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2014-15 UCLA Anderson MBA Essay Tips

UCLA MBA Essay TipsUCLA Anderson has released the essays for 2014-15 admissions season. There is only one mandatory question this year. In this UCLA Essay Tips and Strategies article, we will cover the key characteristics that the AdCom is looking in an applicant. We will also give you specific tips on answering this mandatory question.

Essay: UCLA Anderson is distinguished by three defining principles: Share Success, Think Fearlessly, Drive Change. What principles have defined your life and pre-MBA career? How do you believe that UCLA Anderson's principles, and the environment they create will help you attain your post-MBA career goals? (750 words maximum)


Before going into how you would articulate your principles, understand what UCLA’s three defining principles mean:

a) Share Success

Although most successful management professionals profess about giving back, many don’t follow through. For Business Schools, picking candidates who have a sense of community is essential for creating a strong Alumni network.

The sharing of success is not limited to the contribution towards community through charity, scholarships, and time devoted for the underprivileged but a greater affinity towards the Business School as a brand generates multiple opportunities for current students. A recruiter who is an Alumni of UCLA would prefer to have someone from the same Alma matter.

By building a network of successful UCLA alumni spread across geographies, and domains, UCLA Anderson will give future students a better chance to succeed in a competitive job market.

b) Think Fearlessly

Courage is not an acquired skill. You either have it or you project it with your decisions and actions. In a competitive Business environment, meeting client goals is not enough to retain the Business. Leaders should have the courage to think beyond what is obvious, and find opportunities that even the client might not have thought.

To sell a vision or solution, leaders have to think fearlessly, and face the risk of failure. Only with courage does innovation comes. If the candidate has followed traditional career paths, and have not taken any risks, or the solutions that she developed does not have any elements of ‘out of the box’ thinking, the pitch that “You are a risk taker” might not find any takers.


c) Drive Change

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