Columbia MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines

Round Application Deadline
Early Decision3 October 2018
Final Deadline10 April 2019

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.

How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? Click here to watch a video before answering the question. (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.

Please provide an example of a team failure of which you have been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (250 words)

EssayLever Suggestions:

When you were part of a team that did not achieve its objectives, what could you have done differently to prevent the failure?

Optional Essay:

Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words)

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