What is your risk appetite? What competing opportunities or options did you choose instead? The answers to these questions can be used to display the breadth, depth and maturity of your thought process; if the situation is professional it could additionally be used to demonstrate your business acumen. The second part of the question "Would you make the same decision today? An emphatic "no" might mean that you made the wrong decision and probably got it ALL wrong while an emphatic "yes" could signal that you have not learnt much since then. A happy medium might to be answer with a conditional yes, and mention how your learning from that experience has made your decision making better and the choice clearer.
These are very general guidelines; you will have to make your choice based on your beliefs and the particulars of the given situation. The chosen example could be either a personal or professional opportunity, though a professional opportunity seems more fitting and might give greater freedom for explaining the decision making process. Discuss a time when you faced a challenging interpersonal experience.
How did you navigate the situation and what did you learn from it? For selecting the particular situation for the essay, look back to identify professional or personal circumstances when you found your interaction with an individual or group of people particularly challenging.
Tip: Basing the essay on your interactions with a group rather than an individual will help you expand the scope and breadth of the story. The essay can explore your outlook and maturity in challenging interactions, and implicitly demonstrate how these qualities will make you a great addition to the Wharton community. This essay is very similar to last year's prompt: "Discuss a time when you navigated a challenging experience in either a personal or professional relationship".
Apart from the qualities mentioned above adaptability and a broad open outlook might be qualities that you highlight. It will help if this essay also underlines your ability to adapt, change and better yourself. Like in all essay packages, but even more so here, make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other Wharton essays. A conclusion wherein you resolved issues and developed a fruitful relationship would be an ideal way to end the essay.
Essay 3. It is a mentality that must encompass every aspect of the School - whether faculty research, teaching or alumni outreach. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School. Keeping this component of our culture in mind, discuss a time when you have been innovative in your personal or professional life. Essay 3 Tips. Like every other Wharton choice essay question this too seeks your approach to a particular set of qualities.
While the first essay was about decision making and risk taking, and the second was about inclusiveness and communication, this one is about innovation and creativity. Use this opportunity to specifically address your innovative side with an example that highlights your out-of-the-box thinking.
While the story can be from you personal or professional life, a personal tone to the essay, especially in the part of the essay where you formulate the innovation, would be welcome. Highlight the positive changes made possible by your innovation - the strength of this impact will reflect the power of the story. This essay should communicate your passion for creativity, your approach towards innovation and how you translate thought into real life action. Illustrate all that within the story and we will be good to go.
Note: Just because Wharton has asked this question you do not have to suddenly transform into a mad, risk taker. Be honest and credible and intelligent in your response. The essays and ideas should never contradict. If you are a reapplicant, this short, seemingly low profile essays will be one of the most vital essays in your Wharton application.
Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable — in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone. Express succinctly and passionately, what your career means to you, and what it could mean top the world at large. In case, you are able to, there are two additional areas you are briefly focus on.
Student and alumni engagement has at times led to the creation of innovative classes. If you were able to create a Wharton course on any topic, what would it be? This essay simply asks you to suggest a topic for crating a new Wharton course. Since the objective of ANY b-school application essay is to sell your candidature by highlighting the skills, experiences and qualities that make you an attractive candidate, arrive at the choice of topic based on how best to fulfill that objective.
In this Wharton essay, some of the key qualities of yours that can be highlighted include your awareness and understanding of world affairs, your ability to understand and link learning and actions with real world events, your aptitude for researching and understanding issues, and your willingness to innovate. Since the goals essay this time is only words, arriving at a topic that also ties in with your career aspirations will be near perfect. Use examples of past achievements - specifically leadership, innovation or team related accomplishments - wherein you were able to bring in change through your thought and actions to strengthen your right to write about the specific topic.
Additionally, linking the course with programs, clubs or activities at Wharton that attract you will demonstrate your knowledge of and liking for Wharton. The answers of these questions can be used to display the breadth, depth and maturity of your thought process; if the situation is professional it could additionally be used to demonstrate your business acumen. A happy medium might to be answer with a conditional yes, and mention how what you have since learnt might have made the decision making better and the choice clearer.
The chosen example could be either a personal or professional opportunity, through a professional opportunity seems more fitting and might give greater freedom for explaining the decision making process. Describe a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? How did this experience help to create your definition of failure? This is an exact replication of last year's prompt, with the last question added on, and similar to the question "Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced.
How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself? That this question repeats itself in one form or another year after year in the Penn application shows how Wharton wants to see how you handle failure and the attendant learning opportunities therein. As in most failure essays the key to getting it right is to begin your thought process from the second part of the question "What did you learn about yourself".
Choose an example with inspirational learning - a significant and credible incident that has left it's mark on you.
Wharton, with it's admirable focus on the individual, wants to know your personal reaction to the event and the lessons you learnt from it. If the essay convincingly portrays a person who can face difficulties, overcome challenges, learn from mistakes, handle pressure, understand complex situations and continuously learn, you might have written the perfect essay.
Never forget that the failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself to be a better professional, better leader and perhaps! It is imperative that the essay underlines your ability to adapt, change and better yourself. While the qualities that you reflected while fire-fighting the incident or it's aftereffects remain the core reason for the essay, please take care to choose a failure that is "real".
A fluffy failure not only makes for a weak essay but will also probably puts you on the hot seat during the Wharton interview.
Essay 4. Discuss a time when you navigated a challenging experience in either a personal or professional relationship. Essay 4 Tips. What goals are you committed to and why? How do you envision the Wharton MBA contributing to the attainment of those goals? Though it has a slightly different prompt this year this first Penn Wharton essay remains a standard "goals essay" wherein you have to combine your career goals and "why Wharton MBA? Some lucid thinking and creativity will go a long way in transforming this from a well-disguised sleeping pill to the high point of your Wharton application.
So make this opening essay a tour-de-force that sets the tone for your Wharton application. Strategic thinking, passion, vision and intelligence: show these in the essay and you'll have my vote. Though not specifically asked a brief, well defined career progression can be used to logically lead to the Wharton and Post-Wharton phases of your career and life.
Be credible in mentioning your career goals; uncovering and expressing a logical link between the past, present and future is a critical element in this essay. While the essay asks about your career plans do not be afraid to bring in non-career aspects that have influenced your choices. Personalize your answer as much as possible and provide logical and well-supported reasons for how Wharton will make your career dreams come true. This spanking new Wharton essay question lays the ground for you to expound on incidents, situations or actions that have enabled you to assimilate cultural variations at work, play or living environments.
The essay can explore your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions. While your international exposure could form the core of this Wharton MBA application essay, with a "culture shock" experience forming the core of the story, "people different from yourself" being a pretty broad term, you can easily choose almost any experience where a set of people shared a viewpoint different from your own.
A conflict of opinion and perspective will make this a far easier essay to write. Leadership, cultural diversity, people skills, adaptability and a broad open outlook are expected to make best use of the MBA program at Wharton, and an essay that illustrates some or all and more of these qualities will stand you in good stead. This is an almost exact replication of last year's question: "Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced.
As in most failure essays the key to getting it right is to begin your thought process from the second part of the question and then proceed to a significant and credible incident that has left it's mark on you. Essay 4a Tips. A great opportunity to address your skills in problem solving. The story could focus on your innovation and creativity with an apt example that highlights your out-of-the-box thinking.
Alternately you can choose a leadership situation where your diplomacy, intelligence and people skills saved the day. A leadership focused essay that also exhibits innovation and initiative would be the ideal response as long as you do not tread the same path you have taken in the previous two essays. Ensure that you choose a truly complicated problem since the more complex your problem the more impressive will be your ability to solve it. A trivial problem not only makes for a weak essay but will also probably put you on the hot seat during the Wharton interview.
Irrespective of whether you choose from personal, academic, community or professional experiences, try to give a sense of urgency and a personal tone to the essay. Essay 4b. Essay 4b Tips. Once again the person most qualified to give you clues to this essay is the one you see in the mirror. Ask yourself what you consider to be your main areas of improvement in the recent past.
Whichever be the case choose a momentous change that changed you and detail how you approached and managed the change. Wharton's essay lengths are almost always a threat and a challenge; in this case they are also a guide. Wharton is one of the few B School which gives as much as words for a multiple-choice question. And yet the Wharton optional essay is given only words. Being a card carrying member of the Anti-Optional Essay League I can only warn that unless it is absolutely necessary give this one a miss. Since Wharton's clear focus is in providing you a chance to present an added perspective to any glaring weaknesses in your application, you might try a defense if you feel that is the case.
But once again evaluate if the essay is actually going to make the Admissions Committee feel better about your candidature. If you can give strong, credible, mature reasons to explain the weaknesses and counter it with logic and passion, perhaps you can give it a try. Then think again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, start working on the essay. Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals.
How do you expect a Wharton MBA to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? This is an important essay where Wharton has combined career progression, goals and "why Wharton MBA" into a wholesome write-up. The length a full words of the essay, stressing the importance Wharton gives it, is both a challenge and a threat.
The first part of the Wharton essay can be a well defined explanation of Pre-Wharton, Wharton and Post-Wharton phases of your career and life. Be credible in mentioning your Post-Wharton short-term and long-term goals. If possible be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking. Uncovering and expressing a logical link between the three phases is a critical element in the essay. In addition to a rough sketch of your career, your main career achievements need to find a place in this first Wharton MBA essay. As long as you don't repeat yourself in the subsequent essays, you can use this opportunity to reveal aspects of your personality that emerge attractively from your career progression stories.
The second part of the Wharton essay question is explicitly Wharton centric. So give the question the respect it deserves and provide logical and well-supported reasons for both questions. Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced. This is an almost exact replication of last year's question: Describe a failure or setback that you have experienced.
What role did you play and what did you learn about yourself? Never forget that the failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself to be a better leader and perhaps! While the qualities that you reflected while fire-fighting the incident or it's aftereffects is our core reason for the essay, please take care to choose a failure that is "real". A fluffy failure not only makes for a weak essay but will also probably put you on the hot seat during the Wharton interview. Have you read a short story or an article in which YOU were the hero?
These Wharton essays should read exactly like that. Each person has knowledge and qualities that grant him or her the potential to lead in extraordinary ways. This essay is the perfect medium for putting down your leadership experiences or potential on paper. This is a straightforward essay that calls for an revelation of your leadership qualities. Assemble your most significant leadership experiences till date and select one or more instances to portray your leadership capacity in the best light.
While you can go back in time in case you want to show leadership progression, do not be stuck in a time capsule. Try to focus a substantial portion of the essay on recent experiences. If the essay also uncovers your attitude and approach to leadership, the Wharton adcom will not complain.
Describe an experience you have had innovating or initiating, your lessons learned, the results and impact of your efforts. Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain. A great opportunity to address your innovative and creative side with an apt example that highlight your out-of-the-box thinking. Alternately you can choose an episode where you championed an initiative. A leadership focused essay with innovation and initiative would be the ideal response as long as you do not tread the same path you have taken in essay 3.
Describe the lessons you learnt during the course of this accomplishment. For the second option, two essay questions from previous years are excellent indications of what you can focus on: "Describe a personal characteristic or quality that will help the Admissions Committee to know you better. Choose areas where you have good stories to back you up. Tell us about a situation in which you were an outsider.
follow What did you learn from the experience? While your international exposure could form the core of this Wharton MBA application essay, with a "culture shock" experience forming the core of the story, "outsider" is a very broad term, and you can take the meaning for the word that is able to best illustrate qualities that you want Wharton to know about. When these Wharton essays are read that is what you should be. Each person has knowledge and qualities that grant him or her the potential to do extraordinary things.
These essays are the place where you put those experiences or potential on paper. Optional Essay Tips If you can give strong, credible, mature reasons to explain any weaknesses in your application and counter it with logic and passion, in a manner that makes the Admissions Committee feel better about your candidature, perhaps you can give it a try.
How do you expect an MBA from Wharton to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? Describe a personal characteristic or quality that will help the Admissions Committee to know you better. Describe an impact you've had on a team, group or organization. How has this experience been valuable to you or others, and what did you learn? When have your values, ethics, or morals been challenged?
How has this shaped who you are today? Essays 3 and 4 Tips. The first and third Wharton choices give you complete freedom to choose almost any quality or skill of yours and expound on it with incidents and anecdotes. Describe your accomplishments and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. Your letter should conform to standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Essays We are interested in learning more about you and how you work, think, and act. For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response.
Please limit the experiences you discuss to those which have occurred in the past three years. In each of the essays please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did. All applicants: Essay 1: Please tell us about a challenging interaction you had with a person or group. Originally posted by Raabend on 08 Jul , Last edited by Raabend on 11 Jul , , edited 1 time in total.
Compose each of your answers offline in separate document files and upload them individually in the appropriate spaces below. Although there is no restriction on the length of your response, most applicants use, on average, words for each essay. There are no right or wrong answers.
Please double-space your response. Essay 1: Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals. Describe a time when you exercised such leadership. Discuss the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What characteristics helped you to be effective, and what areas do you feel you need to develop in order to be a better leader?
Essay 3: Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it? Essay 4: Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. Essay 5 - Optional: Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application e.
Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application. I spoke with Tuck admissions and confirmed that they are using the same essay questions as last year. Originally posted by Raabend on 10 Jul , Last edited by Raabend on 11 Jul , , edited 2 times in total. Essays 1. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Please select one of the following two questions to answer.
How did you decide which obligation deserved your attention? If so, how accurate were you? Why do you think you were or were not accurate in your prediction? Please describe that situation and your rationale for you decision. Slide Presentation We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you tell us about yourself. Using four slides or less, please provide readers with content that captures who you are. We have set forth the following guidelines for you to consider when creating your presentation. The content is completely up to you.
There is no right or wrong approach this essay. Feel free to use the software you are most comfortable with. There is a strict maximum of 4 slides, though you can provide fewer than 4 if you choose.
Slides will be printed and added to your file for review, therefore, flash, hyperlinks, embedded videos, music, etc. You are limited to text and static images to convey your points. Color may be used.
Slides will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas, not on technical expertise or presentation. You are welcome to attach a document containing notes if you feel a deeper explanation of your slides is necessary. However the hope is the slide is able to stand alone and convey your ideas clearly. You will not be penalized for adding notes but you should not construct a slide with the intention of using the notes section as a consistent means of explanation.
Optional Essay If there is any important information that is relevant for your candidacy that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here. Originally posted by maverick on 11 Jul , Last edited by maverick on 31 Jul , , edited 1 time in total. We post the essay questions now to allow you to plan your application preparation this year. The full application, which will include questions for recommenders and other application requirements, will be available on our website in August.
Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Wharton to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? Describe a setback or a failure that you have experienced.
What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? Please respond to one 1 of the following questions: a. Describe an experience you have had innovating or initiating, your lessons learned, the results and impact of your efforts. Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application?
If yes, please explain. How has your candidacy improved since the last time you applied? Columbia Deadlines Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, and decisions can be rendered at any point during the review period. It is always to your benefit to apply before the posted deadline.
Decision within 8 weeks of when application review begins. Columbia begins accepting apps April 30, for the accelerated program. Early Decision entering Fall Deadline: October 8, Decision within 10 weeks of when application review begins. Columbia begins accepting apps August 13, International Applicants entering Fall Deadline: March 4, Decision within 12 weeks of when application review begins.
Fellowship recipients for the September class are announced between January and May. Essay 1: What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? Recommended word limit Essay 2: Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. View link below. Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone.
If given a second chance, what would you do differently? Recommended word limit The optional essay remains, well, optional. It looks like the essays are going to be the same as the J-term essays, except that there's not going to be an Essay 4 about your "passions" etc. What is the impact that you wish to have on the world? How will your previous experiences and a Yale MBA enhance your ability, in the short-term and long-term, to pursue a career that will allow you to achieve this impact?
The accomplishment should include evidence of your leadership skills, a description of the actions you took, as well as the impact you had on your organization. Please indicate the topic number at the beginning of your essay. It is only when personal passion aligns with meaningful aspirations that individuals are able to inspire others to act in support of an important goal or cause. What are you most passionate about, and how have you demonstrated a commitment to this passion?
How did you respond to the situation and what did you learn from it? How will you create your own SOM Story? Describe a situation in which you devised and implemented a creative or innovative solution to a difficult problem. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them? What unique attributes would you bring to the Class of ?
Looking forward, what skills are you most eager to build or improve upon in business school? Please indicate the topic number or state the topic if it is not one of the ones listed at the beginning of your essay. In addition, any applications submitted to other schools must be withdrawn upon an offer of admission from The Duke MBA. Prepare your essays carefully. The Admissions Committee considers your responses to the following questions important in the selection process. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.
For the short answer questions, please restrict your response to a single page each. For the long essay question, please restrict your response to two pages. Please avoid using a font size smaller than point. Candidates who applied to Fuqua between September and April are considered reapplicants. All reapplicants are required to complete the Reapplicant Essay in addition to the Applicant Essays. All applicants have the opportunity to submit an optional essay to explain any extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware. How does it fit into your short- and long- term goals?
If you are interested in a joint degree or the Health Sector Management program, please address in this response. Discuss a person, event or experience that has significantly shaped your life and explain why. Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. Long Essay - Answer the long essay question below.
Today, companies must navigate through complex and interdependent issues. They must deal with health and security matters, environmental impact questions, and diversity and cultural concerns. Leaders need adaptability, imagination, and emotional intelligence as well as business acumen. Upon graduation, a Duke MBA will be a leader of consequence - able to deal simultaneously with complex matters and engage skillfully with colleagues, clients, and community.
What impact do you hope to have as a leader of consequence? Optional Essay not required If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware, please explain them here e. Reapplicant Essay All reapplicants are also required to complete the Reapplicant Essay below. Please limit your response to two pages. Write an essay describing how you are a stronger candidate for admission compared to the previous year's application. We encourage you to be introspective, genuine, and succinct.
We are more concerned with the content of your essays than their form or style. All responses to essays must be on double-spaced pages that are uploaded in document form, except for Essay 4 for first-time applicants and Essay 3 for reapplicants, which may be submitted as an audio file instead. Please note the word limits in parentheses. Four required essays: 1. Please include information about where you grew up, and perhaps a highlight or special memory of your youth. What experience has had the greatest impact on who you are today and why?
Discuss your short-term and long-term career goals. Audio or text: Select and respond to ONE of the following questions. We would like you to respond to the question by recording an audio response up to 1 minute. If you are unable to submit your response via audio, then please upload a written response words instead. The supported file types for audio files are:. What does entrepreneurial spirit mean to you? What global issue matters most to you and why? What is something people will find surprising about you? The Admissions committee will refer to your previous application when considering your admission, but a complete new application must be submitted on-line.
Please note that requirements for essays and letters of recommendation differ from those for first-time applicants: Only one new letter of recommendation is necessary not the two required for first-time applicants to support recent professional or academic accomplishments; this will preferably be a work-related recommendation from a direct supervisor. Three required essays: 1. Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Originally posted by jb32 on 31 Jul , Last edited by jb32 on 08 Aug , , edited 1 time in total.
These are pasted here only to give you an idea of what Tepper School is looking for. What are your short-term and long-term goals? How will a Tepper MBA help you to achieve these goals. Please include any information regarding what steps you have taken to learn more about Tepper. Describe an instance in which you made an impact as part of a team or as an individual. How did this experience help shape you as a team member or leader and how will it enable you to contribute to the diverse Tepper Community?
Please answer two of the following three questions or statements. Please clearly specify which questions you are answering. Your two answers should equal a total of two pages or less. Describe an obstacle you have faced in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this obstacle and how did it foster your development? Describe a time in which your ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it? One thing people would be surprised to know about me is.
Is there anything additional that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? Note: if you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application. Answer the following: a What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
What is your long-term career goal? We seek individuals who are passionate about our community and committed to growing as leaders at Stern. Please answer the following questions: a What is your personal experience with the Stern community? What actions have you taken to learn more about us? How will this experience make you a better member of the Stern community?
You may use almost any method to convey your message e. Feel free to be creative. If you submit Essay 3 with your supplementary materials, please include a brief description of it here. Please do not submit anything that must be viewed or played electronically e. CDs, DVDs, mp3s, online links , that is perishable e. Essay 4: Additional Information optional Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. Display posts from previous: All posts 1 day 7 days 2 weeks 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year Sort by Author Post time Subject Ascending Descending.