Dartmouth Tuck MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines


Round Application Deadline
R1 (Early Action)4 October 2017
R21 November 2017
R33 January 2018
R44 April 2018

1. What are your short and long-term goals? Why is an MBA a critical next step toward achieving those goals? Why are you interested in Tuck?? (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 specific parts of the program will help you acquire them.

2. Tuck's mission is to educate wise leaders to better the world of business. Wisdom encompasses the essential aptitudes of confident humility, about what one does and does not know; empathy, towards the diverse ideas and experiences of others; and judgment, about when and how to take risks for the better.

With Tuck's mission in mind, and with a focus on confident humility, tell us about a time you:

  • received tough feedback,
  • experienced failure, or
  • disappointed yourself or others.

How did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself as a result?

EssayLever Suggestions:

Difficult feedback, failure, or falling short of expectations - choose an experience where you tried the best that you could but were unable to meet your goals. Show what you did, what you couldn't accomplish, why you couldn't accomplish it and what you learned from the experience. Focus on the learning and the remedial steps you may have taken to prevent the occurance of the shortcoming in the future.

3. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

Don't sumarize your application here. Address a negative if you are sure you can address it and not highlight it. You can also say something important that you haven't been able to share elsewhere in the application. It's OK if you don't submit the optional essay.


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