Business School Essay Tips

LBS MBA Essay TipsLondon Business School has published the MBA Application Essays for the Class of 2020. This year, there are two essay questions with 500 and 300-word limits. The essays cover post-MBA plans; specific area of LBS MBA program that interest the candidates; the value...

SDA Bocconi MBA Essay 2013SDA Bocconi School of Management application has 13 essay questions, excluding the Financial Independence question, which asks the applicants to describe how they are going to support themselves.

Let us look at the 13 Essay Questions and see some...

Why Stern MBA essay should encapsulate all the key features without making the essay a summary of the Brochure. You have to offer context and explain how each program has a direct impact on your post-MBA goals.

Stern MBA Core + 25 Specialization + Doing Business in (DBi) + Stern Consulting Corps (SCC) + Stern Signature Projects + Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF) + Global Programs + Leadership Development -> Post-...

The first long-form essay requires applicants to write 25 Random things about themselves.

Tip #1: Length of each item

When you are writing random things about yourself, follow the list form with sentences varying in 10 to 20 words. Even though the admission team encourages using only a few words if the reveal is self-explanatory, we would recommend, a format like:


Darden is among the few top MBA programs apart from Harvard, INSEAD, Ivey, and IESE to persist with the Case study method as the primary mode of teaching. The MBA Admission team tried using indirect methods of evaluating the candidate’s fit for such a learning environment where active classroom discussion is valued. But the team has taken a step in the right direction this year by directly asking a question that will give hints on...

b. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

This is another way of asking what you are passionate about or how you would spend your valuable time. Mentioning a leisure activity is not what is expected here. Impact is hinted with the phrase “if you were given a free day.”

The admission team knows that if you have the caliber of...

a. Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.

Don’t think of your hobbies in isolation. Think which project will get maximum value from your skills.

Your passion for a goal or activity might have already come out with an extracurricular or your short-term goal, but if you have not covered them, this is the space for you to show that you are complete person.

Bring your unique...

Essay 1: Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary (approximately 500 words).

This essay perhaps is one of the toughest questions to answer, not because of the complexity of the question, but for...

kellogg essay adviceKellogg School of Management has two essays for all Full-time MBA applicants. One essay measures the applicant’s leadership & teamwork skills while the second measures the ability for career progression and growth.


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