The IESE MBA program attracts students from over 64 different countries, giving applicants a truly global perspective. The case method and other experience-based learning approaches are used to teach a core general management curriculum. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish. To learn more about international MBA program options, read our consultant advice: Why US Applicants Should Consider MBA Programs Abroad.
IESE is looking for MBA applicants with academic ability, personal drive and confidence. Also, your IESE MBA application should include leadership, work experience, and an international outlook. In addition, make sure you show you have good communication skills, a team player mentality and strong values. As you draft your IESE MBA essays, make sure to weave in these MBA attributes for your application.
Application Essay #1
What do you want to be remembered for? (word limit 300 max)
When we researched successful MBA candidates, we noticed that strong stories get attention. You don’t have to be perfect, but you should be genuine and personal. For this IESE MBA essay, make sure the reader understands your true character. This essay is looking for depth and passion. Ask yourself, what will your legacy be?
When you consider what you will be remembered for, think about career, personal and volunteering. Perhaps you care about building a business and want to start your own legacy company. On the other hand, you might want to run an existing organization. Another legacy might be a strong family. In addition, you could use your resources to help your relatives with an education. If you care about impact in the community, your legacy might be raising money or volunteering for a cause.
To track this essay to the IESE MBA criteria, you could use this space to demonstrate that you have personal drive, international outlook, and strong values.
Application Essay #2
Describe your short and medium term post-MBA goals? (word limit 300 max)
Essay two focuses specifically on your career goals and why IESE. The admissions committee can see your resume within the application, so this essay should give the background of who you are and why you have made your choices. Think about one or two pivotal career moments you may want to explore.
Ideally, your experiences have led to a career goal that you can describe clearly. Be specific. If you want to go into venture capital after graduation, talk about the industry you would like to focus on. Maybe describe the products you like within that industry or any other details.
Then, you will want explain why an MBA is your next step. What will you learn in the IESE MBA program to complement your work experiences? Will your classmates and the environment benefit your experience? Specific classes and professors are always useful details to add.
I wish the admissions committee had asked me… (word limit 300 max)
This optional essay is entirely open-ended and gives you an opportunity to explain any of the attributes you have not yet shown. Think about the stories you could tell about your background and questions that would be appropriate.
For example, you could say: “I wish the admissions committee had asked me about my most meaningful accomplishment” and describe a time when you achieved a goal. Or, for a more personal response, consider a question that asks you to introduce yourself to your classmates or describe a significant relationship in your life.
When you answer your own question make sure to include specific details to strengthen your story. Examples are always welcome. Describing lessons learned is also helpful background.