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Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 by

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Admissions Director Q&A: Rodrigo Malta of the University of Texas’s McCombs School of Business

Rodrigo Malta, a native of Brazil, moved to the United States for high school and college and ultimately graduated from the McCombs School of Business full-time MBA program in 2007. While a student at McCombs, he was highly involved in admissions activities, and after graduation he remained in Austin, accepting... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 by

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OSU Fisher MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the 2017-2018 OSU Fisher essay questions, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants. Let’s take a closer look at each essay. 2017-2018 OSU Fisher MBA Essay Topic Analysis Essay 1 Why do you wish to earn an MBA? Why do you wish to earn an MBA from... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 by

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Notre Dame / Mendoza MBA Essay Questions 2017-2018

The University of Notre Dame adcom has posted the Mendoza MBA essay questions. For the essay portion of the application, applicants will choose one essay to respond to (out of three possible options). 2017-2018 Mendoza MBA Essay Questions Essay Option 1 Cardinal O’Hara established the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 by

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Indiana / Kelley MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following this season’s release of the Indiana / Kelley MBA essay topics, we wanted to share our essay topic analysis for the 2017-2018 admissions season. Indiana / Kelley Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018 Let’s take a closer look at each essay: Essay 1 Please discuss your immediate post-MBA professional goals. How... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 by

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UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of the Kenan-Flagler MBA essay topics for 2017-2018, we wanted to offer a few pointers to applicants targeting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for their business school studies next fall. The UNC MBA essay set is mostly unchanged from last admissions season.... Read more »

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 5, 2017 by

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Georgetown MBA Essay Questions 2017-2018

The Georgetown University adcom has updated the McDonough MBA essay questions for applicants targeting the Class of 2020. This year we see the return of the one-essay format in addition to the (now one year old) video essay. There are also two optional essays and an essay for reapplicants. 2017-2018 Georgetown MBA Essay Questions... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 by

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Northwestern / Kellogg Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Now that Northwestern has announced the Kellogg essay topics for the 2017-2018 admissions season, we wanted to offer our advice to applicants who are targeting that program’s Class of 2020. The format for Kellogg’s essays remains the same as last year’s: applicants will respond to two required essays in a... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 by

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MIT / Sloan Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of MIT Sloan’s 2017-2018 application essay prompt, we thought we’d offer some suggestions about how Sloan MBA hopefuls might approach this year’s written materials. The school has maintained their required cover letter—albeit with a bit more room compared to last year. The video essay is... Read more »

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