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Berkeley Haas School of Business Essay Tips and Examples

For its first required application essay, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, wants candidates to dig deep on a personal level and discuss something about which they are passionate, and for its second, applicants are asked to explain where they hope to go professionally after earning their degree and how … Read More  

Columbia Business School Essay Tips and Examples

Columbia Business School (CBS) requires all its applicants to submit a short-answer goal statement of just 50 characters, and its January applicants must respond to an additional 50-character short-answer question, explaining why they have selected the alternative program start date. In addition, candidates must write three somewhat concise essays. Like the goal statement, CBS’s first … Read More  

Explaining Your Contribution and Using School-Specific Info in MBA Application Essays

Many business schools use their essay questions as an opportunity to ask about the unique contributions you will make to their particular program. Unfortunately, candidates often make the mistake of thinking that a bland summary statement like “I will bring my leadership skills to XYZ School” will sufficiently express their intended contribution. One reason we prefer to … Read More  

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Multidimensional Brainstorming for Your MBA Application Essays

We at mbaMission often tell candidates, “You cannot turn a bad idea into a good essay.” We insist on taking our clients through a lengthy brainstorming process—starting with a thorough questionnaire—to discover the stories that make them distinct. As you uncover your stories, consider each one from as many different angles as possible. Doing so … Read More  

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Five Reasons to Write an MBA Optional Essay

As you are working on your MBA applications, you will inevitably come across an opportunity to write an optional essay. Virtually every application has one. But do you need to write an optional essay? What exactly is it for? And who should use it? Most business schools offer the optional essay as a space where … Read More  

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