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Aug 27, 2013

Cambridge / Judge Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 Cambridge / Judge Essay Topic Analysis is now available. Following up on the announcement of Cambridge / Judge’s 2013-2014 essay topics, we’d like to offer applicants a bit of guidance in approaching these questions.  The adcom has kept the format of the last two years of three essays... Read more »

Aug 23, 2013

INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

With some slight edits from last year, INSEAD’s essay questions still cover a good deal of ground, giving candidates ample opportunity to discuss a range of professional and personal topics and highlight various elements of their interests and experiences.  The “job essays” ask for a factual account of one’s current... Read more »

Aug 22, 2013

Duke / Fuqua Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 Duke / Fuqua Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Following up on our announcement of Duke / Fuqua’s essay topics for 2013-2014, we wanted to share our thoughts on how applicants might go about addressing this year’s questions. After making significant changes to their essay questions last year, Fuqua has... Read more »

Aug 15, 2013

London Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

While London Business School had previously employed a number of the same or slightly revised essay topics over the past few seasons, this year’s LBS essay set marks a notable change in the contents and number of essay topics.  From six questions in 2012-2013 admissions season to three this year,... Read more »

Aug 12, 2013

CMU / Tepper 2013-2014 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of Tepper’s 2013-2014 essay topics, we’d like to offer up some commentary on this aspect of CMU’s MBA application.  Tepper has significantly revised its prompts, restructuring its previous four-essay set to now incorporate two short answer questions as well as three required essays.  The prompts... Read more »

Aug 8, 2013

Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 UC Berkeley / Haas Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  While Berkeley / Haas has slightly altered its essay set for the 2013-2014 admissions season, the school begins its list of questions with the same reminder as in previous years: “At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by... Read more »

Aug 1, 2013

Georgetown / McDonough Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

With August and the application season beginning, we are taking the opportunity to analyze Georgetown / McDonough’s essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season.  After heavily revising the essay questions last year, the McDonough adcom has made no further changes for this season, and applicants must still answer the same... Read more »

Jul 25, 2013

Cornell / Johnson Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 Cornell / Johnson Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  As prospective students might have noticed when the Johnson School’s 2013-2014 application essay topics were announced earlier this week, Cornell is shaking things up once again through a combination of new and existing essay prompts.  The admissions committee has... Read more »

Jul 22, 2013

Dartmouth / Tuck Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 Dartmouth / Tuck Essay Topic Analysis is now available. Unlike many other leading MBA programs, the Tuck admissions office has maintained its requirement of three essays for 2013-2014, with the total recommended word count of approximately 1,500 words still in place.  Tuck’s essay topics highlight themes of leadership,... Read more »

Jul 18, 2013

Northwestern / Kellogg Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

Following up on Kellogg’s release of its 2013-2014 essay topics, we wanted to take a closer look at how this year’s prompts have changed from last year and provide applicants with some insight into how to approach each question. Like several other top business schools, Kellogg has reduced the length... Read more »

Jul 15, 2013

UCLA / Anderson Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 UCLA / Anderson Essay Topic Analysis is now available. Anderson has posted one essay topic for the 2013-2014 admissions season that carries over from the school’s essay sets in previous years.  UCLA Anderson has therefore contributed to the trend seen at many leading programs by removing several prompts... Read more »

Jul 11, 2013

Chicago / Booth Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 Chicago / Booth Essay Topic Analysis is now available. Continuing with our series of essay topic analyses for this year’s applications, we’re now turning to Chicago Booth’s essay questions for the 2013-2014 admissions season.  The Booth adcom has made several changes to overall format of the program’s application... Read more »

Jul 4, 2013

Yale SOM Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

Following up on last week’s announcement of the Yale School of Management’s essay questions for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle, we wanted to provide applicants with some thoughts and advice on the new essay set.  Yale has significantly shortened its essay requirements this year, reducing the number of mandatory essays from... Read more »

Jul 1, 2013

MIT/Sloan Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 MIT / Sloan Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Now that MIT Sloan has released its 2013-2014 essay questions, we’d like to take the time to offer some advice on how to best approach these prompts.  Like a number of other leading schools, Sloan has taken a wholly... Read more »

Jun 27, 2013

The Wharton School/UPenn Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

As we reported earlier this week, Wharton has announced its essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season.  A quick comparison to last year’s topics shows that the school has done a major overhaul of its essays, both by changing the questions themselves and by reducing the number of required essays... Read more »

Jun 20, 2013

UVA / Darden Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

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 2013-2014. Darden has kept last year’s structure of one 500-word essay, although with the online application not yet posted for the year, it remains to be seen... Read more »

Jun 14, 2013

UNC / Kenan-Flagler Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 UNC / Kenan-Flagler Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  As we reported earlier this week, UNC / Kenan-Flagler recently released their essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season.  Remaining largely unchanged from last year’s application, this year’s essay questions reflect an interest in learning about an applicant’s work... Read more »

Jun 13, 2013

NYU Stern Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 NYU Stern Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  While NYU Stern has changed none of its essay prompts from the previous year, applicants in the 2013-2014 season are now required to respond to only two essay prompts, choosing between Option A or Option B – identical to last... Read more »

Jun 6, 2013

Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

Now that the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has announced its essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season, we’d like to offer our thoughts on how to approach this year’s questions.  While two of Ross’s three essays are repeats from the 2012-2013 application, the school has revised its... Read more »

Jun 3, 2013

Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its essay question for the 2013-2014 application season.  This year’s prompt once again represents a marked departure from HBS’s previous application sets; while candidates were previously required to answer two essays totaling 800 words and complete a 500-character “why MBA” statement,... Read more »

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