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University of Chicago / Booth School of Business MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

chicago booth mba essay topic analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines the Chicago Booth MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all of the other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

Essay 1

How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum)
This is a fairly straightforward career goals essay.  To address this question fully and in detail, candidates will want to identify the position that they hope to hold immediately after graduating from Booth, naming both a job title and 1-2 organizations for which they would most like to work. They will then want to discuss their longer-range 5-10 year plan, explaining not just what role they hope to occupy, but also commenting on the broader impact they hope to have in this position. It would then make sense to touch on the ways an MBA would facilitate progress toward these goals, and describe the factors that make Booth an especially good next step. To underscore this fit, name some curricular or programmatic offerings that are relevant to these objectives. Conducting thorough research on the program—whether by visiting the U. Chicago campus, attending an info session, or speaking with students and alumni—will help you achieve maximum impact with this brief response.

Essay 2

Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250-word minimum)
In the Booth online application, this essay appears in the Activities section, following a list of one’s various activities, including organization, role, a 500-characters description, and other information.  So, note that the adcom may have a basic overview of your activities history before reading this response.  With this in mind, consider this essay an opportunity to make deeper connections between your interests and choices.  Ultimately, the essay should help to explain your choice of Booth (and perhaps also your career goals), as outlined in the previous essay.

Touching on interests, leadership experiences, and other passions in an essay this short can feel like a tall order.  To pare your options down, you may start by reflecting on your past experiences and a broader theme that defines your motivations.  In other words, you do not need to discuss every time you volunteered in your community, but rather the most influential experience.  Also, consider what choices you want to highlight in this answer, whether professional, academic or personal.  Commenting on the “choice to pursue an MBA” can be tempting, but it will not help you stand out in the application process—everyone writing this essay has chosen to apply for an MBA at Booth.  Instead, perhaps you started swimming at a young age, and that influenced your choice to join a team in college and then go on to compete.  You could then relate that team experience to a work project or volunteer situation.  While you need to establish the context of your interests, the adcom will also be interested in your decision making as a result of your actions.

Once you establish your values—based on your experiences, interests and passions—connect to what you will choose to do at Booth.  Given the opening reference to a “choice-rich environment,” it’s likely the adcom is also looking for a sense of how you prioritize competing interests, and how you choose where to dedicate your time and energy. After all, there are hundreds of opportunities for involvement at Booth, but only so many hours in the day.  Ultimately, the adcom wants to see how you will fit with the community based on your attitudes and experiences.

Additional Information

Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? If so, please use this section to clarify. (300 words)
This response will be an appropriate place to address any elements of one’s application that need further explanation (e.g. recommender choice, low GMAT score, questionable undergraduate performance, expected promotions, etc.). The wording of this essay is fairly open and inviting, and so it might also be an appropriate place to share an additional anecdote or highlight an impressive accomplishment. Applicants should aim to demonstrate good judgment in deciding whether to respond to this prompt, and should take care not to introduce information that appears elsewhere in their materials or that could have been covered in response to one of the above essays or in the data form.

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Schools: U. Chicago Booth

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Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal

Lauren Wakal is the Editor-in-Chief of Clear Admit, responsible for overseeing content creation for the site. Lauren has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.

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