Georgetown McDonough 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips.

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Georgetown McDonough 2010 MBA Essay Questions

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All essays should be double-spaced using 10 point font. Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually. Please follow the instructions regarding length of each attachment, and label each page with your name.

ESSAY ONE (Required) - Limit: 750 words
A) What position do you plan to obtain upon graduation from the MBA program? Please include both industry and function in your explanation.
B) How will the combination of your past experiences and the Georgetown MBA position you for this new opportunity?
C) Please describe how you envision your career progression beyond your initial post-MBA position.

NEW- This is a goals question broken down into more specific sub-questions than last year's. It remains a straightforward, connect-the-dots MBA goals question.  Click on the link for tips on writing an essay that both distinctly reflects You and demonstrates your knowledge of Georgetown.)

ESSAY TWO (Required) - Limit: 750 words
A) What does leadership mean to you? What are the personal characteristics and skills required to be an effective leader?
B) Provide a specific example of when you demonstrated leadership skills. Describe a challenge that you faced and the results that you achieved.
C) What areas do you wish to develop in order to become a more effective leader?

Again, similar to last year's question, but more specific. There are several critical elements to this question: Your definition of leadership, your personal example of leadership, the challenge you faced, the impact you had, and how you would like to develop further. Don't feel compelled to respond in exactly the order given in the questions; just make sure you answer all elements.

ESSAY THREE (Required) - Limit: 750 words
How will your classmates benefit from your presence in the Georgetown MBA program?

What talents are you going to bring to Georgetown, and where to you intend to contribute them? Do your homework on McDonough before you answer the question. What clubs will you want to participate in? What initiatives will you want to take? This a great essay in which to show both self-awareness and your knowledge of Georgetown.

A) Please provide a bulleted list of your post-undergraduate involvement in the community. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, dates of involvement, offices held, and average number of hours spent each month.
B) What motivates you to continue contributing to the community? Limit: 250 words

A is a list and not an essay, but in your description focus on achievement, contribution, and impact. If you were membership chair of a particular organization, don't just list "Membership Chair." Also note that membership increased 20% during the year that you were membership chair.

B is a short essay and you don't have a lot of room. Discuss your motivations and reference your past or ongoing community service.

OPTIONAL ESSAY ONE - Limit: 500 words
If you are not currently employed full-time, use this space to provide information about your current activities.

Please see "Laid off! How Will It Affect Your Application"

OPTIONAL ESSAY TWO - Limit 500 words
Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere.

If you don't need to address any of the issues suggested above, please see "The Optional Question: To Be or Not to Be."

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Georgetown McDonough 2010 MBA Deadlines

Application Deadline Decision Notification
Round 1 November 1, 2009 January 15, 2009
Round 2 January 2, 2009 March 25, 2009
Round 3 March 20, 2009 May 14, 2009

*Students wishing to be considered for merit-based scholarships should apply no later than round 2.
**International students are strongly encouraged to apply by round 2 in order to have sufficient time to secure a student visa.

By Linda Abraham, founder and president of

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