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Tuesday Tips: 2015 Michigan Ross MBA Essay Tips

Michigan Ross is a program that emphasizes learning both inside and outside the classroom, and is seeking candidates that are intellectually curious and able to accomplish their goals. Ross is also a close-knit community and …

Michigan Ross is a program that emphasizes learning both inside and outside the classroom, and is seeking candidates that are intellectually curious and able to accomplish their goals. Ross is also a close-knit community and fit with the program is important to demonstrate in the application process. Visiting Ross or learning about the program through current students, alumni or faculty would be helpful before starting this set of essays.

The Ross admissions blog states that concise, clear and simple language is prized in the essay portion of the application. Make sure you are using the limited space to explain specifics about you and your experiences and goals rather than generic statements.

Essay One: What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)

Last year Ross separated the professional and personal in this question, asking candidates to explain what they were most proud of in both realms. This year you have the flexibility to pull from any area of your life to discuss what you are most proud of and why.

If you choose a professional topic remember that intellectual ability, professional achievements and teamwork are all among the qualities the Ross admissions committee is looking for in applicants. As you consider topics for this essay focus on the ones that will demonstrate you are a strong leader and that you can learn from experience.

The personal attributes the admissions committee are looking for in applicants include community engagement and interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills.

When you consider topics for this essay you may want to write about an important extracurricular accomplishment, a challenge you overcame, or an event in your life that highlights something unique about your background. For example, if you have a track record of club leadership through college and afterwards that can be compelling evidence of your community engagement and leadership skills. On the other end of the spectrum perhaps you have spent time outside your home country for school or work and that has shaped your teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills.

In some cases you may be most proud of an accomplishment because of what you learned and how it shaped your career. In other cases the follow up questions are two separate components of the essay. Either way the why behind your pride in accomplishment will reveal what you value most – whether prestige, credit, or the motivation to achieve your goals. Make sure that your values are aligned with how you want to be perceived by the admissions committee.

Whatever you are most proud of, make sure you are addressing why it is important to you. What you learned and how you have used what you learned since in your life can offer invaluable insight as well.

Essay Two: What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 words)

Michigan Ross is interested to hear what you plan to do after your MBA and what is motivating that decision. The Ross admissions blog is clear that the question is meant to understand your motivation and interests, and that no specific “correct” career is expected. Both traditional and non-traditional MBA goals are welcomed as long as you are sincere about the path you plan to take.

Answering “why” you chose your career path is crucial. As you describe your career path make sure you explain what has led you to pursue it, and why it resonates with you. The answer doesn’t need to be elaborate or dramatic, but it should be convincing and real. The question doesn’t ask “Why MBA?” or “Why Ross?” but you may want to address both questions. Particularly if Ross has unique resources that will help you achieve your goal, it may help your case to explain why Ross.

Stacy Blackman Consulting has worked with successful candidates to Michigan Ross for over a decade and can offer comprehensive strategic advice every step of the way. Contact us to learn more.

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CMU Tepper 2014-2015 Deadlines, Essays

Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business has posted the following deadlines and essay questions for the upcoming MBA admissions season. Round 1 Deadline: October 5, 2014 Decision: December 15, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: January 4, …

Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business has posted the following deadlines and essay questions for the upcoming MBA admissions season.

Round 1
Deadline: October 5, 2014
Decision: December 15, 2014

Round 2
Deadline: January 4, 2015
Decision: March 25, 2015

Round 3
Deadline: March 15, 2015
Decision: May 15, 2015

Note to Full-Time Applicants: Following Round 3, Tepper will continue to accept applications on a rolling base. International students are encouraged to apply no later than Round 2 to ensure adequate time for the student visa process.

Essay Questions

Essay 1    (Maximum 300 words):
Describe a defining moment in your life, and explain how it shaped you as a person.

Essay 2    (Maximum 300 words):
Based on your research and interactions with the Tepper community, please share why you are a good fit with the Tepper MBA program.

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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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UNC Kenan-Flagler 2014-2015 Deadlines

The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has posted the MBA application deadlines for the upcoming admissions season. Early Action Round Deadline: October 17, 2014 Notification: December 15, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: December 12, …

The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has posted the MBA application deadlines for the upcoming admissions season.

Early Action Round

Deadline: October 17, 2014
Notification: December 15, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: December 12, 2014
Notification: February 2, 2015

Round 3

Deadline: January 16, 2015
Notification: March 16, 2015

Round 4

Deadline: March 13, 2015
Notification: April 27, 2015

Because of heavy demand and Kenan-Flagler’s small class size, early application is strongly recommended. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline. For more information, please visit Kenan-Flagler’s admissions website.

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INSEAD Deadlines for January 2015 Intake

The INSEAD MBA program has posted the deadlines  for the January 2015 intake. Round 1 Deadline: March 21, 2014 Interview Notification: April 25, 2014 Final Decision Notification: June 6, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: May 28, …

The INSEAD MBA program has posted the deadlines  for the January 2015 intake.

INSEAD deadlines

Round 1

Deadline: March 21, 2014
Interview Notification: April 25, 2014
Final Decision Notification: June 6, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: May 28, 2014
Interview Notification: June 27, 2014
Final Decision Notification: August 8, 2014

Round 3

Deadline: July 25, 2014
Interview Notification: September 5, 2014
Final Decision Notification: October 10, 2014

INSEAD strongly encourages applicants to apply a couple of days prior to the application deadline if possible to avoid the peak period. Competition for each round is relatively equal regardless of the intake or round you apply for.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM Central European Time on the day of the deadline. Visit INSEAD’s admissions website for more information.

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SBC Scoop: Rushing for Round 2

There are only a few weeks to go until many top MBA program’s Round 2 deadline, so we’re reposting this client case study for those who are struggling with the agonizing  question: Is it worth …

There are only a few weeks to go until many top MBA program’s Round 2 deadline, so we’re reposting this client case study for those who are struggling with the agonizing  question: Is it worth putting together a last-minute application?

Vipul came to us with this very dilemma. He had originally planned to apply earlier, but he had to re-take the GMAT after a disappointing 660 on his first attempt. He improved his score significantly, and with a 700 GMAT score, 3.6 GPA and career progression on his resume, he felt ready to try for admission to UT McCombs School of Business, CMU Tepper School of Business and Michigan Ross School of Business.

In our first conversation with Vipul we gave him the honest feedback that three weeks to complete three entire MBA applications would be unlikely to result in the best outcome. Typically, we work with clients for several months honing essays and ensuring recommenders are engaged in the process.

Vipul was confident that the timing was right for him, and he had already done the necessary soul searching on his future career goals, school selection, and recommenders. Most importantly, Vipul was willing to re-apply the next year if necessary because he enjoyed his job and knew he could continue his career there.

We decided that the hourly service would be the best option to assist Vipul. With limited time to devote to his essays and recommendations, Vipul first contacted all of his recommenders and asked them if they were able to submit by his deadline.

After a quick brainstorming session to determine his essay topics, Vipul got to work on his essay drafts. We focused on the key content Vipul needed to make his case for submission and he was able to quickly turnaround his drafts of the essays. Three iterations of his essays later we felt good about his final product and he was ready to submit after only three weeks of work.

Vipul’s dedication paid off and he was admitted to McCombs.

Rushing to make a deadline isn’t always the right course of action, though. For example, our client Michael made the decision to postpone to the next round in order to strengthen his application. If you’re wondering which course of action is right for you, sign up for a free consultation today.

*Please note that no client details are ever shared in SBC Scoop or otherwise without complete sign off from client.

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