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Ohio State Fisher College of Business Essay Topic Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines the Ohio State / Fisher (Fisher) MBA admissions essays for the 2020-2021 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays.

OSU Fisher MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2020-2021

Let’s take a closer look at each essay.

Essay 1

What are your short-term and long term goals? How/why will an MBA help you achieve those goals? (Maximum words: 500)
This is a straightforward career goals essay, seeking information about the candidate’s goals and how an MBA will enable achieving those goals.  In order to lend meaning to your short-term goals and establish a vision for the reader, you may open with your long-term goals.  Then, identify the function or job title you plan to pursue after business school, as well as your target industry and perhaps one or two target organizations. This position should be a logical first step toward a longer-term role that you hope to hold 10 or so years after your MBA.

It would also make sense to include a few sentences about how your work experience to date has influenced (and prepared you for) these future roles, as well as the skills and knowledge that you still need to gain in order to move successfully along this path. This will establish why you need an MBA.  While Fisher refers to “an MBA,” you will want to offer a detailed treatment of the ways specific elements of the Fisher MBA program would help you to bridge the gap between your current skill set and your future plans. After all, it is an application to their MBA program.  We recommend that candidates aim to devote at least 200 words to this section of the essay, if not a full half of your response.

To get as much mileage as possible out of this essay, you should aim to develop a very detailed response that explains how lessons from key classes and participation in certain student organizations will position you to accomplish your professional objectives. The adcom will also be interested in hearing about how you see yourself contributing to the community and enhancing the experience of other students, so naming some events that you would like to help organize or a club you would hope to lead will also bolster your case. Covering all of this ground within a 500-word essay is no easy task, so zeroing in on the aspects of the Fisher MBA program that are most closely aligned with your goals will be important to developing an effective response; an in-depth review of the program website, conversations with current students and alumni, or virtual visits, are all viable sources of the information you’ll need here.

Essay 2

Please tell us about the accomplishment you are most proud of. How will this experience allow you to contribute a unique perspective to the Fisher community? (Maximum words: 400)
There are a few elements to cover in this essay, the first being the actual accomplishment.  With respect to structure, we recommend a basic STAR approach for this part of the response. Begin by describing the situation, the players, and stakeholders involved before moving into the task: what you needed to accomplish.  You should then move into the action, providing a chronological account of how you moved through the project or process. Finally, you should comment on the result — the outcome of your leadership efforts and the resolution of the story.  Make sure it’s clear as to why you are particularly proud of this accomplishment.

In the second half of the essay, you can draw out the values or lessons learned from the accomplishment and connect to the Fisher community.  The more detailed you can be about how this experience will enable you to contribute in the classroom or in different club activities, the easier it will be for the adcom to envision you as a member of the MBA class.

Optional Essay

This optional essay can be used to address any circumstances you’d like the Admissions Committee to be aware of (gaps in work history, academic performance, choice of recommenders, etc.). (Maximum words: 250)
The admissions committee offers a rather open-ended prompt here; however, such essays are best used to address liabilities in one’s application, e.g. gaps in employment, a weak quantitative record. In such cases, you should keep your response brief and to-the-point, offering explanations without making excuses and humbly bringing mitigating factors to the reader’s attention. That said, it’s possible that there are other elements of your background that would be appropriate and not covered elsewhere in the application, for example an anticipated promotion or an element of your identity not covered in the program’s data forms. While applicants should make an effort to fully represent their candidacies within the required elements of the application, this leaves a bit of room for short exceptions.

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