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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 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.

OSU Fisher MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2018-2019

Let’s take a closer look at each essay.

Essay 1

Why do you wish to earn an MBA? Why do you wish to earn an MBA from The Fisher College of Business? How will the Fisher MBA program assist you in achieving your immediate career goals?(750 words)
This is a fairly straightforward career goals essay, asking applicants to comment on why business school makes sense for them, how Fisher College is the ideal place to earn their MBA and to articulate their post-MBA career objectives.

To tailor this essay to Fisher, we recommend answering each question in the order in which it’s posed, if you can make that work with the flow of the response. You might touch on your work experience to date and hint at the future direction you wish to take (i.e. name the industry or functional shift you hope to accomplish), and explain why you need an MBA to advance along that path. Motivation may come in the form of having reached a plateau in learning at your current job or seeing an exciting opportunity that you want to act on as soon as possible, but need to enroll in business school to attain it. This first phase of your discussion should also describe the skills and knowledge you hope to gain from an MBA with an eye to your future plans (to be expanded on later).

Next, Fisher is essentially asking applicants exactly how much homework they’ve done on the MBA program in the second part of the prompt. Applicants should aim to highlight the insights that they gained from visiting the Fisher campus or attending off-site information sessions, and speaking with Fisher students and alumni. Subsequently, applicants should double back to comment on the specifics of their post-MBA plans. Because the school explicitly asks how the program would enable their immediate career goals, applicants should outline their short-term plans very specifically, including both the position the candidate hopes to hold immediately after an MBA, along with 1-2 companies one plans to target. Space permitting, candidates may also consider describing their broader 5-10 year plan, especially if the long-term possibilities have been influential in the path to b-school that they’ll describe earlier in the essay. Beyond the “what” and the “where,” the admissions committee will also be interested in the “why”: the impact that the applicant hopes to make on an organization, sector, consumer base, or region. Finally, it would make sense for this discussion to cover the specific curricular and programmatic offerings that make the Fisher MBA a fit with the applicant’s career goals and personal interests.

This is a good deal of information to pack into a 750-word essay for any applicant, but introducing the central elements of one’s candidacy in such a brief essay is definitely achievable, provided that applicants take their time to compose well-crafted and concise responses.

Optional Additional Information

Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere(250 words)
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, applicants should keep their responses 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 one’s background that would be appropriate and not covered elsewhere in one’s application, for example an anticipated promotion or an element of one’s 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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