Tuesday Tips – Purdue Krannert MBA Essay Tips

The Purdue Krannert School of Management is a program that offers a global focus and flexible programs. Krannert offers several specialty opportunities for study, including a new Master of Science in Finance program. In addition, being part of the Purdue Krannert community offers the opportunity for joint studies in areas from Mechanical Engineering to Doctor of Pharmacy.

Learn more about Purdue Krannert at the many off campus admissions events the school is attending.

Essay 1: Discuss your long- and short-term goals, how these goals developed, and what you hope to gain from graduate study at Purdue Krannert. Limit your responses to no more than 500 words.

While this essay is similar to a classic career goals essay, there is a strong focus on understanding your past and the thought process that lead you to develop your goals. In addition, you will want to spend a fair amount of time in the essay in describing what is unique about the Krannert program and why it is the ideal next step in your career trajectory.

Essay 2: The Purdue Krannert community is comprised of a diverse student body. Describe an aspect of your personality, things you have learned, skills you have acquired, or life experiences you’ve had that could benefit potential classmates and will help you contribute to Purdue Krannert’s diversity. Limit your response to no more than 500 words.

Tuck and Kellogg have similar diversity essays, and the Purdue Krannert essay offers the same opportunity to differentiate yourself if you are not a classically diverse candidate. Think about the family background you come from, the experiences you have had that may be unique or that may be beneficial to others.

In this essay, try to focus on more than just your professional experiences. Delve into your personal background, your hobbies and your community involvement to present a well-rounded view of yourself and how you will contribute to your classmates at Purdue Krannert.

Essay 3: In 250 words or less, describe a character-building event or situation in which your involvement made a significant difference.

This essay is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate key leadership or teamwork experiences. It may be the ideal place to discuss an important accomplishment in your life, or even a mistake or ethical challenge. Think about an example that is clear and concise enough to explain in this brief space, and then reflect upon your example in way that showcases your personal qualities, leadership potential, and ability to work with others.

Additional Information (Optional) Please provide any additional information that was not captured within your application. If you feel you’ve already provided us with sufficient information about yourself, you need not add anything here. (250 words or less)

Optional essays are an ideal opportunity to communicate anything additional that hasn’t been expressed in your other essays. If you have an area of concern such as a low GPA or academic probation, this is an opportunity to explain. Stay away from excuses and focus on explanations and evidence of change.

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