2010-2011 US MBA Essay Questions

CMU

ESSAY A*(Required)

What are your short term and long term goals? How will a Tepper MBA help you achieve these goals? (Please include any information regarding what steps you have taken to learn more about Tepper.)

ESSAY B*(Required)

The Tepper School’s culture relies on all members to be active contributors to our community. With your values, experiences, and interests, how will you make a unique contribution to the Tepper community? Your examples may include: classroom interaction, student activities, career development, community service, etc.

ESSAY C*(Required)

Please answer two of the following three questions or statements. Please clearly specify which questions you are answering. Your two answers should equal a total of two pages or less.

1. Describe an obstacle you have faced in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this obstacle and how did it foster your development?

2. Describe a time in which your ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it?

3. One thing people would be surprised to know about me is…

Additional Essays

ESSAY D

Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application?

Note: If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application.

Note: You must complete this essay if you answered 'yes' to either of the 'additional information' questions above.

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Columbia

Essay 1

What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)

Essay 2

Please tell us about yourself and your personal interests. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (Recommended 500 word limit)

Optional Essay

Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.)

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Cornell

Essay 1

Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you added value to your organization. (400 word limit)

Essay 2

What career do you plan to pursue upon completion of an MBA degree and why? How will the Johnson School help you achieve this goal? (400 word limit)

Essay 3

You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. Please write the table of contents for the book. (400 word limit)

Note: Approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity.

Optional Essay

Complete this essay if you would like to add additional details regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate record or test scores) do not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School. (400 word limit)

Re-applicant Essay: How did you strengthen your application since you last applied to the Johnson School? (400 word limit)

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Dartmouth (Tuck)

Essay 1:

Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals?

Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree,

please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)

Essay 2:

Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

Essay 3:

What is the greatest challenge or hurdle you have overcome, either personally or professionally, and how did you manage to do so?

Essay 4:

Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?

Essay 5 - Optional:

Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

Essay 6 - Reapplicant Essay:

(To be completed by all reapplicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.

Employment Question:

Have you had any gaps of longer than 2 months in your employment history? If yes, please explain (200 words maximum)

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Duke

Applicant Essays : Answer all 3 essay questions.

1. Describe your vision for your career and your inspiration for pursuing this career path.

2. How will your background, values, and non-work activities enhance the experience of other Duke MBA students and add value to Fuqua's diverse culture?

3. Why Duke? (If you are interested in a specific concentration, joint degree, clubs or activities, please discuss how you would contribute to these in this essay.)

Optional Essay (not required)

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weakness in your application).

Re-applicant Essay (All re-applicants are required to complete the Re-applicant Essay. Please limit your response to two pages.)

Write an essay describing how you are now a stronger candidate for admission compared to the application you submitted the previous year.

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Emory

Answer all essays (numbers 1 through 4), following the directions indicated in the questions.

1. Please answer each of the following four questions in a short paragraph of no more than 250 words each.