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Lena Maratea is the Digital Marketing Manager at Clear Admit. She's a South Philadelphia native who graduated from Temple University’s Fox School of Business with a BBA in Marketing. She creates and curates essential digital content for the Clear Admit community.

Last Updated Jul 8, 2019 by

Stanford GSB MBA Essay Topic Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) 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. Stanford has asked applicants to respond to the same two questions it has asked the past several years, maintaining the 1,150 word limit from last year, with the recommendation of using 750 words for Essay A and 400 for Essay B.  An optional essay regarding candidate’s impact is also included in the application... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 3, 2019 by

Rice / Jones MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Full-Time Rice MBA deadlines at The Jones Graduate School of Business have been officially announced.   2019-2020 Rice / Jones MBA Deadlines Rounds Application Deadline Decision Notification Round 1 October 11, 2019 December 6, 2019 Round 2 January 3, 2020 March 13, 2020 Round 3 April 3, 2020 May 8, 2020  

Last Updated Jul 3, 2019 by

GMAT Tip: Just When You Think You’re Done, Keep Going

Many test takers preparing for the GMAT get frustrated with questions in the quantitative section, often providing responses like “I took advanced math in college!” and “I did great on my SAT math, what gives?!” The GMAT Quantitative section is a tricky beast, with one key theme to the questions – just when you think you have done enough work to solve the problem, you still have more work to do. Test takers often don’t recognize this key strategic mindset for problem solving and data sufficiency questions, instead feeling frustrated because they’ve selected what they thought was a cut and... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2019 by

UT Austin / McCombs MBA Essay Questions 2019-2020

The University of Texas at Austin’s campus has announced the The McCombs School of Business’s MBA essay questions for applicants targeting the Class of 2022. Applicants are to complete two required essays. They may also compete and Optional Statement to provide any further information regarding their application. 2019-2020 UT Austin / McCombs MBA Essay Questions Essay 1 We will learn a lot about your professional background through your resume and letter of recommendation, but we want to get to know you further. Please introduce yourself. Select only one communication method for your response. Write an essay (250 words) Share a... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2019 by

UT Austin / McCombs MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin’s campus full-time MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season are as follows. McCombs makes note that all applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. CST the day of the deadline.   2019-2020 Notre Dame Mendoza MBA Deadlines Rounds Application Deadline Decision Notification Round 1 October 8, 2019 December 17, 2019 Round 2 January 7, 2020 March 26, 2020 Round 3 March 31, 2020 May 7, 2020  

Last Updated Jul 2, 2019 by

Notre Dame / Mendoza MBA Essay Questions 2019-2020

The University of Notre Dame adcom has posted the Mendoza MBA essay questions. 2019-2020 Mendoza MBA Essay Questions Statement of Purpose (100 words or less, Required) Please share your short term professional goals. What role does a Notre Dame MBA play in helping you achieve these goals? Essay Option #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? Essay Option #2 The University... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2019 by

Notre Dame / Mendoza MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business’s full-time MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season are as follows.   2019-2020 Notre Dame Mendoza MBA Deadlines Rounds Application Deadline Decision Notification Early Decision September 17, 2019 November 1, 2019 Round 1 October 15, 2019 December 13, 2019 Round 2 January 7, 2020 March 13, 2020 Round 3 March 17, 2020 May 1, 2020 Round 4 April 14, 2020 May 22, 2020  

Last Updated Jul 1, 2019 by

Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Questions 2019-2020

The UC Berkeley MBA admissions committee has announced the Haas essay questions for applicants targeting the Class of 2022. Haas MBA applicants will respond to two brief required essays of no more than 300 words (each) and two optional essays. 2019-2020 Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Questions Essay #1 What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum) Essay #2 At Berkeley Haas, we are redefining leadership. We value different opinions and perspectives, recognizing that we always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and histories. We encourage speaking up and listening, and courageously use our... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 1, 2019 by

Berkeley Haas MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley  MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season are as follows.   2019-2020 Berkeley Haas MBA Deadlines Rounds Application Deadline Decision Notification Round 1 September 26, 2019 December 12, 2019 Round 2 January 9, 2020 March 26, 2020 Round 3 April 2, 2020 May 7, 2020  

Last Updated Jun 27, 2019 by

Cornell / Johnson MBA Essay Questions 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Cornell Johnson MBA essay prompts for applicants targeting the Class of 2022 consist of a goals statement, two essays and an optional essay. Cornell Johnson MBA Essays 2019-2020 Cornell Johnson MBA 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.... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 25, 2019 by

Indian School of Business Deadlines 2019-2020

The Indian School of Business has posted the PGP 2019-2020 deadlines for its MBA-equivalent Post Graduate Programme in Management.   2019-2020 Indian School of Business PGP Deadlines Rounds Application Deadline Round 1 September 15, 2019 Round 2 December 1, 2019 Round 3 January 1, 2020  

Last Updated Jun 25, 2019 by

Free for a Limited Time: All 27 In-Depth Clear Admit School Guides

Gain Access to all Clear Admit School Guides Titles When You Register! For a limited time, all registered Clear Admit users can download any of our 27 exclusive Clear Admit School Guides at no cost: a potential $675 value at $24.99 per Guide. All you have to do is login or register on clearadmit.com, and select the Guides you would like! The discount will automatically be applied at checkout. In addition to receiving free access to our critically acclaimed guides, registered users will also gain enhanced access to Clear Admit’s signature MBA LiveWire , MBA DecisionWire, MBA ApplyWire tools, as well as our  MBA Interview Archive.... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 24, 2019 by

Admissions Tip: How to Write a Résumé That Will Get You Into Business School

Your résumé is not only an important component of your MBA application, it’s also a great place to start when crafting your overall positioning strategy.  This document forces one to distill a candidacy into a concise summary, focusing on key aspects and themes.  With that in mind, here are a few simple tips to get you started:   First things first Because you’re applying to graduate school, it makes sense to lead this document with a section detailing your academic history.  This is also the format that many business schools’ career offices instruct students to use when applying for internships or... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 21, 2019 by

IESE Business School MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The IESE graduate business school of the University of Navarra has released their 2019-2020 MBA deadlines. For more details on the IESE application requirements, visit their website.   2019-2020 IESE MBA Deadlines Rounds Application deadline Decision released Early Decision Round September 3, 2019 October 18, 2019 Round 1 October 10, 2019 December 5, 2019 Round 2 January 8, 2020 March 3, 2020 Round 3 March 3, 2020 May 8, 2020 Round 4 May 5, 2020 June 12, 2020  

Last Updated Jun 20, 2019 by

CMU / Tepper MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 CMU MBA deadlines for the Tepper School of Business are as follows. Tepper notes that all applications must be submitted be 11:59 PM Eastern Time (U.S.). 2019-2020 CMU Tepper MBA Deadlines Rounds Application Deadline Decision Notification Round 1 October 6, 2019 December 11, 2019 Round 2 December 19, 2020 March 4, 2020 Round 3 March 2, 2020 May 4, 2020 Round 4 April 9, 2020 May 21, 2020  

Last Updated Jun 20, 2019 by

2019-2020 Early MBA Deadlines

MBA Application Deadlines – Round 1 / Early Action Many of the top business schools have already announced their MBA deadlines for the upcoming admissions season. So, to help you stay organized, we’ve compiled all of the earliest deadlines all in one place. For schools that have announced their essay topic(s), we’re provided a corresponding link to our Essay Topic Analysis as we update them. We will continue to update this table as more deadlines and essay topics are announced. Last updated: July 3, 2019 School Deadline Decision Notification Essay Released? UVA / Darden Early Action 9/3/2019 10/9/2019 Yes IESE Early Decision Round... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2019 by

Emory Goizueta MBA Essay Questions 2019-2020

The Emory University admissions committee has posted the Goizueta MBA essay questions for the school’s full-time, two-year MBA Program. 2019-2020 Emory / Goizueta MBA Essay Questions 1. 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. 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... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2019 by

Duke / Fuqua MBA Essay Topics 2019-2020

The Duke MBA admissions committee has announced the 2019-2020 Fuqua School of Business essay questions for applicants targeting the class of 2022. Fuqua MBA applicants will complete two short answers and two essays for this season’s admissions process. 2019-2020 Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Topics: Required short-answer essay questions. For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words). Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you? What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan. First required essay 25 random things about yourself Instructions:... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2019 by

Cambridge Judge MBA Essay Topics 2019-2020

The Cambridge Judge Business School MBA essay questions for the 2019-20 application cycle are as follows: Cambridge Judge MBA Essay Questions 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? What did you learn from your most spectacular... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2019 by

NYU Stern MBA Essay Topics 2019-2020

The Leonard N. Stern School of Business  MBA essay questions for the 2019-20 application cycle are as follows: NYU Stern MBA Essay Questions 2019-2020 Essay 1 Professional Aspirations What are your short and long-term career goals?  How will the MBA help you achieve them?  (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font) 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... Read more »

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