UCLA Anderson 2014 Essay Tips & Deadlines
My tips are in blue below.
Your essays are the primary way for you to share your perspectives and plans with the admissions committee. The best essays are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and responding to our topics.
• Essay questions are listed below for both first-time applicants and re-applicants.
What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (750 words maximum)
UCLA’s is a pretty straightforward MBA goals question. What are you professional goals? Define your short-term goal by function and industry. What do you want to do after you earn your MBA and in what industry. If location is an important factor, like emerging economies or Wall Street, include it. If it isn't important, omit.
Make sure you answer the entire question. How will UCLA Anderson’s program and strengths help you realize your goals? As Anderson advises, reference specific aspects of the program: courses, programs, groups, opportunities, activities. Generalities and platitudes that apply to most top MBA programs will not work.
Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words maximum)
If there are extenuating circumstances that would add perspective on or “explain” a weakness, you can discuss them here. A few years ago, UCLA added the following: “Please do not submit redundant information in the Optional Essay.” Good advice for all optional questions. For more suggestions, please see The Optional Question: To Be or not To Be.
Required Re-applicant Essay:
Reapplicants who applied for the class entering Fall 2012 or 2013 are required to complete the following essay. Please be introspective and authentic in your response. We value the opportunity to learn about your aspirations and goals.
Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)
This the key question in every MBA reapplication: How have you enhanced your candidacy? Career progress is an obvious place to start and something you must address, but if academics were a weakness, then what have you done since you last applied to show you can excel at Anderson?
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