Michigan Ross MBA Essays for 2022-2023

Michigan Ross MBA deadlines

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has confirmed the Ross MBA essays and deadlines for the 2022-2023 application cycle. The admissions team has decided to refresh the prompts for the MBA Class of 2025. Take a look.

Michigan Ross MBA Essays

Part 1: Short-Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 200 words total). Every word counts here — the tight word count is intentional to force you to focus.

Group 1
I want people to know that I:
I made a difference when I:
I was aware that I was different when:

Group 2
I am out of my comfort zone when:
I was humbled when:
I was challenged when:

Part 2: Short-Answer Question

Pick one thing from your resume and tell us more. (100 words)

Ross MBA essays

Part 3: Career Goal

What is your short-term goal? (25 words)

Why is this the right short-term career goal for you? (150 words)

Optional Statement: 

Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? You might want to discuss the completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc.  Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.

What You Need to Know, Straight from Ross Admissions

As Director Soojin Kwon shared on her blog last year when these updated essays came out, authenticity should guide your responses.  “The most interesting and insightful responses to these prompts remain when applicants share personal examples that allow us to learn more about who you are as a person, and what unique experiences and insights you would bring to the MBA class,” Kwon explained at the time.

Additionally, the admissions director described the thinking behind reducing the word count for the career goal essay by a third. “We found that the best responses to this essay were clear and succinct. The ones that were less successful tended to be less focused or focused too much on the ‘what’ and not enough on the ‘why’,” she revealed.

The admissions committee cares exponentially more about the why behind your actions. Because, as Kwon acknowledged, “The  ‘why’ is the most impactful and differentiating aspect of each essay to me.”

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For more information on applying, please visit the Michigan Ross admissions site.  If you need guidance on your Ross MBA essays or wish to discuss your MBA plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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