5 Tips to get you started on writing your MBA Essays

Posted by The MBA Tour on 04 December 2014 / 1 Comment

1: What are you looking for in an essay?

“Be passionate. Show us your interest and tell us why you are interested in our school and how it fits into your future MBA plans.”

Kellee Scott, Senior Associate Director, MBA Admissions, USC Marshall School of Busniess

2: Be Yourself

“We want you to be true to yourself. We want you to tell your story and what it is that you bring to the table in terms of being one of our students...you can’t do that by cutting and pasting and being very generic.”

Sharon Hill, Admissions Director, Bentley University, McCallum Graduate School of Business

3: When should I use the optional essay?

“If you have something in your past, maybe it’s a bad semester or a very poor score on one of the standardized tests, that you feel needs to be addressed that’s when you want to take advantage of the optional essay.”

Allyssa Bates, Admissions Director, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) School of Business

4: Do's & Don'ts

“You don’t want to use the same essay responses across different applications to multiple schools or even multiple programs. So, it’s important that you read every essay individually and take the time to prepare your response and try to answer that question in particular...”

Jamie Young, Associate Director Admissions & Recruitment, University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business

5: Should I hire an essay editing service?

“Writing benefits from editing. That’s why professional writers all have professional editors. If they do, so should you.”

Linda Abraham, Founder and CEO of Accepted.com

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