Essay Questions

Harvard

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay: 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? (No minimum words)

Pennsylvania (Wharton)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1:
    What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)
  2. Required Essay 2:
    Taking into consideration your background  personal, professional, and/or academic  how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community? (400 words)
  3. 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)
  4. 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.

Stanford GSB

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay A:
    What matters most to you, and why?(650 words)
    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?
  2. Essay B:
    Why Stanford? (400 words)
    Describe your aspirations and how your Stanford GSB experience will help you realize them. If you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs, use Essay B to address your interest in both programs.

Insead

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Motivational Essay 1:
    Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (500 words)
  2. Motivational Essay 2:
    Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (400 words)
  3. Motivational Essay 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? (300 words)
  4. Motivational Essay 4:
    Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words)

CEIBS

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1.
    1. Discuss your post – MBA career aspirations (short term and long term) and explain how you plan to achieve them (400 words).
  2. Required Essay 2. Answer any one Question 2(a) or 2(b)
    2(a). Describe your most significant achievement to date and explain why you consider it such an important accomplishment. (400 words)
    2(b). Discuss a situation where you have demonstrated significant leadership ability. (400 words)
  3. Required Essay 3. Answer any one Question 3(a) or 3(b)
    3(a). Many would argue that entrepreneurship is not necessarily a state of being, but a state of mind. Describe an entrepreneurial experience where you went against the grain or conventional way of thinking, to discover and create new value. (400 words).
    3(b). Identify up to two trends, big or small, that you see unfolding in the next decade. Discuss how the(se) trend(s) might affect you and your career, and how you plan to address them during your MBA and/or after you graduate. (400 words)
  4. Optional Essay 1
    4. (Optional) Is there any other information that you believe would be helpful to the MBA Admission Committee in evaluating your application? (200 words). Re-applicants are suggested to describe the progress they have made since the previous application.
  5. Optional Essay 2
    5. (Optional) You are encouraged to showcase your life and career in a short video, no longer than three minutes. Please provide a downloadable link below (preferably from wetransfer.com)

MIT (Sloan)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. 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.
    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 Assistant Deans of Admissions, Rod Garcia and Dawna Levenson (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).
  2. Video Essay :
    Please take a minute to introduce yourself to your future classmates via video. Tell us about your past experiences and why MIT Sloan is the best place for you to pursue your MBA. Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.

LBS

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay: What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)
  2. Optional Essay: Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (500 words)

Columbia

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. 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)
  2. Essay 2: Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 words)
  3. Essay 3: Tell us about your favorite book, movie, or song and why it resonates with you. (250 words)
  4. 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.

HEC Paris

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1
    Why are you applying to the HEC MBA Program now? What is the professional objective that will guide your career choice after your MBA, and how will the HEC MBA contribute to the achievement of this objective?(500 words)
  2. Required Essay 2
    What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words)
  3. Required Essay 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. (250 words)
  4. Required Essay 4
    Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be? (250 words)
  5. Required Essay 5
    Please choose from one of the following essays:

    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). (250 words)
  6. Required Essay 6
    Is there any additional information you would like to share with us? (900 words)

Chicago (Booth)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1 :
    How will a Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (Minimum 250 words, no maximum.)
  2. Required Essay 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 (Minimum 250 words, no maximum.)
  3. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
    Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? If so, please use this section to clarify.(300 words)
  4. Reapplicant Essay:
    Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (Maximum 300 words.)

Northwestern (Kellogg)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required 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)
  2. Required 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)
  3. 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.).
  4. VIDOE ESSAY:
    The video essay provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

    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: The third question will ask about a challenge you’ve faced.
  5. Reapplicant Essay:
    Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 words)

IESE

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1 :
    If you had to come up with a motto for your life, what would it be and why? Please give an example of how you have demonstrated it (word limit 300 max)
  2. Required Essay 2 :
    Describe your short and medium-term post-MBA goals? How will the IESE MBA help you achieve them? (word limit 300 max)
  3. Optional Essay :
    What would you like to highlight about yourself or your journey which may have not been captured in your application? (word limit 300 max)

Yale SOM

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay :
    Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

NUS

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay 1:
    Please introduce yourself to your NUS MBA classmates. (300 words)
  2. Essay 2:
    Please answer ONE of the following short essay prompts. (300 words) *
    a. I am passionate about
    b. My greatest challenge has been
    c. My biggest failure was.
  3. Essay 3:
    Tell us about your intermediate (5 yrs) post-MBA career goal, describing your industry, function and country of choice and a plan on how you would achieve this goal.(300 words)
  4. Essay 4:
    (ONLY applicable to re-applicants)
    Please provide an update on any new aspects of your professional, international, academic or personal profile that would not have been included in your previous application. Please also explain your motivation for re-applying to NUS. (Maximum: 300 words)
  5. Optional:
    If there is anything else you would like to share with the Admissions Committee that was not covered in your application, please include here (eg. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance). (150 words)

Dartmouth (Tuck)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1 (300 words)
    Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck?
  2. Required Essay 2 (300 words)
    Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are.
  3. Required Essay 3 (300 words)
    Tuck students invest generously in one another’s success even when it is not convenient or easy. Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed.
  4. Optional Essay (300 words)
    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.
  5. Reapplicants:
    How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally. (300 words)

Virginia (Darden)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay 1:
    Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (200 words)
  2. Essay 2:
    Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission, and they work best when they are an integral and celebrated part of our community.

    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.

    Share a time in which you engaged with a perspective, identity, community or experience that was different from your own and how it impacted your worldview. (200 words)
  3. Essay 3:
    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. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to travel, and why? (50 words)
  4. Essay 4:
    Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personally, professionally, or both. (100 words)
  5. Optional:
    If there is further information you believe would be helpful to the Admission Committee, please provide it. (250 words)

Duke (Fuqua)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required short-answer essay questions
    Answer the following question in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words). What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan.
  2. Required Essay 1:
    Instructions: Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed two pages.

    For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world. These ways of thinking set the Duke MBA experience apart, and this concept extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of 25 Random Things About Yourself. As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these 25 Random Things helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.

    In this spirit, the admissions committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of 25 Random Things about YOU.
  3. Required Essay 2:
    Instructions: Your response should be no more than 300 words.

    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, what are the three most meaningful ways you expect to engage and contribute to our community outside of the classroom?
  4. Optional Essay:
    If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in an optional essay.

    Please do not upload additional essays or additional recommendations in this area of the application, and limit your response to one page.

Cambridge (Judge)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay question 1 :
    Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions:

    What are your short and long-term career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve them?
    What actions will you take before and during the MBA to contribute to your career outcome?
    If you are unsure of your post-MBA career path, how will the MBA equip you for the future?
  2. Essay question 2 :
    What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)
  3. Essay question 3 :
    If you could give one piece of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be? (up to 200 words)

HKUST

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay 1:
    Tell us about your short-term and long-term career goals after the MBA, and why you think HKUST MBA would be a good fit for you. (max 7500 characters, ~500 words)
  2. Essay 2:
    Our mission is to inspire and transform individuals to be future business leaders for Asia and the world. We embrace diversity and are looking for ambitious and open-minded candidates with a passion to contribute. With your background and professional experience, what unique values can you bring in to enrich the learning experience at HKUST MBA? (max 7500 characters, ~500 words)

Oxford (SAID)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay 1:
    Tell us something that is not covered in your application which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you. (Maximum 250 words)
  2. Reapplicant Essay:
    What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)

NYU (Stern)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1:
    Professional Aspirations (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

    What are your short and long-term career goals? How will the MBA help you achieve them?
  2. Required 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.
  3. Optional 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, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

Cornell (Johnson)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. GOALS STATEMENT
    Use this short answer question to succinctly share your short and long term goals. If invited to interview, you will have the opportunity to elaborate further and should be prepared to connect your prior experience with your future aspirations.

    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:
    Industry:

    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:
    Industry:

    How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals?
  2. IMPACT ESSAY
    This essay is designed to explore the intersection of engagement and community culture. Whether during the program or following graduation, 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. 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.

    At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. How do you intend to make an impact during the next several years of your education and/or career? (350 words maximum)
  3. BACK OF YOUR RESUME ESSAY
    This essay is an opportunity to present yourself as an individual. We encourage you to think about your proudest accomplishments, interests and passions, and personal highlights that will help us to get to know you as a person and potential community member.

    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 350 words or fewer. Multimedia submissions should be under 3 minutes.

    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 ONE example of a life experience, achievement, or passion that will give us a sense of who you are as a potential community member.
  4. OPTIONAL ESSAY
    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 Admissions Policy for additional information about re-applying (350 words maximum).

IMD

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1 :
    1.Describe a situation in which you failed as a leader. What did you learn from it? (Word limit 300)
  2. Short Answer question:
    What other programs are you applying to? Of the programs you are applying to, what can IMD bring to you as a differentiator? (Word limit 100)
  3. Optional Essays

    Essay 1: Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (i.e. re-application, health, grades, etc.) (Word limit 50)

    Essay 2: How do you intend to finance your MBA at IMD? How much of your total budget estimate will you be able to provide without loans or scholarships? (Word limit 50 )

    Essay 3: What other programs are you considering? Of the programs you are considering, what can IMD bring to you as a differentiator? (Word limit 100)

IIM-B (EPGP)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Statement Of Purpose (SOP)
    Provide an essay detailing your purpose in taking up this course of study at IMB, including your future aims The essay should be around 600 words and should be in simple and direct English and preferably typed in a readable format

ISB

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1:
    Describe with examples the most important personal quality that you possess, which significantly enhances your prospects of being successful as a leader? Word limit: 400 words
  2. Required Essay 2:
    What are your short term and long term career goals? How will Post Graduate Program at ISB assist you in achieving your goals? Word limit: 400 words

Michigan (Ross)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Part 1: Short-answer questions
    Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 200 words total).
    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:
  2. Part 2: Career Goal Essay
    Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. What is your short-term career goal and why? (200 words)

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS:
    Post-MBA Career Goals (150 words max. for each)
    What is your professional goal immediately following graduation from Tepper?
    What other role would you consider? In other words, what is your Plan B?
  2. REQUIRED ESSAY:
    The Tepper community is dynamic and unique. Each community member’s individual journey has shaped them into classmates who are collaborative, supportive and inclusive. Describe how you have overcome adversity during your journey. What did you learn about yourself and how has that shaped who you are? (Maximum 350-500 words.)
  3. OPTIONAL ESSAY:
    Is there anything else that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question.

    This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application. This could include clarification of your employment or academic record, choice of recommenders or helpful context for the admissions committee in reviewing your application.
  4. REAPPLICANT ESSAY:
    If you are a re-applicant, use the optional essay to explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.

Georgetown (McDonough)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Notes from the school:

    Our goal at Georgetown McDonough is to craft a diverse class with people who have varying personal and professional life experiences. Select one essay that best highlights your experiences, characteristics, and values.

    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.
  2. Essay Option One
    Georgetown McDonough places a strong emphasis on principled leadership, providing both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to strengthen your leadership skills. Describe a time when you’ve led a team in a professional environment to implement a new idea or process. What leadership characteristics did you utilize? What could you have done to be more effective? And most importantly, what skills will you be able to bring to the teams you lead at McDonough?
  3. Essay Option Two
    Hoyas Helping Hoyas. Georgetown McDonough embodies the ethos that people and organizations can and should contribute to the greater good. The admissions committee would like to better understand how you’ve demonstrated these values during uniquely challenging times. Describe a time where you’ve put the needs of others ahead of your own, or ahead of the bottom line. We look forward to learning more about the challenge you faced, what unique characteristics you brought to that scenario, and what you learned from it.
  4. Essay Option Three
    Think of the business leader or role model you admire or aspire to be. What are the defining characteristics of his or her personal brand that you see in yourself? Give an example of how you have been able to emulate these characteristics in your professional career and how your personal brand will enrich the McDonough community.
  5. Video Essay
    What makes you unique? In a 1-minute video, describe the most compelling aspects of yourself that you believe makes you unique from other MBA candidates. (Hint: 1 minute goes fast! We already have your resume and goals share something new!)
  6. Optional Essay
    Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)
  7. 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)

Nanyang

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay 1:
    Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your near term (3 – 5 years) future career objectives and how pursuing an MBA will help you achieve them. (400 words)
  2. Essay 2:
    Tell us about two achievements (one as a leader and one as a team member) that you are most proud of, and why you feel that to be so. (400 words)
  3. Essay 3:
    Share with us a situation where you faced adversity. Describe how you resolved/managed it and what you learned from the experience. (400 words)
  4. Social Responsibility:
    Briefly describe your involvement in any socially responsible or sustainable development activities. (150 words)
  5. SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY (ONLY for Applicants who intend to apply for scholarships):
    Explain why you believe you should be awarded a scholarship and how you anticipate contributing to Nanyang MBA program and your fellow participants. (400 word limit)
  6. Re-applicant Essay:
    Since the time of your last application, how has your perspective regarding your future & Nanyang MBA changed? (300 word limit)

USC (Marshall)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1 :
    What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA? Please include an intended position, function, and industry in your response. (word limit: 100)
  2. Required Essay 2:
    Please draft a letter that begins with Dear Admissions Committee (word limit: 600)
  3. Optional Essay:
    Please provide any additional information you would like the admissions committee to consider. (word limit: 250)

UNC (Kenan-Flagler)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1
    Please respond to the questions below that will assist us in learning more about you (500 words):

    What are your immediate career goals?
    How will you benefit personally and professionally from earning an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler?
    As the business world continues to evolve, circumstances can change that can guide you in a different direction. Should your goals that you provided above not transpire, what other opportunities would you explore?
  2. Required Essay 2
    Your response should be no longer than 300 words and should address the following question:

    2020 brought many defining experiences, including: a global pandemic, changes to learning and working environments, and calls for social justice and racial equity. At UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, these experiences propel us to strengthen efforts to increase the diversity in our community, to create a more equitable and inclusive learning environment and to teach our students to manage diversity, equity and inclusion.

    What have you learned about diversity, equity and inclusion in 2020? Please share your experience and what you learned about yourself as a leader. Tell us how you changed or would like to change your leadership style? If you were not leading a team, tell us what you learned at your level about diversity, equity and inclusion. How do you expect to continue that growth in the MBA program?
  3. Optional Essay
    The optional essay (for all applicants) provides an opportunity to share additional information not presented elsewhere in your application with the admissions committee. In 150 words or less, consider addressing any of the questions below:

    If you have not completed coursework in the core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), how will you prepare yourself?
    What conditions caused you to experience inconsistent academics, gaps in work, or low standardized test scores?
    How have you chosen your recommenders?
  4. Reapplicant Essay:
    If you are re-applying to the program, we appreciate your continued interest in UNC Kenan-Flagler. We require a complete application in addition to a brief essay (100 words or less) that describes how your application differs from your previous submission and that alerts us to new test scores, a recent promotion, or other areas that demonstrate how you have strengthened your candidacy.

Texas-Austin (McCombs)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay One
    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 using an essay of 250 words, OR a video introduction of one minute.
  2. Essay Two
    Picture yourself at the completion of your MBA journey. Describe how you spent your time as a TexasMcCombs MBA student to achieve your personal and professional goals. (500 words)
  3. Optional Statement
    Please provide any additional information you believe is important or address any areas of concern that you believe will be beneficial to MBA Admissions considering your application. (e.g. gaps in work experience, choice of recommender, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances) (250 words)

Indiana (Kelley)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay One:
    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. Essay Two:
    Please respond to one of the following short essay prompts. (300 words)

    My greatest memory is
    I’m most afraid of
    My greatest challenge has been
    I’m most proud of
  3. Essay Three:
    Share a brief fact about yourself that your classmates would find interesting, surprising, or noteworthy. (25 words)
  4. Optional Essay:
    Is there anything else you think we should know as we evaluation your application? If you believe your essays and credentials represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question. (300 words)

Washington (Olin)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1:
    At WashU Olin we champion better decision-making among leaders who will change the world, for good. We believe the thing that makes you different makes you valuabl1e. Share with us what you believe makes you different and makes you a valuable addition to our community focused on change for good. (350-word maximum)
  2. Required Essay 2:
    In our full-time MBA program, the Global Immersion will be your first hands-on experience, shaping your perspective and appreciation for differences. Through the immersion, you will change. You will become more nimble, mobile, and global. Knowing plans may change then, and throughout the program, share with us what your personal and professional goals are for life post-MBA. How do you anticipate Olin will help you achieve these goals? (500-word maximum)
  3. Required Essay 3:
    We appreciate the value diverse backgrounds bring to WashU Olin. We strive to create a community of inclusion, respect, and collaboration so that each person’s value can be fully recognized and realized. Please share with us some of your personal story. This can be passions, hobbies, interests, fun facts, memorable moments, and/or noteworthy achievements. We want to know you by name and by story.(suggested 100-word maximum)
  4. Optional Essay
    Is there anything else you would like to share? If so, please provide any additional information not previously addressed in the application that would help the Admissions Committee assess your candidacy.

Vanderbilt

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay:
    While business school is a time for exploration, we do expect you to have a strong sense about why you want an MBA and what you hope to do once you graduate. Applying to business school is an introspective process, and we want to make sure you have a good sense for what you want from a program, where you hope it will lead you and why Owen is well suited to help you attain your goals. In addition, you should understand what skills you possess that will be transferrable to another job or industry.
  2. Required Video Essay:
    The video essay is a required component of the online application. Our goal in asking you for a short video essay is to be able to get a glimpse of the authentic you, speaking without a script. The video questions are easy to answer and you should not be nervous about this. You will have time to prepare and to record your answer. Just follow the instructions on the application.

Emory (Goizueta)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay One: 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)
  2. Required Essay Two: 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.

    Roberto Goizueta’s core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300 word limit)
  3. Required Video Essay:
    Within the application, you will be provided with a question to answer. You will have 30 seconds to gather your thoughts and prepare your answer. You will then have up to 60 seconds to respond to the question. You will be permitted 3 attempts to record your video essay, however each opportunity could present a different question.
  4. Optional Essay : Additional Information
    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.
  5. Reapplicant Essays:
    Applicants who have applied to Goizueta Business School in the past must answer the following questions:

    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)
    Explain how you have improved your candidacy for Goizueta Business School’s MBA since your last application. (250 word limit)

Washington (Foster)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1:
    Post-MBA Plans Tell us your ideas about what lies ahead for you in your career. What are the gaps or deficiencies currently preventing you from pursuing these potential career paths? How do you plan to use your time in the Foster MBA program to fill these gaps and advance your career? (750 words maximum)
  2. Required Essay 2
    Inspiring Experience Essay Please tell us about an experience that inspired or confirmed your decision to pursue the MBA. (500 words maximum)
  3. Optional Essay:
    Please include this essay if you have additional information that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee in considering your application. (500 words maximum, optional)

Georgia Tech (Scheller)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1:
    Why an MBA and why Georgia Tech? Describe how your experiences, both professional and personal have led you to the decision to pursue an MBA at Georgia Tech Discuss your short and long-term career goals and how Georgia Tech is best suited to help you achieve your goals. (4.000 character maximum, including spaces)
  2. Required Essay 2:
    Ten facts List 10 facts about yourself that will help your future classmates get to know you. (1.000 character maximum, including spaces but 200 words are a suggested limit)
  3. Optional Essay
    The Admissions Committee believes that the required essay addresses issues that help us learn about you and understand your candidacy for the MBA program however, you may provide us with any additional information pertinent to your admission that has not been previously covered in the rest of the application free to discuss any unique aspects of your candidacy or any perceived weaknesses. (4 000 character maximum including spaces)

Rice (Jones)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay 1
    The Rice Business experience is designed to inspire our students to become future business leaders. How did your path, from both a professional and a personal perspective, guide you to where you are today, and how will Rice Business fit into where you would like to go next?

    Please choose only one method of communication that you would like to use for your response:

    Write an essay (500 word limit) Share a video (one to three minute time limit)
  2. Required Essay 2
    Few in history have experienced a global event that has reached all corners of the world. During the impact of recent global activities, we have all been affected in different ways and have had to operate with ambiguity. What was the biggest lesson you learned during this moment in history and how will you carry this lesson forward as a future leader when having to make decisions with incomplete information? (500 word limit)
  3. Required Essay 3
    Please choose to answer one of the following prompts:

    Prompt #1: What movie, song, or book has most influenced your life and the way you view the world? Why?
    Prompt #2: A picture is worth a thousand words. Choose a picture from your life that you value and tell us the story of that picture but only in 500 words or less. Feel free to share the photo!
    Prompt #3: Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, and food is a large part of these cultures. If you had to design a 3-course menu to prepare for your future MBA core team, what would be on the menu that showcases more about who you are?
    Please choose only one method of communication that you would like to use for your response (you can only submit one video either for Essay #1 or Essay #3):

    Write an essay (500 word limit)
    Share a video (one to three minute time limit)
  4. Optional Essay
    If you have any additional information for the admissions committee or if you wish to clarify any aspect of your application (including breaks in employment, your choice of recommendation providers, your past academic performance, etc.), you may submit an additional, optional essay. (750 word limit)

Notre Dame (Mendoza)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Statement of Purpose (100 words or less)
    Please share your short term professional goals. What role does a Notre Dame MBA play in helping you achieve these goals?
  2. Essay 1:
    Cardinal O’Hara established the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame in 1921, firmly committed to the idea that the primary function of commerce is service to mankind. As the world economy continues to grow and change, how do you see business acting as a positive force in the world?
  3. Essay 2:
    The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842, by Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C, with a mission to become one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country. In 1879, Father Sorin’s vision for Notre Dame appeared to be at a sudden, abrupt end. A massive fire destroyed the building that housed virtually the entire University. Instead of giving up, Father Sorin interpreted the fire as a sign that he had dreamed too small, and decided to rebuild, bigger and better than ever. That Main Building still stands today, topped by the gleaming Golden Dome, not only as an iconic campus building, but as an ongoing symbol of perseverance and vision.

    Tell us the story of a time in your own life or career when you had to overcome an obstacle, start over, or rebuild.

Penn State (Smeal)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay:
    What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How does your past experience enable you to achieve these goals? How do you see your MBA experience fitting into this plan? (600 Word Limit)

CUHK

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay 1:
    Tell us about your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing an MBA.(300 words)
  2. Essay 2:
    What is your most important achievement in the past three years and the role you played in these projects/initiatives?(300 words)
  3. Essay 3:
    Extra information that you would like the committee to consider. (Applicable to those applying for scholarships)(300 words)

Babson Olin

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay :
    Applicants may choose from one of two prompts listed below and respond in 500 words or less.

    Essay Option A Babson College educates entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere. Using Babson’s mission, describe your short-term and long-term goals and how your goal(s) align with this mission. We encourage you to highlight your strengths, any recent accomplishments, or future ambitions.

    Essay Option B Babson educates entrepreneurs of all kinds. Some students will seek to start businesses, others will seek to grow an established business with innovative approaches and solutions. What kind of entrepreneur will you be? How do you intend to leverage Babson’s resources to support your ambitions?
  2. Optional Essay :
    Please use this space (150 words max) if you would like to voluntarily share with the admissions committee any extenuating circumstances that have impacted an aspect of your application (e.g. your undergraduate GPA, a gap in your work experience, etc.).

IIM-A (PGPX)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay 1.
    Why do you want to do an MBA during these uncertain times? How does that align with your future career goals? Please speculate on your five and ten-year post MBA career trajectory? (1000 words)
  2. Essay 2.
    What is so special about you that professors and peers would like to have you in the class? (500 words)
  3. Essay 3.
    Do you have anything special that you would want the Admissions Committee to know? (500 words)

UC Irvine (Merage)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. One essay is required.

    The essay should illustrate your professional accomplishments, career goals, and values that you will bring to the Merage School Full-Time MBA program The specific essay prompt can be found on the application You may also choose to submit an optional second essay

Boston Carroll

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essay:
    Please discuss how you plan to achieve your short- and long-term career goals following graduation from Boston College. What challenges will you face and how will you leverage your academic and professional experiences to achieve these goals?
  2. Optional Essay 1: Please introduce yourself to the BC community. Feel free to be creative in expressing your message.

    Optional Essay 2: If you have not had coursework in core business or if your standardized test scores are low, how you plan to prepare for the quantitative rigor of the BC MBA.

    Optional Essay 3: Explain an aspect of your candidacy in more detail.

Boston (Questrom)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. WRITTEN ESSAY

    Your written essay should be no more than 750 words, and should explain to the admissions committee why you’d like to earn your degree from the Questrom School of Business specifically. It should also address why you have selected the program you are applying to (Full-Time MBA, Professional Evening MBA, Health Sector MBA, Dual Degree, etc.) and how that program will help you achieve your post-graduate goals.
  2. OPTIONAL ESSAY

    If you have any additional information to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee, you may address it in an optional essay of no more than 250 words. Acceptable topics for the optional essay include gaps in post-college work experience, choice of recommenders, and concerns about academic/test performance. If you plan to retake any admissions tests (GMAT or GRE; TOEFL, IELTS or PTE), please provide the date of your scheduled test here. To upload an optional essay, please scroll to the Essay section and click Add Document.
  3. VIDEO ESSAYS

    If you’re someone who feels they can better express themselves and their reasons for applying to the Questrom School of Business through a video, we encourage you to complete the video essays. Within the Documents section of the Program Materials portion of the application, you will find your personalized link to the video essay website. Clicking this link will bring you to the Kira Talent website, our partner for the video essay process. When you register, you must use the same email address that you used to create your admission application account.

    Upon creating your account with Kira Talent, you can begin your video essays. You’ll need to use an internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone. We will first ask you a question that all candidates will receive. You’ll have thirty seconds to prepare, and then 60 seconds to record your answer. This will then repeat for two additional random short-answer questions.

Mannheim

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Personal Statement

    Your personal statement should not exceed one page (on a separate sheet of paper, approx. 600 words, 12 font, Times New Roman) and has to be in English. Your full name must be stated clearly in the headline.

    Please write your personal statement and include the answers to the following questions.

    1. What is your career strategy for the next five years?
    2. How do you feel the Mannheim Part-Time MBA can assist you in reaching your objectives?

Ohio State (Fisher)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay 1:
    What are your short-term and long-term goals? How/why will an MBA help you achieve those goals? (Maximum words: 500)
  2. Essay 2:
    Please tell us about the accomplishment you are most proud of. How will this experience allow you to contribute a unique perspective to the Fisher community? (Maximum words: 400)
  3. Optional Essay:
    This optional essay can be used to address any circumstances you’d like the Admissions Committee to be aware of (gaps in work history, academic performance, choice of recommenders, etc.). (Maximum words: 250)
  4. Video Essay:
    Each applicant will be required to complete an online assessment comprised of pre-recorded video questions (delivered via Fisher’s Kira Talent platform). Since live interviews are by invitation only, the video interview is a way for us to virtually meet you and get a sense of your personality and potential beyond what you’ve included in your application.

    Shortly after submitting your application, you’ll receive an email invitation from Kira to complete your video interview.

    HOW IT WORKS The process is simple – you will be asked a question, given prep time, and a set amount of time to respond. It should only take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can be done on your own time.

Pittsburgh (Katz)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Essay (Required for All Applicants)
    In 250 words or less, tell us 1) your post-graduate career goal, 2) your skills (what you’re really good at), and 3) your key accomplishments.

    If you will be a working professional in the part-time MBA program or a company-sponsored student, adjust the first part of the essay FROM: tell us your post-graduate career goal, TO: explain how your graduate business degree will add value to your organization and enhance your career.
  2. Optional Essay
    If there is specific background information that has not yet been addressed and should be considered for your application review, please use this essay to elaborate. If you are not currently employed nor enrolled in an academic program, please describe fully your present circumstances and include a description of any activities in which you are involved.

Minnesota (Carlson)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Personal Statement.

    Your personal statement should be no more than 1200 words (3 pages), that address the following questions, Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA at this time in your career and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?

    • Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School of Management? What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program? • Do you have an enterprise program that you are currently interested in and why? WIN skills would you bring to this enterprise?
  2. Video Essay

    The video essay is a required component of the application that provides candidates with an opportunity to show the admissions committee the authentic you. Think of this video essay as if you were answering an interview question with a member of our admissions committee • You will need to use a computer with camera and microphone capabilities You will have the ability to test your technology before starting the video essay and submit a practice video essay

    You can test your technology and run the practice simulation as many times as you wish to be comfortable with the format and technology

    You will be able to review your practice video essay(s) and your recording(s) will not be saved beyond the testing phase and will never be reviewed

    You can also practice responding to impromptu questions offline with a friend or colleague before completing the video essay portion of your application

    You will be prompted to click Ready once you are prepared to submit an official video essay You will be asked one impromptu question from a bank of imaginative or behavioral questions selected by our admissions team

    Two minutes (120 seconds) will be provided to prepare an answer and two minutes (120 seconds) to record an answer Recording will automatically stop after two minutes You are not required to use the full two minutes If you have time remaining once complete with your response click the Stop Recording button to end the recording • You will only be provided one attempt to record your official video essay

Brigham Young (Marriott)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Statement of Intent: no word limit

    Describe your educational and career objectives and how graduate work will fit those goals

Purdue (Krannert)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Fall intake 2021

  1. Required Essays
    What does integrity mean to you? How does integrity relate to building communities of trust in academic, personal and professional settings? What expectation should Purdue have towards its students with regards to academic integrity? What consequences should students face when standards are not upheld? (500 words)
  2. Optional Essays
    If you feel there are any parts of your application that require additional explanation, or if there is any additional information you wish to share with the Admissions Committee, please use this optional essay as an opportunity to do so (300 words)
  3. Full-Time MBA Programs KIRA Video Essay Questions

    In the process of completing the Krannert School of Management MBA and MS application, you will have the opportunity to participate in multiple video essay questions. The video essays are used by the Admissions Committee to identify specific business school competencies that are key to building a diverse and strong cohort. Specifically, you will be asked questions that will give insight into your position on the following topics

    1. Motivation
    2. Adaptability
    3. Engagement
    4. Leadership Potential
    5. Communication
    6. Self-Awareness
  4. Statement of Purpose (500 words max):
    Please submit a statement introducing yourself to the admissions committee. Some topics you may wish to discuss include:
    a. Brief academic and professional background
    b. Reason for seeking an MBA or Master’s degree at Purdue
    c. Desired career path after graduation
    d. Your thoughts on giving back as a student and as an alumnus
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