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MBA Essays Question and Motivation Letter

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Hi,

I'm applying for an MBA program in a business school in Europe.

I am required to submit (upload) a motivation letter as well as answering some questions in their application form.

Here are 4 of the 8 essay questions that I have to type in the text area in the online application form (there is no any indication on how many words each essay requires):
1. What will the program benefit your future professional project?
2. What are your career goals?
3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
4. How do you adapt to challenging situations?

I'm a bit confused on how to tackle the motivation letter and the essays. They already ask for a motivation letter, but they ask other motivation questions, such as in the essay #1 and #2 above. If it's a normal case in which I put the career goals (only covers 100 words) in the motivation letter (750-1000 words), then it looks normal to me (or am I wrong here?). But when the career goals are taken out of the motivation letter, now I'm not so sure: how long should I write the essay? Is one (or two) paragraph containing 100 words enough? Any advice?

Thanks a lot!
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16 Apr 2013, 00:10
Hi,
I'm not sure about the motivation letter (which b-school requires it??), but you can find some MBA career goals essay samples here, it may help: http://www.aringo.com/Career_Goals_Essay.htm
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16 Apr 2013, 04:55
The answer is actually not that difficult: DON'T take your goals out of the motivation letter. The reasoning is straightforward - without your career goals you have no reason to pursue an MBA!!!!

Sooooo even if they ask it elsewhere, your actual career goals will nonetheless be the core of this essay. Now if you have already elaborated in detail in the short question, you don't have to repeat yourself, but still the specific goals you present, the past experience you have which will lead to them, and the chain that will bring you towards your goals are the most important parts of this letter.
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16 Apr 2013, 05:55
Hi, I see that many business schools from Europe requires this so-called motivation letter as well as essays.

Thanks for the reply and suggestions!
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