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Essay MappingHarvard Business School Essays (2009 - 2010)Stanford GSB Essays (2009-2010)University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Essays (2009-2010)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) Essays (2009-2010)Northwestern University (Kellogg) Essays (2009-2010)University of Chicago (Booth) Essays (2009-2010)Dartmouth College (Tuck) Essays (2008-2009)University of California – Berkley (Haas) Essays (2009-2010)Columbia Business School - Essays (2008-2009)New York University (Stern) Essays 2009-2010University of California – Los Angeles (Anderson) Essays (2009-2010)University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) Essays (2008-2009)Yale University Essays (2009-2010)Cornell University (Johnson) Essays (2008-2009)Duke University (Fuqua) Essays (2008-2009)University of Virginia (Darden) Essays (2009-2010)Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) Essays (2009-2010)University of Texas – Austin (McCombs) Essays (2008-2009)University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) Essays (2008-2009)Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley) Essays (2008-2009)University of Southern California (Marshall) Essays (2008-2009)Arizona State University (Carey) EssaysGeorgetown University (McDonough) Essays (2008-2009)Emory University (Goizueta) Essays (2008-2009)University of Rochester (Simon) Essays (2008-2009)

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DeadlineApplication Deadlines
Round 1: October 1, 2009
Round 2: January 19, 2010
Round 3: April 8, 2010

Notification Dates
Round 1: December 15, 2009
Round 2: April 6, 2010
Round 3: May 13, 2009
Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 7, 2009
Round 2: January 6, 2010
Round 3: April 7, 2010

Notification Dates
Round 1: December 16, 2009
Round 2: March 31, 2010
Round 3: May 19, 2009
Round 1
Application Deadline: October 1, 2009
Notification Date: December 18, 2009
Round 2
Application Deadline: January 5, 2010
Notification Date: March 26, 2010
Round 3
Application Deadline: March 9, 2010
Notification Date: May 14, 2010
Round One
Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Decisions Released: Monday, February 1, 2010

Round Two
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 13, 2010
Decisions Released: Monday, April 5, 2010
Round One
Deadline: October 15, 2009
Notification: January 11, 2010

Round Two
Deadline: January 14, 2010
Notification: March 29, 2010

Round Three
Deadline: March 4, 2010
Notification: May 17, 2010
Round One
Submission Deadline: October 14, 2009
Mid-Decision: November 11, 2009
Decision Notification Date: December 22, 2009

Round Two
Submission Deadline: January 6, 2010
Mid-Decision: February 17, 2010
Decision Notification Date: March 24, 2010

Round Three
Submission Deadline: March 10, 2010
Mid-Decision: April 21, 2010
Decision Notification Date: May 12, 2010
Early Action
Deadline: October 14, 2009
Notification: December 18, 2009

November Round
Deadline: November 11, 2009
Notification: February 5, 2010

January Round
Deadline: January 6, 2010
Notification: March 19, 2010

April Round
Deadline: April 2, 2010
Notification: May 14, 2010
Round One
Deadline: October 20, 2009
Notification: January 27, 2010

Round Two
Deadline: December 10, 2009
Notification: March 17, 2010

Round Three:
Deadline: February 2, 2010
Notification: April 28, 2010

Round Four
Deadline: March 10, 2010
Notification: May 19, 2010
January 2010 Accelerated Program
Application Period Began: April 30th, 2009
Decision Period: Within 8 weeks
Application Deadline: October 7th, 2009

September 2010 Early Decision
Application Review Period Begins: August 17th, 2009
Decision Period: Within 10 weeks
Application Deadline: October 7th, 2009

September 2010 International Applicants
Application Review Period Begins: January 6th, 2010
Decision Period: Within 12 weeks
Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2010

September 2010 U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Application Review Period Begins: January 6th, 2010
Decision Period: Within 12 weeks
Application Deadline: April 14th, 2010
Early Action
Deadline: October 6, 2009
Notification: November 24, 2009

Round 1
Deadline: November 12, 2009
Notification: January 19, 2010

Round 2
Deadline: January 7, 2010
Notification: March 8, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 9, 2010
Notification: April 22, 2010
Round 1
Deadline: October 14, 2009
GMAT / TOEFL by: September 30, 2009
Decision: January 13, 2010

Round 2
Deadline: January 6, 2010
GMAT / TOEFL by: December 31, 2009
Decision: March 31, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 17, 2010
GMAT / TOEFL by: February 28, 2010
Decision: May 19, 2010
Round 1
Deadline: October 10, 2009
Notification: January 15, 2010

Round 2
Deadline: January 2, 2010
Notification: March 15, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 1, 2010
Notification: May 15, 2010

International applicants are encouraged to apply in Round 1 or Round 2.
Round 1
Deadline: October 8, 2009
Notification: December 18, 2009

Round 2
Deadline: January 7, 2010
Notification: April 2, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 10, 2010
Notification: May 7, 2010
Round 1
October 6, 2008

Round 2
November 17, 2008

Round 3
January 12, 2009

Round 4
March 23, 2009
Early Action
Deadline: October 6, 2009
Notification: November 24, 2009

Round 1
Deadline: November 12, 2009
Notification: January 19, 2010

Round 2
Deadline: January 7, 2010
Notification: March 8, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 9, 2010
Notification: April 22, 2010
Round 1
Deadline: October 28, 2009
Notification: January 28, 2010

Round 2
Deadline: January 7, 2010
Notification: March 26, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 31, 2010
Notification: May 12, 2010
Application submitted and complete by:

October 26, 2009
January 04, 2010
March 08, 2010
April 26, 2010*
June 01, 2010**

Notification of decision mailed to applicant on:

December 21, 2009
March 15, 2010
May 03, 2010
June 04, 2010
Rolling

April 26, 2010 deadline reserved for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, as well as FlexTime and FlexMode candidates. International applicants for the FullTime MBA program must apply by March 08, 2010.

June 01 deadline reserved for FlexTime and FlexMode candidates.
McCombs runs on a rolling admissions system, and candidates can expect a decision 10-13 weeks after submitting their applications (excluding two weeks around the Christmas holiday). The deadlines are below:

Early deadline for all applications:
November 2, 2009

Final deadline for all international applications; second deadline for all domestic applications:
January 15, 2010

Final deadline for all domestic applications:
April 1, 2010
Early Action
Deadline: October 23, 2009
Notification: December 14, 2009

Round 2
Deadline: December 4, 2009
Notification: February 8, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: January 8, 2010
Notification: March 22, 2010

Round 4
Deadline: March 19, 2010
Notification: May 3, 2010
Domestic and International applicants
Deadline Notification
Early November 15 Early February
Priority January 15 Late March
Third March 1 Late April
Final April 15 Late May
# Consortium applicants
Deadline Notification
Priority November 15 Early February
Final January 5 Mid March
Round Deadline Notification Begins
Early* November 1 December 19
Round 1 December 1 February 6
Round 2 January 15 April 3
Round 3 February 15 May 1
Round 4 April 1 May 22
Fall 2010 Application Deadline Notification Date
October 18, 2009 December 18, 2009
December 13, 2009 February 26, 2010
February 14, 2010 April 16, 2010
April 4, 2010 June 4, 2010
Application deadlines for consideration for fall 2010 admission are November 1, 2009 (round 1), January 2, 2010 (round 2), and March 20, 2010 (round 3).Application Completed By: Decision No Later Than:
November 1, 2008 January 1, 2009
December 8, 2008* March 1, 2009
February 1, 2009** April 1, 2009
March 1, 2009 May 1, 2009
Application Due: Notification By:
Full-Time July (M.S.) or September (M.B.A. or M.S.) Entry October 15th January 15th
November 20th February 15th
January 5th March 31st

Final Deadline for International Students,
Full-Time July (M.S.) or September (M.B.A. or M.S.) Entry* March 15th May 15th
Final Deadline for Domestic Students,
Full-Time July (M.S.) or September (M.B.A. or M.S.) Entry May 14th July 15th
Full-Time January (M.B.A. only) Entry August 1st October 1st
October 15th November 20th

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Essay 11. What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit)Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words)Essay 1 – (750-1000 words)
As a leader in global business, Wharton is committed to sustaining “a truly global presence through its engagement in the world.” What goals are you committed to and why? How do you envision the Wharton MBA contributing to the attainment of those goals?
We are interested in learning more about you and how you work, think, and act. For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response. Please limit the experiences you discuss to those which have occurred in the past three years.

In each of the essays please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.
All applicants:

Essay 1: Please describe a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular. (500 words or less, limited to one page)
Essay 1 – Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at Kellogg. (600 word limit)1. How did you choose your most recent job/internship and how did this experience influence your future goals? What about the Chicago Booth MBA makes you feel it is the next best step in your career at this time? (750-1000 words)1. 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, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)1. Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)Essay 1: What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)Essay 1. Professional Aspirations
(750 word maximum)
Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Answer the following:
(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?
1. Describe the ways in which your family and/or community have helped shape your development. (750 words)Essay 1: Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why is an MBA the best choice at this point in your career? What and/or who influenced your decision to apply to Ross?1. What are your professional goals immediately after you receive your MBA?1. Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you were able to add value to your organization. [400 words]Essay 1: What do you hope to gain from The Duke MBA? How does it fit into your short- and long- term goals? If you are interested in a joint degree or the Health Sector Management program, please address in this response.1. How have the changes in the global economy over the last 18 months affected you and your plan for the future? (400 words)A. What are your short-term and long-term goals? How will a Tepper MBA help you to achieve these goals. (Please include any information regarding what steps you have taken to learn more about Tepper.)Essay 1: Please define your short- and long-term goals and objectives, your career progression to date, and how an MBA fits in at this time. What makes the Texas MBA the perfect fit for you? (900 word limit)Essay 1: What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? Do you have other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? Your response should not exceed 500 words.Mandatory

1. Please discuss your post-MBA short- and long-term professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals?
Essay 1: Describe in a brief essay (do not exceed 250 words per section - 750 words maximum):
a) your post-MBA short-term goals (immediately after graduation),
b) your post-MBA long-term goals (3-5 years after graduation), and
c) how your professional experience, when combined with an MBA degree, will enable you to achieve these goals.
Essay No. 1:

Explain how your past accomplishments have prepared you for the W. P. Carey MBA.
Essay 1:
Briefly state your short-term and long-term career objectives. How have your prior professional, academic, and personal experiences influenced your career plans? Specifically, how will your participation in Georgetown’s MBA Full-Time Program contribute to your career objectives? (750 words)
1. List one of your most significant professional or organizational accomplishments.
Describe your precise role in this event and how it has helped to shape your management skills. Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.
Discuss two examples that demonstrate your potential as a successful leader. (500 words)

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Essay 22. What have you learned from a mistake? (400-word limit)Essay 2: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them? (450 words)Essay 2 – (750-1000 words)
Tell us about a time when you had to adapt by accepting/understanding the perspective of people different from yourself.
Essay Two
Please describe a time when you coached, trained, or mentored a person or group. (500 words or less, limited to one page)
Essay 2 – Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experiences (600 word limit)2. Please choose one of the following (500 - 750 words):
Describe a time when you wish you could have retracted something you said or did. When did you realize your mistake and how did you handle the situation?
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Describe a time when you were surprised by feedback that you received. What was the feedback and why were you surprised?
2. Tuck defines leadership as “inspiring others to strive and enabling them to accomplish great things.” We believe great things and great leadership can be accomplished in pursuit of business and societal goals. Describe a time when you exercised such leadership. Discuss the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What characteristics helped you to be effective, and what areas do you feel you need to develop in order to be a better leader?2. What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? How will an MBA from Berkeley help you achieve these specific career goals? (1000 word maximum)Essay 2: Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. View the link below. Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone. (Recommended 500 word limit)

1. View with Real Player: http://merlin.gsb.columbia.edu:8080/ramgen/video1/faculty/MasterClass-promo.rm
2. View via Google: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4698876883776961370&hl=en
Essay 2. Your Stern Experience
(500 word maximum)
We take great care to shape the Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative, and committed to flourishing as Stern leaders. Please answer the following questions:
(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.
(b) Describe what most excites you about Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.
(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve.
2. Describe the biggest risk you have ever taken, the outcome, and what you learned in the process. (500 words)Essay 2: Describe your most significant professional accomplishment. Elaborate on the leadership skills you displayed, the actions you took and the impact you had on your organization.2. What are your long-term career aspirations?2. What career do you plan to pursue upon completing the MBA and why? How will the Johnson School help you achieve this goal? [400 words]Essay 2: How will you contribute to the overall experience of your peers at The Duke MBA?2. What will you contribute to an MBA program and what are your personal and professional expectations of the program you attend? (600 words)B. The Tepper School’s culture relies on all members to be active contributors to our community. How will you contribute to the Tepper community? Please feel free to include examples from the past or ideas for the future.Essay 2: The Texas MBA is built around four key pillars of leadership. Describe an experience that you have had that clearly demonstrates your leadership as it relates to one of our four pillars: 1) Responsibility/Integrity; 2) Knowledge/Understanding; 3) Collaborative/Communication; or 4) Worldview of Business and Society. (650 word limit)Essay 2: Briefly describe the career path you intend to pursue immediately after b-school. Explain why this career option appeals to you and why an MBA is appropriate at this time. Your response should not exceed 500 words.Choose two of the next three:

2. Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced in your professional career. How was it resolved and what did you learn from the experience?
Essay 2: Complete one of the following three statements. Do not exceed 250 words.
a) “My most significant accomplishment to date is…”
b) “People may be surprised to learn that I…”
c) “I am considered a leader because…”
Essay No. 2:

How will the W. P. Carey MBA help you achieve your personal and professional goals? Please reference the specialization you plan to pursue and discuss your career goals after the MBA program.
Essay 2:
In your own words, how do you define leadership? Please provide a specific example (professional or personal) of a time when you embodied the characteristics of a leader. Be sure to highlight the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What areas do you wish to develop in order to become a more effective leader? (750 words)
2. Please complete/address two of the following statements.
Full-time candidates (Two-Year and One-Year Programs) must complete/address choice F as one of the two options. Please limit each response to one, double-spaced, typed page.

1. I have always wanted to....
2. My most memorable cross-cultural experience....
3. My family background is unique because....
4. The person who has had the greatest influence on my leadership style is... because...
5. The greatest lesson I have ever learned....
6. Of Goizueta’s core values (courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, community), which value resonates most with you and why?
Describe your post-M.B.A. or post-M.S. career plans. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? What aspects of the Simon School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? Why have you chosen to apply to the Simon School for graduate study? (500 words)

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Essay 3Please respond to two of the following (400-word limit each):

1. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?
2. Discuss how you have engaged with a community or organization.
3. Tell us about a time when you made a difficult decision.
4. Write a cover letter to your application introducing yourself to the Admissions Board.
5. What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?
Essay 3: Answer two of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years. (300 words each)

Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.
Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.
Option C: Tell us about a time when you motivated others to support your vision or initiative.
Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.
Essay 3 – (500 words)
Describe a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself?
Essay Three
Please describe a time when you took responsibility for achieving an objective. (500 words or less, limited to one page)
Essay 3 – Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would your peers select you to become a member of the Kellogg community? (600 word limit)Slide Presentation
We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you to tell us about yourself. In four slides or less please answer the following question: What have you not already shared in your application that you would like your future classmates to know about you?
We have set forth the following guidelines for you to consider when creating your presentation.
• The content is completely up to you. There is no right or wrong approach to this essay.
• Feel free to use the software you are most comfortable with. Acceptable formats for upload in the online application system are PowerPoint or PDF.
• There is a strict maximum of 4 slides, though you can provide fewer than 4 if you choose.
• Slides will be printed and added to your file for review, therefore, flash, hyperlinks, embedded videos, music, etc. will not be viewed by the committee. You are limited to text and static images to convey your points. Color may be used.
• Slides will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas, not on technical expertise or presentation.
• You are welcome to attach a document containing notes if you feel a deeper explanation of your slides is necessary. However the hope is the slide is able to stand alone and convey your ideas clearly. You will not be penalized for adding notes but you should not construct a slide with the intention of using the notes section as a consistent means of explanation.
3. Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?Optional Essay:
1.(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)
Essay 3: Please provide an example of a team failure of which you’ve been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (Recommended 500 word limit)Essay 3. Personal Expression
Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.
3. Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. What is your motivation for pursuing an MBA now and how will UCLA Anderson help you to achieve your goals? (750 words)Essay 3: If you were not pursuing the career goals you described in Question 1, what profession would you pursue instead? (for example, teacher, musician, athlete, architect, etc.) How will this alternate interest contribute to your effectiveness in solving multi-disciplinary problems?3. Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA and why now? (If you plan to use your MBA experience to make a significant change in the field or nature of your career, please tell us what you have done to prepare for this transition.)3. You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. Please write the Table of Contents for the book. [400 words]Essay 3: Discuss a person, event or experience that has significantly shaped your life and explain why. Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally.C. Please answer two of the following three questions or statements. Please clearly specify which questions you are answering. Your two answers should equal a total of two pages or less.
1. Describe an obstacle you have faced in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this obstacle and how did it foster your development?
2. Describe a time in which your ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it?
3. One thing people would be surprised to know about me is . . .
Essay 3: At the McCombs School of Business, you will be part of an active and diverse community. How will you use your personal strengths and unique experiences to enrich the McCombs community during your two years in the program? (500 word limit)Essay 3: What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to Kenan-Flagler? Your response should not exceed 500 words.3. Suppose you had to choose three people�people alive now or people from another era�to travel with you on a cross-country automobile trip. Who would you choose and why? What would you hope to learn from them? (Think carefully about the company you want on those long stretches through Nebraska or Kansas.)Essay 3: Answer two of the following questions. Do not exceed 500 words per question.
a) The Marshall MBA Prime Program prepares students for doing business in a global economy. Describe a cross-cultural experience that challenged you. How did you meet this challenge and what did you learn from this experience?
b) USC has garnered national acclaim for its emphasis on community outreach and service. How have you impacted your community?
c) We all experience significant events or milestones that influence the course of our lives. Briefly describe such an event and how it affected you.
Essay No. 3:

Please address any weaknesses in your W. P. Carey MBA application or provide additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. If you have a future GMAT test date, please include that date in this essay.
Essay 3:
What is the most significant change you have made to any organization with which you have been recently affiliated? Please describe how you identified the need for change and how you managed the process of implementing change. What were the results? (750 words)
3. What do you expect to accomplish in the Goizueta Business School MBA program?
How will your participation in the MBA program fit in with your experiences and responsibilities as well as your short and long-term career goals? Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

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Essay 4Please respond to two of the following (400-word limit each):
1. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?
2. Discuss how you have engaged with a community or organization.
3. Tell us about a time when you made a difficult decision.
4. Write a cover letter to your application introducing yourself to the Admissions Board.
5. What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?
Essay 4 – (500 words) Choose one of the following:
a. Give us a specific example of a time when you solved a complex problem.
b. Tell us about something significant that you have done to improve yourself, in either your professional and/or personal endeavors.
LGO applicants only:

Essay 4: Why do you wish to pursue the LGO program? What are the goals that you hope to accomplish both as a student and as a graduate of the program? Be sure to include a description of your post-LGO career plans. (250 words or less, limited to one page) You are welcome to copy and paste text directly from your cover letter.
Essay 4 - Complete one of the following three questions or statements. (400 word limit)

Re-applicants have the option to answer a question from this grouping, but this is not required.
a) Describe a time when you had to make an unpopular decision.
b) People may be surprised to learn that I….
c) I wish the admissions committee had asked me……
4. Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?Essay 4 (Optional): Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.)Essay 4. Additional Information (optional)
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 and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information.
4. Select and respond to one of the two following questions. We would like you to respond to the question by recording an audio or video response (up to 10Mb maximum) for upload in the online application. (Please note: The supported file types for audio files are: .avi, .wav, .mp3, .wmv, .midi, .wma, .aiff, .au, .mp4; the supported file types for video files are: .mov, .avi, .wmv, .mpeg). If you are unable to submit your response via audio or video, then please prepare a written response instead. (250 words)
a. Entrepreneurship is a mindset that embraces innovation and risk-taking within both established and new organizations. Describe an instance in which you exhibited this mindset.
b. What is something people will find surprising about you?
Essay 4: Describe your experience during a challenging time in your life. Explain how you grew personally, either despite this challenge or because of it.4. What attracts you specifically to the Yale School of Management’s MBA program?Optional Essay: Complete this essay if there is other information you would like to add regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate GPA or test scores) do(es) not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School (400 words)Long Essay: Today, companies must navigate through complex and interdependent issues. They must deal with health and security matters, environmental impact questions, and diversity and cultural concerns. Leaders need adaptability, imagination, and emotional intelligence as well as business acumen.

Upon graduation, a Duke MBA will be a leader of consequence - able to deal simultaneously with complex matters and engage skillfully with colleagues, clients, and community. What impact do you hope to have as a leader of consequence? (required, two page limit, 1.5 line spacing)
D. Is there anything additional that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? Note: if you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. This essay is intended to provide a place for you to add information that you think is important but is not covered elsewhere in the application.
You must complete this essay if you answered “yes” to the additional information questions on the previous page.
Optional Essay
Please provide any additional information to the Admissions Committee that you believe is important and/or will address any areas of concern that will ultimately be beneficial to the committee in considering your application.
Limit: 350 words
Essay 4: What do you expect from your MBA program? How and when will you measure the return on your investment in the MBA? Your response should not exceed 500 words.4. Describe what there is about your background and your experiences that will contribute to the diversity of the entering class and enhance the educational experience of other students.Essay 4:
Community contributions, personal interests, and affiliations. List in order of importance all community and 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, and average number of hours spent each month (one-page limit).

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Essay 5Essay 5: Why do you wish to pursue the engineering field and specialty area you have selected? (250 words or less, limited to one page) You are welcome to copy and paste text directly from your cover letter.5. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not
addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual
choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or
changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented
by this application
Essay 5: (Optional) If your GMAT quantitative score is low, or if you have not had coursework in calculus, microeconomics, statistics and financial accounting, please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative MBA curriculum. 300 words maximum.Optional:

5. Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn�t feel obligated to answer this question.

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Essay 6BEP applicants only:

All applicants to BEP must answer two additional essay questions: Answer essay 6 and essay 7a or 7b.

Essay 6: What is your definition of success as you consider a career in the biomedical sector? Provide a brief overview of your ideal career path over the next 10-15 years as you move toward that success. Explain what you hope to have accomplished at the end of that period and how your experiences in BEP will have helped make those accomplishments possible. (500 words or less)

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Essay 7Essay 7a. Describe one area of science or technology that you believe is particularly promising in terms of having an impact on the practice of medicine and affecting people's health. What is the underlying problem, why is it significant, and what are promising solutions that might address it? (750 words or less)

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Essay 7b. Describe one medical or healthcare problem on which you hope to make a positive impact. Explain why this problem is meaningful to you and how you hope to promote progress toward solving it. (750 words or less)

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Reapplicants2009-2010 Questions – Re-Applicants
(Please note: re-applicant essays are for those who applied during the application cycle in 2007-08 or 2008-09 only. Reapplicants from 2006-07 or earlier are to complete the first-time applicant essays).


Re-Applicant Essay 1 – (1000 words)
As a leader in global business, Wharton is committed to sustaining “a truly global presence through its engagement in the world”. What goals are you committed to and why? How do you envision the Wharton MBA contributing to the attainment of those goals? How has your candidacy improved since the last time you applied?

Re-Applicant Essay 2 – (500 words)
Describe a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself?

Re-Applicant Essay 3 – (500 words) Choose one of the following:
a. Give us a specific example of a time when you solved a complex problem.

b. Tell us about something significant that you have done to improve yourself, in either your professional and/or personal endeavors.

Re-Applicant Essay 4 (Optional) – (250 words)
If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application).
Required essay for re-applicants only - Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (400 word limit)FOR REAPPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (250 words)(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.1. Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words)

2. Describe the biggest risk you have ever taken, the outcome, and what you learned in the process. (500 words)
Required for reapplicants: What steps have you taken to improve your candidacy since your last application?A 500 word personal statement that addresses the following topic:
'Please describe any significant professional, personal, or academic growth since your last application to the USC Marshall School of Business. Discuss your specific professional goals and how a USC Marshall MBA will help you to achieve these goals.'

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Formatting ReqsUse a 12-point font, double spaced
Indicate which essay question you are answering at the beginning of each essay
Number all pages
Upload all four essays as one document
Preview the uploaded document to ensure that the formatting is true to the original
Save a copy of your essays
All essays should be double-spaced.Must be double - spaced.# Essays 1, 2 and 4 must be typed and submitted using the standard U.S. 8 1/2” x 11” format, double-spaced, in 12-point font.
# Please adhere to the essay word limits provided for each question.
# Word limits apply to the total question. For example, your response to Essay 1 should answer part (a), part (b) and part (c) with a maximum of 750 words.
# Label the top of each essay with the following: Name, Date of Birth (month, day, year), Essay Number and Page Number (e.g.: Joe Applicant, January 1, 2001, Essay 1, Page 1)
All essays must be double-spaced.single page limit, 1.5 line spacingMaximum length: 2 double-spaced pages.Responses to each essay should be no more than two pages using 1.5 line spacing.

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Total WordsYour answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,800 words.

Essay 1: 600
Essay 2: 400
Essay 3: 400
Essay 4: 400
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,800 words.

Essay 1: 750 words
Essay 2: 450 words
Essay 3: 300 words eac
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 3,000 words.

Essay 1: 1000
Essay 2: 1000
Essay 3: 500
Essay 4: 500

Reapplicants - Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 2,250 words.

Reapplicants Essay 1: 1000
Reapplicants Essay 2: 500
Reapplicants Essay 3: 500
Reapplicants Essay 4: 250
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 3,250 words.

Essay 1: 500
Essay 2: 500
Essay 3: 500
Essay 4: 250
Essay 5: 250
Essay 6: 500
Essay 7: 750
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 2,200 words.

Essay 1: 600
Essay 2: 600
Essay 3: 600
Essay 4: 400

Reapplicants 400
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,750 words.

Essay 1: 1000
Essay 2: 750


Reapplicants 250
Although there is no length requirement for the Tuck essays, the admissions office does note that most applicants, on average, use approximately 500 per response.Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 2,000 words.

Essay 1: 500
Essay 2: 1000
Essay 3: 500
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,750 words.

Essay 1: 750
Essay 2: 500
Essay 3: 500
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,250 words.

Essay 1: 750
Essay 2: 500
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 2,250 words.

Essay 1: 750
Essay 2: 500
Essay 3: 750
Essay 4: 250

Reapplicants Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,250 words.

Reapplicants Essay 1: 750
Reapplicants Essay 2: 500
600 words maximumYour answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,600 words.

Essay 1: 400
Essay 2: 400
Essay 3: 400
Essay 4: 400
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,000 words.

Essay 1: 400
Essay 2: 600
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 8,400 words.

Essay 1: 900
Essay 2: 6650
Essay 3: 500
Essay 4: 350
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 2,300 words.

Essay 1: 500
Essay 2: 500
Essay 3: 500
Essay 4: 500
Essay 5: 300
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,500 words.

Essay 1: 750
Essay 2: 250
Essay 3: 500

Reapplicants: 500
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 2,250 words.

Essay 1: 750
Essay 2: 750
Essay 3: 750
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,000 words.
Essay 1: 500
Essay 2: 500

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