Cornell’s Johnson School 2013-2014 MBA Essay Questions

Cornell Johnson MBA essays The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University has announced the revamped MBA essay questions for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle. According to Christina Sneva in admissions, the change in direction for these essay prompts comes straight from Johnson's interview questions.

"This doesn’t mean we skip over these sections," she explains, "but it will enhance the conversation and allow interviewers to dig further about your expectations and fit with our programs."


Essay #1 “Who you are”

We continue to ask the “chapter headings” essay because we really enjoy reading it and get great information about you that we cannot get anywhere else in the process, even the interview.

  • You are the author for the book of Your Life Story.  In 300 words or less please write the table of contents for the book.  Note: approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity.


Essay #2 “Who you turn out to be” 

Instructions:  Please answer the following three questions in abbreviated format. (Keep each answer in 150 words or less)

  • When did you decide that business school was the next step for you? (Was this an epiphany or an evolutionary process?  What was the catalyst that caused you to consider this next step?)
  • Johnson values people that make things happen for themselves.  Give an example of how you have initiated this for yourself.
  •  Please describe your immediate post MBA career goals. 


The new application is set to go live August 1, 2013. – See more at:

Johnson deadlines have already been announced, and the new application is set to go live August 1, 2013.



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