Although, the following schools are my likely choices but they are not final. I am in process of gathering more information about each of the program to identify which program matches my career goals. I will be posting a separate thread about that.
H - Harvard S- Stanford W – Wharton T – Tuck M – Sloan
- What are we are career objectives and reasons for wanting an MBA(H6,W1,S2,T2, Hass 2)
- what would you contribute while at our school(S2,Hass short 4)
- what do you hope to gain from our program(S2,Hass short 5)
- why have you applied to the other schools you have
- in what other way with you pursue your development if our school rejects you
- describe your current job
- describe your work experience
- what will change would you make your current job (and how would you implement this change)
- what are your strengths and weaknesses(H5)
- what are your most substantial accomplishments (H2, Hass short 3)
- describe a creative solution you have devised to a problem
- describe a risk that you have taken and its outcome(M2,T4)
- what have you done that demonstrates your leadership potential (H1,H8,W2)
- describe someone you consider a hero or role model. How has this person affected your development (Hass short 2)
- describe your role in a (difficult) team situation. How did you have a team reach its objectives(W3,M1,T3)
- describe an experience in which you did not reach your objectives (and what you learn from this)(H3)
- discuss an ethical dilemma you have faced(H4)
- what is the most important trend facing business
- describe the impact of technology earlier chosen career or industry
- describe a defining moment that has a major impact on your life.(W3)
- What matters most to you and why(S1, Hass short 1)
- what do you do in your spare time
- provide a candid evaluation of your own admissions file.
- Tell us anything as you care to
- what this diversity mean to you? How will you contribute to the diversity of our program?
- Discuss the professional project challenged your skills (Hass 1)
1. Discuss an experience that has had an impact on your development as a leader. (400 - word limit) (13)
2. What are your three most substantial accomplishments, and why do you view them as such? (600 - word limit)(10)
3. Recognizing that successful leaders are able to learn from failure, discuss a situation in which you failed and what you learned. (400 - word limit) (16)
4. Discuss an ethical dilemma that you experienced firsthand. How did you manage and resolve the situation? (400 - word limit)(17)
5. Provide a candid assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. (400 - word limit) (9)
6. What are your career aspirations, and how can
7. (Optional) Is there any other information that you believe would be helpful to the Board in understanding you better and in considering your application? Please be concise.
8. Describe a significant change that you brought about in an organization and its impact on your development as a leader. (400-word limit) (13)
9. How do you define success? (400-word limit)
10. What are your career aspirations, and how can an MBA help you to reach them? Why now? (400-word limit) (1)
11. What do you wish the MBA Admissions Board had asked you? (400-word limit)
1. Describe how your experiences, both professional and personal, have led to your decision to pursue an MBA at the
2. Describe a situation where leadership and teamwork were critical to the outcome of a project in which you were directly involved. What did you learn from the experience and how have you applied what you learned to other situations? (1,000 words)(13,15)
3. Describe a personal achievement that has had a significant impact on your life. Give specific details. What did you learn from this experience? How did it help shape your understanding of yourself and the world around you? (500 words)(20)
4. Please tell us something about yourself that you feel will help the Admissions Committee know you better. (500 words)
Stanford MBA Application Essays:
**Stanford's essays should be answered in 3 to 7 pages, but they will accept up to 10 pages per essay without any problems.**
ESSAY A: What matters most to you, and why?(21)
This essay is very open-ended and there is no "right" response. This essay is a story about you, about your beliefs, about your passions. Write about something that is important to you -- not what you think is important to us -- and write it from your own perspective. It should be descriptive and told in a straightforward and sincere way. It also should be a story only you can tell, which means describing not just what they are, but also "how" and "why" those things have shaped your conduct and attitudes in your personal and professional life.
ESSAY B: What are your short-term and long-term career aspirations? How will an MBA education further your development? Why does the academic experience offered at the GSB appeal to you?
The question has multiple parts -- please think about and answer each. Why do you want an MBA degree? Why specifically at the Stanford GSB? How will the Stanford MBA make a difference in your life and career? We don't expect a detailed, lifetime plan. But we do expect you to be specific about why you are applying.(1,2,3)
· Essay One: Please give an example when your actions had an impact on a person, group, or an organization (up to 500 words).(14)
· Essay Two: Please give an example when your thinking was different from others’ (up to 500 words).(12)
· Essay Three: Please give an example when you were part of a high or low performing team (up to 500 words).
· Essay Four: Please tell us something meaningful in your life over the past year (up to 500 words).
2.Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why
is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree,(1)
please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)
3. Describe a situation in which you led a team to reach a specific goal. Looking back,
what characteristics helped you to be effective as a leader? What areas do you feel you
need to develop in order to be a better leader?
4. Describe a situation in which you stood up for something you believed in, even though
others did not agree with you. In what ways were you pleased with how you handled the
situation? What do you wish you had done differently?(12)
5. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not
addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application. Complete this
section only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.
6. (To be completed by all reapplicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since
you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.
- Please identify the course(s) you have taken or intend to take to demonstrate quantitative proficiency. Provide the course number, date, grade if any, and institution at which the course was or will be taken. If you wish, you may discuss other ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities.
- If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain; otherwise, enter N/A.
- List in order of importance all community & professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, dates of involvement, offices held, & average number of hours spent per month.
- Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your university degree.
- List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies, indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
- If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)
Short answer questions:
- Describe something you feel passionate about. (250-word maximum)
- Who is someone that you consider to be an inspirational leader? Why? (250-word maximum)
- Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250-word maximum)
- At Haas, we value individual differences. Beyond nationality or citizenship, what makes you unique compared to other MBA applicants? (250-word maximum)
- If you have visited Haas, please let us know what about your visit made the most lasting impression on you. If you have not visited Haas, what steps have you taken to familiarize yourself with our MBA program? (250-word maximum)
- Describe your greatest professional challenge and how you resolved it. (500-word maximum)
- What are your professional goals? How do your past and present experiences relate to these goals? Why do you want an MBA from
at this point in your career? (1,000-word maximum) Berkeley
- (Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven’t addressed elsewhere. (500-word maximum)
- (Optional) If you wish to be considered for the Haas Achievement Award (for individuals who have overcome significant economic, educational, health-related and/or obstacles), please use this space to address the obstacles you have overcome. (750-word maximum)