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MBA Admissions: Essay Topic Analyses

The essay portion of the MBA application is one of the most crucial and time-consuming aspects of the MBA application process. These essays are designed to learn about an MBA candidate and to determine if the candidate is a good fit for the program. While “goals” essays are common across many top programs, other essays might seek to explore a candidate’s personality, accomplishments, weaknesses, or ethical code, to name just a few attributes that are interesting to business schools.

While we offer general essay writing advice, through our Essay Tips, we also offer specific guidance for each set of essays for the leading MBA programs, as listed below.

2021-2022 Essay Topic Analyses

These schools have released their essay topics for the 2021-2022 admissions season.

2020-2021 Essay Topic Analyses

Rochester / Simon

WUSTL / Olin


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