Stanford MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines


Round Application Deadline
R119 September 2017
R210 January 2018
R34 April 2018

Word limit for both essays together: 1150 words. 750 words suggested for the first essay and 400 words for the second.

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?

Additional suggestions from Stanford

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

Additional suggestions from the Stanford website:

A strong response to this question will:

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


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