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IMD: International Institute for Management Development

IMD A new age Business School, IMD (International Institute for Management Development) is located at Lausanne, Switzerland and is amongst a handful of European b-schools who consistently hold their own against the best competition across the ocean.

IMD Class Profile The IMD full time MBA has a small class size of approximately 90 students. 26% of the average IMD class is of female composition; male composition is 74%. The average IMD student has 6-7 years of work experience and has a median age of 31. GMAT scores hovers around 715. International presence at IMD is an astounding 96%.

IMD Application Deadlines Jan 2018 intake Round 1 (1 Feb 2017), Round 2 (1 Apr 2017), Round 3 (1 Jun 2017), Round 4 (1 Aug 2017), Round 5 (1 Sep 2017)

IMD MBA Essays 2017-2018     IMD Essay Tips

IMD Essay 1: Describe yourself in two hundred words or less (Maximum 200 words) 

IMD Essay 2: Describe a time in your life where you faced an unrecoverable event. How did it affect you and what were your greatest learnings? (Maximum 300 words) 

IMD Essay 3: On your 75th birthday someone close to you presents your laudatio (tribute). It can be a friend, colleague, family member etc. Please describe in detail what this person would say about you and your life. (Maximum 300 words) 

IMD Career Goal Question 1. What is your career goal : right after IMD / in 5 years / in 10 years ?  (Maximum 300 words)  

IMD Career Goal Question 2. In order to reach your goals, what do you foresee as your top 3 challenges? (Maximum 300 words)  

IMD Optional Essays Additional Information: Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? If you would like to comment on career gaps, education, GMAT/GRE, a disability or illness, please use this space. (Maximum 300 words)

Essay archives from past years

   

IMD MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

IMD MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

IMD MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

IMD MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

IMD MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

IMD MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

   

IMD MBA Essays 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

IMD Essay 1: Describe yourself in two hundred words or less (Maximum 200 words) 

IMD Essay 2: Give an example of a time when you were confronted with an unrecoverable event. How did it affect you and what were your greatest learnings? (Maximum 300 words)  

IMD Essay 3: On your 75th birthday someone close to you presents your laudatio (tribute). It can be a friend, colleague, family member etc. Please describe in detail what this person would say about you and your life. (Maximum 300 words) 

IMD Career Goal Question 1. What is your career goal post IMD?  (Maximum 200 characters)  

IMD Career Goal Question 2. What are the skills you need to develop in order to achieve your goal? (Maximum 200 characters)  

IMD MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

The 7 short essays are your chance to show us how you communicate your ideas and how you contribute to the world in which you live, whilst also highlighting: Your business orientation, Your international experience or exposure, Your achievements and project/people leadership experience, Your extra-curricula activities, Your values and priorities, Your career goals and reasons for wanting to take an MBA.

Maximum 1500 characters (with spaces) for each essay.

IMD Essay 1: Important achievement: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why?

IMD Essay 2: Self Development: Please comment on a situation where your leadership skills proved to be inadequate and what you learned.

IMD Essay 3: Global leadership: IMD develops global leaders...what does global leadership mean to you?

IMD Essay 4: Key Differentiators: Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you, that identify your unique contributions to the program.

IMD Essay 5: Reflection: Give an example of the most unexpected thing that you've ever learned.

IMD Essay 6: Position sought after graduation: A. For people who are planning to consider new jobs and/or organizations after the MBA: Please give us your short term career goal post-MBA. Which function, industry and geography do you see yourself working in? Are these changes for you, and, if so, why? How will you approach your job search? B. For people who are company-sponsored, confirmed going back to their previous company, entrepreneurs planning to go back to their own firm, and/or members of a family who are planning to work for the family business after graduation: Please let us know your short-term career goals and plans after your MBA.

IMD Essay 7 (Optional essay): Additional Information: Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application?

IMD MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

IMD "Position sought after graduation" essay: Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (2000 characters max)

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including <space>. Essay 1 is double length.

IMD "Most important achievement" essay: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 1. Two situations of importance to you: (Please describe two situations, business or otherwise, in which you were involved and which were of importance to you. Explain why you view them as such.) Situation 1. (1230 characters max) Situation 2. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 2.  Failure to reach objective: Please comment on a situation where you failed to reach an objective and what you learned from it. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 3. Leadership: Describe a situation where you had to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Explain how effective you were and what you learned. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 4. Describe yourself: How do you imagine your superior would describe your strengths and weaknesses to someone who does not know you? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 5.  International Exposure: Describe a situation where you successfully worked across cultures and/or nations. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 6. Differentiators: IMD receives numerous applications per year. Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you from this applicant pool. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 7.  Alternatives: If you are not admitted, what alternatives will you consider? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 8.  Finance: Please explain how you intend to finance your studies at IMD. What would be your budget? Note: this has no influence on the admissions decision. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 9.  Disability / illness: Do you have a disability or illness that could affect your performance at IMD? If so, please explain. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 10. Additional Information (Optional question): Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (1230 characters max)

IMD MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

IMD "Position sought after graduation" essay: Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (2000 characters max)

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including <space>. Essay 1 is double length.

IMD "Most important achievement" essay: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 1. Two situations of importance to you: (Please describe two situations, business or otherwise, in which you were involved and which were of importance to you. Explain why you view them as such.) Situation 1. (1230 characters max) Situation 2. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 2.  Failure to reach objective: Please comment on a situation where you failed to reach an objective and what you learned from it. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 3. Leadership: Describe a situation where you had to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Explain how effective you were and what you learned. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 4. Describe yourself: How do you imagine your superior would describe your strengths and weaknesses to someone who does not know you? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 5.  International Exposure: Describe a situation where you successfully worked across cultures and/or nations. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 6. Differentiators: IMD receives numerous applications per year. Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you from this applicant pool. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 7.  Alternatives: If you are not admitted, what alternatives will you consider? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 8.  Finance: Please explain how you intend to finance your studies at IMD. What would be your budget? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 9.  Disability / illness: Do you have a disability or illness that could affect your performance at IMD? If so, please explain. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 10. Additional Information (Optional question): Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (1230 characters max)

IMD MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including <space>. Essay 2 is double length.

IMD "Position sought after graduation" essay: Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (2000 characters max)

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including <space>. Essay 1 is double length.

IMD "Most important achievement" essay: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 1. Two situations of importance to you: (Please describe two situations, business or otherwise, in which you were involved and which were of importance to you. Explain why you view them as such.) Situation 1. (1230 characters max) Situation 2. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 2.  Failure to reach objective: Please comment on a situation where you failed to reach an objective and what you learned from it. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 3. Leadership: Describe a situation where you had to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Explain how effective you were and what you learned. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 4. Describe yourself: How do you imagine your superior would describe your strengths and weaknesses to someone who does not know you? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 5.  International Exposure: Describe a situation where you successfully worked across cultures and/or nations. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 6. Differentiators: IMD receives numerous applications per year. Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you from this applicant pool. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 7.  Alternatives: If you are not admitted, what alternatives will you consider? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 8.  Finance: Please explain how you intend to finance your studies at IMD. What would be your budget? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 9.  Disability / illness: Do you have a disability or illness that could affect your performance at IMD? If so, please explain. (1230 characters max)

IMD Essay 10. Additional Information (Optional question): Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (1230 characters max)

IMD MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including <space>. Essay 2 is double length.

IMD "Position sought after graduation" essay: Please describe the position you will be seeking after graduation (please specify position, responsibilities, industry, location, etc.). Very briefly give us your short-term, mid-term and long-term goals and objectives.

IMD "Most important achievement" essay: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why?

IMD Essay 1.  Please describe two situations, business or otherwise, in which you were involved and which were of importance to you. Explain why you view them as such. Situation 1. Situation 2.

IMD Essay 2.  Please comment on a situation where you failed to reach an objective and what you learned from it.

IMD Essay 3.  Describe a situation where you had to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Explain how effective you were and what you learned.

IMD Essay 4.  How do you imagine your superior would describe your strengths and weaknesses to someone who does not know you?

IMD Essay 5.  What is motivating you to seek an MBA education at IMD?

IMD Essay 6.  What will you be able to contribute that would make you a unique and valuable addition to the IMD MBA class?

IMD Essay 7.  If you are not admitted, what alternatives will you consider?

IMD Essay 8.  Please explain how you intend to finance your studies at IMD. What would be your budget?

IMD Essay 9. Do you have a disability or illness that could affect your performance at IMD? If so, please explain.

IMD Essay 10. Optional question: Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application?

           
           
 

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