What They’re Really Asking
Each school has its own set
of essay questions. Although posed differently, all search for
the same insights. Here’s a list of commonly asked questions and
what’s behind them.
1. Theme: Career Goals and the MBA
Describe your specific career aspirations. How will your
goals be furthered by an MBA degree and by our MBA program in
MBA Essays #1: Why MBA
2. Theme: Extracurriculars and Social Interaction: Our
What do you do for fun? What are your principal interests
outside of your job or school? What leisure and/or community
activities do you particularly enjoy? Please describe their
importance in your life.
Sample MBA Essays #2: Extracurricular Activity
3. Theme: The Personal Statement
Does this application provide the opportunity to present the
The admissions committee would welcome any additional comments
you may wish to provide in support of application. What question
should we have asked you?
Essays #3: Personal Statement
4. Theme: Who You Most Admire
If you were able to choose one persona from the business
world, past or present, to be your personal professor throughout
the MBA program, who would this person be and why?
MBA Essays #4: Who You Most Admire
5. Theme: Teamwork – How Do You Work with Others in a Group
Setting? Sample MBA
Essays #5: Teamwork
6. Theme: Diversity and What Makes You Unique.
Our Business School is a diverse environment. How will your
experiences contribute to this?
MBA Essays #6: Diversity and Unique
7. Theme: Your Greatest Personal Achievement/Accomplishment
Describe a personal achievement that has had a significant
impact on your life. In addition to recounting this achievement,
please analyze how the event has changed your understanding of
yourself and how you perceive the world around you.
Essays #7: Achievements
8. Theme: Failure/What Mistakes Have You Made?
Discuss a nonacademic personal failure. In what way were you
disappointed in yourself? What did you learn from the
MBA Essays #8: Failure