Chicago Booth 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips.

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Chicago Booth 2010 MBA Application Deadlines

Round Due Date Notification
Round 1 Oct 14, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
Round 2 Jan 6, 2010 Mar 24, 2010
Round 3
March 10, 2010
May 12, 2010

Chicago Booth 2010 MBA Essay Questions

My comments are in red:

Essays

1. How did you choose your most recent job/internship and how did this experience influence your future goals? What about the Chicago Booth MBA makes you feel it is the next best step in your career at this time? (750-1000 words)

This question asks for motivation, aspiration, perspiration. What were you seeking (other than a paycheck) when you took that last position? How did your efforts there influence your post-MBA goals. Given your past experience and education, including this most recent experience, what about Chicago’s program is most important in your decision to seek a spot in Chicago’s class of 2012? Don’t just spout “Challenge Everything.” How is Chicago’s analytical rigor or flexibility going to help you achieve your goals? How are you going to take advantage of its extensive international offerings if they are important to pursuing your professional plan?

1a. FOR REAPPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (250 words)

This is a straightforward question. Remember, Chicago (and any school you are reapplying to) wants to see growth. Same ol’, same ‘ol got you a ding last time and probably will again this time. Let this brief essay show a maturation and evolution of your goals and reasons for wanting to attend Chicago Booth.

2. Please choose one of the following (500 – 750 words):

Describe a time when you wish you could have retracted something you said or did. When did you realize your mistake and how did you handle the situation?

-or-

Describe a time when you were surprised by feedback that you received. What was the feedback and why were you surprised?

Slide Presentation

We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you to tell us about yourself. In four slides or less please answer the following question: What have you not already shared in your application that you would like your future classmates to know about you?

We have set forth the following guidelines for you to consider when creating your presentation.

  • The content is completely up to you. There is no right or wrong approach to this essay.
  • Feel free to use the software you are most comfortable with. Acceptable formats for upload in the online application system are PowerPoint or PDF.
  • There is a strict maximum of 4 slides, though you can provide fewer than 4 if you choose.
  • Slides will be printed and added to your file for review, therefore, flash, hyperlinks, embedded videos, music, etc. will not be viewed by the committee. You are limited to text and static images to convey your points. Color may be used.
  • Slides will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas, not on technical expertise or presentation.
  • You are welcome to attach a document containing notes if you feel a deeper explanation of your slides is necessary. However the hope is the slide is able to stand alone and convey your ideas clearly. You will not be penalized for adding notes but you should not construct a slide with the intention of using the notes section as a consistent means of explanation.

Rose Martinelli emphasized when AIGAC met with her in Chicago last year and in a subsequent BW interview that the best slides were not the boring, bulleted summary of the applicants life. As BW put it, the ones that stood out were from the students who showed a side of themselves that wasn’t in the rest of their application. Martinelli said. “You could tell when someone figured out how to work with the ambiguity and really embraced that, rather than saying, ‘I’m going to play it safe and regurgitate what is in my application already.’”

There are an infinite number of good approaches to this question. Here is one: If you have a hobby, use the slides to celebrate it. Take pride in it. Share it. Show that you could be a fun contributing member of the Chicago Booth community.

Optional Essay

If there is any important information that is relevant for your candidacy that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here.

A few years ago, Chicago Booth specified that this question was intended to discuss “anomalies”: gaps in your resume, a bad year in college, the absence of a recommendation from your current employer, etc. Certainly that possibility remains, but in the absence of instructions to the contrary, if there is something positive, important, and relevant to your candidacy that you are unable to address in the two essays and slide presentation, then use this question to present it. I would stay under 500 words.

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