How to: Prepare Essays for Your Application
Once your GMAT or GRE score is in a competitive range, the most important thing you can do is write strong, compelling essays. Essays give the admissions committee an opportunity to see if the degree is a good fit for your future goals and lets you demonstrate that you have something valuable to contribute to the MiM program.
The admissions team works diligently to assemble a high-caliber and well-rounded class of students from a broad range of interests. What makes the MiM so unique is that, even without a business background, you'll be learning essential business concepts while also learning with fellow non-business students who bring entirely new perspectives to your experience. A diverse group is important because the MiM program is team-oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary, and gaining knowledge from others is a key ingredient to your success now and in the future.
This plays into your essay strategy. Be sure to highlight experiences – academically, on the job, and in your personal life – that will bring value to the classroom. Keep in mind not only what you can get out of the program, but what you can bring to the program for others. Rather than reiterating job responsibilities that can be found on your resume, your essays should expand upon your most unique and interesting experiences, whether that's as a student leader, as a volunteer at an animal shelter, or as a summer intern at a record label or engineering firm.
The admissions team evaluates your complete application, which includes many different components that provide us with an overall understanding of your academic ability and experience to determine your potential for success in the program.
Essay Question 1: You wake up after graduating with a Masters in Management and everything in your world is perfect. Tell us what makes up your perfect world both personally and professionally? (750 words or less)
With this answer, it's best to keep in mind how the MiM will enhance your life after graduation, how it's an essential part of making everything in your world "perfect." Where do you see yourself after graduation and why is the MiM a vital piece of that puzzle? What will you have gained that's new and helps set you apart from other job candidates, and what current strengths will you enhance with your degree?
Essay Question 2: Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. (Optional question; no length requirement)
This open-ended question is the place to highlight your most unique personal and professional accomplishments, or anything special that you did not bring up in the other essay. Share details about what you've done that you're most proud of. Be specific about why it is unique and how these accomplishments have made you a stronger individual.