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IESE MBA Essay Topic Analysis

IESE Essay Topic Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines the IESE MBA admissions essays for the 2018-2019 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all other the leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. 

IESE MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2018-2019

Let’s take a closer look at each question.

Essay 1

How do you expect to be changed by your experience at IESE and what impact would you like to make after your MBA? (word limit 300 max)

Upon a first reading, this seems to boil down to “why MBA” and “what are your goals;” however, given the second prompt as well as the history of IESE’s essay questions, this can be seen as more reflective and personal than clinical and cut and dry.  In other words, how do you expect to grow as a person, not just polish your spreadsheet skills?  What do you expect to do at IESE other than list a roster of courses? What change(s) do you wish to enact in the world after you graduate? What is your vision?

In addressing the first part of the prompt, you will want to consider your areas for growth. Connecting how you hope to grow with specific features of the IESE program could help you maximize the impact of each statement given the short word limit.  Think about their community, the diversity of your classmates, opportunities for international study, their curricular offerings and more.  For the second half of the prompt, think about how your growth would translate to creating a positive impact post-MBA.  Consider this a more results-oriented approach when explaining your post-MBA plans in that you should aim to establish your vision for change.

Essay 2

What are your short- and medium-term post MBA career goals and how will IESE help you achieve them? (word limit 300 max)

While this question is a version of the standard career goals essay required by many business schools, IESE’s 300-word limit is a bit tighter than that of some programs.  Applicants will need to clearly and concisely state what their future plans are for both immediately after business school and in the medium term, being sure to illustrate how their goals relate to their work thus far and the skills they would gain from an MBA.  You also need to include your grounded interest in IESE’s MBA program, perhaps naming some key courses and clubs, to support why you want to earn their degree at IESE specifically.  Reading the Clear Admit School Guide to IESE will pay dividends here in order to make every word count.

Optional Essay

I wish the admissions committee had asked me… (word limit 300 max)
This question provides candidates a chance to briefly explore an important aspect of their candidacy not mentioned in their data forms, résumé, or other essay responses.  Unlike most optional essays, this is one that makes sense to complete in order to round out your application.  For applicants from oversubscribed groups in the applicant pool, this essay could offer a great opportunity to truly stand out from the crowd by sharing an unusual hobby or an interesting anecdote.  Potential topics could be a time you demonstrated leadership, ethical behavior, entrepreneurial spirit, or persuasion skills, as these are all topics that are often of interest to admissions committees.  Whatever topic you select, it would be ideal to link this quality or fact to some element of your intended experience in the MBA program and/or future career.

 Clear Admit Resources
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