These three questions together will prompt candidates to cover a wide range of information about goals, plans on campus and personality. Be sure that you do not repeat yourself across the essays and that they all work together to paint an accurate and consistent picture of your candidacy. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date.
In the past, for its third essay, CBS applicants could choose from two prompt options, generally pertaining to their personal lives and passions; now, candidates must respond to a question about a team failure instead.
In short, this year, applicants have less choice with their essays though the word counts have not changedand the topics involved skew slightly in favor of the professional and academic and away from the personal. Watch the short video below before you continue reading the full analysis!
What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? With such limited space, this can hardly be considered a true essay, but you will need to approach this with the same level of thought and focus as any of your other written responses for the school.
So, this prompt is a no-nonsense request for information that is all about getting to the point and telling the admissions committee what it needs to know—that you have a clear and achievable goal.
Think about what you truly want to do with your career in the short term and state this aspiration directly. Keep in mind that the rest of your application will need to provide evidence that your stated goal aligns with your existing skills and profound interests, especially once they have been augmented by an MBA education.
This will show that your professed goal is achievable and lend credibility to your statement. If you can do this in 50 characters not 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 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long term dream job?
The school is prompting you to be creative and perhaps even to challenge or push yourself to think big. Showing creativity and individualism here can only be helpful.
Although this is not a request for a textbook personal statement essay, your response will certainly involve some elements of the topics covered in such a submission, such as short- and long-term goals. The mbaMission Personal Statement Guide offers advice on brainstorming and crafting such essays along with multiple illustrative examples and so may be helpful in preparing your CBS response to this prompt.
You can download your free copy here. CBS does not explicitly ask how its MBA program will factor into the achievement of your goals, but if you feel that particular resources the school offers could or will be uniquely influential and advantageous to you as you advance along your path, we believe you have sufficient room and leeway to mention these.
However, generic claims or empty pandering have no place at all in this rather compact essay. Any CBS resources you reference must be specific to your needs, and the cause-and-effect relationship between these resources and your anticipated success must be very clear. Or should we say dreams?
Please watch this short video featuring Dean Glenn Hubbard Words We start our recommendation for approaching this prompt with a perhaps unorthodox suggestion: Because after seeing Dean Hubbard passionately extol the virtues of the CBS program and New York City, you may inadvertently parrot his reasons right back at the school, rather identifying your own.
This is not to say that you cannot have any overlap with the dean, but you should not feel obliged to echo his rationale or simply do so unconsciously.
And if you legitimately do have similar themes, certainly make them your own by framing or presenting them in a different way.View MBA application requirements for Columbia Business School's MBA programs.
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Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays. Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA will challenge you by offering a rigorous academic experience, global exposure through the international seminar, and the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn to your career.
Columbia Business School has changed to two of its three required questions, leaving unchanged its short answer question, first essay question and optional essay question. Total word limits are the same as .
Rather than answer Essay 1, current Knight-Bagehot Fellows applying to Columbia Business School should use the space allocated to the first essay ( words) to complete the Wiegers Fellowship application essay.
Traditionally, Columbia Business School is one of the first business schools to release its application essays every year. In part, CBS makes its essays available so early because it is one of the few programs to offer an early decision round and to consider applications on a rolling basis.
Photo Credit: Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, New York City via WikiCommons. Traditionally, Columbia Business School is one of the first business schools to release its application essays every year.