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Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 by

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Dartmouth / Tuck Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the release of the 2017-2018 Dartmouth / Tuck MBA essays, we wanted to offer some guidance for applicants targeting the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth for their business school studies. Tuck has maintained the length of the essay section of its application, once again asking for two essays... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 by

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Admissions Tip: Addressing Unemployment or Gaps in Employment

Given the emphasis that schools place on a candidate’s work experience, it is important to be proactive in addressing unemployment or gaps in employment. When applying to business school, many candidates worry about how the adcom might perceive gaps in employment. We would like to take some time to discuss... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 by

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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... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 by

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Stanford GSB MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Since the Stanford Graduate School of Business just released its essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions season, we are following up with some advice for GSB applicants on how to approach Stanford’s essays. Stanford has asked applicants to respond to the same two questions it has asked the past few years,... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 by

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Emory / Goizueta MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of the Emory University’s Goizueta MBA essay topics for 2017-2018, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants on how to approach these prompts. As with last year, this year’s essay section comprises four required responses, with a continued focus on career goals, leadership experiences,... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 by

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Michigan / Ross MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the announcement of the Michigan / Ross MBA essay topics for the 2017-2018 admissions season, we wanted to offer some thoughts about how prospective members of the Class of 2020 might approach this application. In her admissions director blog, Soojin Kwon announced a new format to the Ross application’s essay... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 by

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UCLA / Anderson MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the release of the 2017-2018 UCLA Anderson MBA essays, we wanted to offer some guidance for applicants targeting the University of California, Los Angeles for their business school studies. Anderson MBA essay section is identical to last season’s: first-time applicants are required to respond to one 750-word response and... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 by

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Defining Your Post-MBA Career Goals

Though essay prompts tend to vary year to year, the two things that nearly every prospective student can count on being asked are “What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals?” and “How will Business School X help you achieve these goals?” And, even though many schools have now opted to... Read more »

Last Updated May 26, 2017 by

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Admissions Director Soojin Kwon Shares the Skinny on Ross’s New Application Essays

Soojin Kwon, who leads MBA admissions at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, began her most recent Director’s Blog by suggesting that things are quiet on campus right now—only to reveal big news about planned changes to its approach to essay questions this year. Soojin Kwon, Ross director of admissions... Read more »

Last Updated May 15, 2017 by

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Admissions Tip: Volunteer Experience

It’s the time of year when MBA applicants aiming for Fall 2018 intake are beginning to think about the admissions process, which is why we wanted to focus this week’s admissions tip on one element of the application that candidates often underestimate: volunteer experience. In order to understand why this category... Read more »

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