Brigham Young University (Marriott)


For Fall 2012 Entry

Round 3 (Final Round for International Students)

Deadline: March 1, 2012


The full-time MBA Program Admissions Committee considers numerous factors when evaluating an applicant's qualifications for admission. Key qualities such as past academic performance, analytical reasoning capabilities, and full-time work experience are reflected in information required by other sections of this application. In addition, the committee has found that two other qualities bear heavily on a candidate's ability to contribute to the MBA program and to experience long-term professional success. Those qualities are the subject of the following two essay questions. Limit answers to the equivalent of one single-spaced type-written page per essay.

1. Much of management education requires analysis of complex business situations. Students are expected to consider

all available quantitative and qualitative data, formulate and evaluate alternatives, and make recommendations. Since

there are often no correct or incorrect answers, the educational value of the exercise is only complete when the student

receives feedback on their analysis. Ideally the student would present the work to the class and the instructor

and would then benefit from the collective response. Unfortunately, there is insufficient time in class for everyone to

have their work evaluated in this manner. Consequently, the education process relies heavily on students receiving

feedback on their work from the study group of which they are a part. Typically, study groups include people with

different backgrounds and perspectives, so the feedback can be as valuable as possible. What strengths, skills,

and experiences do you have that would make you a particularly valuable member of a study group?

2. Because the Marriott School MBA program receives substantial financial support from the tithes of the LDS Church,

the faculty and administration are committed to advancing the mission of the Church as they operate a nationally

recognized MBA program. Thus, the goals of the MBA program include the melding of spiritual and secular truths in

your studies, as well as sharing the benefits of your education with people throughout the world. Please describe ways

that the program might realize these goals and what role you might play in those efforts.


Three letters of recommendation

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