Oxford Saïd MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines [2019 – 2020]

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Oxford has pared back its essays this year to one short question. Presumably the adcom can glean your goals and relevant background and experience from the application, resume, recommendations, etc. This one essay question shows that they also want a glimpse of you beyond these basics. It seems like a simple question – but there is a little twist in it that amplifies its importance in the application and its connection between you and the admissions readers.

Oxford MBA 2019-20 MBA application essay

Tell us something that is not covered in your application which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you. (Maximum 250 words)

While the “something” will be the topic of the essay, the real heart of this essay question lies in the phrase “which you would like the Admissions Committee to know.” It almost posits a dialogue between you and the adcom; it sets up a dynamic more than most MBA essay questions do. It’s personal; they’re talking to YOU. Reading the spirit as well as the literal meaning of these words, you can infer that the adcom is looking for a story or a message that gets to the essence of who you are in some way.

Therefore, don’t try to find the most dramatic or exotic topic possible; this essay doesn’t have to shout. Rather, it should incisively reveal a fresh dimension of you – one that is relevant to the application and that will add to the Oxford Said community.

That leaves a lot of room for topic choice. I suggest committing to one topic and discussing it in as much depth as is possible in 250 words. Make this single essay vivid and memorable by basing it on your actual experience, which gives the adcom not just information about you but also your unique perspective on an aspect of your life.

As for topic, be strategic in selecting one that is relevant, will engage the Oxford adcom, and enhances your fit for Oxford Said.

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Remaining Oxford Said 2019-2020 MBA application deadlines

Round 2November 1, 2019
Round 3January 10, 2020
Round 4April 3, 2020

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***

Cindy Tokumitsu, admissions expert

Cindy Tokumitsu has advised hundreds of successful applicants, helping them gain acceptance to top MBA and EMBA programs in her 20 years with Accepted. She would love to help you too. Want Cindy to help you get Accepted? Click here to get in touch!

Related Resources:

• 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your MBA Application Essays, a free guide
• 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future
• “I’m Smart, Really I Am!” Proving Character Traits in your Essays

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