MBA Application Essay Questions

Kellogg School of Management has released the essay questions for class entering in 2014. There are three mandatory questions for applicants. The third essay has two parts. For re-applicants, there is one additional question about their candidacy. To explain gaps in employment or any other discrepancy in the profile, there is an optional essay.

Entering 2014 Application Essay Questions

Essay 1: What’s the greatest obstacle you’ve overcome (personally or professionally)?
How has overcoming this obstacle prepared you to achieve success now and in the future? (350 word limit)

Essay 2: What have been your most significant leadership experiences?  What challenges did...

All Harvard Business School applicants must submit answer to one essay question listed below.

Joint program applicants for the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School must provide an additional essay.

Essay (MBA applicants only):

All application questions below are required.

Q) You’re applying to Harvard Business School.  We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say...

Wharton has released the MBA Application Essay Questions for the Class of 2016. Here are the questions:


1. What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

2. Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community? (500 words)

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Darden School of Business has taken a cue from Harvard Business School and changed the number of essay for the 2013-14 MBA Application cycle to one. Here is the essay question:

Q) Share your thought process as you encountered a challenging work situation or complex problem. What did you learn about yourself?
(500 words maximum)

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Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced the Essay Questions for the Class of 2016, entering Fall 2014. An interesting point that the Adcom mentions about the word limit is that the combined word limits of Essay 1, 2 and 3 should not exceed 1600 words. This gives the applicants the flexibility to write less or more in one essay without worrying about meeting the word limit of each essay. Having said that, applicants are recommended to meet the word limits of each essay without looking too forced.

Answer essay questions 1, 2, and one of the three options for essay 3.

Essay 1: What matters most to you,...