MBA Application Essay Tips

October 25, 2012

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One of the most daunting parts of the application process is the essay. Do you want to know how your essay should be phrased, what the admissions committee is really looking for, and how to present yourself to the best of your ability?  Here are a few suggestions from Deborah Knox.

Deborah Knox, writing at the Poets and Quants blog, offers many MBA application essay tips in her recent post “Making the Goals Essay Work for You.” Many applicants feel so anxious because they may not be 100% certain what their career path will look like. She seeks to calm those applicants down by saying, “If truth be told, it makes sense not to be completely clear about your future career trajectory. After all, if you’re accepted to an MBA program, you’re about to embark on a life-transforming journey, one which will expose you to an array of companies, industries, geographies, functions, and opportunities. Believe me, it’s like being a kid in a candy store.”

Even if you are not expected to write a goals-oriented essay, taking her MBA application essay tips, which includes being open, articulate, and forward-thinking is helpful for a wide variety of essay topics. She offers three questions for any MBA applicant to consider when sitting down to that essay:

  • What am I passionate about?
  • What relevant skills and experience do I bring to the table?
  • Is there truly an opportunity in this space?

Accepted Admissions Blog has also been weighing in and offering MBA application essay tips. They recently focused on Fatal Flaw #4 of the personal essay: Superficiality.

“When you write superficially you tend to blend into the great mass of applicants who on a superficial level are very much like you. They have the same goal. They have prepared similarly to gain acceptance. Of course, blending in is exactly what you don’t want to do When you write superficially you tend to blend into the great mass of applicants who on a superficial level are very much like you. They have the same goal. They have prepared similarly to gain acceptance. Of course, blending in is exactly what you don’t want to do.”

To combat this superficiality, they offer the suggestion of focusing primarily on specific examples of leadership, and that this focus on specificity will be the only thing that really sets the best applicants apart. This is, honestly, probably one of the most useful MBA application essay tips.

What will you focus on as you apply for a Washington D.C. MBA? What will make you stand out in the crowd?

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