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mbaMission’s 2013-2014 UCLA Anderson Essay Analysis

By - Aug 13, 09:32 AM   Comments [0]

What exactly UCLA Anderson is trying to achieve with its incredibly straightforward approach to application essays is hard to figure out. The school wants to know that you have purpose in pursuing your MBA—and in applying to Anderson in particular—and to understand any pitfalls in...

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mbaMission’s 2013-2014 Dartmouth College (Tuck) Essay Analysis

By - Jul 24, 13:40 PM   Comments [1]

As MBA programs move toward PowerPoint presentations, creative essays and essays without word limits, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College sticks to its tried and true approach: three 500-word essays, one of which is a classic career statement, while the others ask candidates...

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mbaMission’s MIT Sloan Essay Analysis, 2013-2014

By - Jul 16, 09:44 AM   Comments [0]

Many MBA applicants will be relieved to see that MIT Sloan has dropped its longstanding “essay” question that involved writing a cover letter to Senior Director of Admissions Rod Garcia, discussing a myriad of activities but not addressing “Why MIT” or any post-MBA goals. Without...

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mbaMission’s 2013-2014 NYU Stern Essay Analysis

By - Jul 8, 13:54 PM   Comments [0]

New York University’s (NYU’s) Stern School of Business jumps on the “less is more” bandwagon this application season by reducing its essay count from three to two. However, that is the only change—Stern’s essay questions are actually the same as last year’s, but for Essay...

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mbaMission’s 2013-2014 Harvard Business School Essay Analysis

By - Jun 5, 13:21 PM   Comments [0]

Harvard Business School (HBS) is taking a bold new approach to its application essays this year by offering just one question—and one that is much more open to interpretation than many applicants would probably like: You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume,...

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mbaMission’s 2013-2014 Stanford Graduate School of Business Essay Analysis

By - May 29, 11:08 AM   Comments [0]

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is apparently content with its essay questions, because it has made no changes to them or to the allowed word count this season. Having made slight tweaks to its prompts in recent years, the GSB’s MBA admissions committee...

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mbaMission’s 2013-2014 Columbia Business School Essay Analysis

By - May 16, 16:25 PM   Comments [0]

This year, Columbia Business School (CBS) continues a trend that has developed over the past three seasons, once again reducing the number of words applicants can use to tell their story. Last year, CBS allowed applicants 200 characters with which to respond to its short-answer...

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mbaMission’s MBA Application Writing Boot Camp Is Back!

By - May 16, 13:47 PM   Comments [0]

We are pleased to announce our MBA Application Writing Boot Camp dates for the 2013–2014 business school application season! Through nine hours of instruction and 30 minutes of one-on-one feedback from your expert instructor, an mbaMission Senior Consultant, we will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a compelling...

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Columbia Business School’s Manhattanville Campus Gets $100M Gift

By - May 2, 10:56 AM   Comments [0]

Following Henry R. Kravis’s $100M contribution in 2010—the largest ever received by the university—Ronald O. Perelman has pledged a matching donation to support the construction of Columbia Business School’s new Manhattanville campus, the school announced today. With this landmark gift, Perelman, a member of CBS’s Board...

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The Second-Round Rush

By - Dec 12, 18:39 PM   Comments [0]

For some reason, Thanksgiving weekend in America tends to signal the beginning of the rush toward second-round business school application deadlines. Many candidates who are just contemplating their MBA applications tend to call us and ask, “How many schools can I apply to at this...

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