Kellogg MBA Program’s Fall 2015 Essay Questions

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has posted the MBA essay questions for the upcoming admissions season. For 2014-2015, the following two essays are required of all applicants: Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you …

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has posted the MBA essay questions for the upcoming admissions season.

For 2014-2015, the following two essays are required of all applicants:

  1. Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will…. Challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450 words)
  2. Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people. What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 words)

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

  • Dual-degree applicants: For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250 words)
  • Re-applicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)

All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in Additional Information:

  • If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)

The Kellogg MBA application will be live soon, so stay tuned!

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Tuesday Tips: 2014 Chicago Booth MBA Essay Tips

Chicago Booth is consistently rated in the top echelon of MBA programs in the United States and is known for a strong intellectual community. This application is designed to evaluate candidates on their ability to …

Chicago Booth is consistently rated in the top echelon of MBA programs in the United States and is known for a strong intellectual community. This application is designed to evaluate candidates on their ability to handle the Chicago curriculum, contribute to the community, and grow in their careers. This year Chicago has eliminated most of the essays in favor of the creative and popular PowerPoint presentation question.

Academic ability will largely be communicated through your GPA/GMAT, transcripts and other fixed data points, though intellectual curiosity can be demonstrated in the essays and the interview. Chicago will be looking for demonstrated leadership, team building skills and community involvement, as well as your fit with Chicago Booth and the perspective you will share with your classmates. All MBA candidates are ultimately looking for a degree that will enhance their career. Chicago Booth wants to know about your track record of success, expectations for the MBA, and plans for the future.

Chicago Booth’s open-ended creative presentation or essay confounds many candidates. Whether you choose to write an essay or prepare a presentation, take a step back from the unique format and think about the question strategically. The PowerPoint format simply gives you the freedom to express who you are in words, images, graphics or some combination. The best presentations will be simple, evocative and expressive. Remember, content is far more important than visual drama of presentation. Stacy Blackman Consulting has significant experience coaching applicants through the Chicago creative essay. Contact us to learn more about our strategic approach.

Presentation/Essay: Chicago Booth values adventurous inquiry, diverse perspectives, and a collaborative exchange of ideas. This is us. Who are you?

This creative essay offers you a blank slate to express yourself with any content you choose. When approaching the question focus first on content, and then on delivery.

As your one opportunity to showcase why Chicago Booth is the right place for you to pursue an MBA, think about how you want to present aspects of leadership, teamwork and intellectual curiosity. Perhaps there is a formative work project you would like to highlight. If there wasn’t enough opportunity to outline your core career passions in your resume or through recommendations, this could be a place to illuminate that detail. This is also the ideal opportunity to bring in any aspect of your overall story that may feel personal.

Keep in mind what Chicago Booth represents. Booth is a school with a tradition of intellectual rigor, non-conformity, and innovation. When you introduce yourself to Chicago Booth you can share anything from any context, from work to home to extracurricular activities. Think outside basic essay parameters to aspects like travel experiences or the unique relationships in your life.

If you decide to write an essay response, you have enough space to tell a story that describes something new about yourself. If you decide to prepare a PowerPoint in response to this essay question, refine your story to its key elements. While this year Chicago Booth permits any length of essay or presentation, in prior years the limit has been four slides. To keep a presentation visual and interesting, consider how you will format. Can you use photos? Drawings? If you use words, keep them clear and focused. Take every point up a level, so you are communicating a vision rather than a thesis.

Reapplicant Question: Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words maximum)

This reapplication essay question gives you the opportunity to focus on your thinking and development rather than any tangible changes you have made since you last applied. Of course, if you do have new accomplishments like a promotion or higher GMAT score that will be of significant value to your re-application. If you do not have any new, hard changes to your profile, this essay is an opportunity to show that you have done the work to evaluate your candidacy and have made changes this time around. The word reflection is explicit in the question, and the admissions committee will be looking for your thoughtful consideration of Chicago Booth, your future and your MBA plans.

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Chicago Booth 2014-2015 Application Deadlines, Essays

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has announced the deadlines and essay questions for the Fall 2015 application. Round 1 Deadline: September 25, 2014 Decision Notification: December 18, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: January …

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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has announced the deadlines and essay questions for the Fall 2015 application.

Round 1

Deadline: September 25, 2014
Decision Notification: December 18, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: January 6, 2015
Decision Notification: March 26, 2015

Round 3

Deadline: April 7, 2015
Decision Notification: May 21, 2015

Your application must be submitted by 5 p.m. (CST/Chicago time) on the day of the deadline in order to be considered for a particular application round.

Essays

Presentation/Essay: Chicago Booth values adventurous inquiry, diverse perspectives, and a collaborative exchange of ideas.  This is us.  Who are you?

Presentation/Essay Guidelines

  • Be reflective. We’ve learned a lot about you throughout the application, but what more should we know?
  • Interpret broadly.  “Who are you?” can be interpreted in many different ways.  We encourage you to think critically and broadly about who you are, and how your values, passions and experiences have influenced you.
  • Determine your own length.  There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length.  We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.
  • Choose the format that works for you.  You can design your presentation or compose your essay in the format that you feel best captures your response. However, please consider the specific technical restrictions noted below.   
  • Think about you, not us.  Rather than focusing on what you think we want to hear, focus on what is essential for us to know about you. Simply put, be genuine.

Reapplicant Question: Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words maximum)

The 2014-15 Chicago Booth MBA application will be available in early August 2014.

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Smith School of Business Boosts Military Outreach

Active-duty and veteran students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business now have a dedicated staff member to help them make a smooth transition to the classroom and ultimately end up in …

Active-duty and veteran students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business now have a dedicated staff member to help them make a smooth transition to the classroom and ultimately end up in their desired careers, the school announced this week.

“We created this role as a concierge service for our military students,” says Alexander Triantis, dean of the Smith School. “We love to have these students in the classroom, companies want them, and we just want to make it as easy for them as possible to navigate the military benefits process and assimilate into our strong community. We want to help them while they are here and help them be successful when they leave.”

In an effort to better serve this steadily growing market, the Washington, D.C.-area school recently appointed Richard Campbell as director of military and veteran affairs.

Campbell will work with admitted MBA students who are prior or current members of the U.S. Armed Services to welcome them to Smith’s strong military community and help them transition to business school and into the workplace. He will work as their personal agent in the corporate arena to help these students land the jobs they want, liaising with companies looking specifically to recruit MBA students with military experience.

Campbell will also guide students through the military’s educational benefits process. As a disabled veteran and Smith MBA graduate himself, Campbell has firsthand experience with the complexities of benefits paperwork and will be able to help students make the best use of their available resources.

He’ll also work with the school’s admissions team to identify outreach opportunities to bring military personnel to the Smith School. With campuses in Washington, D.C., College Park, Baltimore, and Rockville, Md., the Smith School is well situated to serve military students.

Campbell’s priorities include running a school-wide club for military students to strengthen the tight-knit community and provide networking opportunities. He is already heading up a once-a-month meeting of active-duty and veteran students and alumni.

“As a military person, you are really looking for that community and support that you know so well from your service,” he says. “The community aspect is really what students are interested in, and it’s one of the top reasons I landed at Smith as a student myself. My role will ensure that community only gets stronger and that military students achieve their goals while they are here.”

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Yale SOM Introduces Sliding Scale Application Fee

In an effort to make applying to the Yale School of Management more accessible for lower-income applicants, the program announced it will implement a sliding scale for its MBA application fee. Most applicants will pay …

In an effort to make applying to the Yale School of Management more accessible for lower-income applicants, the program announced it will implement a sliding scale for its MBA application fee.

Most applicants will pay the standard fee of $225, explains Yale SOM Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico, but applicants whose total annual compensation is under $20,000 per year will pay $175, and those earning less than $10,000 will pay $125.

The fee will be based on the compensation information applicants report in their application, says the admissions director, adding that Yale SOM will verify for those who are admitted and enroll, and the offer of admission will be contingent on successful verification.

The move is in step with the SOM’s mission of globalizing business, and DelMonico says, “We see this change as a way of ensuring that the application fee doesn’t become a barrier for those working in lower-wage regions and industries, or who are still in school or very early in their careers.”

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Yale SOM 2014-2015 Essay Question

The 2014-2015 full-time MBA application to Yale School of Management is now live, and here’s a preview of the essay question for the upcoming admissions season. “The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will …

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The 2014-2015 full-time MBA application to Yale School of Management is now live, and here’s a preview of the essay question for the upcoming admissions season.

“The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent.” (500 words maximum)

 Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico explains that the change from two questions last year to a single prompt for the class entering Fall 2015 is an effort to focus on what really matters to the admissions team: finding out how applicants are making an impact in their professional and personal lives.

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