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Columbia MBA Application Essay Questions: 2012

Essay 1

A. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career, and how do you plan to achieve your immediate and long term post-MBA professional goals? (Maximum 500 words)

B. Please view this video, entitled Community at Columbia. Diverse, tight-knit clusters and carefully selected learning teams are defining features of the first year at Columbia Business School.

Community at Columbia

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Along with more than 100 student organizations and countless events each semester, the cluster system helps to create a supportive and devoted lifelong community. Describe why you are interested in becoming a part of the Columbia community. (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 2:

Describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today. This essay should have a personal rather than a professional focus. (Maximum 500 words)

Optional Essay

An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays..

For Essay Tips download Columbia MBA Essay Guide and for Interview Tips download Columbia MBA Interview Guide 

F1GMAT's Columbia MBA Essay Guide will show you:

1) How to create the 51-character post-MBA professional goal using Facebook’s mission statement as a starting point

2) How to use the 5 Step Process to write about Post-MBA Career Goals


3) How to write about long-term career goals connecting your pre-MBA experience and short-term career goals

4) How to Quote New York's Economy and match it with your post-MBA career path


5) How to write about Immersion Seminars and Master Class


6) How to use Internship and Full-time Jobs data for your Essay


7) How to write about your Hobbies in an intersting way

8) How to write about team failure by balancing Personal ownership and Leadership

Bonus: 5 Sample Essays

Sample Columbia MBA Essay 1: Enterprise Technology to Consumer Marketing (495 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Essay 2:  New York for Marketing Professionals (244 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3 - Team Failure (Marketing Lead) (242 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3
- Team Failure (Technology – Engineering Lead) (248 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3
- Team Failure (Pharma – Product Manager) (244 Words)   

Download F1GMAT's Columbia MBA Essay Guide 2018-19




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