Columbia MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines


Round Application Deadline
Early Decision4 October 2017
Final Deadline11 April 2018

Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

From Columbia website:

"Examples of possible responses: “Work in business development for a media company.” “Join a strategy consulting firm.” “Launch a data-management start-up.”

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)

EssayLever Suggestions:

Logically connect your past experience with the short-term goals and the short-term goals with long-term goals. Show how your professional strengths, abilities and interests are ideally suited for the career you have chosen. Identify the skills and experiences you need to build up in order to achieve the goals and show how Columbia will help you acquire them.

Essay 2: 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)

EssayLever Suggestions:

Learn about master classes, internships, and school faculty. Show how they will help you achieve specific learning objectives necessary to accomplish your career plans as described in essay 1.

Essay 3: Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)
a. Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.
b. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

EssayLever Suggestions:

Both options are pretty much the same. Your passion could be an activity or a cause that you have pursued over a long period of time. Talk about it and through it show who you are as a person.



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