2007-2008 European MBA Essay Questions

Ashridge

1. Outline your career aspirations and why you have chosen to apply for the Ashridge MBA/EMBA.

2. Looking back on your career so far, what have been your significant successes and failures? What have you learnt from these?

3. What do you feel are your major strengths and weaknesses? Please provide examples.

4. Drawing on your work experience, what do you think you will be able to contribute to the Ashridge MBA?

5. Please outline your initial thoughts on the type of consultancy project you would like to undertake and why. How would you benefit and what would you offer a host organisation?

6.If you have already identified a potential project sponsor, please give details

7.Please list your hobbies and leisure interests

8.Are you applying to any other MBA programmes? If so, please state which institutions you are considering

9. Where did you hear about the Ashridge MBA Programme?

Effective leadership

Which leader do you most admire and why? In your view, what characteristics and skills are required for effective leadership? Please respond in no more that 500 words. Please use a separate sheet if necessary.

CASS

1. Why have you applied to the Cass MBA? How will you contribute to the course? What will you do if you are not accepted to the Cass MBA?

Cambridge

CAREER OBJECTIVES

What is your immediate post-MBA career objective? What will you be doing 10 years after graduation? What skills/experience do you already have that will help your aims? How will tha Cambridge MBA help you? (Please do not exceed 400 words in total.)

Essays:Please answer the following questions on separate sheets of paper, and enclose then with application form. Your answer to each question should not exceed 400 words.

(1) Tell us a work project or task where you did not perform well. What did you learn about yourself?

(2) How would you like to be remembered?

(3) Why is the Cambridge MBA right for you?

ESADE

1. Write a brief explanation of your most important professional and personal achievements to date.

2. What do you consider your most powerful strength or asset? Describe a situation where you demonstrated this strength or asset.

3. If you could pick the one quality that caractherizes a good leader, which would you choose and why?

4. What are your mid- and long-term goals after doing the MBA?

5. Is there anything you have not mentioned in the essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know?

HEC

1. Why are you applying to the HEC MBA Program now? What is the professional objective that will guide your career choice after your MBA, and how will the HEC MBA contribute to the achievement of this objective? (500 words)

2. What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words)

3. Leadership and ethics are inevitably intertwined in the business world. Describe a situation in which you have dealt with these issues and how they have influenced you.

(250 words)

4. Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be? (250 words)

5. Please choose from one of the following essays: (250 words)

1) What monument or site would you advise a first-time visitor to your country or city to discover, and why?

2) Certain books, movies or plays have had an international success that you believe to be undeserved. Choose an example and analyse it.

3) What figure do you most admire and why? You may choose from any field (arts, literature, politics, business, etc).

6. Is there any additional information you would like to share with us? (900 words)

IE

Essays - A

Please answer this question with a minimum of 250 words.

If you had the opportunity, what would you ask the president or leader of your country, and why?

Essays - B

Please answer this question with a minimum of 250 words.

What was the most difficult problem you have faced in your life, and how did you deal with it?

Essays - C

Please answer this question with a minimum of 250 words.

Cite at least one example in which your leadership impacted or changed a situation and discuss how you think Instituto de Empresa will help you refine, focus or enhance this skill.

Other questions:

1. What is your motivation for you to study a Master degree? Describe how you believe a Master degree fits with your future

career objectives?

2. What are your reasons for applying to IE Business School program?

3. Have you applied to any other schools? If so, please state which ones.

4. What contribution could you make to a highly dynamic and interactive program?

5. Which of your personal characteristics could be considered valuable for teamwork?

6. Which of your personal characteristics would you like to improve through the program?

7. What, in your opinion, have been your most important achievements?

8. What are your aspirations?

-Personal

-Professional

-Financial

IESE

1. Please describe your short term professional goals (post MBA). (200 word limit)

2. Please describe your long term professional goals (post MBA). (200 word limit)

3. Describe two substantial accomplishments and one failure in a professional or private endeavour. (600 word limit)

4. Describe a recent situation (within last two years) in which you used a contact from your network to achieve a personal or professional objective. (200 word limit)

5. Describe the most difficult project (personal or professional) that you have faced recently (within last two years). (200 word limit)

6. Describe a recent situation (within last two years) in which it was difficult to convince others. (200 word limit)

7. I wish that the application had asked me... (200 word limit)

IMD

ESSAYS (each question only allows 1230 characters)