Texas Austin McCombs Essay Questions 2014-2015 INTAKE

UT McCombs Full Time MBA 2014-2015 Application Essays

Essay 1. Imagine that you are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2017. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, and include any personal and/or professional aspects that you believe to be significant. Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.

Write an essay (250 words)
Share a video introduction (one minute)
Share your about.me profile

Essay 2. In the Texas MBA program, we promote a diverse and collaborative community by providing opportunities for growth in an academically rigorous environment. Please discuss why McCombs is the right program for you, what you hope to gain from your time in the Texas MBA Program both personally and professionally, and how you will contribute to your classmates’ experiences. (500 words)

Optional Essay Please provide any additional information that you believe is important and/or will address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (250 words) For example, if your standardized test scores are not exactly what you would like them to be or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (i.e. calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting, or finance), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. If relevant to your circumstances, please also discuss any other factors that you think may impact your candidacy (i.e., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or any significant weaknesses in your application or extenuating personal circumstances).

Emory Goizueta Essay and Recommendation Questions – 2014-2015 Intake

Essay Questions:

1)Complete each of the following questions. Please limit your response to 150 words each.
Why have you decided to pursue an MBA at this time?
What are your short term post MBA goals?
What are your long term professional aspirations?

 

2)Share one of your most significant professional accomplishments. Describe your precise role in this activity and how it has helped to shape your management skills. Please limit your response to 500 words.

 

3)Mr. Goizueta was an inspirational leader. Describe your leadership style and give an example of how you will use that style to make an impact on Goizueta Business School as a student or alumnus. Please limit your response to 300 words.

 

4)Complete one of the following statements. Please limit your response to 300 words.
I am unique because…
My most memorable cross-cultural experience…
I am passionate about…
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is…

Optional Essay:

If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues or areas of weakness in application). Please limit your response to 250 words.

 

Re-Applicant Essays:

1)Complete each of the following questions. Please limit your response to 150 words each.
Why have you decided to pursue an MBA at this time?
What are your short-term post-MBA goals?
What are your long-term professional aspirations?

 

2)Explain how you have improved your candidacy for Goizueta Business School’s MBA Program since your last application. Please limit your response to 250 words.

You may also submit the optional essay if you wish.

Recommendation Questions:

1)How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
2)What characteristics or attributes best describe the applicant?
3)In what area is the applicant most exceptional?

4)In what area does the applicant need the most improvement?
5)How well do you feel the applicant handles disappointment or differences of opinion?
6)Please indicate to which group you are comparing this candidate (i.e., co-workers, MBA graduates, etc):

Columbia Essay and Recommendation Questions – 2014-2015 Intake

Essay Questions

Columbia Full Time MBA 2014-2015 Application Essays

Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.

Short Answer Question

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (75 characters maximum)

Examples of possible responses:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy.”
“Work for an investment firm that focuses on real estate.”

Essay Questions

Essay 1. Given your individual background and goals, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Essay 2. Please view the video below:

The Center

How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 3. What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)

Optional Essay: An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.

Knight-Bagehot Fellows: Rather than answer Essay 1, current Knight-Bagehot Fellows applying to Columbia Business School should use the space allocated to the first essay (500 words) to complete the Wiegers Fellowship application essay.

Wiegers Fellowship Essay Question: What are your career goals? How has the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship affected these goals? How will an MBA help you achieve these goals? (500 words maximum)

Recommendation Questions:

We ask recommenders to consider the following guidelines when writing their recommendations:

  1. How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  2. Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

 

Please limit your recommendation to 1000 words.

Recommenders will submit their letters in a Word or PDF document.  This gives them a little leeway on length, although we don’t recommend going over 1,250 words, and 1,100 or less is preferable.  As with your other recommendations, the key here is to find recommenders who can write strong specific examples and organize them into coherent messages about your candidacy.

 

Chicago Booth Essay and Recommendation Questions – 2014-2015 Intake

Essay Questions:

Presentation/Essay: Chicago Booth values adventurous inquiry, diverse perspectives, and a collaborative exchange of ideas. This is us. Who are you?

Presentation/Essay Guidelines:  Be reflective. We’ve learned a lot about you throughout the application, but what more should we know? Interpret broadly. “Who are you?” can be interpreted in many different ways. We encourage you to think critically and broadly about who you are, and how your values, passions and experiences have influenced you. Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space. Choose the format that works for you. You can design your presentation or compose your essay in the format that you feel best captures your response. However, please consider the specific technical restrictions noted below. Think about you, not us. Rather than focusing on what you think we want to hear, focus on what is essential for us to know about you. Simply put, be genuine.

Technical Guidelines: File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB. Accepted Upload Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF, Word and Powerpoint. Multimedia Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over. Preserve Your Formatting: We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting to ensure that everything you see matches what we see.

Reapplicant Essay: Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words maximum)

Recommendation Questions:

  • How does the applicant’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

CMU Tepper Essay and Recommendation Questions – 2014-2015 Intake

Essay Questions:

Essay 1 (Maximum 300 words):Describe a defining moment in your life, and explain how it shaped you as a person.

Essay 2 (Maximum 300 words): Based on your research and interactions with the Tepper community, please share why you are a good fit with the Tepper MBA program.V
Recommendation Questions:

There are two questions to which your recommender will be asked to respond based on his/her experience working with you:

  1. If you were to coach this candidate with respect to how s/he works within a team, what would you advise that s/he does well? What would you advise the candidate to do differently? Provide specific examples that support your advice.
  2. If you were to coach this candidate on his/her professional development, in what areas would you suggest s/he focus? What are the areas of strength on which s/he can build? Provide specific examples that support your advice.

 

Cambridge Judge Essay and Recommendation Questions – 2014-2015 Intake

Essay questions:

Essay 1. What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)

Essay 2. What are your short and long term career objectives? What skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you to achieve them? What do you hope to gain from the degree and how do you feel it will help you achieve the career objectives you have? (please do not exceed 500 words)

Additional Information

Please provide information on any aspect of your candidacy that requires further explanation, or information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know (300 word limit)

 

Recommendation Questions

Peer Letter of Reference

1. Elaborate and / or provide us with concrete examples if you have rated the applicant as below average, outstanding or exceptional on any of the qualities in the table above.

2. Describe what you like most and least bout working with the applicant.

3. Tell us about any particular weakness the candidate has compared to other peers /team members that you regularly work with.

4. Describe the applicant’s attitude and behavior when working with: (a) managers/supervisors (b) peers (c) subordinates.

5. Suggest what you think the applicant will be doing in ten years.

Pro Letter of Reference

1. Elaborate and / or provide us with concrete examples if you have rated the applicant as below average, outstanding or exceptional on any of the qualities in the table above.

2. Tell us about any particular weakness the candidate has compared to her or his peers group.

3. Describe the applicant’s attitude and behavior when working with: (a) managers/supervisors (b) peers (c) subordinates.

4. Tell us whether the applicant has real leadership potential; what do you think will be her or his biggest challenge in leading a large group of people?

 

 

Boston University Essay and Recommendation Questions – 2014-2015 Intake

Essay Questions:

Applicants are required to answer the following two questions. Please be sure to clearly label each essay with the question at the top. Essays must be formatted in 10-point font or larger using double-spacing.

1. Describe your decision to pursue an MBA degree, highlighting the following:

a. Why an MBA? What professional experiences have inspired your career plans and prompted you to explore the MBA? (up to 250 words)

b. Why BU? How have you determined that Boston University School of Management is the right fit for your studies?

c. What are your career goals? If you are applying to any of our full-time MBA programs, what are your immediate post-graduation career plans? If you are applying to the Professional Evening MBA program, where do you see yourself professionally in five years? (up to 250 words – please address the question specific to your program of choice)

2. Choose three of the following six short answer sentences: (up to 100 words for each answer)

a. I have created value for the world by…

b. An interesting fact about me is…

c. I am most passionate about…

d. My favorite travel destination is…

e. My greatest life experience was when…

f. The failure I have learned the most from is…

 

OPTIONAL ESSAY

If you have additional information to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee, you may address it in an optional essay of no more than 250 words. Acceptable topics for the optional essay include gaps in post-college work experience, choice of recommenders, and concerns about academic/test performance. If you plan to retake any admissions tests (GMAT or GRE; TOEFL, IELTS or PTE), please provide the date of your scheduled test here.

 

Recommendation Questions:

Please answer these questions in your letter of recommendation.

1. Please describe how long and under what circumstances you have known the applicant.

2. Compared to others in a similar capacity, please assess the applicant’s talents and strengths and his or her weaknesses, and the ways he or she can improve. Please include specific examples.

3. Please comment on the applicant’s achievements, motivation, and potential for success in an MBA program and for long-term success in a managerial career.

4. If English is not his or her native language, please assess the applicant’s oral and written proficiency in English

ºPlease evaluate the applicant using the following chart, keeping in mind how he or she compares to others in a similar capacity.

1. Analytical Skills
2. Quantitative Ability
3. Written Communication Skills
4. Verbal Communication Skills
5. Initiative
6. Adaptability/Flexibility
7. Creativity
8. Sense of Humor
9. Strategic Management
10. Respect from Colleagues
11. Integrity
12. Maturity
13. Self-Confidence
14. Problem-Solving Ability
15. Potential for Career Advancement
16. Organizational Skills
17. Leadership Potential

Summary Evaluation

  •  I strongly recommend this applicant for admission.
  •  I recommend this applicant for admission.
  •  I recommend this applicant with reservation.
  •  I do not recommend this applicant for admission.

 

Berkeley Haas Essay and Recommendation Questions – 2014-2015 Intake

Essay Questions:

For Fall 2015

Required Essays

At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles — Question the Status Quo; Confidence Without Attitude; Students Always; and Beyond yourself. We seek candidates from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and industries who demonstrate a strong cultural fit with our program and defining principles. Please use the following essays as an opportunity to reflect on and share with us the values, experiences, and accomplishments that have helped shape who you are.

  1. Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world. How did this transform you? (400-500 word maximum)
  2. What is your most significant professional accomplishment? (200-300 word maximum)
  3. What is your desired post-MBA role and at what company or organization? In your response, please specifically address sub-questions a., b., and c.
    a. How is your background compelling to this company?
    b. What is something you would do better for this company than any other employee?
    c. Why is an MBA necessary and how will Haas specifically help you succeed at this company?
    (500-600 word maximum for 3a, 3b, and 3c combined)

Optional Essays

  1. (Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven’t addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)
  2. (Optional) If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript. (250 word maximum)

Supplemental Information (for the applicant)

  1. If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.
  2. List in order of importance all community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Include the following information for each organization or activity using the format below:
    1. Name of organization or activity
    2. Nature of organization or activity
    3. Size of organization
    4. Dates of involvement
    5. Offices held
    6. Average number of hours spent per month
  3. List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies, indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
  4. Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your university degree.
  5. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)

 

Recommendation Questions

1. Describe your relationship to the applicant. Are you, or have you been, the applicant’s direct supervisor? If not, what is the

nature of your relationship? How long have you known the applicant and how frequent is/was your interaction with him/her?

2. How does the applicant’s performance compare with that of his or her peers?

3. What are the applicant’s two greatest strengths? What are the applicant’s two greatest areas (in need) of improvement? Please cite specific examples.

4. How does the applicant overcome negative outcomes? Please cite specific examples.

5. In the Berkeley MBA program, we develop leaders who embody our distinctive culture’s four key principles

[www.haas.berkeley.edu/strategicplan/culture] one of which is “confidence without attitude” or “confidence with humility”.

Please comment on how the applicant reflects this Berkeley-Haas value.

Please give us your appraisal of the applicant in terms of the traits listed below. Compare the applicant with others whom you know have applied to business school or with individuals who are being groomed for leadership positions within your organization.

It should be extremely rare for any candidate to receive “truly exceptional” in all areas, and unusual for a candidate to receive either “superior” or “truly exceptional” in all areas.

 

  • Self-confidence
  • Communication skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Maturity
  • Respect for different viewpoints
  • Empathy
  • Ability to influence without authority
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Analytical Ability
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Ability to question the status quo
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • Personal integrity / ethics

 

Simon Rochester Essay & Recommendation Questions 2014-2015 INTAKE

Simon Rochester MBA Essays 2014-2015

The Admissions Committee considers the response to the one required essay question and the requested information about the applicant’s employment history to be extremely important in the selection process. Please provide a well constructed essay that answers all questions in the 500 words allotted for the essay.

Simon Rochester Essay 1. Describe your short-term and long-term goals for post-MBA. Given the fluctuation of economic and industry hiring trends, please identify a back-up plan should your short-term goal not be immediately attainable. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? What aspects of the Simon School program make it a good choice for your graduate study?  (250-500 word limit)

Simon Rochester Essay 2. In 25 words or less, provide us with a fun and interesting fact about yourself. (25 word limit)

Simon Rochester Optional Essay. Share any information that you think is important in the evaluation of your application, including any concerns you think the Admissions Committee may have regarding your application. (500 word limit)

Simon Rochester Resume: Provide a current resume, including employment history, post-secondary educational history, nonacademic interests and activities, awards received, and examples of leadership roles. For MBA or MS applicants who lack full-time employment, please include internships and/or part-time experience. (limit 2 pages)

Tuck Essay & Recommendation Questions 2014-2015 INTAKE

Tuck Dartmouth MBA 2013-2014 Application Essays

We see the essays as your opportunity to share with us who you are beyond the numbers and the resume, so reflect, take your time, and tell us your story.

Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. There are no right or wrong answers. We encourage applicants to limit the length of their responses to 500 words for each essay. Please double-space your responses.

Essay 1. Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA fit for you and your goals and why are you the best fit for Tuck?

Essay 2. Tell us about your most meaningful collaborative leadership experience and what role you played. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

Essay 3. Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?

Essay 4. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

Essay 5. (To be completed by all reapplicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.

Tuck Dartmouth MBA 2014 – 2015 Application Confidential Statement of Qualifications (CSQ)

“Application to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth requires that each applicant provide the admissions committee with two Confidential Statements of Qualifications (CSQs) completed by individuals who can speak with certainty about the applicant’s candidacy for admission. I greatly appreciate your candor as one of the two individuals asked to provide this feedback. Your response will be a significant part of the overall evaluation process for admission to Tuck. The admissions committee is specifically looking for your insight into the applicant’s leadership, teamwork, communication skills, intellectual abilities, interpersonal skills, maturity, strengths, and weaknesses. We have found that the most helpful recommendations provide specific examples or anecdotes to highlight the qualities described. Please be as detailed in your evaluations as possible. If after reviewing the form you feel that you do not know the candidate well enough to adequately comment on these parameters, I ask that you discuss your concerns with the applicant.”

 

Recommendation Questions

1. How long have you known the applicant and in what context? Have you served as the applicant’s supervisor? If so, please provide approximate dates. Please comment upon the frequency and nature of your interactions with the applicant.

2. What are the applicant’s three principal strengths? Please provide an example of each

3. In which three areas can the applicant improve? Please provide an example of each. How has the applicant worked to address these areas?

4. How does the applicant respond to constructive criticism?

5. Please give examples in the space below to support any Top 5% or Bottom 20% ratings.

6. If you would like to provide any additional insights into this individual’s candidacy, please feel free to attach additional pages.