Continuing our analysis of the top MBA business schools’ application essays for the coming admissions season, here are Columbia Business School’s essays and deadlines for the September 2010 intake. Our comments follow in italics:
Columbia Business School Application Deadlines
Early Decision: October 7, 2009
Deadline for International Applicants: March 3, 2010
Deadline for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents: April 14, 2010
(No big changes here. These deadlines are nearly identical to last year’s.)
Columbia Business School Admissions Essays
- What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (750 words)
(This is a fairly standard question that you no doubt have seen on other applications. Make sure, though, that you adequately explain why Columbia is THE best place for them to earn their MBA. The school’s big name and proximity to Wall Street are obvious advantages, but what else does Columbia offer that you can’t find anywhere else?
- Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. View the link below. Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone. Watch the video. (500 words)
(This question was new last year, but carries over unchanged this year. Columbia’s emphasis on its Master Classes is clear — the admissions committee seeks applicants who have rolled up their sleeves and made thing happen, rather than pure theorists. They’ll also looking for introspection — ideally you can illustrate what you learned, the impact it had on you, and how it made you a better business manager or leader.)
- Please provide an example of a team failure of which you’ve been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently?
(This question is also the same since last year. Every year we talk to many clients who ask, “Are you sure I should discuss any failures in my application?” Yes, you definitely should, as long as you can show how you grew from the experience. In this way, your answer could end up overlapping with your answer to #2. So, it’s best to not use a failure story for the second question, and to save your failure story for this question.)
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