2014-15 Columbia MBA Application Essay Questions

Columbia MBA essays for 2014-15 have been released. The number of videos that you have to interpret has come down from two to one. The mandatory essays including short-question(75 characters) has remained at four.

Short Answer Question

1) What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)


Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (75 characters maximum)

Examples of possible responses:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy.”
“Work for an investment firm that focuses on real estate.”

Essay 1: Given your individual background and goals, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Essay 2: Please view the video below:
The Center
How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 3:
What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 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 F1GMAT's: Winning MBA Essay 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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