Tuesday Tips: Emory MBA Essays and Tips 2020-2021

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The Emory MBA program at Goizueta Business School in Atlanta offers a variety of programs for maximum flexibility. Programs include a one-year MBA, a business analytics program, and a traditional two-year MBA. Emory also provides joint degree programs.

Designed to give students practical experience, the Emory MBA prepares students to be “day one ready” for their careers. Consequently, admitted students start working with a career coach before school. Also, Emory has high rankings with recruiters.

For more advice and help with your Emory MBA essays, 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.

Also, think over what has formed your experience, accomplishments, and shaped your goals? To get started, 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 can 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, say 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 specific classes and clubs at Emory will help you gain 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

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

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

Use a specific leadership story and make sure you provide detail. A great strategy is to use the STAR framework. First, start with the situation. Then, explain the task in front of you. Finally, describe the actions you took and the result. Also, think about the lessons you learned. A recent example of a time that you used these skills is most convincing.

In this question, Emory asks specifically about the school’s namesake. Keep a laser focus on the school’s leadership and values. Include insights gleaned from thorough school research to customize your essay. To learn more about the Emory MBA program, take advantage of virtual admissions information sessions. Also, consider informal networking with current or former students.

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Video Essay

Within the application, you will be provided with a question to answer. You will have 30 seconds to gather your thoughts and prepare your answer. You will then have up to 60 seconds to respond to the question. You will be permitted three attempts to record your video essay. However, each opportunity could present a different question.

Goizueta’s admissions team gave us the following insight into this new video essay: “Candidates will be provided a spontaneous question or prompt to reply to for the video essay. This will be randomly generated from a bank of questions we have developed to help us get to know candidates on a more personal level. We continue to use the video essay because it allows us to provide multiple types of platforms for candidates to express themselves, and it allows the admission committee to see a bit more of their personality. With our small-by-design classes, fit becomes very important, and the video essay helps us with that.”

Last year, the video essay was a choice of several options. And, those questions focused on Goizueta core values, personal stories, and your passions. Therefore, as you prepare for this video essay, make sure you are familiar with Goizueta’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Accountability, Rigor, Diversity, Team, Community.

Your resume and recommendations are about your career and accomplishments. In contrast, this video essay is more personal. Ideally, your personality will shine through the video. As the admissions team said, this essay is about fit.

To prepare for this video essay, make sure to practice, practice, practice. Take some time to think about what you want the admissions committee to know about you. Do you have any personal stories to tell here? Then, record yourself talking about these themes or telling your story. Practice several times until it feels natural.

For additional advice, read our blog post on prepping for video essays and long-distance interviews.

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 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 in some way. For instance, taking care of a family member could have led to introspection about your personal and professional goals.

On the other hand, you may not have done anything particularly memorable because a job hunt took up your time. Maybe you took advantage of informational interviews to learn about your career goals during the gap in employment. Or, tap into your ongoing volunteer efforts or hobbies. Think about how you can frame those activities to show that you are motivated and responsible.

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