While applying to executive MBA programs is significantly different from applying to tradition two-year MBA programs, many top schools can still be challenging to get into, and most of them do have essay requirements. Today we take a look at the U. of Michigan (Ross) EMBA essays for 2013:
- What has been your most significant professional achievement? What has been your toughest professional challenge and how did you address it? (500 words)
- What are your long-term professional goals? How will a Ross Executive MBA help you achieve your goals? (500 words)
- Describe how your professional and personal experiences will contribute to the Executive MBA class and teams. (500 words)
- (Optional) Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy? (500 words)
Notice the heavy emphasis on professional stories. Yes, the admissions committee does want to know about you overall as a person, and does invite some personal stories in Question 3, but overall this is about the professional you and how a Ross EMBA can help accelerate your career. In discussing your career goals, be as clear and specific as possible, but know that you don’t need to have the next 30 years of your career perfectly mapped out. More than anything, the admissions committee wants to know that you have a realistic vision for your career and where a Ross executive MBA program can fit into those plans.
Regarding the optional essay prompt, only use this essay if you feel that you need to. No need to harp on a minor weakness and sound like you are making excuses when you don’t need to. If you have nothing else to tell the admissions committee after answering the first three questions, it is entirely okay to skip this essay!
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