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Jul 24, 2014

Northwestern / Kellogg Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Following up on the announcement of the Kellogg essay questions for 2014-15, we wanted to offer some thoughts on how aspiring Northwestern MBA students might approach this element of the application. Kellogg’s essay set this season consists of just two required responses totaling 900 words, in contrast to its three... Read more »

Jul 23, 2014

UNC / Kenan-Flagler Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Following up on the recent release of Kenan-Flagler’s 2014-2015 application essays, we wanted to weigh in with some thoughts on this year’s prompts. UNC has dropped its number of required essays from three 500-word responses last year to just one required 500-word response this year, though applicants also have the... Read more »

Jul 22, 2014

UVA / Darden Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Continuing our series of posts analyzing the essay topics of top business schools, we’re now turning our attention to the UVA Darden essay for 2014-2015. Darden has retained its structure of one 500-word essay for a third year running, though in past years the school has included additional short responses... Read more »

Jul 21, 2014

Chicago / Booth Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

With Booth’s announcement of its 2014-2015 presentation/essay topic last week, we’re following up with some thoughts about how applicants might approach this ever-challenging task. In a new twist on a familiar format, Booth is again asking applicants to “show themselves” to the admissions committee via an essay or a visual... Read more »

Jul 18, 2014

Yale SOM Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Today we’ll be taking a look at Yale SOM essay question for this admissions season. In keeping with a trend we’ve been noting among many of the leading U.S. MBA programs, SOM has foregone its prior inquiries about the applicant’s reasons for seeking an MBA and interest in Yale, instead requiring... Read more »

Jul 11, 2014

Duke / Fuqua Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

**Working on your Duke / Fuqua MBA essays? Our 2015-2015 Duke / Fuqua Essay Topic Analysis is now available. Following up on the announcement of Fuqua’s 2014-2015 essay questions, we wanted to weigh in with our thoughts on how applicants might approach their work on this application. Like last season,... Read more »

Jul 10, 2014

UC Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Haas has again reduced its number of required essays, down from four last year to just three for this admissions season. While the total length of the essay set has also been trimmed, this reduction isn’t quite as pronounced, with the total word count down from 1,500 last year to... Read more »

Jul 2, 2014

Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

In line with a broad trend toward brevity and simplicity of essay questions among the leading MBA programs, the required writing for this year’s Ross application is markedly briefer and more direct than last season’s set of prompts.  The school has chosen to eschew the fairly standard “career goals/why MBA”... Read more »

Jun 17, 2014

MIT / Sloan Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

With the release of Sloan’s 2014-2015 application essays last week, we thought we’d offer some commentary on this year’s set of questions. Sloan is again requiring that applicants respond to two required prompts, the second of which is new for this admissions season. Of note, MIT’s topic selection guidelines continue... Read more »

Jun 16, 2014

Wharton Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Wharton recently released its application essay – singular – for the coming admissions season, and we wanted to weigh in with some guidance on how applicants might approach this unprecedentedly brief application. This response is very similar to the first of Wharton’s two essays from the 2013-2014 season, though now... Read more »

Jun 16, 2014

Stanford GSB Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

**Working on your Stanford GSB essays? Our 2015-2016 Stanford GSB Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Following up on Stanford’s announcement of its essay questions for the 2014-2015 admissions season, we wanted to offer some guidance on how GSB hopefuls might approach this task. Like many of its peer programs,... Read more »

Jun 16, 2014

Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its essay question for the 2014-2015 application season.  Unchanged from last year, this prompt asks applicants to write only one essay, with no word limit given.  HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold has suggested that some applicants may not even find the essay necessary... Read more »

Jun 11, 2014

Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

**Working on your Columbia Business School essays? Our 2015-2016 Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Following up on our recent announcement of Columbia’s 2014-2015 essay topics, we wanted to weigh in with some guidance on how to approach this element of the CBS application. Columbia has chosen... Read more »

Jun 5, 2014

Dartmouth / Tuck Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

**Working on your Tuck MBA essays? Our 2015-2016 Dartmouth / Tuck Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Tuck has reduced its number of required essays this year, moving from last season’s three required responses to two for this admissions cycle. The adcom has dropped last year’s required essay about facing... Read more »

Jun 2, 2014

NYU Stern Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

**Working on your NYU / Stern MBA essays? Our 2015-2016 NYU / Stern Essay Topic Analysis is now available. After making slight changes to their essay questions last year, NYU Stern has opted to keep their essay questions the same for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle. Applicants are required to respond to... Read more »

Sep 12, 2013

IESE Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

With the Round 1 deadline fast approaching, we thought we’d take some time to look over IESE’s application essays for the 2013-2014 admissions season.  After reducing the required writing last year to just three essays and a total of 1,100 words, IESE has maintained two of those same prompts for... Read more »

Sep 5, 2013

UT Austin / McCombs Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

We wanted to take some time today to comment on the UT Austin-McCombs essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season, which differ somewhat from last year’s two required questions.  McCombs has restructured its set for another year in a row, now requiring candidates to draft three, 250-word essays rather than... Read more »

Sep 3, 2013

Oxford / Saïd Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 Oxford / Saïd Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Continuing our series of essay topic analyses, we’re now turning our attention to Oxford’s Saïd Business School.  Instead of following last year’s structure of two 750-word essays, this year the school has three required essays of 500 words each.  Despite... Read more »

Sep 2, 2013

Admission Tip: The Optional Essay

We realize that the questions of whether to answer an optional essay and, if so, what to say are ones that loom large for many b-school applicants at this time of year.  While we’ve been offering a great deal of school-specific essay advice over the past few months, we wanted... Read more »

Aug 29, 2013

USC / Marshall Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

USC Marshall’s essay set for the 2013-2014 admissions season marks a notable departure from those posed to applicants for the past several years.  While the school continues to demonstrate an interest in applicants’ potential contributions to the Marshall community, international experience, and personal growth, there is now only one required essay... Read more »

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