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SMU / Cox MBA Essay Topic Analysis

SMU / Cox MBA Essay Topic Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines the  Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business (Cox) MBA admissions essays for the 2022-2023 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.

SMU / Cox MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2022-2023

Let’s take a closer look at each essay.

Essay 1 

SMU Cox is a close-knit community that values teamwork. Our students are put in study groups within their cohort to build leadership and collaboration skills. What are five things you would like your study group to know about you? (500 words or less)
This prompt allows applicants to highlight their teamwork and leadership experience. It also amounts to a test of the applicant’s creativity and judgment in arriving at a well-rounded set of admissions-appropriate tidbits.

You might try the following exercise to help you focus:

  1. Write down the 10 to 15 most important events, accomplishments, interests, or experiences in your life.
  2. Look at the list you have generated and try to determine the themes that unify the important events, interests, and ideas in your life. How have you promoted collaboration? How do you work in teams?
  3. Determine which items best convey your leadership, collaboration and teamwork abilities. You may also include a fun fact to help your study group get a sense of your personality.

Once you have established content exemplifying the given skills and qualities, you should then consider forging (likely brief) connections to how your individuality would add to the SMU Cox culture and community. It will be important to develop a good sense of the opportunities available at Cox; attending information sessions, or speaking with students and alumni would pay dividends here.

Essay 2

What are your short-term post-MBA career goals (including the target industry, sector, and/or organization) and your long-term ambitions? (100 words or less).
This is a fairly standard, albeit brief, career goals essay, requesting one’s plans immediately after Cox. Due to the short length, the response should be concise in covering the particular role and responsibilities you are interested in. Should you have target companies in mind already, any direct knowledge or experience you can relay would underscore your commitment to your plans. For instance, perhaps you’ve already spoken with people you know at your target firm, or the HR departments. Once you define the specific role and industry or companies, you should have room to comment on why you wish to pursue the short-term role. While you should prioritize fully developing your goals upon graduation, you may comment on your intended impact and even explain how it’s a stepping stone to your long-term vision if you have room.

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