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2017 Top EMBA Essay Questions (Kellogg, MIT, Columbia, Booth and More)

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2017 Top EMBA Essay Questions

The Executive MBA (EMBA) has gained tremendous popularity over the past decade. Business professionals have found the programs offer an excellent way to deepen their knowledge, which enables them to accelerate their career, gain a promotion, move into an excellent role at a new company and prepare for their long-term goals.

Can you imagine being enrolled at MIT, Columbia, Kellogg, Chicago Booth, NYU or Andersen in just a few months from now?

To see the application deadline dates for some of the top EMBA programs, click here.

Let’s take a look at the essay questions you must answer in preparing applications to some of the top U.S. EMBA programs:

Chicago Booth EMBA:

Essay 1. Why are you seeking an MBA from Chicago Booth and what unique knowledge and experiences do you hope to contribute to the program? (maximum 2 pages, 12 pt. Times New Roman)

Essay 2. Optional: If there is anything else you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you, please share that information here. (maximum 2 pages, 12 pt. Times New Roman)

Essay 3. Reapplicants Only: Please give us an update on your professional, academic, and community activities since your previous application and highlight what you have done to strengthen your application. (maximum one page, single spaced, 12pt. Times New Roman)

Columbia EMBA

Short Answer Question:
What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (51 characters maximum)

Essay 1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (100 – 750 words)

Essay 2. Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA will challenge you by offering a rigorous academic experience, global exposure through the international seminar, and the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn to your career. How will you approach balancing the demands of the program with your professional and personal life while you are in school? (100 – 500 words)
Essay 3. CBS Matters, a key element of the School’s culture, allows the people in your Cluster to learn more about you on a personal level. What will your Clustermates be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (100 – 500 words)

Optional Essay. An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.

Cornell EMBA

Essay 1: In a concise statement, tell us why you are seeking an MBA. Specifically, what are your short and long-term career goals? And how will an MBA earned through an Executive MBA program at Cornell University help you achieve your goals? (400 words max)

Essay 2: Briefly describe your leadership style. Include two examples of situations that helped you develop your style. One example should be a positive situation that helped to shape or reaffirm it. The other example should be of a situation with an unsuccessful outcome that led you to change or redefine that style. (400 words max)

Essay 3: Cornell Executive MBA students are expected to be supportive and effective members of a learning team. Describe your philosophy regarding teamwork. Specifically, how do you define success in a team? (250 words max)

Optional Essay: What else would you like us to know? Please use this statement to address potential concerns such as gaps in employment or prior academic difficulties. You can also use this statement to highlight any achievements or significant life events that are not included elsewhere in the application. (250 words max)

Duke Global EMBA

Required Short Answer Question:
What are your career goals? (Maximum of 100 words)

Essay 1. How will your skills, training and background enhance your cohort's experience? Please include both personal and professional insight that may not be apparent through your resume and other application materials. (Maximum of 250 words)

Essay 2. Duke University is embedded in the world's most important economic regions. As a result, our students experience a unique learning environment in which programs are delivered on 4 different continents, by our world-renowned faculty. Our diverse student cohorts represent a vast array of professional backgrounds, nationalities, interests, and experiences. Serving students who are also working professionals, The Duke MBA—Global Executive program allows student to apply new skills immediately in the workplace and reap the benefits from their first-hand global experiences. Explain how you and your organization will benefit from the global education offered at Duke. (Maximum of 500 words)

Optional Essay:
If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weakness in your application). Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area. The Optional Essay is intended to provide the admissions committee with insight into your extenuating circumstances only.

Kellogg EMBA

No word limits. Use 12-point Times New Roman font, line spacing at 1.5 lines and 1-inch margins.

Essays 1. What do you want to achieve in your professional life? What have you already done to get there and how do you think Kellogg can help you?

Essay 2. What is Kellogg’s value proposition for you and how will you make Kellogg stronger by being part of our community?

Optional Essay:
Please feel free to add anything else that you think the admissions committee would like to know about you.


Statement of Purpose:
Please provide a statement indicating your qualifications, why you are pursuing the MIT Executive MBA Program, and what you will contribute to the program. For those reapplying, please highlight developments since your last submission. (500 words or less, one page)

Essay 1. The educational mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to "develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world." Please discuss how you will contribute toward advancing this mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or less, one page)

Essay 2. Tell us about a time when you introduced an idea that changed the way in which your organization functioned or approached a business challenge. Comment on the factors that you considered and the barriers / obstacles that you faced. (500 words or less, one page)

Essay 3. Tell us about a time when you took a risk in your professional life. How did you make the decision and from whom did you seek advice? (500 words or less, one page)

Optional Area: Please use this section to include any information that you would like to submit with your application. Examples include awards, publications, explanations of poor grades or resume gaps, inventions, and hobbies. Please also share information that you would like the MIT Executive MBA Admissions Committee to know, but could not share elsewhere in the application.


Word limits apply to the total essay question. For example, your response to Essay 2 should answer all of parts (a), (b), and (c) with a maximum total of 750 words.

Essay 1. Describe your short- and long-term career goals and how the NYU Stern Executive MBA program will help you accomplish them. (500-750 words, double-spaced)

Essay 2. NYU Stern is committed to helping students develop a deeper set of professional skills, and a broader perspective of the role of business in the world. (500-750 words, double-spaced)
a) What is a significant contemporary issue on which you, as a business leader, would like to have an impact?
b) Why is it important to you?
c) How could you leverage your skills and resources to address the issue?

Optional Additional Information Essay:
Please provide any additional information of which you would like the Admissions Committee to be aware. This may include additional details on your academic/ quantitative preparation for MBA coursework through educational or professional experience, further explanation of academic history, current or past gaps in employment, or any other information relevant to your application. (500-word limit, double-spaced)

Optional Scholarship Essay:
The NYU Stern Executive MBA program offers a limited number of scholarships each year to applicants receiving minimal or no financial sponsorship. There are many more qualified candidates than there are scholarships available. Scholarships are determined at the time of admission and communicated in the letter of admission if awarded. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please respond to the following: Why should the Admissions Committee invest in you as a business leader? (500-word limit, double-spaced)


Essay 1. What is your proudest professional achievement? (up to 400 words)

Essay 2. What are your career goals and how will a Ross MBA help you achieve these? (up to 400 words)

There is also an optional section in the application.


Essay 1. Legendary UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden once said that one’s leadership is derived from one’s character. Give an example of how you have inspired others to follow your lead by your character, personal leadership style, and the example you have set. (750 words maximum)

Essay 2. Why is it important to pursue an MBA at this particular time in your career? (750 words maximum)

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 max)

Optional Essay:
Are there any additional circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware?

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