Tuesday Tips – Queen’s School of Business Essay Tips

Queen’s School of Business in Canada was ranked as the top non-US business school in the last BusinessWeek MBA rankings for full-time as well as EMBA programs. The full-time program is only 12 months long, providing a flexible option for candidates who prefer to take less time away from a career. Queen’s team based program focuses on personal development, even providing a personal coach to help students achieve their goals.

When approaching the essays for Queen’s MBA application it will be important to highlight your interest in the unique program, as well as the qualities that most MBA programs are seeking: academic achievement, leadership and teamwork skills, demonstrated progression at work.

With a limited amount of words overall, it will be important to focus strategically and make sure you are highlighting your best features in this application.

Essay 1: Please explain why you are applying to a team-based MBA, what you expect to bring to this program, and what you expect the challenges and rewards of this learning model might be. (500 words)

This essay is an opportunity to describe why you are interested in the Queen’s program, and to demonstrate how you will bring experiences from your life and work to contribute to your classmates. An example from your past team experiences, whether work or extracurricular, will provide solid evidence of your own skills.

Essay 2: Tell us something about yourself that we would not find on your resume. (500 words)

This open-ended question allows the flexibility to bring in any aspect of your application strategy that cannot be covered in the other two questions. If you are a fairly typical candidate in many ways, this is a place to describe a unique background, hobby or interest.

A specific example is a great way to focus the essay and demonstrate credibility. By asking this question Queen’s is demonstrating interest in your personal qualities, and the best way to understand your personality and motivations is through an example from your life.

Essay 3: Please describe your short-term and long-term career objectives, and how you expect our program to contribute to them. (500 words)

Ending this set of essays with a standard career goals essay, Queen’s is asking for a significant amount of information in 500 words. It will be important to focus clearly on the key moments in your career that have led to your current goals rather than describing your entire work experience. Focusing most of the essay on describing your career goals, the link between your short- and long-term goals, and why a Queen’s MBA will lead you to achieve your plans will provide the best information for this essay.

If you’re not familiar with Queen’s, researching by visiting the website, attending admissions events, reaching out to current students and even visiting blogs will be helpful to provide specifics about the program that appeal to you and fit with your career goals.

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