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Wharton School 2014-2015 MBA Essays

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has announced the MBA essays for the upcoming admissions season. This year, there will be only one required essay. Class of 2017 Essays 1. (Required) What do you hope …

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has announced the MBA essays for the upcoming admissions season. This year, there will be only one required essay.

Class of 2017 Essays

1. (Required) What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

2. (Optional) Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

Additional Question for Reapplicants:

All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete the Optional Essay. Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). You may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words).

For more information, please visit the Wharton School admissions website.

Stay tuned for our essay analysis, coming soon!

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Tuesday Tips: 2014 Stanford GSB Essay Tips

Stanford Graduate School of Business has followed the lead of the majority of top MBA programs and has reduced the essay count for this year’s application. Stanford is still focused on candid self-evaluation and authenticity, …

Stanford Graduate School of Business has followed the lead of the majority of top MBA programs and has reduced the essay count for this year’s application. Stanford is still focused on candid self-evaluation and authenticity, and has just cut out the optional shorter essays. The Stanford GSB MBA admissions website provides clear guidance and advice for what to do, and what not to do, that all applicants should read and follow.

What keeps you awake at night? When you look back at your life what will you admire and regret about your choices? These are the kind of questions to ask yourself as you approach topics for this set of essays. Your accomplishments and achievements are part of why you have developed into the person you are today, however it’s far more important to explain your influences, lessons learned and motivations. Introspection and honesty should persist through the entire set of essays.

Total word count for all three essays combined should not exceed 1,100 words, so applicants must be judicious in deciding how much or little to write for each prompt. As a general guideline, Stanford GSB suggests 750 words for essay one and 350 words for essay two. Check your deadlines before you get started to make sure you are maximizing the time on your essays.

Stanford GSB Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why?

This classic Stanford GSB MBA essay is your opportunity to demonstrate who you are, what motivates you, and why. Topics can range from personal history to grand visions of the future. While this topic should not be explicitly career related (and the strongest essays are likely not career oriented at all) it may raise themes that you will continue in your career essay.
To generate ideas, try brainstorming over a period of a few days. Ask friends and family what values they see you demonstrating in your life and choices. Keep a notebook by your bed so you can record your first thoughts upon waking up, and mine your personal history for ideas.

Though the essay question may seem open-ended, answering the question with vivid and specific examples will provide solid evidence that you have demonstrated or experienced “what matters most” throughout your life. Keep in mind as you select examples that Stanford GSB specifically advises focusing on people and experiences that have influenced you, rather than accomplishments or achievements.

Essay B: Why Stanford? Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.

This year Stanford leads with the most important part: Why Stanford? Be specific in your response. You should know everything about the program and show that it is your dream school. Have you met current students and alumni? Who are the professors you are excited about? What are the unique programs?

This essay question is a somewhat standard career goals theme, but note that Stanford refers to it as a “personal essay.” Stanford GSB wants to know what you specifically need that will be uniquely satisfied by the program at Stanford GSB, and research will help you determine what aspects of the academic program, community and students are crucial to your aspirations.
When you discuss how Stanford will help you achieve your goals consider that Stanford likes to see applicants who dream big, and have the credibility to achieve their goals. So think big about your plans. Don’t focus on what your parents or partner want you to do. Don’t think about the next job on the corporate ladder. What do you, with your own unique background and values, want for your life?

If the question seems too vast, take a few minutes to close your eyes and reflect. Envision your life in twenty years. Where do you live? How do you spend your days? What is your favorite activity? How does this vision fit into your career aspirations? Don’t be shy about your ambitions. Once you have identified your dream career, you also need to make sure an MBA is an important part of achieving your plans.

Stanford wants candidates for whom an MBA will make an impact on their ambitious trajectory, not candidates who are looking for a prestigious piece of paper. Remember that MBA programs want to help promising candidates reach their goals, not admit perfect people with no need for development.

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Will Your Social Media Profile Hurt or Help Your MBA Application?

Do you have a profile on any of the major social media platforms? Do you frequently tweet, upload pictures to Instagram or Flickr, or post updates on Facebook? If so, you might want to make …

Do you have a profile on any of the major social media platforms? Do you frequently tweet, upload pictures to Instagram or Flickr, or post updates on Facebook? If so, you might want to make sure your online presence won’t derail your MBA application efforts.

If an admissions team is leaning toward admitting you to their program, it’s possible that they could do a quick Google search on your name before making their final decision. If you’ve demonstrated bad judgment by posting pictures of yourself doing not-so-upstanding things or making offensive or otherwise politically incorrect comments, you’ve given them a reason to move your application to the ding pile.

Want to find out more about what should stay and what needs to go as you assess your social media profile? Click over to read the rest of my guest post, Social Media and Your MBA Application, published on Peterson’s Newswire.

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Tuck School of Business 2014-2015 Essay Prompts

The Tuck 360 MBA Blog of Darmouth’s Tuck School of Business recently previewed the essay questions that will appear in the upcoming Class of 2017 application, which goes live later this summer. Essay 1 Why …

The Tuck 360 MBA Blog of Darmouth’s Tuck School of Business recently previewed the essay questions that will appear in the upcoming Class of 2017 application, which goes live later this summer.

Essay 1

Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA fit for you and your goals and why are you the best fit for Tuck?

Essay 2

Tell us about your most meaningful leadership experience and what role you played. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

Essay 3 (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 4 (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.

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The Tuck admissions team encourages applicants to respond fully but concisely to these essay questions, and to limit the length of their responses to 500 words for each essay.

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Tuck School of Business Fall 2015 Application Deadlines

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has announced the MBA application deadlines for the 2014-2015 admissions season. The deadlines are: Early Action Round Deadline: October 8, 2014 Notification: December 18, 2014 November Round Deadline: …

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has announced the MBA application deadlines for the 2014-2015 admissions season. The deadlines are:

Early Action Round

Deadline: October 8, 2014
Notification: December 18, 2014

November Round

Deadline: November 5, 2014
Notification: February 13, 2015

January Round

Deadline: January 6, 2015
Notification: March 13, 2015

April Round

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Notification: May 15, 2015

1st Round Consortium

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Notification: December 18, 2014

2nd Round Consortium

Deadline: January 5, 2015
Notification: March 13, 2015

All applications are due at 5 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline. Prospective students who are applying to Tuck through the Consortium will receive two decisions; one from Tuck regarding their admission decision and a second from the Consortium regarding their membership decision. For more information, visit the Dartmouth/Tuck MBA admissions website.

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UC Berkeley Haas 2014-2015 MBA Deadlines

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business has updated the application deadlines for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle.The three deadlines are: Round 1 Deadline: October 1, 2014 Notification: January 15, 2015 Round 2 Deadline: …

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business has updated the application deadlines for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle.The three deadlines are:

Round 1

Deadline: October 1, 2014
Notification: January 15, 2015

Round 2

Deadline: January 7, 2015
Notification: March 26, 2015

Round 3

Deadline: March 11, 2015
Notification: May 14, 2015

The Haas School of Business is a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and deadlines for applying through the Consortium have not yet been announced. For more information, visit the Berkeley MBA admissions website.

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