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2020-21 MBA Deadlines & Essay Topics of Top Schools

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Fuqua | Columbia | Harvard | Chicago Booth | Kellogg | Yale SOM | Wharton | INSEAD | Emory Goizueta | Michigan Ross | Darden | Tuck | Cornell | McCombs | Cambridge | Stanford


Duke Fuqua MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
Early ActionSep 19, 19Oct 28, 19
Round 1Oct 14, 19Dec 18, 19
Round 2Jan 6, 20Mar 18, 20
Round 3Mar 11, 20Apr 20, 20

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Columbia MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
August Entry
EAOct 4, 19Rolling
Merit fellowshipJan 3, 20Rolling
Regular decisionApr 10, 20Rolling
J-Term 2020Oct 4, 19Rolling


Columbia Essay Questions and Analysis


  • Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3 - 5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)
  • Essay #2: Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 Words)
  • Essay #3: Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 Words)

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Harvard MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
Round 1Sep 4, 19Dec 10, 19
Round 2Jan 6, 20Mar 31, 20


HBS Essay Question and Analysis


  • As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program? (no word count limit)

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Chicago Booth MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
Round 1Sep 26, 19Dec 5, 19
Round 2Jan 7, 20Mar 19, 20
Round 3Apr 2, 20May 21, 20


Booth Essay Question and Analysis


  • Essay 1: How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250 word minimum)
  • Essay 2: Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)
  • Optional Question: Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? (300 word maximum)
  • Re-Aplicant Question: Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 word maximum)

Response Guidelines

  • Length: There is no maximum length, only a 250 word minimum. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.
  • Acceptable Formats: Submissions must be entered into the text box provided in the application.

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Kellogg MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
Round 1Sep 18, 19Dec 11, 19
Round 2Jan 8, 20Mar 25, 20
Round 3Apr 8, 20May 13, 20


Kellogg Essay Question and Analysis


  • Essay 1: Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip and inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value. What challenges did you face and what did you learn? (450 words)
  • Essay 2: Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (450 words)

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

  • 1Y applicants: Please discuss your post-MBA career goal, the current experience you will leverage to support the transition, and the Kellogg 1Y opportunities that will help you reach this goal. (250 words)
  • JD-MBA applicants: Please discuss your post-JD-MBA career goals and why the JD-MBA Program is the right program to help you reach those goals. (250 words)
  • MMM applicants: The five core values of the MMM Program are curiosity, creativity, empathy, open-mindedness and a learning mindset. Describe a situation in which you demonstrated one of these values. Why is this value an important part of the MMM experience for you? (250 words)
  • Reapplicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 words)

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Yale SOM MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1Sep 10, 19Dec 4, 19
R2Jan 7, 20Mar 24, 20
R3Apr 14, 20May 19, 20

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Wharton MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1Sep 17, 19Dec 18, 19
R2Jan 7, 20Mar 26, 20
R3Apr 1, 20May 8, 20



Wharton Essay Questions and Analysis


  • Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)
  • Essay 2: Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)
  • Additional Question (required for all Reapplicants) (First-time applicants may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances): Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

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INSEAD MBA Deadlines: Sept 2020 Intake


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1Sep 18, 19Nov 22, 19
R2Nov 6, 19Jan 24, 20
R3Jan 15, 20Mar 20, 20
R4Feb 26, 20Apr 30, 20

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Emory (Goizueta) MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1Oct 4, 19Nov 29, 19
R2Nov 15, 19Jan 24, 20
R3Jan 10, 20Mar 13, 20 (domestic)/Mar 20, 20 (international)
R4Mar 13, 20May 1, 20


Goizueta (Emory) Essay Questions and Analysis


  • Essay 1: Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience, and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300-word limit)
  • Essay 2: The business school is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. Roberto Goizueta's core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership in a professional setting and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300- word limit)
  • Video Essay: Please select ONE of the following topics to share with us using the video essay feature. Your comments should last no more than 60 seconds and you have the option to re-record until you are satisfied, before submitting.
    • Of Goizueta Business School's core values (Courage, Integrity, Accountability, Rigor, Diversity, Team, Community), which one resonates the most with you and why?
    • What is the best advice you have received and how have you used it in your life or career?
    • Outside of family and work, what is something that you are passionate about and why?

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Michigan Ross MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1Sep 30, 19Dec 18, 19
R2Jan 6, 20Mar 18, 20
R3Mar 30, 20May 8, 20



Ross Essay Questions and Analysis


  • Part 1 -Short Answers: Select one prompt from each group of the three groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 300 words total). Every word counts here- the tight word count is intentional to force you to focus.
    GROUP 1
    • I want people to know that I:
    • I made a difference when I:
    GROUP 2
    • I was humbled when:
    • I am out of my comfort zone when:
    GROUP 3
    • I was aware that I am different when:
    • I was challenged when:
    “We encourage you to share personal examples in these short answers to allow us to learn more about who you are as a person.”- Soojin Kwon
  • Part 2 Career Goals Essay: Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this career goal the right choice for you? (300 words)
  • Optional Statement: Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? This is your chance to elaborate. You might want to discuss completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc.

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UVA Darden MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
EASep 3, 19Oct 9, 19
R1Oct 4, 19Dec 11, 19
R2Jan 6, 20March 18, 20
R3Apr 6, 20May 6, 20



Darden Essay Questions and Analysis


  • Essay 1: Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (200 words)
  • Essay 2: Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission, and they work best when they are an integral and celebrated part of our community. Read University of Virginia’s Diversity & Inclusion Vision Statement. Share a time in which you engaged with a perspective, identity, community or experience that was different from your own and how it impacted your worldview. (200 words)
  • Essay 3: The Batten Foundation Worldwide Scholarship provides all Darden students in our full-time MBA program with an opportunity to participate in a Darden Worldwide Course. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to travel, and why? (50 words)
  • Essay 4: Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personally, professionally, or both? (100 words)
  • Essay 5: What is your short-term, post-MBA goal and why? (150 words)

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Tuck MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1Oct 7, 19Dec 12, 19
R2Jan 6, 20Mar 12, 20
R3Mar 30, 20May 7, 20


Tuck Essay Questions and Analysis


  • 1. Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (300 words)
  • 2. Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are. (300 words)
  • 3. Tuck students invest generously in one another’s success even when it is not convenient or easy. Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed. (300 words)

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Cornell (Johnson) MBA Deadlines


Two-Year MBA
RoundApplication DueDecisions Released Between
Oct RoundOctober 8, 2019November 15, 2019–December 20, 2019
Nov RoundNovember 5, 2019January 15, 2020–February 20, 2020
Jan RoundJanuary 8, 2020March 20, 2020–April 10, 2020
Apr RoundApril 8, 2020May 8, 2020–June 1, 2020


One-Year MBA
RoundApplication DueDecisions Released Between
Early ActionSeptember 5, 2019October 15, 2019–November 20, 2019
Oct RoundOctober 8, 2019November 15, 2019–December 20, 2019
Nov RoundNovember 5, 2019January 15, 2020–February 20, 2020
Jan RoundJanuary 8, 2020February 20, 2020–March 20, 2020

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McCombs MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1October 8, 2019December 17, 2019
R2January 7, 2020March 26, 2020
R3March 31, 2020May 7, 2020

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Cambridge (Judge) MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueInterview Days
R1September 9, 2019October 20-21, 2019
R2October 28, 2019December 8-9, 2019
R3January 13, 2020February 23-24 or March 1-2, 2020
R4March 9, 2020April 26-27, 2020
R5May 5, 2020June 7-8, 2020

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Stanford MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1September 12, 2019December 12, 2019
R2January 9, 2020April 2, 2020
R3April 8, 2020May 21, 2020


Stanford Essay Questions and Analysis


  • 1. WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU, AND WHY?
    For this essay, Stanford would like you to:
    • Do some deep self-examination, so you can genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
    • Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
    • Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.
    • Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
  • 2. WHY STANFORD?
    Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.
    • Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
    • Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.
    • If you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs, use Essay B to address your interest in both programs.

LENGTH: Your answers for both essay questions combined may not exceed 1,150 words (1,200 words if you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs). Each of you has your own story to tell, so please allocate these words between the essays in the way that is most effective for you.

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Yale SOM MBA Deadlines


RoundApplication DueDecisions Released
R1Sep 10, 19Dec 4, 19
R2Jan 7, 20Mar 24, 20
R3Apr 14, 20May 19, 20


Yale's essay:
Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)
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