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A listing of business school application essay topics posted as they are announced by leading MBA programs. Check back frequently during the summer months for updates!

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Last Updated Jun 26, 2013 by

INSEAD Essay Topics 2013-2014

The INSEAD adcom has confirmed the following essay topics, which can be found in the new application. The 2013-2014 essay topics are posted below. Job Description Essays Essay 1 Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2013 by

UVA / Darden Essay Topic 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 UVA/Darden essay topic has been announced! This year’s question is below: Share your thought process as you encountered a challenging work situation or complex problem. What did you learn about yourself? (500 words maximum)   The 2013-2014 Darden deadlines will be updated later this summer. For more information, visit Darden’s admissions... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 14, 2013 by

UNC / Kenan-Flagler Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

The 2014-2015 UNC / Kenan-Flagler Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  As we reported earlier this week, UNC / Kenan-Flagler recently released their essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season.  Remaining largely unchanged from last year’s application, this year’s essay questions reflect an interest in learning about an applicant’s work... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 11, 2013 by

UNC / Kenan-Flagler Essay Topics 2013-2014

UNC / Kenan-Flagler has posted their essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season!  The essay questions are as follows: Essay One (Required): What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? What are the other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 7, 2013 by

NYU / Stern Essay Topics 2013-2014

In addition to releasing its 2013-2014 deadlines, NYU/Stern has also announced its 2013-2014 essay topics. Candidates are required to respond to two questions and may complete a third optional essay. The NYU/Stern essay topics are as follows: Essay 1: Professional Aspirations (750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font) (a) Why pursue an MBA (or... 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 Jun 3, 2013 by

Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its essay question for the 2013-2014 application season.  This year’s prompt once again represents a marked departure from HBS’s previous application sets; while candidates were previously required to answer two essays totaling 800 words and complete a 500-character “why MBA” statement,... Read more »

Last Updated May 30, 2013 by

Harvard Business School Essay Topic 2013-2014

The Harvard School of Business (HBS) has released its essay topic for the 2013-2014 admissions season! There is one question for the Class of 2016: You’re applying to Harvard Business School.  We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have... Read more »

Last Updated May 30, 2013 by

Harvard Business School Reduces Number of Application Essays, Recommendations

Prospective applicants to Harvard Business School (HBS), take note: Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Dee Leopold shared a lot of interesting information in her Director’s Blog today. Topline news: Applicants for fall 2014 will only answer one essay (with no word limit) and will only need to submit two... Read more »

Last Updated May 29, 2013 by

Michigan / Ross Essay Topics 2013-2014

The essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season at Michigan / Ross have been announced!  This year’s questions are below: 1. Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less. 2. a. What about your professional experiences has led you to determine that business school is the right next step?... Read more »

Last Updated May 29, 2013 by

UMichigan’s Ross School of Business Revises Essay Portion of Application

In a post yesterday to the Ross Admissions Blog, Director of Admissions Soojin Kwon shared the school’s planned changes to the essay portion of the application and the rationale behind them. Applicants for fall 2014 will find that one of the essays from last year has been adjusted, one has... Read more »

Last Updated May 24, 2013 by

Stanford GSB Essay Topics 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 Stanford GSB essay topics have been announced! This year’s essays are below: Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? The best examples of Essay 1 reflect the process of self-examination that you have undertaken to write them. They give us a vivid and genuine image of who you are—and... Read more »

Last Updated May 16, 2013 by

Columbia Business School Essay Topics 2013-2014

The Columbia Business School essay topics for the 2013-2014 admissions season have recently been announced, and the application for the Class of 2016 is now live!  The essay topics are below.  All essays are required unless otherwise noted. Short Answer Question What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum) Essay... Read more »

Last Updated May 13, 2013 by

Admissions Tip: Approaching the Career Goals Essay

With essay topics for the coming year already being released by some schools, there are applicants who are eager to get started on their written applications.  Though essay questions tend to vary year to year, the two things that nearly every prospective student can count on being asked are “What are your... Read more »

Last Updated May 8, 2013 by

ISB Essay Topics 2013-2014

ISB’s essays are now available and can be found in ISB’s online application, which is now live. The 2013-2014 essays are as follows: Essay 1: Attitude, skills and knowledge differentiate people. Elaborate with two examples on how you would differentiate yourself. (300 words max) Essay 2: How does the ISB PGP tie-in with your... Read more »

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