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May 30, 2018

Business school admissions committees care about more than (just) your GMAT scores and GPA —they want to know who you are and why you belong in their program . 

 

 

Your MBA essays are your best chance to sell the person behind the résumé. They should tie all the pieces of your business school application together and create a comprehensive picture of who you are, what you've done, and what you bring to the table.  

Here's a roundup of our best MBA essay tips to keep in mind as you begin to write.

 

How to Write an Unforgettable B-School Essay


1. Communicate that you are a proactive, can-do sort of person.
Business schools want leaders, not applicants content with following the herd.

 

2. Put yourself on ego-alert.
Stress what makes you unique, not what makes you number one.

 

3. Communicate specific reasons why you're great fit for each school.
Simply stating "I am the ideal candidate for your program" won't convince the admission committee to push you into the admit pile.

 

4. Bring passion to your writing.
Admissions officers want to know what excites you. And if you'll bring a similar enthusiasm to the classroom.

 

5. Break the mold.
Challenge perceptions with unexpected essays that say, "There's more to me than you think."

 

6. If you've taken an unorthodox path to business school, play it up.
Admissions officers appreciate risk-takers.

 

7. Talk about your gender, ethnicity, minority status or foreign background....
But only if it has affected your outlook or experiences.

 

8. Fill your essays with plenty of real-life examples.
Specific anecdotes and vivid details make a much greater impact than general claims and broad summaries.

 

9. Demonstrate a sense of humor or vulnerability.
You're a real person, and it's okay to show it!

 

BONUS: Don't Make These MBA Essay Mistakes


1. Write about your high school glory days. 
Admissions committees don't care if you were editor of the yearbook or captain of the varsity team.