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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Emory’s Goizueta School Announces Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines

The Goizueta Business School at Emory University has released the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: October 5, 2018

Decision released: November 30, 2018

Round 2*
Application due: November 9, 2018

Decision released: January 25, 2019

Round 3**
Application due: January 4, 2019

Decision released: March 8, 2019 (domestic and one-year international)/

March 15, 2019 (two-year international)

Round 4
Application due: March 8, 2019

Decision released: rolling (one-year)/May 3, 2019 (two-year)

* Preferred deadline for One-Year MBA applicants, international applicants, and applicants interested in consideration for top named scholarship.

** Final deadline for general merit-based scholarships.

For more information about the Emory MBA program, please visit the Goizueta admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Ready or Not, Here Comes Round 1!
Over the past couple of weeks, top MBA programs — including Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Michigan Ross School of Business, Duke Fuqua, INSEAD and Columbia Business School — have started announcing their deadlines for the 2018–2019 application season.

While those September and October dates might seem far away right now, we assure you that the next few months are going to go by in a flash. We can also guarantee that many of your fellow applicants are already diving into the MBA process, especially since some schools, such as Columbia, LBS and HBS, have also confirmed their essay questions. You can expect that most programs’ full applications will be available online in the coming month or so.

So how can you go about getting your head in the game when the thought of pulling together application materials doesn’t exactly seem urgent just yet, especially for applicants in the US who recently ended a long holiday weekend?

First and foremost, it’s never too early to start a list of potential recommenders. You’ll want to consider managers and co-workers who know you extremely well and can speak to both your professional achievements and personal qualities.

You can also start thinking about your essay responses for schools who have released their questions . . . or for some of the more commonly asked queries, such as “What are your future career goals?” and “Why School X?”.

Even if you intend to wait a few more months to begin drafting responses, letting ideas brew in the back of your mind in the meantime can only help you come up with more possibilities for compelling themes.

Contemplate what makes you tick, what you’re truly passionate about, and what you honestly want to do in the future. Then consider the “whys.” Why does a certain cause speak to you? Why do you know you’d be happiest working in your target field? Why do you care so much about improving the healthcare system in your country?

By the end of summer — in the U.S. that would be Labor Day weekend in early September — you’ll be finalizing your MBA Class of 2021 materials. The best way to keep from becoming a huge ball of stress and anxiety in the process is to pace yourself, and there’s no time like the present to get going.

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The Stanford Graduate School of Business has published the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season.

Round 1

Application Deadline: September 18, 2018

Notification Date: December 13, 2018

Round 2

Application Deadline: January 10, 2019

Notification Date: March 28, 2019

Round 3

Application Deadline: April 3, 2019

Notification Date: May 16, 2019

Candidates should note that all materials must be submitted by 11 a.m. Pacific Time on the day of the deadline to be considered for that round. The application will go live in June. For more information, please visit the Stanford GSB admissions website.

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The Yale School of Management has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: September 12, 2018

Decision released: December 5, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 7, 2019

Decision released: April 2, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 16, 2019

Decision released: May 21, 2019

Applicants should note there is no difference between Rounds 1 and 2 in terms of selectivity, though Yale SOM states it may be more difficult to be admitted in Round 3, where space availability may become an issue.

For more information, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: UCLA Anderson Fall 2019 Application Deadlines

The UCLA Anderson School of Management has posted the followingMBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions cycle.

Round 1
Application due: October 2, 2018

Decision released: December 18, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 8, 2019

Decision released: March 26, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 16, 2019

Decision released: May 21, 2019

Applicants  must submit their application by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the day of the deadline in order to be considered for that round. The online application will be available starting August 1, 2018. For more information, check out the Anderson MBA admissions website.

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Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean of admissions at the Yale School of Management, has previewed the required essay for the 2018-2019 full-time MBA application. It remains unchanged from last year’s prompt.

Required Essay Question
Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

In his post, DelMonico noted the following: “This application essay question evolved from a conversation with Professor of Organizational Behavior Amy Wrzesniewski about how to get a better sense for what our applicants care about in the world. She notes, ‘Reading about future plans is helpful, but actions speak louder than words. What big commitments have applicants already made in their lives to date, how did they follow through on them, and what does this tell us about who they are? That is what is at the heart of this question’.”

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Having the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest minds in business is one of the top motivators for many applicants considering an MBA degree at an elite business school. The professors and lecturers you’ll encounter have worked in the trenches, and bring an incredible wealth of real-world experiences into the classroom setting.

In our new limited series of professor interviews on the SBC blog, readers will get to know a bit more about these brilliant academics, what fields most excite them, the trends they foresee, what they enjoy most about teaching at their respective universities, and how it all comes together with their students.

Today we’ll introduce you to Dr. Anne-Laure Sellier, Associate Professor of Marketing at HEC Paris.  Prior to joining HEC Paris, Sellier was a faculty member at the London Business School, and at the Stern School of Business of New York University. She also taught at the Columbia Business School.



Her current research interests are in the area of time perception influences on decision-making, creativity, self-regulation, self-control, consumer happiness, cognitive biases, and generally in how emotions and cognitions interact in judgment and decision-making.

Education: Ph.D. in Management

Courses Taught: Creativity Accelerators, Consumer Behavior, Decision Making and Influence

What triggered your interest in your subject matter?
Creativity is our highest cognitive function and remains poorly understood. I am keen on pursuing creativity-related topics as there is so much to discover, and so much of the environment that we currently live on quite simply stifles creativity that studying the simple changes we can implement is very enjoyable.

My interest in time perception comes from another simple observation: we do not make decisions and evaluate things and people around us in a temporal vacuum. Considerable research shows that the timing of our thoughts dramatically influences the quality of the decisions we make. Equally critical to understanding how to make good decisions is to investigate when to make them.

Finally, my interest in social influence comes from the fact that we live in a world in which making decisions alone is remarkably rare. Others surround us and influence us, either directly (i.e., others are physically near us) or indirectly (e.g., we are surfing the Internet knowing that others are surfing the same platform).

We’ve known for a while that social influence has powerful influences on the way we think and behave. In a world more social than ever, it appears critical to understand the specific influences that a single person, a hundred people, or a million views can have on our decision making.

What’s changed since you entered the field?
Modern societies changed, with the technological revolution. The way we live, work, communicate, and meditate about the world (or simply waste time online) has dramatically changed in the past 15 years, and we don’t understand much of what the world will look like in twenty years from now, due to this rapid rate of change.

Our thinking gets obviously affected, and it is timely — in fact, urgent — to understand the benefits and disadvantages of this technological revolution.

Any surprising or unique applications of your field of study?
Of course! Scientific discovery is all about carving out applications that people would not have thought of ex ante, so they are by definition surprising. One finding, for instance, is that the presence of a clock in a room can take control out of people’s minds — they instantly feel that things happen in the world more randomly, which is a problem if these people are CEOs (as CEOs are hopefully feeling responsible for the actions they take).

What do you like about the school you are teaching at?
HEC has sensational students. Not only are they smart, they also typically received a renaissance education, which makes it rewarding to exchange with them on how to best solve business issues that they will be confronted with.

What can you do in the classroom to best prepare students for the real world?
Practice, practice, practice solving business issues with…themselves. It is one thing to understand good rational thinking in theory, and another to know how you make decisions (well or not) and how you make them when working in groups (you’re a different animal with others).

I try to make students aware as much as possible of these different selves they have, so they know how to navigate their own decision-making optimally after school (e.g., which type of company should they join? Which kind of team culture? Etc.).

What are you most excited about that’s happening in your field?
I’m excited about the fact that data has become easier and cheaper to get than ever, and that we can obtain it on an unprecedented large-scale. With big data and artificial intelligence, we are now able to empirically test certain predictions more convincingly than before. In psychology, this promises to make a tremendous difference.

Can you speak to interesting trends in your field?
The trend I am most excited about is that fewer research papers should get published, as the standards for research excellence are becoming more and more stringent. This means that slow research is coming back — they has been a tendency to publish away, too many papers, too quickly, with the major downside of encouraging the publication of marginally interesting findings.

Best advice for an aspiring business mogul?
Please orient your business as much as you can to solving the environmental crisis. This should be the higher-order goal of your business.

What’s the impact you want to leave on your students? … On the world?
Help them see what they feel they are to accomplish in their lives. Create value for the world, the most important being the preservation of our environment.

Thank you so much Professor Sellier for sharing your insights and experiences with our readers! You can watch Sellier’s fascinating TED Talk video on clock timers vs even timers— “What how you view time says about you”—at TEDxHEC Paris.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: London Business School Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips

London Business School values independence and original thought. Other values clearly displayed by LBS are multiculturalism and an international approach to business.

This application is streamlined, with only two essay questions. In order to showcase all of your career accomplishments, extracurriculars and personal attributes you will likely need to maximize other parts of the application, like your resume and recommendations. Talk to your recommenders about the experiences in your background you might want to highlight through their letters, and use your resume to describe key moments at work.

Understanding the culture at London Business School will be important to answering the essay questions and preparing the rest of your application for admission. One of the best ways to get to know LBS is to visit campus, and/or interact with a London Business School Student Ambassador. Once you have a good sense of the school and how you will take advantage of the opportunity to attend LBS, you will be better prepared to approach the essay questions.

REQUIRED ESSAY
What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)

Self-awareness about your strengths and interests will help you refine what you truly want in your career. To take your research into your post-LBS options deeper it could be helpful to talk to colleagues and alumni who have MBAs in your field to identify various career paths. Make sure that your career goals are both realistic and aspirational. Think about the short term roles post-MBA that may lead to your most ambitious longer term goals.

Your past experiences have certainly informed your post-MBA plans, and touching on those most relevant will be helpful to setting the background for your current pursuit of an MBA. To make this essay more than a rehash of your resume, think about explaining the rationale for your decisions throughout the essay. Why did you pursue your past experience and what has been the impetus behind subsequent career choices? At this point, why are you choosing LBS?

As you speak with current LBS students and visit campus or other events, learn as much as you can about the programs, professors, and classes that may help you achieve your goals. What do you think you will learn at LBS and in your time in London that will lead to achievement of your career goals? The network you create during your MBA will open doors for you, and preparing for this essay can help you to make the most of the experience.

OPTIONAL ESSAY
Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (500 words)

In describing the LBS vision, continued business impact, the school describes the culture: “We challenge how things are done and we teach our students to constantly question and innovate. We believe in providing our students with the most diverse, world-class and rewarding business education in the world.” This open-ended question is a great opportunity to touch on a personal story and add color to your story to demonstrate how you will be part of this culture. This could be the ideal place to describe a unique background, experience or attribute that did not fit elsewhere in the application.

Diversity can be about where you are from, the culture you identify with, the people you grew up with, or your approach to life. If diversity of experience or attitude doesn’t resonate for you, consider when you have approached a challenge and innovated. When have you taken a new view or challenged conventional wisdom? Global perspective is invaluable as well. Think about stories that could illustrate how you have demonstrated any of these qualities that are valued by LBS.

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The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: September 19, 2018

Decision released: December 12, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 9, 2019

Decision released: March 27, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 10, 2019

Decision released: May 15, 2019

Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. CT on the application deadline date. All applicants are considered equally; however, the earlier you apply, the greater chance we can accommodate your interview preference. If you’re an international applicant, Kellogg encourages you to apply in Round 1 or 2 to allow time for your visa application.

For additional information on applying, please visit the Kellogg School MBA admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: The Bigger Picture: Say Yes
When my kids were younger, and less independent, every single day was a master juggling feat. Carpools, shuttling across town in LA traffic, homework, doctor appointments, playdates, childcare. I remember making plans with another mom and trying to determine how the logistics would work for that day. Her kids were a bit older and she wisely said to me: “I always just say yes and then figure out how to make it all happen later.”

Wise words indeed.

I immediately adopted her strategy. Let me clarify. You only say yes if you want something to happen (which may seem obvious). And y would never say no just because you cannot figure out how to make it work. You say yes and then you figure it out. This is how my three kids could be at different schools, with different groups pf friends spread out all across the city, involved in a dizzying array of activities and social commitments, weekend retreats, sporting events and appointments.

Can’t this philosophy be applied to other aspects of our lives?

Taking a big trip

Switching careers

Applying to graduate school

Launching a new business



When taking on any new initiative, be it a 4th grader’s after school schedule or launching a podcast, the devil is in the details. Those details are usually impossible to fully predict and plan for. It’s often better to take it one day at a time and figure it out as you go along. It’s far less intimidating and overwhelming that way. You may be working on publishing a book. But you don’t need to figure out how to distribute the book on day one. You don’t need to ponder how you will find an agent. You don’t need to figure out the cover design. Instead, focus on writing five pages, or two pages, or an outline of the first chapter. You will confront each additional challenge as it arises.

I figure that in life we shoot down a huge percentage of ideas and opportunities because we are not sure how we are going to pull them off. What if we start with the assumption that we can make it happen. The only question is: do we want to?

If you want to do it, then just say YES.

Say yes and figure it out later.

 

 

 

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This year, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has updated the MBA essay questions for the 2018-19 admissions cycle. First-time applicants and re-applicants are required to complete both essays.

Per the Wharton MBA admissions website, the Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level, and encourages you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, be yourself.

Required MBA Essays
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)
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)*

*First-time applicants may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

For additional information on applying, please visit the Wharton MBA admissions website.

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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has announced it will increase Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program funding for veterans enrolled in graduate programs, starting in the fall of 2018.

Students will now receive $15,000 per year from Georgetown McDonough, which is matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, for a total of $30,000 annually toward tuition and fees in addition to the Post-9/11 tuition benefits.

This is up from $10,000 in previous years. Additionally, the school no longer caps the program’s enrollment, allowing an unlimited number of eligible students to benefit from the funding.

“By virtue of being in Washington, D.C., we share a home with many members of the military community seeking to transfer their valuable training and experiences into the business world,” said Paul Almeida, dean of the McDonough School of Business. “We are proud to increase our Yellow Ribbon funding for these service men and women. Easing their financial access to our programs is one way we can thank them for their service.”

Georgetown McDonough graduate programs covered by the Yellow Ribbon Program include the Full-time and Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, Executive Master’s in Leadership, M.A. in International Business and Policy, and M.S. in Finance.

To qualify for the program, the Department of Veterans Affairs specifies that participants must be 100 percent eligible for Post-9/11 benefits, not be on active duty or receiving transferred benefits from a spouse on active duty, be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and accrue a total tuition and fees amount that is more than the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year.

Follow the link to learn more about the GeorgetownYellow Ribbon Program and details on how to apply.

Source: Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

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If you’re applying to business schools in Round 1, the process of pulling your materials together will consume much of your life in the coming months. Of particular focus will be planning how to best position yourself.

If you’ve taken on leadership roles in volunteer organizations or have actively engaged with a nonprofit you’re passionate about, you’ll want to be sure you play up that angle in your materials.

But what if you’ve done nothing on that front? No volunteering, no extracurricular involvement — nada. Is your candidacy doomed?

Not necessarily. Admissions committees understand that it’s extremely hard for some people to have meaningful involvement in an organization outside of work. This is often the case for those whose jobs constantly keep them on the road, or whose typical workday doesn’t even afford them the opportunity for a full night’s sleep.

So the good news is that we have certainly seen compelling candidates be accepted to top programs even though they lack post-college extracurriculars.

However, if you weren’t involved in anything outside of class when you were an undergraduate, either, that might be a red flag. The MBA experience is about leveraging all facets of your life — not just what you’ve achieved on the job — to help your classmates learn.

So if you have no volunteer work or extracurricular activities to talk about, brainstorm what other relevant things you could share with fellow students in class. Think along the lines of travel or cultural experiences, or even a family situation. What else are you passionate about besides your job, and how has that passion manifested itself?

While it could look disingenuous to join a bunch of volunteer organizations in the months leading up to Round 1 deadlines, you could still see if your employer has any community-focused committees or sponsors any local events that you could get involved with in the near future.

Admissions committees are looking for well-rounded people.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: NYU Stern School of Business Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines

The Stern School of Business at New York University has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the full-time MBA program for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. Applicants should note that the school has added a fourth round this year, in November.

Round 1
Application due: October 15, 2018

Decision released: January 1, 2019

Round 2
Application due: November 15, 2018

Decision released: February 1, 2019

Round 3
Application due: January 15, 2019

Decision released: April 1, 2019

Round 4
Application due: March 15, 2019

Decision released: June 1, 2019

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All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline to be considered in that round. International applicants are encouraged to apply earlier in the application cycle to facilitate visa arrangements and to have priority consideration for off-site interviews, if desired.

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The NYU Stern School of Business has posted the following MBA essay prompts for the 2018-19 admissions cycle. This season, the school has expanded the EQ Endorsement requirement introduced last year and will now pose five questions to your endorsers.

Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

  • What are your short and long-term career goals?
  • How will the MBA help you achieve them?
Essay 2: Personal Expression (a.k.a. “Pick Six”)
Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:

  • A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).
  • Six images that help illustrate who you are.
  • A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.
Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

Essay 3: Additional Information (Optional)
(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

The EQ Endorsement 
NYU Stern calls IQ+EQ a core value of the school, and it seeks exceptional individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills such as self-awareness, empathy, communication and self-management are at the core of our community of leaders.

  • You are required to submit two EQ Endorsements with your application.
  • One EQ Endorsement must come from your current supervisor. If you cannot include an endorsement from your current supervisor, you must provide an explanation in the online application.
  • The second EQ Endorsement may come from someone who knows you professionally and/or personally.
  • The endorsement must be from someone who knows you personally and/or professionally and can act as a persuasive advocate of your EQ strengths.
  • Immediate family members should not write your EQ Endorsement.
EQ Endorsement Questions

Your EQ endorsers will be provided with a definition of IQ + EQ and why it is important at NYU Stern, and will be asked to respond to the following prompts:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.
  • How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles (if applicable)? Please provide specific examples. (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
  • IQ+EQ is a core value of NYU Stern, and we seek exceptional individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills such as self-awareness, empathy, communication and self-management are at the core of our community of leaders. Please provide one specific and compelling example to demonstrate the applicant’s emotional intelligence.
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?
When introduced last year, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions Isser Gallogly had this to say about the new requirement: “We believe these changes will help applicants more effectively communicate to the committee who they are as a person, which programs best suit their goals and how they demonstrate EQ.  Additionally, these changes are much more in keeping with the ‘social media’ style of communication of today’s applicant.”

“Applicants communicate with much more than words these days and visual elements now play a dominant role,” Gallogly said.

For more information on the this year’s NYU Stern MBA application, please visit the admissions website.

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The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania has updated the second essay question in this set of essays this year. Wharton is seeking to understand who you are and what motivates you in this set of essays. Beyond your credentials and experience, will you fit in with the Wharton community? How will you contribute? Wharton values diversity and teamwork, and wants a class that will work well with each other.

As you consider how to approach this set of essays, get to know the Wharton community. Some possible ways to connect include campus visits, online research and the many admissions events around the globe. Wharton has a specific culture, and fit with that culture is an important part of the admissions criteria.

Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

This is both a standard career goals question and an inquiry into your personality and potential success in the program. Jordan Mock, WG’16 wrote a blog post with three excellent tips for this essay, in which he says, “Wharton is unique and your essay should reflect that.”

Be careful to answer the specific question in this career goals essay. Notice that you are not asked about your professional background or your key accomplishments outright. To answer the question asked, you will want to focus mainly on the future and what you are planning to pursue with your MBA degree. How will a Wharton MBA help you “connect the three career dots” that Jordan writes about?

To answer the question there is room to add color by using your background information where it is most relevant to your goals. Think about the key moments of your professional life that crystallized your goals for you, and focus on illuminating those decision points rather than reciting your entire resume. Anything unique in your background is always worth highlighting.

Understanding exactly how you fit in will help you describe what Wharton will do for you, as well as navigate interviews and other interactions with the Wharton admissions committee. Consider including specific information from your Wharton research in this essay such as Wharton faculty you would like to study with or unique educational opportunities at Wharton.

When you address your personal goals for the MBA make sure you are making the case for Wharton specifically. Consider what living in Philadelphia might be like, the many clubs and student activities, and leadership development opportunities like traveling to Antarctica with your classmates that may address some of your personal life goals.

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)

Wharton is an intense academic environment, but also a strong community with focus on teamwork and learning from each other. As you select a topic for this essay, think about a time you demonstrated your collaborative approach to team problem solving. What have you done that can show how you will contribute to the community?

Your contribution to the Wharton community could be in the classroom, clubs or within small group projects. You might bring your experiences launching a new product to your marketing case studies. Maybe you will lend creative ideas to your learning team as you prepare a research project, because you have demonstrated creativity in your past accomplishments.

Perhaps you have shown a tendency to teach and mentor others, and you plan to help your learning teammates with skills that they may not have learned in their own past work.

Or you might contribute to the Media and Entertainment Club by leading a career trek or bringing a new speaker to campus because you have connections from a prior career experience. Think about what you have learned in your career and in prior academics that may help those around you at Wharton.

Additional Question (required for all Reapplicants): 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)*

*First-time applicants may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

All re-applicants are required to provide information that supports your renewed candidacy. The most successful version of the re-applicant essay will provide tangible evidence that you have improved the overall package you are submitting this year.

Improvements like GMAT score or new quantitative classes are especially tangible and convincing, but a promotion, increase in responsibility at work, a job change or even a change of goals and mission can serve as reasonable updates.

A rejection or waitlist last year is a form of feedback, and may have led to soul searching for you. When you describe your changes make sure reflect your ability to take feedback and improve. Describe how you approached the reapplication process after assessing your own strengths and weaknesses as a candidate and making the appropriate efforts to improve.

If you are not a re-applicant you may use this space to address any areas of concern in your application. If you have a low GPA or GMAT, gaps in your resume, grades under a C in any quantitative courses (Wharton cares specifically about calculus, statistics and microeconomics – classes like finance and accounting are less indicative of core quant ability), disciplinary action in undergrad or anything else that you want to explain, this is where you would provide a brief explanation and any supporting evidence to show you have moved past the setback and corrected any concerns.

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Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management has posted the MBA essays for the 2018-19 admissions cycle, which remain unchanged from last year.

Essay Questions
For 2018-2019, the following two essays are required of all applicants:

  • Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value.  Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value.  What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)
  • Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)
Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

  • Dual-degree applicants: For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250 words)
  • Re-applicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)
All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in Additional Information:

  • If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)
Video Essay
Melissa Rapp, Director of Admissions for the Full-Time MBA Programs and the MS in Management Studies Program, is a huge fan of the video essay, which Kellogg introduced four years ago.

Rapp says it’s the best because, “It gives us the opportunity to hear applicants tell their stories in their own voices. It has taken the two-dimensional application process and made it three-dimensional for every candidate. We have pioneered this technology and are not looking back. Our Career Management Center and alums tell us that more and more companies are using similar technology for initial interviews so it’s good practice for future career moves too.”

Per the admissions website: The Video Essay is one component of the application and provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

  • After submitting an application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through the your application status page. One question will be a “get to know you” icebreaker type of question. The second question will be an opportunity to describe your plans for the future and how Kellogg will help you on that journey. The other questions will be randomly generated questions that will be similar to interview questions.
  • There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool to help you feel prepared.
  • We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.
  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.
  • We estimate the video essays will take 20-25 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.  You will need an internet connected computer with a webcam, microphone and an updated version of Adobe Flash in order to complete the video essay.
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Kellogg offers more insight in this section (see link above) on why the admissions team has a video essay component, what kinds of questions to expect, wardrobe suggestions, as well as answers to many technical questions related to the process.

The Kellogg full-time MBA application is now live. For more information on applying, please visit the Kellogg School MBA admissions website.

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