Tuesday Tips: Emory MBA Essays and Tips 2019-2020

Emory MBAEmory MBA deadlines, essay questions and tips are ready for this year’s application. The Emory MBA program at Goizueta Business School in Atlanta offers a variety of programs. Programs include a one-year MBA, a business analytics program and the traditional two-year MBA. Emory also provides joint degree programs.

The Emory MBA program is designed to give students practical experience. This allows Emory MBA students to be “day one ready” for their careers. Admitted students start working with a career coach before school. Also, Emory has high rankings with recruiters.

For more advice and help meeting your Emory MBA deadlines, contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for your free evaluation. The Emory MBA website can give you more detail on the Emory MBA application requirements.

Essay One: Post-MBA Career Goals

Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience, and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300 word limit)

This Emory MBA career goals essay focuses on your short-term career goals. Also, the essay asks about your strengths, past experiences and personal attributes. Instead of reciting your resume, think about the key moments in your career.

In addition, what has formed your experience, accomplishments and shaped your goals? First identify a few defining career moments. Then you can describe your strengths and experiences that prepared you.

This essay is most effective if you are able to show how your career so far fits with your goals. Show the connection from past experiences to your Emory MBA to your goals.

For example, you have been working in management consulting and want to move to internal strategy. First, talk about how your management consulting experience gives you comfort with presenting to executives.

Second, show how your classes and clubs at Emory will help you gain the relevant industry experience and academic knowledge. Finally, describe how all of this experience together will give you the skills to contribute to your new company.

Essay Two: Leadership in Business

The business school is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth.

Roberto Goizueta’s core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership in a professional setting and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300 word limit)

This Emory MBA application essay is a behavioral question. Whenever you are asked to provide an example, the question is about how you think, act and behave. The best predictor of your future behavior is your past. Therefore, this question asks you to show how the past has shaped your development as a leader.

Use a specific story as your example and make sure you provide detail. A classic framing is the STAR framework. That means you start with the situation, task in front of your, actions you took and the result. Think about the lessons you learned and the way you were able to grow. A recent example of a time that you used these skills is most convincing.

Because Emory is asking specifically about the school’s namesake, this is a great place to include school research. Especially focus on the school’s leadership and values. To learn more about the Emory MBA program, take advantage of school visits and admissions information sessions. If you can’t make the formal programs, consider informal networking with current and former students.

Emory MBA

Video Essay

Please select ONE of the following topics to share with us using the video essay feature. Your comments should last no more than 60 seconds and you have the option to re-record until you are satisfied, before submitting.

Of Goizueta Business School’s core values (Courage, Integrity, Accountability, Rigor, Diversity, Team, Community), which one resonates the most with you and why?

• What is the best advice you have received and how have you used it in your life or career?

• Outside of family and work, what is something that you are passionate about and why?

Video essays can be intimidating. The best way to tackle this one is to choose a topic, and then practice. This essay is open-ended and provides an opportunity to express yourself. If you are not sure what topic to pick, starting with the topic you want to cover. Then, review the questions to find the best fit.

Think about what examples, stories and ideas you have communicated in the prior questions and fill in the gaps with this response. You have covered your career progress thus far and your goals, and you have described your leadership style.

Your resume and recommendations will provide more insight along both angles. This essay is an opportunity to add something additional to your application. One of the best uses of this essay may be personal. Your personality will ideally come through the video, so choose a topic you are passionate about.

Your passions can be from your personal life, community involvement or career. For example, if you have entrepreneurial plans you might be passionate about building a business. Goizueta’s core values could resonate with your work in the community, or work. The best day of your life might be when you ran a marathon, earned a promotion, or got married. The question about the best piece of advice you have received is similarly open.

Read more in our blog post on prepping for video essays and long distance interviews. Finally, don’t leave this video essay for the last minute, you want to have plenty of time to make your Emory MBA deadlines.

Additional Information

Should you feel there is an important part of your story missing from your application (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic probation issues), please use this section to provide a brief explanation. We ask that you limit your response to 100 words; responses in bullet point format are preferred.

This essay is designed for anything about your Emory MBA application you need to explain. An example might be if you have gaps in your resume. Other issues include a low GPA or GMAT, few promotions, or a recommender that is not a current supervisor.

If you do have unexplained gaps in your resume, how do you handle it? The best explanation is that you were doing something productive. However, that “something productive” could be anything from traveling the world to taking care of a family member.

How you explain your time off is most important. Make sure you can tie your gap in employment to your goals. For instance, taking care of a family member and led to introspection and refining your goals.

On the other hand, you may not have done anything unique because your your job hunt took up your time. Even so, hopefully you volunteered and pursued other hobbies. Maybe you found informational interviews to learn about your career goals during the gap in employment. Think about how you can frame your activities to show that you are motivated and responsible.

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