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Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 by

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UT Austin / McCombs MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on our post with the 2017-2018 2017-2018 UT Austin / McCombs MBA essay questions, we wanted to offer our analysis of this season’s UT Austin MBA essays. The broad format of these essays is nearly identical to last year’s, with applicants introducing themselves to their cohort via a 250-word essay... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 by

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Georgetown / McDonough Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the Georgetown / McDonough essay topics for 2017-2018, we wanted to share our essay topic analysis. The adcom has maintained the video essay, as well as optional and reapplicant essays.  The main required essay, however, has shifted in focus to a defining moment that entailed exceeding expectations.... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 by

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UVA / Darden MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the announcement of the Darden essay topic for 2017-2018, we wanted to take a closer look at this season’s prompt for UVA MBA Class of 2020 hopefuls. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Darden essay section has comprised a single 500-word essay asking applicants to recount... Read more »

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 »

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