MBA Essays: Topics from Top 30 Business Schools

MBA-Essay_topBusiness schools put their best brains behind formulating the MBA applications essays. The essays are designed to showcase the applicant’s creativity, goals, diversity as well as team spirit as clearly as possible. The questions force the students to be truthful yet innovative during answering them. Read on to know the MBA questions from Top Business Schools 21–30 by QS Rating for 2018–2019.

QS Rank

Business School



ESADE Business School

ESADE Ramon Llull University


Melbourne Business School

The University of Melbourne


AGSM Business School

The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)


School of Management

Yale University


Ross School of Business

University of Michigan


Warwick Business School

The University of Warwick


IESE Business School

University of Navarra


Faculty of Business and Economics

The University of Hong Kong


Rotterdam School of Management

Erasmus University Rotterdam


Alliance Manchester Business School

The University of Manchester

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ESADE Business School21. ESADE Business School, ESADE Ramon Llull University


MBA Essays 2018 – 2019


Personal essays (each question is limited to 2000 characters including spaces, 30 lines approximately)


Essay1. What makes you YOU?

Today there is a growing need for outstanding business leaders who excel in their field and adapt quickly to the changing needs of the market.


Companies look to us for future leaders - people whose expertise and entrepreneurial abilities are flexible and suit a variety of leadership roles. Your drive and motivation and the individual qualities that you bring to the table are your best selling points and are what will enrich your team members most.


It is this individuality, together with the diversity at ESADE and our commitment to leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship that make us what we are: a talent pool for the business leaders of tomorrow.


The following questions are designed to help us get a more complete picture of who you are and the impact that you will have both here at ESADE and on society after completing your MBA.


Please respond openly, explaining what makes you the person that you are and who you will become.


Which aspects have you improved on during your academic and professional career so far? Which tools or values have helped you achieve this?


Essay 2. How will your background, values and non-work-related activities enhance the experience of other ESADE MBA students and add to the diverse culture we strive for at ESADE? (Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have accomplished)


Essay 3. What are your motivations in pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life? Describe your mid-term and long-term visions for your post-MBA career path. What is it about ESADE you think will help you reach your goals?


Essay 4. Complete two of the following four questions or statements (1000 characters per response)

a) I am most proud of...

b) People may be surprised to learn that I...

c) What has your biggest challenge been and what did it help you learn about yourself?

d) Which historical figure do you most identify with and why?


Essay 5. Please, provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information.


Application Fee: €135


Application Deadlines


Application package complete

Feedback given by

1st Round

3 October 2017

21 November 2017

2nd Round

28 November 2017

23 January 2018

3rd Round

16 January 2018

27 February 2018

4th Round

13 February 2018

23 March 2018

5th Round

6 March 2018

24 April 2018

6th Round

10 April 2018

15 May 2018

7th Round

22 May 2018

19 June 2018

8th Round*

12 June 2018

3 July 2018

* For EU residents only, subject  to places remaining on the programme


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Melbourne Business School22. Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne


MBA Essays August 2018:


Please give careful thought to your personal statements. As a guide, your response to each question should be between 100 and 300 words long.

Essay 1. What are your long term career goals?

Essay2. What is unique about your background and experience that you would bring to your classmates at MBS?

Essay 3.What gaps in your knowledge or skills do you hope that this program will help you to work on?

Essay 4. Describe a workplace situation where you had a responsibility for managing people. Reflect on what you learned.


Application Deadlines for August 2018 intake


Application deadline

Interview invitation

Final decision notification

Early Round

31 August 2017

15 September 2017

16 October 2017

Round 1

31 October 2017

13 November 2017

15 December 2017

Round 2

15 January 2018

31 January 2018

15 February 2018

Round 3
(International Closing dates)

31 March 2018

19 April 2018

7 May 2018

Round 4 Late applications
Domestic only*

20 April 2018

4 May 2018

31 May 2018

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AGSM Business School23. AGSM Business School, The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)


MBA Essays


Essay topics:

1.What are you made for and how will an AGSM degree help you achieve it? (approx. 250 words)

2.What are you most proud of personally and/or professionally and why? (approx. 250 words)

3.How will you contribute to your classes and to the AGSM community? (approx. 250 words)

4.(Optional Question) Is there anything else we need to know about you? (approx. 250 words)


Application Fee: $100


Application Deadlines


Application deadline

Offer sent out

Offer acceptance deadline

Round 1

1 June 2017

30 June 2017

30 July 2017

Round 2

1 August 2017

30 August 2017

30 September 2017

Round 3

1 October 2017

30 October 2017

30 November 2017

Round 4 (Domestic)

30 October 2017

15 November 2017

15 December 2017

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School of Management24. School of Management, Yale University, USA


MBA Essays


Essay 1. Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

Essay 2. (Optional) If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation (unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, promotions or recognitions, etc.), please provide a brief description here. (200 words maximum)

Post-MBA Career Interests

Which industry best aligns with your short-term, post-MBA career interests?

Which industry best aligns with your long-term, post-MBA career interests?

How did you arrive at these career interests? How have you or how will you position yourself to pursue them? (250 words maximum)


Application Fee:



applicants earning less than $20,000 a year


applicants earning less than $20,000 a year



Application Deadlines


Application Deadline*

Admission Decision*

Enrollment Deadline*

Round 1

September 13, 2017

December 6, 2017

February 9, 2018

Round 2

January 4, 2018

March 27, 2018

April 27 2018

Round 3

April 18, 2018

May 17, 2018

May 30, 2018

*by 5pm ET


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Ross School of Business25. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan


Part 1: Short Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group. Respond to your selected prompts using 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).


Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:

  • I turned an idea into action when I:

  • I made a difference when I:

Group 2

  • I showed my resilience when I:

  • I was humbled when:

  • I am out of my comfort zone when:

Group 3

  • I was aware that I am different when:

  • I find it challenging when people:

  • A valuable thing I have taught someone is:

Part 2: Essay

Please share your short-term and long-term career goals. What skills/strengths do you have that will be relevant to your career goals? How will Ross prepare you for your goals? (300 words)


Optional Statement

This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.


Reapplication Essay

Submit a letter to update us on your achievements and goals since your original application. Please upload the letter with your updated resume.


Application Fee: $200


Application Dates & Deadlines


Application Due

Decisions Released

Round 1

October 2, 2017

December 15, 2017

Round 2

January 2, 2018

March 15, 2018

Round 3

March 19, 2018

May 11, 2018

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Warwick Business School26. Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, UK


MBA Essays

Essay 1. Describe the short and long-term career goals you have set yourself and how the WBS MBA will help you to achieve these?" Please limit your response to 350 words.

Essay 2. Outline the top strategic objectives for your current or previous organisation and in what ways you have helped contribute to achieving these objectives?" Please limit your response to 300 words.

Essay 3. If you are self-funding and interested in applying for a scholarship, please outline why you believe you are a worthy candidate?" Please limit your response to 300 words.

Essay 4. Please use this page for any additional information that was not captured within your application. If you feel you've already provided us with sufficient information about yourself, you need not add anything here. Please limit your response to 300 words.


Application Fee: £80


Application deadlines


Application deadline

Shortlisting decision communicated

Interview period

Application and Scholarship decision date

Round 1

01 Oct

06 Oct

07 Oct - 26 Oct

27 Oct

Round 2

26 Nov

01 Dec

02 Dec - 20 Dec

21 Dec

Round 3

07 Jan

12 Jan

13 Jan - 01 Feb

02 Feb

Round 4

25 Mar

29 Mar

3 Mar - 19 Apr

20 Apr

Round 5

31 May

8 Jun

09 Jun - 27 Jun

28 Jun

Round 6

31 Jul

06 Aug

07 Aug - 23 Aug

24 Aug

International applicants are required to apply by 31 May 2018

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 IESE Business School27. IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain


MBA Essay


Essay 1. Please answer ONE (and only one) of the following two questions. (300 words)

1.If you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Please give examples of both your strengths & weaknesses.

2.Describe a recent situation (1-2 years ago maximum) that demonstrates your fit with IESE's mission and values.


Essay 2. I wish that the application had asked me...

This essay can be submitted either written (200 words) or as a video (max 2:00 minutes total in length). We are aware that you are not a media professional.


Application Fee:$200


Application Deadlines


Application Deadline

Decision Released

Commitment Fee Due (Latest by)

Full Deposit Deadline


October 17, 2017

December 15, 2017

January 10, 2018

May 30, 2018


January 9, 2018

March 23, 2018

April 18, 2018



March 6, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 30, 2018



April 24, 2018

June 1, 2018

June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018

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Faculty of Business and Economics28. Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong

Application Fee: HK$300

Application Deadlines



Round 1

16thNovember 2017 12:00 noon HK Time


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Rotterdam School of Management29.Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands


MBA Essays: Your three essays should address the following topics and be around 500 words per essay:

Essay 1. How do you see your career developing and how will this programme help you achieve your goals?
Essay 2. Describe how the socio-economic environment in which you live/work impacts your business decisions. Please explain your answer and use examples from your own experience whenever possible.
Essay 3. Describe the most difficult decision you have made and its effect on you.


Application Fee: € 100


Application Deadlines

Round 1

Monday 24 April 2017

Round 2

Monday 26 June 2017

Round 3

Monday 21 August 2017

Round 4

Monday 16 October 2017

Round 5

Monday 13 November 2017

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Alliance Manchester Business School30. Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, UK


MBA Essays


Essay 1.Your professional experience and achievements (minimum 500 words)

Essay 2: Your aspirations (minimum 300 words)

            To address the following questions:

  • What are your professional and personal aspirations and why is an MBA important in your plans?

  • What type of industry sector(s), organisation(s) and location(s) would you ideally like to work in?

  • How do you think your current experience combined with the Alliance Manchester Business School MBA will help you to achieve your aspirations?

  • If you aren’t able to reach your primary goal immediately do you have a plan B?

Presentation: Tell us about you

Taking into account what we currently know about you from your CV and application, we would like you to send us a presentation to share anything else that you would like us to know. Your presentation will be printed and reviewed by the MBA Admissions Committee.


Application Deadlines


Application deadline

Interview period

Final decision period

Round 1

29 September 2017

9- 20 October 2017

30 October - 3 November 2017

Round 2

27 October 2017

6 - 17 November 2017

27 November - 1 December 2017

Round 3

17 November 2017

27 November - 8 December 2017

18 - 22 December 2017

Round 4

5 January 2018

22 January - 16 February 2018

26 February - 2 March 2018

Round 5

2 March 2018

19 March - 13 April 2018

23 - 27 April 2018

Round 6

20 April 2018

8 - 25 May 2018

4 - 8 June 2018

Round 7

18 May 2018

28 May - 15 June 2018

25 - 29 June 2018

Round 8

15 June 2018

Rolling admissions

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First Published On : 17 Oct 2017 05:14 PM IST

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