging, collaborative, and empathetic, even when it is not convenient or easy. Describe a meaningful experience in which you exemplified one or more of these attributes. (textbox, 300 words max)

4. Optional: Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere (e.g., atypical choice of evaluators, factors affecting academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application. (textbox, 300 words max)


Application Specifics

  • Share your short term goals. (textbox, 50 words)
  • Share your long term goals. (textbox, 50 words)


  • For each activity – Description of Participation (textbox, 50 words)


  • For each award – Description (textbox, 50 word limit)

The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself. For additional essay writing resources, see the essay tips article!

Please note: First-time MBA applicants and re-applicants are required to complete essays 1 and 2.

First-time applicant and re-applicants (those who applied to begin the program in the fall of 2021 or 2020) are required to complete both essays.

The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself.

Required Essays

1. How do you plan to use the Wharton MBA program to help you achieve your future professional goals? You might consider your past experience, short and long-term goals, and resources available at Wharton. (textbox, 500 words)

2. Taking into consideration your background – personal, professional, and/or academic – how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community? (textbox, 400 words)

Optional Essay

Please use this space to share any additional information about yourself that cannot be found elsewhere in your application and that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee. This space can also be used to address any extenuating circumstances (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, areas of weakness, etc.) that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. (textbox, 500 words)

Required Essay for all Reapplicants: Please use this space to share with the Admissions Committee how you have reflected and grown since your previous application and discuss any relevant updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, and extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)


Personal Information

  • Community Honors/Recognitions – List any awards, recognitions, and/or honors you have received in your collegiate or broader personal communities. (textbox, 2000 characters)
  • Extracurricular Activities/Community Engagement – Please list up to five of your extracurricular activities, community involvements, and/or responsibilities that you participated in during or after your collegiate years. We recommend that you list in order of greatest significance. For each activity, enter Brief Description (textbox, 250 characters)
  • Conduct – Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed, or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic and/or campus judicial integrity? If so, please enter a statement below. (textbox, 1500 characters)

Work Experience

  • How many employees do you supervise? Please explain this number briefly (i.e. direct reports, matrix organization, dotted line). (textbox, 500 characters)
  • Awards – List your most significant professional awards, honors and/or recognitions you have received. (textbox, 2000 characters)

Academic Background

  • Academic Awards (textbox, 1000 characters)
  • Additional College Information – List any academic honors, awards, recognitions, fellowships, etc. received during your post-secondary educational career. (textbox, 1000 characters)

Test Information

  • If waiving due to professional environment or academic experience, please provide a description here. (textbox, 1000 characters)
  • Additional Language Information – Standardized test scores are not the only indicator of language skills, therefore, if you have submitted an English language test score, please use this section to describe how, when and where you are using English in your day-to-day life. This should include circumstances where you speak, read or write in English on a regular basis. (textbox, 200 words / 1000 characters)

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.
If you have applied to the Yale School of Management in the last two years, you must complete both the required essay and the required for re-applicants essay.
Any aspect of your application that requires additional explanation may be addressed in the Optional Information section. Please note that this section is truly optional – if no aspect of your application requires further explanation, you can leave this section blank.

Required Essay

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum) (upload doc)

Optional Information

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

Personal Assessment

Below is a list of some of the qualities that describe Yale SOM students and alumni. Please review the list and select the three (3) qualities that you feel best describe you. Please note that there are no right or wrong answers. We are not looking for any specific qualities, but simply trying to get a better sense of who you are.

  • Adaptable
  • Analytical
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Hard-working
  • Humble
  • Intuitive
  • Level-headed
  • Open-minded
  • Persistent
  • Positive
  • Resilient
  • Responsible
  • Self-motivated
  • Smart
  • Socially adept

Complete the Video Questions. After you pay the application fee, a link to the three required questions will appear on your status page. The questions will take about 30 minutes to complete. You will need a laptop or desktop and high-speed internet connection to complete them. If you require accessibility accommodations, please contact [email protected]

Take the Behavioral Assessment. After you pay the application fee, a link to the behavioral assessment will appear on your status page. The assessment requires no advance preparation and will take about 20 minutes to complete.


Academic Record

Disciplinary Review:

  • 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 detail the nature of the charges, the date on which the incident leading to the charges occurred, a description of any sanctions that were imposed (or the status of current charges), and any other information that you would like to share: (textbox)
  • Have you ever been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to, a felony or misdemeanor; are there any criminal charges pending against you at the present time; or are you currently subject to the requirements of a deferred prosecution agreement? if yes, Please detail the nature and date of the crime or alleged offence, any sentence you received or status of any pending charge or deferred prosecution agreement, and any other information that you would like to share: (textbox)

Work Experience

  • Gaps in Work Experience – If you have had any post-undergraduate gaps in full-time employment greater than three months (other than for graduate study), or if you are currently unemployed, please use the space below to provide more information. (textbox, 250 words maximum)

Post-MBA Career Interests

  • How did you arrive at these career interests? How have you or how will you position yourself to pursue them? (textbox, 250 words maximum)


  • Leadership Positions, Awards, or Achievements (if any) (textbox)
  • Description of Involvement (textbox, 50 words maximum)

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