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Boston / Carroll MBA Essay Topic Analysis

Boston / Carroll MBA Essay Topic Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines the Boston College’s Carroll School of Management MB A 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.

Boston / Carroll MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2018-2019

Career Goals

Please briefly identify your post-Masters short term and long term career goals where indicated below. (Short-term goals, long-term goals, 200 characters each.)
You will have about 30 to 40 words to define your career goals. For the short-term field, identify the position you hope to obtain immediately after school — down to the job title and 2-3 dream employers.  If you have room, you can establish how it’s the skills and experience you hope to gain to make it a perfect jumping off point for the long term.  When describing your long term goal, you can establish your envisioned industry and function, and, with room, you may try to explain the impact you wish to have.

Required Essay

Please discuss how you plan to achieve your short and long term career goals following graduation from Boston College. What challenges will you face and how will you leverage your academic and professional experiences to achieve these goals? (500 words)
This is a fairly straightforward career goals essay. Applicants are asked to reflect on their immediate post-graduation and longer-range career plans, and to explain how a Carroll MBA and professional experience will help them get there.

With respect to structure, it will probably make the most narrative sense to open this response by introducing one’s career goals, as well as a few sentences about the professional experiences that have informed (and helped prepare one for) these objectives. Candidates can cover this content in either order: chronologically outlining their short- and long-term plans, or opening with the long-term and then explaining how their target short-term position is a logical first step along that trajectory. Either way, applicants should identify the specific position they hope to obtain after graduating from the MBA program, and may even want to identify 1-2 target organizations for which they would particularly like to work. In describing their long-term goals, meanwhile, candidates should aim to comment on what draws them to this role as well as the larger impact they hope to make on an organization, category, sector, or region.

This opening section about one’s career goals will then provide some context for a discussion of the applicant’s goals at Boston Carroll. This should include comments about how specific courses and student clubs will help the applicant to bridge the gap between their current skill set and the demands of their post-MBA roles, as well as ways the applicant would enhance the experience of other students and contribute to the MBA community. While many of these comments should be career-focused (after all, Carroll asks what challenges you will face in your profession), applicants would also do well to introduce additional interests and planned involvements related to established hobbies, athletic pursuits, and broader community involvement. This will help to round out one’s candidacy in the eyes of the adcom and provide a fuller picture of your interests and potential contributions.

Optional Essays (Select One)

Please introduce yourself to the BC community. Feel free to be creative in expressing your message. (500 words recommended)
The application has the option of uploading a PDF or Word document.  So, do not anticipate being creative via video or animation.  In terms of content, this essay allows the adcom to assess how prospective students would present themselves, requiring applicants to reflect carefully on the aspects of their backgrounds that they consider most interesting and valuable. We also strongly encourage applicants to use this opportunity to showcase elements of their personalities and candidacies that they will not have the chance to address in their responses to the other application essay. Perhaps you have a particularly interesting accomplishment or hobby to share, or an aspect of your heritage or hometown of which you’re especially proud. Finally, it will be important to pay attention to the balance of content in your introduction. The most effective responses to this question will portray the applicant as sincere, well-rounded, likable, and excited about Carroll.

As for medium, the PDF option provides an opportunity to make a vivid impression through visual communication. It also shows the admissions committee that one is willing to invest the time and effort to create something just for the Boston Carroll application, underscoring one’s investment in gaining admission. Applicants whose leisure activities or workplace roles lend themselves well to creativity might do well to consider the PDF option.

If you have not had coursework in core business or if your standardized test scores are low, how you plan to prepare for the quantitative rigor of the BC MBA curriculum? (500 words recommended)
Those who chose an unusual or non-business major, or struggled with the GMAT or GRE, should answer this prompt.  This is not a place to make excuses, but rather simply establish the situation, e.g. if you studied humanities in college or if you did not perform well on the entrance test, and then jump into your constructive actions.  If you have relevant professional experience that can showcase your quantitative skills, you can elaborate on it here; if you are planning to take a course or two before the program, explain that as well.  The key is to show that, despite a non-quant record, you have the skills and abilities to thrive in the BC academic environment. Also, if you have an issue to cover, do not worry about expanding it to 500 words as you would with a normal essay prompt.

Explain an aspect of your candidacy in more detail. (500 words recommended)
How to address this prompt will depend upon whether or not there are any weaknesses in your application (besides quantitative skills).  This will be an appropriate place for applicants to address potential concerns with or liabilities in their candidacies, to explain unusual recommenders or gaps in employment, or to comment on extenuating circumstances that affected past performance. Boston Carroll has also said that this can be used “to talk passionately about something on your résumé—volunteer work, a previous internship, or anything else that you think makes you the perfect MBA applicant.”  So, if you do not have any areas of concern to address, consider what you may shine the light on in your application to reveal your strengths and interests.

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