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Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 words)

Based on the 9 leadership qualities we have highlighted, you can find the one person who had the most impact in your life, someone who has inspired you or changed the trajectory of your life.

If you are mentioning a public figure, answering this essay becomes tricky as there are multiple ups and downs in their life that might not all translate to an interesting narrative for the essay.

For the first example, we have used Elon Musk as the leader we admire. With a career spanning over 25 years, capturing Elon without getting lost in the details of his entrepreneurial maneuvers at Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity would be a challenge. We were forced to focus on one venture – Tesla to meet the word limit and capture the ‘essence of his leadership’.

For the fictitious profile, we focus on an applicant from a Business family, who finds leadership synonymous with Entrepreneurship. Instead of narrating Elon’s entrepreneurial journey, the applicant chooses to start with an event in 2003 when GM became the first car manufacturer to pioneer Electrical Vehicle to mass market and the first to crush it down to disbandment when the benefits of the California pollution regulation expired.
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The second Sample Essay is of a fictitious profile – a Valuation Analyst working in the Healthcare industry.

The applicant strategically mentions Family Business (Restaurant) to highlight his work ethics and offers the background story of how his interest veered away from valuation to consulting.

Strategy: Starting the story with the restaurant business and declining an offer to work on the family business strategically highlight the applicant’s passion for healthcare and reducing the cost of the services. The immigrant story is incorporated to demonstrate the plight of millions of Americans and the inefficient healthcare system.

Value from Columbia MBA

• Career-focused path in Healthcare and Pharma Management
• New Venture Creation with the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
• Lead the Healthcare Industry Association (HCIA)
• Organize the annual Columbia Healthcare Conference

Post-MBA Goal (Short-term): Finance to Consulting

Post-MBA Goal (Long-term): Start a Consulting firm offering end-to-end service for the Healthcare industry in deal valuation, efficiency planning, technology integration, and operations.

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Columbia MBA Essay 2: Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 words)

The approach that we are suggesting is based on profiles of clients who received admission to the Columbia MBA program. The most obvious way to answer the essay is to write 3-4 unique selling points of the program and say that you would be a good fit based on your post-MBA job function/industry and the goals. But since in the goals’ essay, we have mentioned at least 2-3 values from Columbia MBA, the fit essay should capture one unique advantage of the program. The uniqueness should be obvious. It can’t be general statements about experiential learning, global immersion programs, or curriculum - three areas that are quoted the most.

We would suggest that you reverse the question and answer it.

Why do you feel that you would be a good fit for Columbia Business School?

This is for two reasons.

Experience: Columbia Business School doesn’t accept one type of candidate. The entry criteria are stringent, but that doesn’t mean the admission team is not seeking diversity within the highly academic candidate pool. The experience becomes the uniqueness through which the academic and experienced profiles are separated. Narrating an event that is tied closely to your biggest achievement and connecting it to...


The question has remained the same for the past four years – an indication that the admission team has been able to gauge the mind of the applicant through the short but necessary question for your MBA Application. The idea is to create a mission statement for your career.

Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

Examples of possible responses:


“Work in business development for a media company.”

“Join a strategy consulting firm.”

“Launch a data-management start-up.”

The question has remained the same for the past four years – an indication that the admission team has been able to gauge the mind of the applicant through the short but necessary question for your MBA Application. The idea is to create a mission statement for your career.

To give you an idea of what 50 characters entails, let us look at Facebook’s mission statement:

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected

That is 1 character short of 75; 24 characters too long.

You can’t use two objectives in your post-MBA professional goal...


Columbia MBA Essay #3: Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 words)

My father’s hero status was shaky, when at the age of 13, I saw him struggle with the power tools. Suddenly, my old man had flaws. He was no longer the ‘superhero’ who sacrificed his comforts for I and my brothers. Perhaps your image of a Leader has similar ideals – the perfect being who prioritizes team over self and with the ownership to fulfill the long-term vision.


You don’t have to search for the generic leadership traits.

We have captured 9 qualities that Columbia Business School expects in the ‘leader you admire’ essay.

1. Passion/ Dedication/Commitment/Ownership

Passion, dedication, commitment, and ownership are synonymously used for leaders and for a good reason. Passionate leaders dedicate their time in achieving and exceeding the expectations of the team and the organization. The commitment and complete ownership of the tasks, the outcome of the team and the client experience are only reflected in the way in which the ‘leader’ occupies the room.

If you are uncertain of the ‘leader’, most often, it is the person quietly cutting off one high-priority task after another, momentarily smiling then going back into the ‘zone’. The...


Columbia MBA Deadlines 2018-19
Columbia MBA has two deadlines for August 2020, and January 2020 Entry. Applicants are recommended to apply by the Early Decision Deadline. To be considered for a Fellowship, applicants should submit the documents and apply online by the 2nd Round of Deadlines.


Columbia Business School has announced the MBA Application Deadlines for the January 2020 and August 2020 Intakes.

August 2020 Entry Early Decision application deadline: October 4, 2019


Merit Fellowship Deadline: January 3, 2020

Final Deadline: April 10, 2020

January 2020 Entry Deadline: October 4, 2019

Deadlines: Columbia Business School uses a rolling admissions process.

Download Columbia MBA Essay Guide and learn:

1) How to write Essay 1, Essay 2 and Essay 3
2) How to answer...


 “What, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?”

The long-term post-MBA goal is phrased interestingly. See how the admission team has used the word ‘imagination’. They would like to see what you have anticipated for your future.
 “What, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?”

The long-term post-MBA goal is phrased interestingly. See how the admission team has used the word ‘imagination’. They would like to see what you have anticipated for your future.

What role and responsibilities would fulfill your career and personal goals, 10 years after graduation, when you are probably closing in on or crossed 40?

How to frame Columbia long-term Post-MBA Goals


1) Choose your bigger picture


The bigger picture need not be related to non-profit or Entrepreneurship, but if your pre-MBA experience have evidence of strong connection with startups or demonstrated participation in community engagements, don’t hesitate to mention them.

The most commonly cited long-term goal is in Entrepreneurship for a very good reason. More than half of the alumni from top MBA programs including Columbia are associated with Entrepreneurship in some form (investing or founding). It makes logical sense to...




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