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Last Updated Jun 6, 2019 by

University of Michigan Ross School of Business MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

The following essay topic analysis examines Michigan / Ross MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. Following up on the announcement of the Michigan / Ross MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 by

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 2, 2016 by

Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on the announcement of the Michigan / Ross MBA essay topics for the 2016-2017 admissions season, we wanted to offer some thoughts about how prospective members of the Class of 2019 might approach this application. The overall length of the essay component of Michigan’s MBA application has been shortened. While applicants have... Read more »

Last Updated May 22, 2015 by

Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2015-2016

Following up on the announcement of Michigan / Ross’s essay topics for the 2015-2016 admissions season, we wanted to offer some thoughts about how prospective members of the Class of 2018 might approach this application. The overall length of the essay component of Michigan’s MBA application is the same as last year’s:... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2014 by

Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

In line with a broad trend toward brevity and simplicity of essay questions among the leading MBA programs, the required writing for this year’s Ross application is markedly briefer and more direct than last season’s set of prompts.  The school has chosen to eschew the fairly standard “career goals/why MBA”... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 6, 2013 by

Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

Now that the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has announced its essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season, we’d like to offer our thoughts on how to approach this year’s questions.  While two of Ross’s three essays are repeats from the 2012-2013 application, the school has revised its... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 19, 2012 by

Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2012-2013

Following up on our recent announcement of the Michigan Ross essay topics for the 2012-13 admissions season, we’d like to offer some guidance on each question as applicants begin thinking about potential topics. Although the Ross adcom has made a few changes to the essay set, by and large the... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 21, 2011 by

Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2011-2012

Following up on last week’s announcement of the Michigan Ross essay topics for the coming admissions season, we’d like to offer some guidelines for and comments on each question as applicants begin thinking about potential topics. Ross has retained the basic format of last year’s essay set, with a very... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 20, 2011 by

Analysis of Michigan / Ross Essay 4, Option 2: Describe a personal challenge or obstacle and why you view it as such. How have you dealt with it? What have you learned from it?

Describe a personal challenge or obstacle and why you view it as such. How have you dealt with it? What have you learned from it? (300 words maximum) A new addition to the Ross application (replacing a question about contributing to the MBA learning experience), this prompt shares the personal... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 20, 2011 by

Analysis of Michigan / Ross Essay 4, Option 1: What are you most passionate about?

What are you most passionate about? (300 words maximum) The subject of a candidate’s greatest passion is a popular one among business school admissions committees, and understandably so: it gives a reader a sense of an applicant’s values, priorities and interests, and has implications for one’s future plans and potential... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2011 by

Analysis of Michigan / Ross Essay 3: Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What did you learn from that experience?

Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What did you learn from that experience? (500 word maximum) This prompt is open to a wide range of topics open for discussion, and thus there are a variety of personal skills and qualities that an applicant can... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 18, 2011 by

Analysis of Michigan / Ross Essay 2: Describe your career goals. How will an MBA from Ross help you to achieve those goals? What is your vision for how you can make a unique contribution to the Ross community?

Describe your career goals. How will an MBA from Ross help you to achieve those goals? What is your vision for how you can make a unique contribution to the Ross community? (500 word maximum) This is a variation of the typical career goals essay, requesting a picture of the... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 17, 2011 by

Analysis of Michigan / Ross Essay 1: Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less.

Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less. A slightly expanded edition of last year’s prompt asking applicants to introduce themselves, this year’s version specifies an audience: one’s fellow students (rather than the admissions committee).  Still, the major gist and narrow word limit remain, requiring applicants... Read more »

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