MBA Application Tips – Essays

Our MBA application consists of two required essay questions, along with an optional question. Associate Director of Admissions, Jeff Carbone, shares tips and insights on writing Essay #1:



Watch more videos of Jeff’s advice for writing Essay #2 and the Optional Question.

When reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee looks for examples of the applicant’s professional and academic accomplishments, the ability to lead and influence others, and a collaborative mindset. When writing your essays, we recommend that you:

  • Use a mix of personal and professional examples, as appropriate to best answer our questions and to provide us with insight into who you are as an individual and as a professional
  • Use examples from within the past three years
  • Concentrate on your past achievements.  Focus on what you have already done, rather than what you intend to do with your degree.
  • Share your extracurricular activities and personal interests in the “optional question” section of the application.  You may also want to include this information in your resume.
  • Show us how you have made an impact – at your workplace, your community, your family, etc.

There is no advantage to submitting your application early, as long as it is before one of the the deadlines. We begin reviewing all applications immediately following the deadline.

College seniors graduating from a U.S. institution and active U.S. military personnel may request an application fee waiver by emailing us prior to submitting your application.