Essay Questions for Chicago GSB

1. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Describe your personal and professional goals and the role an MBA from the University of Chicago GSB plays in your plans to reach these goals. (1500 word maximum)

2. If you could step into someone else’s shoes for a day, who would it be and why? (500 word maximum)

3. We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application. In this portion of the application, we invite you tell us about yourself using a non-traditional application format–a PowerPoint presentation. In four slides or less, please provide readers with content that captures who you are.

Given that this is a new section we have set forth the following guidelines for you to consider when creating your presentation.

– The content is completely up to you. There is no right or wrong approach to the way you construct your slides or answer this question.
– There is a strict maximum of 4 slides.
– Slides will be printed and added to your file for review, therefore, flash, hyperlinks, embedded videos, music, etc. will not be viewed by the committee. You are limited to text and static images to convey your points.
– Slides will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas.
– You are welcome to attach a word document of notes if you feel a deeper explanation of your slides is necessary.

If you do not have access to PowerPoint or a similar software application, you can contact the admissions office at for alternative methods.

(Optional) If there is any important information that is relevant for your candidacy that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here.

Letters of Recommendation
We ask that all applicants submit two letters of recommendation.

The admission committee requires one professional recommendation from a supervisor. This does not have to be a current supervisor although that is preferred. It is best to try and get an immediate manager/supervisor to write the letter of recommendation. We are seeking objectivity in the letter and we want to hear from someone who can assess both your strengths and your weaknesses. If you work for a family business or you own your own company, please try to secure a letter from a client or a bank that does business with you.

The second letter of recommendation can also be professional in nature but you can also seek a letter of recommendation from an organization, club or volunteer project that you are associated with. These letters can give us a different perspective of your skill sets outside of your professional environment. There is no preference on who supplies your second letter of recommendation; our only guideline is that it should add new and valuable insights to your application.

View the questions on Chicago’s website.

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