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Are you academically strong and ambitious, but unsure on how to write your essays in the best narrative form? This is where we come in. With over 400 hours of combined essay writing experience, our consultants provide the best possible guidance in writing your admissions essays. Some of our consultants have even won undergraduate essay prizes at their Ivy League institutions.


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We do everything with one goal in mind: to have you craft your best application possible. One that you feel proud of; one that you identify with; one that will see you achieve admissions success.



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MBA Consulting Framework

Six steps to business school.


Candidate Profiling

We will review your profile and provide clear feedback on the qualities and achievements you should highlight in your application. We also advise you on concrete steps you can take to address any weaknesses in your profile.


Application Strategy

We will help you to choose MBA Programs that you will thrive in, and share with you the differences between top business schools so that you can select the school that most aligns with your goals.


Resume & Recommendation Letters

We vet your resume to ensure that your achievements highlight the impressive candidate that you are. We also help you to select the right recommenders for your letter and advise you on how to best approach them.


Essay Brainstorming 

We help you identify unique, compelling experiences from your past to turn into your long and short essay responses. Applicants tend to brush over their most unique stories because they find them uninteresting and trivial, when such stories are sometimes the very ones that might help them stand above the competition.


Essay Writing & Review

With years of writing expertise, our consultant will correct your essay responses for grammar, expression and flow while preserving your individuality. We will read through your complete application, and provide final comments before you submit.


Interview Preparation (Optional)

In addition to an Interview Guide, we will provide you with a mock interview session where you will rehearse and revise your answers in a post-interview evaluation.

Application Deadlines

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MBA Essay Questions

For the 2017/2018 Application Cycle

Singapore Schools

NUS - National University of Singapore

1. If there is anything else you would like to share with the Admissions Committee that was not covered in your application, please include here. (300 words)


2. Please answer ONE of the following short essay prompts. (300 words)

  • I am passionate about…
  • My greatest challenge has been…
  • My biggest failure was ….


3. Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal including your industry, function and country of choice and how have your prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (300 words)


For Re-applicants

Please provide an update on any new aspects of your professional, international, academic or personal profile that would not have been included in your previous application. Please also explain your motivation for re-applying to NUS. (300 words)

NTU - Nanyang Technological University

1. Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your near-term (3-5 years) future career objectives and how pursuing a Nanyang MBA will help you achieve these. (400 words)


2. Tell us about two achievements (one personal and one professional) that you are most proud of, and why you feel that to be so. (400 words)


3. Share with us a situation where you faced adversity. Describe how you resolved it and what you learned from this experience. (400 words)


4. Briefly describe your involvement in any socially responsible or sustainable development activities. (150 words)


For Re-applicants

Since the time of your last application, how has your perspective regarding your future & Nanyang MBA changed? (300 words)

SMU - Singapore Management University

1. What are your post-MBA goals upon graduation? Please be as specific as possible, which might include desired roles, target companies, and/or industry. (250 words)


2. In three words, how would a coworker or professional mentor describe you? In three words, how would your closest personal friend describe you? (6 words)


Full-Time, Fast Track, JD/MBA students only

3. Think of an event that has changed your perspective in the last three years. Describe how this event has impacted your personal or professional outlook. (250 words)


4. Business is an ever changing and evolving entity. Individual’s plans and interests can change as a result of industry downturns and/or emergence of new opportunities. Keeping an open mind while navigating your career in an essential component of success. Should the short-term goals you provided above not materialize, what alternative direction would you explore? (250 words)


Job Essays


As the applications instructions state: The job questions are not essays. Hence, the number of words is not so important. People need to be comfortable writing 3 lines or 20. Some applicants work for companies that are well known and only 3 lines are sufficient to describe them; others work for small companies where it is more important to give the full picture.


1. Briefly summarize your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (short answer)


2. What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (short answer)


3. Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (short answer)


4. Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with an MBA from INSEAD. (short answer)


Optional Essay:

If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.


Motivation Essays


1. Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (500 words)


2. Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (400 words)


3. Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (300 words)


Optional Essay:

Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words)

U.K. Schools


1. Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions:

• What are your short and long term career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve them?
• What actions will you take before and during the MBA to contribute to your career outcome?
• If you are unsure of your post-MBA career path, how will the MBA equip you for the future?


2. What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)


3. Describe a situation where you had to work jointly with others to achieve a common goal. What did you learn from the experience? (200 words)


1. Consider a statistic or trend that shocks you. Why it is important to you and how could it be changed for the better? (500 words)


2. Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (250 words)


For applicants to the 1+1 scheme

Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your careers and personal development aims (250 words)


For Re-applicants

What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (250 words)

U.S. Schools – Ivy League


1. As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program? (no word limit)


2. Please tell us more about your career aspirations. (500 characters)


1. What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)


2. Teamwork is at the core of the Wharton MBA experience with each student contributing unique elements to our collaborative culture. How will you contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)


Additional Essay:

Required for all reapplicants. Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

First-time applicants may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)


1. What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters)


2. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3 – 5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)


3. The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)


4. Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)


  • Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.
  • If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?


Optional Essay:
Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. You may submit bullet points. (500 words)


For Applicants to Executive MBA 

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. How will you approach balancing the demands of the program with your professional and personal life while you are in school? (250 words)


1. Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)


1. At Cornell, we value students who create impact. Please indicate the opportunities for impact that you’ve identified through engagement with our community and describe how what you have learned has influenced your decision to apply to Johnson. (500 words)


2. You are the author of your Life Story. Please create the table of contents for the book in the space provided or upload it as an attachment. We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions. Maximum file size is 5 MB. If you choose to submit a written Table of Contents, please limit your submission to 500 words or fewer. Multimedia submissions should be under 5 minutes.



Goals Statement:

A statement of your goals will begin a conversation that will last throughout admissions process and guide your steps during the MBA program and experience. To the best of your understanding today, please share your short and long term goals by completing the following sentences:


Immediately post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.

Targeted Job Role:

Target Job Company:


In 5–10 years post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.

Targeted Job Role:

Target Job Company:



Optional/Reapplicant Essay:
Complete this essay if you would like to add additional details regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate record or test scores) do not accurately reflect your potential for success at Johnson.


For Re-applicants

Please use this essay to indicate how you have strengthened your application since the last time you applied. Please limit your response to 500 words or fewer.

U.S. Schools – Others


1. What matters most to you, and why? (Suggested word count of 750)


For this essay, we would like you to:

  • Do some deep self-examination, so you can 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.
  • Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.
  • Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”


2. Why Stanford? (Suggested word count of 400)


Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.

  • Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
  • Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.


3. Tell us about a time within the last two years when your background or perspective influenced your participation at work or school. (1,200 characters)


Cover Letter:

MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.


Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).


Video Statement:

Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief 60 second video statement. (This video will be used for application purposes only and will not be shared.) Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.


Upload the video file according to the detailed instructions within the application. We support the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv


Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you’re using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired Internet connection available. An intermittent or slow Internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.


For those invited to an interview

The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. We believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and well-being is a key component of both principled leadership and sound management practice. In 250 words or less, please describe how you, as a member of the MIT Sloan community, would work to create a campus that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse. Details for submitting your essay will be included in the interview invitation.


1. Professional Aspirations (500-words, double-spaced, 12-point font)

  • What are your short- and long-term career goals?
  • How will the MBA help you achieve them?


2. Program Preferences – NYU Stern offers a portfolio of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of our applicants. Your program preferences are very important as you will be admitted to only one program. You cannot switch your program option after receiving your admissions decision.


A. Primary Program Preference (250 words, double-spaced, 12-point font)

  • Please indicate the primary MBA program for which you would like to be considered, as indicated in the Primary Program Selection section of the application.
  • Explain why the program you have selected is the best program for you


B. Alternative Program Preference(s) (250 words, double-spaced, 12-point font)

  • Please indicate any alternative program(s) for which you would also like to be considered, as indicated in the Alternative Program Selection section of the application and why you would also like to be considered for this/these program(s).
  • An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs, you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate “N/A.”


3. Personal Expression (a.k.a. “Pick Six”) – Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:


  • A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).
  • Six images that help illustrate who you are.
  • A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.
  • Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.


Optional: Additional Information (250 words, double-spaced, 12 point font)

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL or any other relevant information.


1. Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).


  • What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
  • What are your long-term goals?
  • Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize, what alternative directions have you considered?


2. 25 Random Things About Yourself


Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.


The “Team Fuqua” spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.


In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you—beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.


3. Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.


Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community, outside of the classroom? (Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length.)


Optional Essay: If you feel there are circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance).

  • Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.
  • The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your circumstances only.
  • Limit your response to one page.

1. Select one prompt from each group. Respond to your selected prompts using 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).


Group 1

I want people to know that I:

I turned an idea into action when I:

I made a difference when I:


Group 2

I showed my resilience when I:

I was humbled when:

I am out of my comfort zone when:


Group 3

I was aware that I am different when:

I find it challenging when people:

A valuable thing I have taught someone is:


2. Please share your short-term and long-term career goals. What skills/strengths do you have that will be relevant to your career goals? How will Ross prepare you for your goals? (300 words)


Optional Statement: This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.


1. Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (250 words)


Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader’s interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley-Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.


2. Respond to one of the following prompts: (250 words)


Tip: Responses can draw from professional or personal experiences. Through your response, the admissions committee hopes to gain insight into your achievements, involvement, and leadership footprint.


  • Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how it has impacted you
  • Describe how you have cultivated a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Describe a leadership experience and how you made a positive and lasting impact.


3. (A) Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goals. (50 words) (B) How have prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (250 words)


Tip: You are encouraged to reflect on both what you want to do professionally after business school and why this path interests you.


Optional Essay: Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in the application, for example:

  • Explanation of employment gaps or academic aberrations
  • Quantitative abilities
  • For re-applicants, improvements to your candidacy

1. We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change. With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career? (750 words)


Optional Essay:

The following essay is optional. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. Please note that we only accept written essays. Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words)


For Re-applicants

Re-applicants who applied for the MBA program starting in 2016 or 2017 are required to complete the following essay:
Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words)


1. The following is a collection of shared Booth moments. Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why.


  • Choose the format that works for you. Want to illustrate your response visually? Submit a slide presentation. Like to express yourself with words? Write a traditional essay. Use the format that you feel best captures your response, the Admissions Committee has no preference.
  • Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.


Technical Guidelines –

File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
Accepted Upload Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF, Word, and PowerPoint. We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting.
Multimedia Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over.


Optional Essay:
Is there any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please address in an optional essay. (300 words)


For Re-applicants

Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words)


Post-Interview Essays

1. Share a photo you think would resonate with us and tell us why.

2. What motivates you?

3. What was the last thing you searched on the internet and what does that reveal about you?

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