MBA Essays for 2019-2020

Essays are an important part of your application. Here are the essays questions for 2019-2020 admissions.

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Latest essays added for:
        Harvard Business School
        Michigan (Ross)
        Columbia Business School
        Cambridge (Judge)

Cambridge (Judge)

Personal Statement

Personal statement should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions:

  • What are your short and long term career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve them?
  • What actions will you take before and during the MBA to contribute to your career outcome?
  • If you are unsure of your post-MBA career path, how will the MBA equip you for the future?

Columbia Business School

Short Answer Question (50 characters maximum)

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? Examples of possible responses: "Work in business development for a media company." "Join a strategy consulting firm." "Launch a data-management start-up."

Essay 1 (500 words)

Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?

Essay 2 (250 words)

Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you?

Essay 3 (250 words)

Who is a leader you admire, and why?

Optional Essay (500 words)

Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points.

Harvard Business School


What more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we're going to give here. Don't overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don't know your world can understand.

Additional Essay for joint program applicants

How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)

Round 6

Round 6

Round 6

Round 6

Michigan (Ross)

Part 1: Short-answer questions (300 Words)

Select one prompt from each group of the three groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 300 words total). Every word counts here — the tight word count is intentional to force you to focus.

  • Group 1
    • I want people to know that I:
    • I made a difference when I:
  • Group 2
    • I was humbled when:
    • I am out of my comfort zone when:
  • Group 3
    • I was aware that I was different when:
    • I was challenged when:

​Part 2: Career Goal Essay (300 Words)

Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this career goal right for you?

Optional Statement

Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? This is your chance to elaborate. You might want to discuss completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc.


Essay Question 1 (200 words)

Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact.

Essay Question 2 (200 words)

Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission, and they work best when they are an integral and celebrated part of our community. Read University of Virginia’s Diversity & Inclusion Vision Statement. Share a time in which you engaged with a perspective, identity, community or experience that was different from your own and how it impacted your worldview.

Essay Question 3 (50 words)

The Batten Foundation Worldwide Scholarship provides all Darden students in our full-time MBA program with an opportunity to participate in a Darden Worldwide Course. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to travel, and why?

Essay Question 4 (100 words)

Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personally, professionally, or both?

Essay Question 5 (150 words)

What is your short-term, post-MBA goal and why?