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Last Updated May 12, 2017 by

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Columbia Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the recent announcement of the 2017-2018 Columbia Business School essay questions, this season’s Essay Topic Analysis series is officially underway. Compared to last year, the adcom has trimmed the word limits and separated the prompts regarding one’s goals and interests in the Columbia MBA. Instead of giving applicants a range... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 22, 2016 by

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Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

With the recent announcement of the 2016-2017 Columbia Business School essay questions, this season’s Essay Topic Analysis series is officially underway. While the length of each of CBS essay prompts has been modified, the spirit of each question remains very similar to their questions over the previous few years. Covering both professional... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 29, 2015 by

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Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2015-2016

And we’re off! With the recent announcement of Columbia Business School’s 2015-2016 essay questions, this season’s Essay Topic Analysis series is officially underway. While the letter of each of CBS’s essay prompts has been modified, the spirit of each question remains very similar to their questions over the previous few... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 11, 2014 by

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Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

**Working on your Columbia Business School essays? Our 2015-2016 Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Following up on our recent announcement of Columbia’s 2014-2015 essay topics, we wanted to weigh in with some guidance on how to approach this element of the CBS application. Columbia has chosen... Read more »

Last Updated May 23, 2013 by

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Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis is available now. Following up on last week’s release of Columbia Business School’s 2013-2014 essay questions, we wanted to provide aspiring CBS students with some guidance on how to approach this aspect of their application.  While the school has made some changes... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 14, 2012 by

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Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2012-2013

While slightly different than last year’s set, this year’s essay questions continue to illustrate Columbia’s interest in learning about applicants’ career goals and personal experiences.  The adcom has shortened their application this admissions season, requiring only two essay questions and a 200-character career goals statement.  Let’s take a closer look... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 15, 2011 by

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Video: Columbia Business School Essay Breakdown (Write Like an Expert)

If you’re applying to the MBA program at Columbia University, don’t miss our video lecture on tackling the school’s essay topics.  As a part of Beat The GMAT’s ‘Write Like an Expert’ series, Clear Admit team member, Graham Richmond, breaks down each application essay for Columbia hopefuls in the video... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 12, 2011 by

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Clear Admit Provides Essay Analysis for Beat the GMAT’s “Write Like an Expert” Series

Clear Admit and Beat The GMAT (BTG) are working together to provide prospective applicants with detailed analysis of the essay questions from nine of the top business school programs as part of BTG’s 2011 “Write Like an Expert” series. The free series of online events debuts next Tuesday and Wednesday... Read more »

Last Updated May 19, 2011 by

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Columbia Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2011-2012

Based on this year’s essay questions, it looks like Columbia remains interested in learning about applicants’ career goals and personal experiences, although the first two essay topics have slight variations from last year’s.  New to the application, the third question offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of Columbia’s... Read more »

Last Updated May 18, 2011 by

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Analysis of Columbia Business School Essay 3, Option C: Select one of the current executives in residence with whom you would like to meet during your time at Columbia. Explain your selection and tell us how you would best utilize your half hour one-on-one session.

Founded nearly three decades ago, the Executives in Residence Program at Columbia Business School integrates senior executives into the life of the School. Current executives in residence include more than a dozen experts in areas ranging from media and investment banking to private equity and management. A hallmark of the... Read more »

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