Sound Off On This Year’s MBA Applications!

SternNew York (Stern)

1. Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life? What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience? What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation? (750 words.)

2. Option A: Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding? How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern? What factors will most determine which path you will take? (500 words.)

Option B: 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. (500 words.)


1. What motivates your decision to pursue an MBA?  (300 words.)

2. The Yale School of Management provides leadership education for broad-minded, rigorous, and intellectually curious students with diverse backgrounds; a distinctive integrated curriculum; connections to one of the great research universities in the world; and the broad reach of an innovative and expanding global network of top business schools. What motivates you to apply to the Yale School of Management for your MBA? What will you contribute to Yale and Yale SOM? (450 words.)

Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business is ranked 16th among the best B-schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants.

Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business is ranked 16th among the best B-schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants.

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

1. What is your professional goal immediately following graduation from the Tepper School? (250 words.)

2. What are your long term career goals? (250 words.)

3. What transferrable skills have you developed that are related to your professional goals outlined in Short Answer 1? Additionally, identify the skills that you will need to develop or enhance. Specifically, how will the Tepper MBA help you develop these skills? (500 words.)

4. Describe a defining moment in your life and explain how it shaped you as a person. (300 words.)

5. How will your presence in the Tepper MBA program benefit your fellow students? How will you contribute to the school as a student and as an alumnus? (300 words.)

UCLA (Anderson)

1. What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (750 words.)

North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler School is ranked 18th among the best business schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants.

North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School is ranked 18th among the best business schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants.

UNC (Kenan-Flagler)

1. What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? What are the other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500 words maximum.)

2. Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how: your professional experience has shaped these goals; why this career option appeals to you; and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words.)

3. What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (500 words.)

Emory (Goizueta)

1. What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next step toward that goal? (200 words.)

If your initial career plans are not realized, what else are you considering? (200 words.)

2. The Business School is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. It is his legacy and the strength of his character that gives rise to our vision: Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. We encourage you to watch this short video for inspiration in answering the question. The transcript of the video can be found here. How will you contribute to and make a lasting impact on the Goizueta Business School community as a student or alumnus? (300 words.)

3. Complete one of the following statements.

I am unique because…

My most memorable cross-cultural experience…

I am passionate about…

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is…

(250 words.)

4. Please share with the committee and your future classmates an interesting or fun fact about you. (25 words.)

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