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MBA Admissions: Essay Topics Analyses

Clear Admit has been producing Essay Topic Analyses for the leading MBA Programs since 2005. The essay portion of the MBA application is one of the most crucial and time consuming aspects of the MBA application process. It is the opportunity for the MBA candidate to personalize their application story. Because the majority of MBA candidates are admissible, based on their statistics: GMAT, GPA, and length of work experience, it is the essay portion of the application that allows a candidate to truly standout.

Each school has its own essay or set of essays. These application 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.

MIT Sloan

Northwestern / Kellogg

NYU / Stern

Ohio State / Fisher

Oxford / Said

Rochester / Simon


Stanford GSB

UCI Merage

UCLA Anderson

UMD Smith

UNC Kenan-Flagler

UPenn / Wharton

USC / Marshall

UT Austin / McCombs

UVA / Darden

Vanderbilt / Owen

Yale SOM