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Last Updated Sep 28, 2017 by

Oxford Saïd MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the release of the Oxford MBA essays for 2017-2018, we wanted to offer some pointers to applicants targeting Saïd Business School this admissions season. 2017-2018 Oxford MBA Essay Topic Analysis Let’s take a closer look at each prompt. Essay 1 Consider a statistic or trend that shocks you. Why... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 by

Oxford Saïd Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on the release of the Oxford MBA essays for 2016-2017, we wanted to offer some pointers to applicants targeting Saïd Business School this admissions season. The Oxford MBA adcom has kept its essays from last year, maintaing the number of required essays at two with a total 750... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 20, 2015 by

Oxford / Saïd 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the Oxford MBA essays for 2015-2016, we wanted to offer some pointers to applicants targeting Saïd Business School this admissions season. The Oxford MBA adcom has overhauled its essay set as compared to last year, reducing the number of required essays from three to... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 4, 2014 by

Oxford / Saïd Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Continuing our series of essay topic analyses, we’re now turning our attention to Oxford’s Saïd Business School’s 2014-2015 MBA essays. Bucking the larger trend of different and fewer required essays that we’ve observed this summer, Saïd’s essays remained unchanged between this year and last, with the program again requiring that... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 3, 2013 by

Oxford / Saïd Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 Oxford / Saïd Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Continuing our series of essay topic analyses, we’re now turning our attention to Oxford’s Saïd Business School.  Instead of following last year’s structure of two 750-word essays, this year the school has three required essays of 500 words each.  Despite... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 2, 2011 by

Oxford / Said Essay Topic Analysis 2011-2012

The school’s essay topics remain unchanged this year with the word limits still hovering at 1,750 words in total. The SBS application presents a unique challenge to applicants, who need to be able to share important and relevant information about their candidacies while consistently staying on topic throughout. For this... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 1, 2011 by

Analysis of Oxford / Said Essay 2: Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why?

Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (1,000 word maximum) This question, which covers the full range of global current events, literature and topics both factual and fictional, is about as broad as they come. The rather high word limit makes responding to... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 31, 2011 by

Analysis of Oxford / Said Essay 1: Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions?

Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (750 word maximum) This prompt requests a fairly standard career goals essay, and thus the general advice... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 2, 2010 by

Oxford / Saїd Reduces Word Limits for Essays

Oxford / Saїd recently changed the word limit requirements on both of their essay topics.  Essay 1 can now be a maximum of 750 words, while Essay 2 can be a maximum of 1,000 words.  To view the full essay topics, click here.  To read an analysis of these prompts,... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 2, 2010 by

Oxford / Said Essay Topic Analysis 2010-2011

Oxford/Said’s essay topics remain unchanged this year, although the word limit for both essays has been reduced.  Even considering this reduction, with a total of 1,750 words between two essays, Oxford presents a unique challenge in terms of sharing important and relevant information about one’s candidacy while staying on topic.... Read more »