MBA Deadlines and Requirements

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2015 ENTRY MBA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
NOTE: ORDER OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM NU EARLY IN PROCESS FOR INTS

ANDERSON:
UCLA Anderson is distinguished by three defining principles: Share Success, Think Fearlessly,
Drive Change. What principles have defined your life and pre-MBA career? How do you believe
that UCLA Anderson’s principles, and the environment they create, will help you attain your
post-MBA career goals? (750 words maximum)
Optional Essay: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the
Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)
1 RECOMMENDATION
INTERVIEW INVITATION-ONLY, SECOND-YEAR STUDENT, BLIND
Round 2: January 7 / April 2

KELLOGG:
Essay One: Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will…. Challenges can build
character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you
learn? (450 words)
Essay Two: Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a
professional experience that required you to influence people. What did this experience teach
you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 words)
Optional Essay/Additional Information: If needed, use this section to briefly describe any
extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders,
inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)
Video Essay: After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to
complete two Video Essay Questions. One will be about the candidate’s interest in Kellogg and
the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.

2 RECOMMENDATIONS
INTERVIEW REQUIRED; SCHEDULE BY JANUARY 14TH AND COMPLETE BY MARCH 3RD
Round 2: January 7 / March 25

STERN:
Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
(750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
 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?
Essay 2: Choose Option A or Option B
Option A: Your Two Paths
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the
challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given
today’s ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in
ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can
have impact.
 Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term.
How do you see your two paths unfolding?
 What factors will most determine which path you will take?
 How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?
Option B: Personal Expression
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.
2 RECOMMENDATIONS
INTERVIEW INVITATION-ONLY, ADMISSIONS OFFICER, ON CAMPUS IN NYC
OFF-SITE INTERVIEW REQUESTS BY NOVEMBER 15

Round 3: January 15 / April 1

COLUMBIA:
Short Answer Question:
What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (75 characters maximum)
Examples of possible responses:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy.”
“Work for an investment firm that focuses on real estate.”
Essay 1:
Given your individual background and goals, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this
time? (Maximum 500 words)
Essay 2:
Please view the video below:
The Center
How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (Maximum 250 words)
Essay 3:
What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250
words)
Optional Essay:
An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of
the required essays.

2 RECOMMENDATIONS
 How do the candidate's performance, potential, background, or personal qualities
compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide
specific examples.
 Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the
applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.
INTERVIEW INVITATION-ONLY, ALUMNI, RESUME ONLY

Round 2 (Merit Fellowship): January 7
Round 3: April 15

UT MCCOMBS:
1. Imagine that you are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2017. Please
introduce yourself to your new classmates, and include information you feel relevant to
both your personal and professional life. Select only one communication method that you
would like to use for your response.
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Write an essay (250 words)
Share a video introduction (one minute)
Share your about.me profile

2. In the Texas MBA program, we promote a diverse and collaborative community by
providing opportunities for growth in an academically rigorous environment. Please
discuss why McCombs is the right program for you, what you hope to gain from your
time in the Texas MBA Program both personally and professionally, and how you will
contribute to your classmates' experiences. (500 words)
3. Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information that you believe is important
and/or will address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions
Committee in considering your application. (250 words)
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For example, if your standardized test scores are not exactly what you would like
them to be or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (i.e.
calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting, or finance), please tell
us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA
curriculum.
If relevant to your circumstances, please also discuss any other factors that you
think may impact your candidacy (i.e., unexplained gaps in work experience,
choice of recommenders, academic performance, or any significant weaknesses
in your application or extenuating personal circumstances).

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION
2 RECOMMENDATIONS (online, they send e-mail to form)

INTERVIEW INVITATION-ONLY, PREFERENCE FOR STUDENT, ALUM, OR ADCOM
Round 2: January 6 / March 26
Round 3: March 24 / May 21

STANFORD:
Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (750)
A strong response to this question will:
 Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
 Reflect the self-examination process you used to write your response.
 Genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
 Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than
focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
 Be written from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced
you.
Essay B: Why Stanford? (350)
Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.
A strong response to this essay question will:
 Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
 Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED AFTER ADMISSION
2 RECOMMENDATIONS (online)
INTERVIEW INVITATION-ONLY, ALUM IN AREA WHERE YOU LIVE
Round 2: January 7 / March 25

UNC KENAN-FLAGLER:

Essay One (Required) 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 maximum)
Essay Two (Optional) What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other
applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC KenanFlagler? (300 words maximum)
Essay Three (Optional) If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had
coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial
accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA
curriculum. (300 words maximum)

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED AFTER ADMISSION
2 RECOMMENDATIONS (not needed before deadline)
REQUIRED OPEN INTERVIEW – INTERVIEW BY MARCH 9TH
Round 3: January 16 / March 16

MICHIGAN ROSS:
1. What are you most proud of professionally and why? What did you learn from that
experience? (400 words)
2. What are you most proud of personally and why? How does it shape who you are
today? (400 words)

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED AFTER ADMISSION
1 RECOMMENDATION
INTERVIEW INVITATION-ONLY—CHOICE OF ON-CAMPUS OR ALUM

RECOMMENDED TEAM EXERCISE BEFORE ADMISSION (GROUP INTERVIEW)
Round 2: January 5 / March 13

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