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Last Updated Jun 4, 2017 by

Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Questions 2017-2018

The UC Berkeley MBA admissions committee has announced the Haas essay topics for applicants targeting the Class of 2020. Haas MBA applicants will respond to three brief required essays of no more than 250 words (each). The Haas admissions website notes that the adcom seeks “candidates from a broad range of industries,... Read more »

Last Updated May 18, 2017 by

Harvard Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

As we announced recently, Harvard Business School has released its MBA essay question for the 2017-2018 application season. For the second year running, HBS asks applicants to expand on their overall application. The school is also maintaining its post-interview reflection, which will require those who reach the interview stage to submit... Read more »

Last Updated May 16, 2017 by

Yale School of Management MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

We continue with our Essay Topic Analysis, as Yale SOM announced their MBA essay question for 2017-2018. For the second year running, Yale MBA hopefuls are required to respond to a 500-word essay about their biggest commitment.  Last year, Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico commented that the Yale MBA adcom developed this... Read more »

Last Updated May 12, 2017 by

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 Jan 2, 2017 by

Admissions Tip: Essay Polishing

Over the last few weeks we’ve offered up a slew of admissions tips and strategies for R2 applicants. Now, as the vast majority of R2 deadlines are now just a matter of days – if not hours – away, we’re offering up one final R2 tip that is geared towards... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 20, 2016 by

Essay Topic Analyses for Round 2 Deadlines at Your Fingertips

For those of you targeting Round 2, it’s time to get to work. With Round 2 deadlines for a whopping the majority of business schools converging in the first and second weeks of January, having a well-thought-out game plan is critical to successfully navigating the busy holiday season (and staying sane!).... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 by

MBA Admissions Mashup: Admissions Tips, Exchanges, and Women in Business

Welcome back! Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. And, today we’re sharing insights from women-focused conferences and networking dinners, advice from Booth and HBS for Round 2 applicants, and a look at educational opportunities abroad. First for... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 by

MBA Admissions Mashup: Essay Advice & Internships

Welcome back! Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we see essay tips for folks applying in an upcoming round as well as a look at one MBA’s summer internship experience in Seattle. As folks are... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 by

Vanderbilt / Owen Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on the 2016-2017 essay topics for the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, we wanted to offer our Owen MBA Essay Topic Analysis for the Class of 2019 hopefuls. Let’s take a closer look at each prompt.   2016-2017 Vanderbilt / Owen MBA Essay Topic Analysis  Essay 1:... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 3, 2016 by

Admissions Tip: Word Limits and Character Counts

MBA candidates naturally have a good deal of information they want – and need – to convey in their materials, and getting the important ideas down under restrictive word counts is a difficult task.  While it might be tempting to run a bit beyond the guidelines to slip in that... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 by

Admissions Tip: Video Essays

It’s no secret that the use of video in the MBA application is becoming increasingly popular among top business schools. Schools that now use these so-called video essays include Northwestern / Kellogg, INSEAD and Yale SOM. Typically you will be provided with a question, then a short amount of time... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2016 by

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting an Optional Essay

We realize that the questions of whether to answer an optional essay and, if so, what to say are ones that loom large for many MBA applicants at this time of year. While we’ve been offering a great deal of school-specific essay advice over the past few weeks, we wanted... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 7, 2016 by

UMD / Smith MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on the UMD Smith MBA Essay Topics, we wanted to share our essay topic analysis for the 2016-2017 admissions season. Required Essay Why Smith? Why an MBA? Why now? Be sure to include your short-term and long-term career goals. (Please limit your response to 300 words.) This prompt... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 by

Admissions Tip: 10 Basic Essay Writing Rules

Before you complete your MBA application essays, it is worth noting the context within which they will be read. The adcom will be reading many essays in a short period of time. They may not have as much time as they’d like to reflect deeply on your content and ‘connect the... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 15, 2016 by

The MBA Application: Know Your Audience

As Round 1 deadlines approach, applicants are coming to understand that applying to business school is an incredibly demanding process. In addition to taking the GMAT, assembling academic transcripts and providing recommendation letters, candidates are required to draft multiple essays, job descriptions, lists of activities and more. With the obvious... Read more »

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