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Chicago Booth Essay Tips

Chicago Booth 2017-2018 essay approach remains similar to last year. However, this year we have fewer pictures. The single essay continues to be unique, interesting, difficult as well as capable of eliciting good responses from candidates that will help Booth cherry pick the right class of 2020. 

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

Using one of the photos provided, tell us how it resonates with your own viewpoint on why the Booth community is the right fit for you.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

Interpreting a picture is a very subjective process. What you see in a snapshot and what aspect resonates with you is very personal and expresses your viewpoints and attitude. Once you have decided on the approach for the content, you will begin to see what format would be more suitable for you. The format should also depend on your abilities and strengths. If you are good with words, maybe you should express yourself in the essay form, if you like playing with pictures and graphics and being 'creative' in that way- choose a PowerPoint or another mode. Infographic anyone?!

There is a lot you can tell Booth and in interesting ways but make sure to not go overboard in terms of length. A basic guideline could be to think in terms of how much time it would take to go through your material. 3-5mins should be your best bet. If you are thinking about writing an essay, we suggest not exceeding 750 words, for PowerPoint slides 3-6 should work. Booth instructs that maximum size allowed is 16MB. If you decide on PowerPoint, note that the slides might be printed out for viewing, so use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Chicago Booth MBA Optional Essay

Is there any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please address in an optional essay. (300-word maximum)
Chicago Booth Optional Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even when you don’t write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the Chicago Booth optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Chicago Booth optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. With 2500 words and a complete PowerPoint presentation at your disposal, you better not take this route!

You can use the Chicago optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. The Chicago optional essay is also acceptable if you need to convey an extraordinarily positive information that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

Essay archives and tips from past years

   

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2015-2016

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2006-2007

   

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2016-2017

Using one of the photos provided, tell us how it resonates with your own viewpoint on why the Booth community is the right fit for you.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

Interpreting a picture is a very subjective process. What you see in a snapshot and what aspect resonates with you is very personal and expresses your viewpoints and attitude. Having said that, as former MBA student, let's try to give you some guidelines on what each picture could represent in the context of a student experience at B-schools. Note that these are simply few pointers and not at all exhaustive directions.

Photo 1: Fellow classmates cheer on members of TransparentC as they are announced the winners of the 2016 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge. Run by @polskycenter, #ChicagoNVC is an experiential learning program that helps students turn their ideas into viable businesses. Celebrating its 20th year, NVC is recognized as the top-ranked university accelerator program in the nation, where more than 140 companies got their start.

Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Or you have an entrepreneurial spirit? How do you think the experiential learning aspect of Booth will be valuable for you? Think about what Booth offers you in terms of your career aspirations and make a rocking presentation! (or essay or..whatever format you choose!)

Photo 2. A group of students travel together through Colombia. Each year, hundreds of Booth classmates have the opportunity to travel around the world, visiting destinations from Argentina to Vietnam. International opportunities like Random Walks, the International Business Exchange Program, and Industry Treks result in lifelong memories and lasting friendships.

All the Top B-school provide several avenues for international experience and exposure. Booth clearly tells you about the opportunities they have, now you have to see if you are excited by this potential (we are!). Perhaps you haven't had much international experience and are looking to gain that kind of exposure! OR perhaps you have already worked in a diverse setup and you want to continue building on that global experience.

Photo 3. second-year student helps the incoming class develop their individual leadership styles as a part of Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD), the cohorted course every Booth student takes at the beginning of their first year. As LEAD Facilitators, second years have an opportunity to further practice those leadership skills and pay it forward to the next generation of Booth students.

Very often students write about gaining leadership skills from MBA program. However, Booth goes two steps ahead and give you a real glimpse into how the training is imparted and how you can immerse yourself in being a wonderful leader.

Photo 4. Walking in front of the Charles M. Harper Center, a student is captured during a quiet moment before the beginning of a day on campus

What does being at Booth mean to you? Having this opportunity, this ocean of possibilities - what does it mean to you? When you get admitted, your each day on campus will be different and exciting. What does that dream signify for you?

Photo 5. Faculty are thought leaders whose ideas influence markets and politics in industries across the globe. Their research delves deep into the foundations of economics and behavioral sciences that underline how markets work, businesses function, and people make decisions

Most top schools boast of excellent faculty. Many are published authors and thought leaders in their respective fields. Same with Booth. But again, what does this mean for you? What does this really mean for YOU?!

Photo 6. students visit a village in India as part of a Global Social Impact Practicum led by the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). The program explores the potential for bamboo-based power and its impact on employment in rural India. #BoothSEI supports similar efforts through #ExperientialLearning opportunities in communities around the globe

A good MBA program doesn't only give you a business education but also teaches you about being a socially responsible citizen and as a future business leader how to give back to the society. Think about the causes you care about and how Booth could help you make a difference in your focus areas?

Photo 7. A team of #ChicagoBooth alumni compete in the 2015 Global MBA Trophy regatta in Athens, Greece. The sailing race draws accomplished alumni from top business schools around the world. Annual events such as these happen globally, bringing alumni together to connect, collaborate, and share in new moments.

Being part of Booth's community will give access to worldwide alums and thrilling opportunities for decades to come. You will not only network with Booth alums but also alums from other top B-schools. Your growing network will further open up new professional and personal opportunities. Great isn't it?! But why is that important to you?

Photo 8. On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, cofounder and CEO Matt Maloney, ’10, is joined by food mascots to help ring the opening bell as his company @GrubHub lists its initial public offering in April, 2014. Shares of the company, valued at the time at $2 billion, climbed more than 30% the first day of its IPO.

Where will Booth take you? Every school prides itself in creating visionary businessmen of the future. Tell Booth what goals you want to reach, what skies you want to conquer, how far you want to go and how Booth can take you there!

Photo 9. Students speak with Chairman and Co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, David Booth, ’71, whose unprecedented donation in 2008 led to renaming the school in his honor. The opportunity for business leaders to bring insights from their careers to students is an invaluable complement to Booth’s world-class academics.huge amount of B-school learning happens outside the classroom- often with guest speakers, alumni lectures and several other meetups. Why are these important for you? How will you leverage your time at Booth to enrich yourself? And how will you, as an alum, engage with the Booth community? Have you done the same with your previous universities? 

Photo 10. Nearly 100 #ChicagoBooth students put on a massive flash mob to surprise the Class of 2017 admitted students visiting #HarperCenter in February, 2015. The choreographed performance of the hit “Uptown Funk,” was organized by members of the Booth Dance Club, one of 80 student groups on campus

Social life at every top B-school is vibrant and one of the important components is the numerous club activities. A school like Booth provide you several options to choose from. You can be assured you will find an active club in your area of interest. And just in case there is none, you can launch a new club! (yeah, most schools give you,with certain restrictions that freedom!)

FORMAT APPROACH:

Once you have decided on the approach for the content, you will begin to see what format would be more suitable for you. The format should also depend on your abilities and strengths. If you are good with words, maybe you should express yourself in the essay form, if you like playing with pictures and graphics and being 'creative' in that way- choose a PowerPoint or another mode. Infographic anyone?!

There is a lot you can tell Booth and in interesting ways but make sure to not go overboard in terms of length. A basic guideline could be to think in terms of how much time it would take to go through your material. 3-5mins should be your best bet. If you are thinking about writing an essay, we suggest not exceeding 750 words, for PowerPoint slides 3-6 should work. Booth instructs that maximum size allowed is 16MB. If you decide on PowerPoint, note that the slides might be printed out for viewing, so use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Chicago Booth MBA Goal Questions

What is your immediate post-MBA goal? (250 characters max)
What is your long-term post-MBA career goal?
(250 characters max)

Chicago Booth MBA Goal Questions Tips

Hidden in a new 'Chicago Booth and You' part of the online application are Booth's mini goal essays. This is a new trend with many b-schools lately to ask career-goal related questions in different parts of online application. Though not labeled as Essays, make sure you present your thoughts as carefully and clearly as you would in an essay.

In addition the mini essays, you will be required to pick intended post-MBA industry and function from drop down menus. So use the descriptive part to elaborate about your choices and decision in a focused and precise manner.

For short-term goals, write about why you are targeting the given industry and function. If you can name a company or two, that might be even better and show your focus and clear vision. Do your research and find out that the companies you are targeting indeed come to Booth for campus placement. If you are planning a career switch, you should address succinctly how your experience has prepared you for an alternate career track.

While writing about your long-term goal, make sure they are realistic and connect with your short term goals. That goes without saying, but be clear to show the reasons for Booth MBA and short-term goals. For example if you want to build a technology venture in your home country, how will studying, working and networking in the US help you? Don’t leave it to Adcom to connect the dots of your past, present and future. Do it for them!

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2015-2016


Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

Using one of the photos provided, tell us how it resonates with your own viewpoint on why the Booth community is the right fit for you.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

Interpreting a picture is a very subjective process. What you see in a snapshot and what aspect resonates with you is very personal and expresses your viewpoints and attitude. Having said that, as former MBA student, let's try to give you some guidelines on what each picture could represent in the context of a student experience at B-schools. Note that these are simply few pointers and not at all exhaustive directions.

Photo 1. Booth students engaged in teamwork outside of the classroom. At nearly every B-school, you will have numerous opportunities to interact with your classmates in rather informal settings. The school creates such activities to foster bonds and help your leadership development (hint: the caption on the Tshirts!)

Photo 2. The site of Chicago skyline and the majestic awe inspiring Cloud Gate or The Bean as referred fondly by the locals. So what does pursuing your MBA from a big city like Chicago means to you? Is it important for you? Why?

Photo 3. Do you enjoy reflecting in solitude and coming up with creative solutions? What kind of opportunities at Booth will be given to you in this regard and how will you utilize them?

Photo 4. An enormous part of your MBA coursework will involve teamwork and frequent presentation in front of your class/ batch. Are you comfortable and eager about this aspect of Booth's learning environment?

Photo 5. It is graduation! There is glitter of hope and bright future in your eyes and the air! You are on the way to embark on an exciting career. How does this image inspire you?

Photo 6. The Booth brand will stay with you for a lifetime. Wherever you go, whenever you accomplish something, whatever your path will be- the brand will stay with you. Will you be proud to carry Booth's name with you?

Photo 7. Like many top schools, Booth also values diversity and celebrates its expression in various forms. How does that make you feel? Do you value that kind of community? How important is it for you?

Photo 8. A business school that encourages freedom of expression and ability to question and argue could be an excellent environment to groom you for your career as a leader. Would this be the most important element for you?

Photo 9. One huge advantage of being accepted into a top B-school is the access to industry experts and thought leaders. Sitting in the same room as the legends and accomplished businessmen could be a dream come true for some. Is it for you?

Photo 10. Would you feel more at home in a school that values and encourages community service? Are you actively looking for opportunities where you can do good and give back to the society?

Photo 11. The spirit of the school stays with you wherever you go. You are one part of a whole - the class- that makes Booth. What you stands for will define Booth. You become integral to the school's identity. Is this an idea that excites you?

Photo 12. All b-schools aim for a classroom experience that is inquisitive and thought provoking yet friendly and amicable. Is your dream to study with batch mates who will listen to you with an open mind and respect your viewpoints? Are you willing to offer the same to your batchmates?

Photo 13. The newly-constructed transparent ceiling of Booth represents a mindset that is open and welcoming. Another way to look at it could be the state-of-the-art facilities that await you at Booth. How important are these aspects for you?

Photo 14. Again a celebration of cultural diversity and a glimpse of the element of fun that permeates Booth's culture. Is this a place you are eager to call your home for next two years?

Photo 15. The Dean of Booth School of Business is taking a selfie with the school and invited the speaker. What does this picture say about Booth's culture? Do you value an informal and approachable community feeling? Have you had it in past? Or perhaps you missed it in your previous educational institutions?

Photo 16. Do you have high regard for an established institution that has stood the test of time? A business school that has maintained top rank throughout due to its dedicated faculty and the rigor of its curriculum? How important is the repute and authority of Booth School of Business for you?

Once you have decided on the approach for the content, you will begin to see what format would be more suitable for you. The format should also depend on your abilities and strengths. If you are good with words, maybe you should express yourself in the essay form, if you like playing with pictures and graphics and being 'creative' in that way- choose a PowerPoint or another mode. Infographic anyone?!

There is a lot you can tell Booth and in interesting ways but make sure to not go overboard in terms of length. A basic guideline could be to think in terms of how much time it would take to go through your material. 3-5mins should be your best bet. If you are thinking about writing an essay, we suggest not exceeding 750 words, for PowerPoint slides 3-6 should work. Booth instructs that maximum size allowed is 16MB. If you decide on PowerPoint, note that the slides might be printed out for viewing, so use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Chicago Booth MBA Goal Questions

What is your short-term post-MBA goal? (700 characters or less)
What is your long-term post-MBA goal?
(700 characters or less)

Chicago Booth MBA Goal Questions Tips

Hidden in the Professional Experience part of the online application are Booth's mini goal essays. This is a new trend with many b-schools lately to ask career-goal related questions in different parts of online application. Though not labeled as Essays, make sure you present your thoughts as carefully and clearly as you would in an essay.

700 characters would come to approx. 130-150 words, so you have very less space to be unfocused and vague.

For short-term goals, tell them about what particular role within a desired industry and what function you are targeting and briefly explain why. If you can name a company or two, that might be even better and show your focus and clear vision. Do your research and find out that the companies you are targeting indeed come to Booth for campus placement? If they don’t, mention in your essay your understanding of this fact and that you have a plan to pursue a self-directed job search. If you are planning a career switch, you should address succinctly how your experience has prepared you for an alternate career track.

While writing about your long-term goal, make sure they are realistic and connect with your short term goals. That goes without saying, but be clear to show the reasons for Booth MBA and short-term goals. For example if you want to build a technology venture in your home country, how will studying, working and networking in the US help you? Don’t leave it to Adcom to connect the dots of your past, present and future. Do it for them.

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

Chicago Booth Presentation/Essay: Chicago Booth values adventurous inquiry, diverse perspectives, and a collaborative exchange of ideas. This is us. Who are you?

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

An option to present anything about you without a word limit and in any way you like (mostly) could sure make one befuddled and lost! OR it could open gates of infinite creative possibilities and options to take interesting paths! Make the best of this unique opportunity.

First and foremost, decide on the content you want to show in this space and then think about what format is best suited as mode of your expression. With regards to the length, don’t let the absence of word limit mislead you. Keep it succinct and short.

So let’s talk about what you should write.

Booth already knows about your academics, career paths and goals, your interests and other active pursuits. They know a lot but all these are facts about you, the 'Whats' about you. Booth still doesn’t know the 'Hows' and 'Whys' of your achievements, your struggles, your visions. So one way to utilize this opportunity is to talk about the reasons behind your choices. You could build a story and show one or more themes running through your life-events. This will help the Adcom understand the person behind the numbers they see in your application and get a true glimpse of Who are you?

Another approach could be to showcase a few of your key strengths that you are proud of and that resonate with you deeply. Through them show with examples what you value, what your passions are, what you care about. Work is one big part of your life, so while there should be obvious connect with what you aspire to do professionally, an approach that shows more of your personal side will give Booth exactly what they want to know.

You can take multiple approaches and think about revealing many parts of you, but it will help to consider what will make you an attractive candidate for Booth. There is a fine line between trying to show what you believe the Adcom wants to see and demonstrating a good fit with the school. Ideally the school should be a good fit for you and you won't have to force it, if not, why are you even applying to Booth?

Like every other essays, this is also your opportunity to market yourself. You want to show that you have got all that it takes to excel at Booth and beyond and they will be lucky to have you. So pick themes and stories and pictures that specifically highlight those qualities that will make the Booth Adcom say "Hey, I want him/her at my school!!"

Once you have decided on the approach for the content, you will begin to see what format would be more suitable for you. The format should also depend on your abilities and strengths. If you are good with words, maybe you should express yourself in the essay form, if you like playing with pictures and graphics and being 'creative' in that way- choose a PowerPoint or another mode. Infographic anyone?!

There is a lot you can tell Booth and in interesting ways but make sure to not go overboard in terms of length. A basic guideline could be to think in terms of how much time it would take to go through your material. 3-5mins should be your best bet. If you are thinking about writing an essay, we suggest not exceeding 750 words, for PowerPoint slides 3-6 should work. Booth instructs that maximum size allowed is 16MB. If you decide on PowerPoint, note that the slides might be printed out for viewing, so use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Chicago Booth MBA Goal Questions

What is your short-term post-MBA goal? (700 characters or less)
What is your long-term post-MBA goal?
(700 characters or less)

Chicago Booth MBA Goal Questions Tips

Hidden in the Professional Experience part of online application are Booth's mini goal essays. This is a new trend with many b-schools lately to ask career-goal related questions in different parts of online application. Though not labeled as Essays, make sure you present your thoughts as carefully and clearly as you would in an essay.

700 characters would come to approx. 130-150 words, so you have very less space to be unfocussed and vague.

For short-term goals, tell them about what specific role within a desired industry and what function you are targeting and briefly explain why. If you can name a company or two, that might be even better and show your focus and clear vision. Do you research and find out that the companies you are targeting indeed come to Booth for campus placement. If they don’t, mention in your essay your understanding of this fact and that you have a plan to pursue a self-directed job search. If you are planning a career switch, you should address succinctly how your past experience have prepared you for an alternate career track.

While writing about your long-term goal, make sure they are realistic and connect with your short term goals. That goes without saying, but be clear to show the reasons for Booth MBA and short-term goals. For example if you want to build a technology venture in your home country, how will studying, working and networking in the US help you? Don’t leave it to Adcom to connect the dots of your past, present and future. Do it for them.

Chicago Booth MBA Optional Essay

If there is any important information that is relevant for your candidacy that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here. (300 word max)

Chicago Booth Optional Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even when you don’t write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the Chicago Booth optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Chicago Booth optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. With 2500 words and a complete PowerPoint presentation at your disposal, you better not take this route!

You can use the Chicago optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. The Chicago optional essay is also acceptable if you need to convey an extraordinarily positive information that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

Chicago Booth MBA Re-applicants Essay

Re-Applicants Only: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words)

Chicago Booth MBA Re-applicants Essay Tips

While the question only asks you to describe changes in your "thinking" your aim should be to go well beyond that and present all the professional, academic and personal improvements that make you a stronger candidate for Chicago Booth.

You have to succinctly answer "what has changed since Chicago dinged me last time?" State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. Detail the steps have you taken to strengthen your Chicago Booth application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the Chicago reapplicant essay. Proactive Chicago-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Chicago Booth, might prove the trump card.

If you have gained new perspectives about your career goals or new "fit-points" with Chicago that did not appear in your earlier application this is the place to mention it.

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Chicago Booth MBA Short Answer Essay a

My favorite part of my work is... (250 words maximum)

Chicago Booth MBA Short Answer Essay a Tips

An entirely new question, this essay prompt is the only direct professional question in this year's Booth application pack. However, this is also one of the most intimate work related essay prompts you will find. Thus, balancing these two elements will be critical to writing a good essay.

Choose a 'favorite part' that reflects your skills or attitude that are a strong part of your candidature. Even if not explicitly mentioned, these qualities should ideally transferable and easily linkable to your post-MBA aspirations.

Avoid qualities or actions that are specific to function or industry - UNLESS your post-MBA goal too is definitely in the same function/industry.

Despite the short length, try to include 2-3 short examples that illustrate your theme. Ideally achievements would make the best examples, though a touch of humor is welcome too.

Keep it short - 'cos you don't have a choice.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Short Answer Essay b

I started to think differently when... (250 words maximum)

Chicago Booth MBA Short Answer Essay b Tips

A rephrasing of last year's prompt "Tell us about something that has fundamentally transformed the way you think.", this short essay demands deep self-exploration and succinct self-expression.

The catalyst to the change can be an event, a person, a book, a movie, a challenge - anything that forced you to re-establish your intellectual moorings. The greater focus should be on the process of how your thinking changed - showcasing your intellect, passion for thinking and maturity.

Once you have clearly delineated your thought process and established that the transformation was logical/intelligent (even courageous), clearly describe the how this changed mindset transformed your life with quick examples.

Keep it short.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Presentation/Essay

The Chicago experience will take you deeper into issues, force you to challenge assumptions, and broaden your perspective. In a four-slide presentation or an essay of no more than 600 words, broaden our perspective about who you are. Understanding what we currently know about you from the application, what else would you like us to know?

Presentation/Essay Guidelines: We have set forth the following guidelines: The content is completely up to you. There is no right, or even preferred, approach to this essay. Feel free to use the software with which you are most comfortable. Acceptable formats for upload in the online application system are PowerPoint, Word, or PDF. However, we suggest converting your file to a PDF to preserve your intended formatting. There is a strict maximum of four pages (presentation) or 600 words (essay), though you can provide fewer if you choose. All content must fit within four pages (presentation) or 600 words (essay). The file size is limited to 16 MB. The document will be viewed electronically, but we cannot support embedded videos, music, hyperlinks, or motion images. The file will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas, not on technical expertise.

Chicago Booth MBA Presentation/Essay Tips

Same a last year, the key change in the Presentation/Essay here is that the presentation allows you to 'use the software with which you are most comfortable' moving away from the PowerPoint focus of earlier years. Though differently phrased and presented, the essay prompt remains rooted to the famed Chicago Booth perennial knot-twister that offers you a blank canvas and almost limitless freedom.

2011-2012: Considering what you've already included in the application, what else should we know about you? In a maximum of four slides, tell us about yourself.

2010-2011: At Chicago Booth, we teach you HOW to think rather than what to think. With this in mind, we have provided you with a blank page in our application. Knowing that there is not a right or even a preferred answer allows you to demonstrate to the committee your ability to navigate ambiguity and provide information that you believe will support your candidacy for Chicago Booth.

2009-2010: We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you to tell us about yourself. In four slides or less please answer the following question: What have you not already shared in your application that you would like your future classmates to know about you?

This was one of the very first visual presentations demanded by a leading business school application (though you can cop out and write a 600 words essay), and retains its unlimited scope for themes and approaches.

You can choose between two approaches. In the first, you simply realize that your bewilderment is justified, you sulk and do your worst.

The second approach involves understanding that a difficult question can be turned into a great competitive advantage. You will have to take a leap of thought and understand that there are very few questions in any MBA essay package that MOST applicants will be completely befuddled by. Each such question presents you with the prospect of creating a well-defined advantage for yourself. This Chicago Booth presentation is undeniably one such opportunity, and if you can grab it, that might be the best thing you do this admission year.

On to some "real" tips.

First and foremost, take some time to forget all the "creative" elements of this question - do not start wondering if there should be more pictures or less text or this color or that background - and concentrate on the basic question. What else and what more would you like the Chicago Booth admissions committee to know about you that has not been covered in your other essays? Get the answers to that question and ONLY THEN think of all the "presentation" options.

You can use the presentation to portray yourself from a different angle, to highlight different aspects of yourself or even to re-emphasize what makes you tick. Of course if you can show creativity, humor and insight through the presentation style you will score more - and have some fun too. Since the slides might be printed out for viewing, use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Please take the sensible step of converting your presentation to PDF to maintain your formatting elements.

Finally, if the presentation repeatedly (repeatedly!) turns out to be a complete dud, feel free to use 600 words straight essay option.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Re-applicants Essay

Re-Applicants Only: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words)

Chicago Booth MBA Re-applicants Essay Tips

While the question only asks you to describe changes in your "thinking" your aim should be to go well beyond that and present all the professional, academic and personal improvements that make you a stronger candidate for Chicago Booth.

You have to succinctly answer "what has changed since Chicago dinged me last time?" State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. Detail the steps have you taken to strengthen your Chicago Booth application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the Chicago reapplicant essay. Proactive Chicago-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Chicago Booth, might prove the trump card.

If you have gained new perspectives about your career goals or new "fit-points" with Chicago that did not appear in your earlier application this is the place to mention it.

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

What are your short- and long-term goals, and how will a Chicago Booth MBA help you reach them? (600 words)

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

Historically the Chicago Booth admissions committee opens with a multi-part goals essays and is extremely interested in EACH section of this flagship application essay.

2010-2011: a. Why are you pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life? b. Define your short and long term career goals post MBA. c. What is it about Chicago Booth that is going to help you reach your goals?

2009-2010: How did you choose your most recent job/internship and how did this experience influence your future goals? What about the Chicago Booth MBA makes you feel it is the next best step in your career at this time?

2007-2008 and 2008-2009: Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Describe your personal and professional goals and the role an MBA from the University of Chicago GSB plays in your plans to reach these goals.

2006-2007: Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional and personal development. Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What or who influenced your choice of schools, and how specifically will Chicago GSB help you succeed?

2005-2006: Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional/ personal development. What steps did you take and how did you reach your decision? What or who influenced your choice of schools? What criteria will you use to decide where you will attend? What is it specifically about Chicago GSB that is going to help you succeed? Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What steps will you be taking in order to achieve your goals?

YOUR objective remains as clear as ever - describe, specifically and at length, your career goals and how they connect you to the Chicago Booth MBA.

Be realistic, visionary and focused while detailing your Post-Chicago Booth long term and short term career goals. Exhibit passion for the industry and the functional role of your choice and demonstrate (perhaps with short, relevant examples) that you have the vision, skill-set and determination to make it happen. While the short term goals can be more "practical", greater vision and impact will be welcome in the longer term goal. Both goals have to be logical and credible; to this mix if you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

"Why Chicago Booth?" has to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. To compellingly illustrate that the Chicago Booth MBA is the best option for you to move forward successfully you might need to go both backwards and forwards into your career and show how the Booth MBA will strengthen and enhance your career. Personalize your answer as much as possible, and link your career goals with Chicago Booth as closely as possible. Please try to go beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Chicago Booth website and endeavor to make unique connections between you (skills, interests, goals, knowledge etc.) and Chicago Booth (pedagogy, centers of excellence, faculty, location, alumni etc.).

While 600 words is not as generous last year, it still allows you to explore and reveal your ideas and vision to the Chicago Booth admissions committee in a manner that spurs admiration and credibility.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Reapplicants Essay 1 a.

RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application?

Chicago Booth MBA Reapplicants Essay 1 a. Tips

While the question only asks you to describe changes in your "thinking" your aim here should be to go well beyond that and present the professional, academic and personal improvements in you that make you a stronger candidate for a Chicago Booth admit than in your last application.

You have to succinctly answer "what has changed since Chicago dinged me last time?". State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. What steps have you taken to strengthen your Chicago Booth application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the Chicago reapplicant essay. Proactive Chicago-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Chicago Booth, might prove the trump card.

In case you have new perspectives about your career goals or new "fit-points" with Chicago that did not appear in your earlier application this is the place to mention it.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2

At Chicago Booth, we believe each individual has his or her own leadership style. How has your family, culture, and/or environment influenced you as a leader? (maximum of 750 words)

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2 Tips

Leadership is possibly the most influential human factor in society. It is also the most focused-on single trait across b-schools and in business. This Booth essay prompt reinforces that fact.

Begin by assembling your most significant leadership experiences till date and trying to define your approach towards leadership. Your behavior in these leadership stories might help you define your leadership strengths and leadership style. Ideally the examples should not only be impressive but should also have helped define the kind of a leader you are today. Do not limit your vision or the examples to the professional arena; how you lead in a small informal group, in your family, in your neighborhood will help underline your dynamic leadership qualities.

Evaluate your essay by checking if the following questions are answered impressively with succinct examples. What does leadership mean to you? What is your leadership attitude and approach? How has your leadership philosophy and style developed over time and experiences? How have people, environment and events influenced your growth as a leader? How dynamic are your leadership skills? Are you a good learner?

This is a straightforward essay that if written well can help you outrank your MBA admissions competitive pool.

Do your best!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 [Slide Presentation]

Considering what you've already included in the application, what else should we know about you? In a maximum of four slides, tell us about yourself.

Essay Question 3 Guidelines: We have set forth the following guidelines: The content is completely up to you. There is no right, or even preferred, approach to this presentation. There is a strict maximum of four pages, though you can provide fewer if you choose. Acceptable formats for upload in the online application system are PowerPoint or PDF. The document will be viewed electronically, but we cannot support embedded videos, music, or motion images. Additionally, all content MUST be included in the four pages; hyperlinks will not be viewed. The file will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas, not on technical expertise or presentation.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 [Slide Presentation] Tips

Though differently phrased and presented, this is similar to the famed Chicago Booth perennial knot-twister that offers you a blank canvas and probably has you sputtering and wincing.

2010-2011: At Chicago Booth, we teach you HOW to think rather than what to think. With this in mind, we have provided you with “blank pages” in our application. Knowing that there is not a right or even a preferred answer allows you to demonstrate to the committee your ability to navigate ambiguity and provide information that you believe will support your candidacy for Chicago Booth.

2009-2010: We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you to tell us about yourself. In four slides or less please answer the following question: What have you not already shared in your application that you would like your future classmates to know about you?

Actually the sputtering and wincing is the usual first reaction because not only is this one of the few mandatory visual presentations demanded by a leading business school application, this also has an unlimited scope in themes and options.

There are two approaches to this dilemma. In the first, you have to assume that your bewilderment will be shared by the other applicants. So simply sulk and do your worst. After all you have company! The second option involves understanding that a difficult question can actually be turned into a great competitive advantage. This would of course require more effort. You will have to take a leap of thought and try to understand that there are very few questions in any MBA essay package that MOST applicants will be completely befuddled by. Each such question presents you with the prospect of creating a well-defined advantage for yourself. This Chicago Booth PowerPoint/PDF presentation is undeniably one such opportunity, and if you can grab it, that might be the best thing you do this admission year.

On to some "real" tips.

First and foremost, take some time to forget all the "creative" elements of this question - do not bother thinking about whether there should be more pics or less text or this color or that background. The basics still remain the same. What else and what more (even of the same) would you like the Chicago Booth admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in your other essays? Get the answers to that question and ONLY THEN think of all the razzle-dazzle options [since only static slides are accepted there really can't be much of that].

You can use the presentation to portray yourself from a different angle, to highlight different aspects of yourself or even to re-emphasize what makes you tick. Of course if you can show creativity, humor and insight through the presentation style you might score more - and have some fun too. Since the slides might be printed out for viewing, use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

1. The Admissions Committee is interested in learning more about you on both a personal and professional level. Please answer the following (maximum of 300 words for each section):

a. Why are you pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life?

b. Define your short and long term career goals post MBA.

c. What is it about Chicago Booth that is going to help you reach your goals?

d. RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application?

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

As in earlier years the Chicago Booth admissions committee opens with a multi-part goals essays to kick off the essay package and is extremely interested in EACH section of this flagship application essay.

2009-2010: How did you choose your most recent job/internship and how did this experience influence your future goals? What about the Chicago Booth MBA makes you feel it is the next best step in your career at this time?

2007-2008 and 2008-2009: Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Describe your personal and professional goals and the role an MBA from the University of Chicago GSB plays in your plans to reach these goals.

2006-2007: Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional and personal development. Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What or who influenced your choice of schools, and how specifically will Chicago GSB help you succeed?

2005-2006: Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional/ personal development. What steps did you take and how did you reach your decision? What or who influenced your choice of schools? What criteria will you use to decide where you will attend? What is it specifically about Chicago GSB that is going to help you succeed? Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What steps will you be taking in order to achieve your goals?

YOUR objective remains as clear as ever - describe, specifically and at length, your career goals, the reasons that connect Chicago Booth with your past, present and future, and why a full-time MBA is the logical next step for your future success.

a. To compelling illustrate that a full-time MBA is the best (perhaps only?) option for you at this stage of your career you might need to go both backwards and forwards into your career and show how an MBA would strengthen and enhance your career prospects. Desist from generalizations of why an MBA is god's gift (its a given!); instead focus on your career progression and why the 2010-2011 Chicago Booth intake is the perfect time for pursuing your MBA. If you are an older candidate please present cogent, persuasive reasons for why a part-time MBA will be inadequate.

b. Be realistic, visionary and focused while detailing your Post-Chicago Booth long term and short term career goals. Exhibit passion for the industry and the functional role of your choice and demonstrate (perhaps with short, relevant examples) that you have the vision, skill-set and determination to  make it happen. Ensure that this section (like all the rest) is perfectly complementary to a. and c. responses.

c. "Why Chicago Booth?" is the question and it has to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Personalize your answer as much as possible, and link your career goals with Chicago Booth as closely as possible. Please try to go beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Chicago Booth website and endeavor to make unique connections between you (skills, interests, goals, knowledge etc.) and Chicago Booth (pedagogy, centers of excellence, faculty, location, alumni etc.).

d (reapplicants). While the question only asks you to describe changes in your "thinking" your aim here should be to go well beyond that and present the professional, academic and personal improvements in you that make you a stronger candidate for a Chicago Booth admit than in your last application. You have to succinctly answer "what has changed since Chicago dinged me last time?". State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. What steps have you taken to strengthen your Chicago Booth application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the Chicago reapplicant essay. Proactive Chicago-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Chicago Booth, might prove the trump card. In case you have new perspectives about your career goals or new "fit-points" with Chicago that did not appear in your earlier application this is the place to mention it.

With 900 words at your disposal endeavor to push yourself to look beyond a straightforward career narration; feel free to explore and reveal your personality to the Chicago Booth admissions committee in a manner that incites admiration and credibility.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2

Chicago Booth is a place that challenges its students to stretch and take risks that they might not take elsewhere. Tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you learned from that experience (maximum of 750 words)

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2 Tips

Note: Please bear in mind that just because Chicago Booth has asked this question you do not have to suddenly transform into a mad, risk taker. Be honest and credible and intelligent in your response.

This is the only Chicago essay you have (discounting the Slide presentation) where an exclusively personal portrait of you possible. So, paint a portrait that not only addresses the "risk" aspect of the question, but underlines your key traits and qualities. You have the freedom to select a professional or personal instance.

Ensure that while the essay demonstrates your risk appetite, it also exemplifies the characteristics that you feel make you a good person/professional/candidate. Show how and why you made your choices, what leadership actions you took that made the risk taking worthwhile, how you evaluated risks and rewards and what your attitude was towards uncertain situations.

Depending on the specific example, allot space for "what you learned from the experience"; if the story is strong and has showcased well perhaps the learning section could be short. Nevertheless, despite the length, illustrating how the experience changed you for the better, grew you and taught you lessons that you hold dear to you today, would be of great help.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 [Slide Presentation]

At Chicago Booth, we teach you HOW to think rather than what to think. With this in mind, we have provided you with “blank pages” in our application. Knowing that there is not a right or even a preferred answer allows you to demonstrate to the committee your ability to navigate ambiguity and provide information that you believe will support your candidacy for Chicago Booth.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 [Slide Presentation] Tips

Though differently presented, this is similar to the famed Chicago Booth perennial knot-twister that offers you a blank canvas and probably has you sputtering and wincing. Actually that is the usual first reaction because this is probably the only mandatory visual presentation demanded by a leading business school application.

There are two approaches to this dilemma. In the first, you have to assume that your bewilderment will be shared by the other applicants. So simply sulk and do your worst. After all you have company!

The second option involves far more effort. You will have to take a leap of thought and try to understand that this is a godsend [atheists can ignore that - I do!] opportunity. There are very few questions in any MBA essay package that MOST applicants will be completely befuddled by. Each such question presents you with the prospect of creating a well-defined advantage for yourself. This Chicago Booth PowerPoint/PDF presentation is undeniably one such opportunity, and if you can grab it, that might be the best thing you do this admission year.

On to some "real" tips. First and foremost, take some time to forget all the "creative" elements of this question - do not bother thinking about whether there should be more pics or less text or this color or that background. The basics still remain the same. What else and what more (even of the same) would you like the Chicago Booth admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in your other essays? Get the answers to that question and ONLY THEN think of all the razzle-dazzle options [since only static slides are accepted there really can't be much of that].

You can use the presentation to portray yourself from a different angle, to highlight different aspects of yourself or even to re-emphasize what makes you tick. Of course if you can show creativity, humor and insight through the presentation style you might score more - and have some fun too. Since the slides might be printed out for viewing, use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

How did you choose your most recent job/internship and how did this experience influence your future goals? What about the Chicago Booth MBA makes you feel it is the next best step in your career at this time? (750-1000 words)

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

As in earlier years the Chicago Booth admissions committee has a multi-part goals essay to kick off the essay-pack and is extremely interested in EACH part of this flagship application essay.

2007-2008 and 2008-2009: Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Describe your personal and professional goals and the role an MBA from the University of Chicago GSB plays in your plans to reach these goals.

2006-2007: Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional and personal development. Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What or who influenced your choice of schools, and how specifically will Chicago GSB help you succeed?

2005-2006: Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional/ personal development. What steps did you take and how did you reach your decision? What or who influenced your choice of schools? What criteria will you use to decide where you will attend? What is it specifically about Chicago GSB that is going to help you succeed? Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What steps will you be taking in order to achieve your goals?

YOUR objective remains as clear as ever - describe, specifically and at length, your career progression, and the reasons that connect Chicago Booth with your past, present and future. Apart from connecting the Pre-Chicago, Chicago and Post-Chicago phases of your career (and life), this essay demands a clear focus on the importance of your latest job (or internship). Articulate the reasons why your current/latest professional experience is critical to attaining your career goals, mention how the experience has improved and enhanced you, and connect it if possible/necessary with your earlier professional experience.

With 1000 words at your disposal endeavor to push yourself to look beyond a straightforward career narration; feel free to explore and reveal your personality to the Chicago Booth admissions committee in a manner that incites an interview invitation.

Be realistic and be as specific as you need to be while detailing your Post-Chicago Booth long term and short term career goals (both about the industry and the functional role). "Why Chicago Booth?" and "Why Chicago Booth now?" have to be dealt with application, research and intelligence.  Personalize your answer as much as possible, and link your career goals with Chicago Booth as closely as possible. Please try to go beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Chicago Booth website. Perhaps if you can convincingly accomplish all of the above and also show why the 2009-2010 Chicago Booth intake is the perfect time for your MBA, you may have got it made.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1.a. (reapplicant essay)

FOR REAPPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (250 words)

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1.a. (reapplicant essay) Tips

While the question only asks you to describe changes in your "thinking" your aim here should be to go beyond and present the professional, academic and personal improvements in you that make you a stronger candidate for a Chicago Booth admit than in your last application.

You have to succinctly answer "what has changed since Chicago dinged me last time?". State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. What steps have you taken to strengthen your Chicago Booth application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the Chicago reapplicant essay. Proactive Chicago-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from Chicago Booth, might prove a trump card.

In case you have new perspectives about your career goals or new "fit-points" with Chicago that did not appear in your earlier application this is the place to mention it.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2

Please select one of the following (500-750 words)

2.a. Describe a time when you wish you could have retracted something you said or did. When did you realize your mistake and how did you handle the situation?

or

2.b. Describe a time when you were surprised by feedback that you received. What was the feedback and why were you surprised?

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2.a. Tips

2.a. Describe a time when you wish you could have retracted something you said or did. When did you realize your mistake and how did you handle the situation?

Take a moment to reflect on why you are writing this Chicago Booth essay. I am sure you understand that demonstrating how you realized, learnt from and rectified the mistake is the objective of this essay; giving a straight description of how you made a fool of yourself will win you few points.

The success of this story hinges on how well your leadership/learning/decision-making/people skills are used to rectify the situation. While you certainly start off with a failure/mistake by the time your ideal essay ends, all the reader remembers would be your great comeback actions.

Beginning your thought process from the second part of the question will make things much easier for you. Never forget that this Chicago Booth mistake essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt/improved/rectified a mistake and readied yourself for future successes. Let that show.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2.b. Tips

2.b. Describe a time when you were surprised by feedback that you received. What was the feedback and why were you surprised?

Once again the object of the essay is not to tackle the questions straight on but to show how and what you did after the feedback and the surprise.

The most obvious theme for this essay is "Learning". Using the essay to delve into how you got a feedback and improved yourself based on it, and focusing on your capacity for learning and self-improvement would be a good idea. After all learning and self-improvement are the very skills needed to make your presence in the Chicago Booth MBA class worthwhile.

Having said that I need to point out that the essay prompt is quite open ended and can be used to talk about a variety of occasions/incidents, without limiting yourself to a "learning and improvement" story. In case you use a different approach, clarity about the theme of the essay should illuminate every part of this essay.

After writing this story read the essays again and evaluate each point in your Chicago Booth application essays in relation to the rest of the essays and the recos (if you have access to them). Your application should present a single unified face - there is absolutely no room for internal contradictions.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 [Slide Presentation]

We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you to tell us about yourself. In four slides or less please answer the following question: What have you not already shared in your application that you would like your future classmates to know about you?

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 [Slide Presentation] Tips

I am sure this Chicago Booth perennial knot-twister has many of you sputtering and wincing. Actually that is the usual first reaction because this is probably the only mandatory visual presentation demanded by a leading business school application.

There are two approaches to this dilemma. In the first, you have to assume that your bewilderment will be shared by the other applicants. So simply sulk and do your worst. After all you have company!

The second option involves far more effort. You will have to take a leap of thought and try to understand that this is a godsend [atheists can ignore that - I do!] opportunity. There are very few questions in any MBA essay package that MOST applicants will be completely befuddled by. Each such question presents you with the prospect of creating a well-defined advantage for yourself. This Chicago Booth PowerPoint/PDF presentation is undeniably one such opportunity, and if you can grab it, that might be the best thing you do this admission year.

On to some "real" tips. First and foremost, take some time to forget all the "creative" elements of this question - do not bother thinking about whether there should be more pics or less text or this color or that background. The basics still remain the same. What else and what more (even of the same) would you like the Chicago Booth admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in your other essays? Get the answers to that question and ONLY THEN think of all the razzle-dazzle options [since only static slides are accepted there really can't be much of that].

You can use the presentation to portray yourself from a different angle, to highlight different aspects of yourself or even to re-emphasize what makes you tick. Of course if you can show creativity, humor and insight through the presentation style you might score more - and have some fun too. Since the slides might be printed out for viewing, use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Optional Essay

If there is any important information that is relevant for your candidacy that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here.

Chicago Booth Optional Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even when you don’t write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the Chicago Booth optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Chicago Booth optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. With 2500 words and a complete PowerPoint presentation at your disposal, you better not take this route!

You can use the Chicago optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. The Chicago optional essay is also acceptable if you need to convey an extraordinarily positive information that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Describe your personal and professional goals and the role an MBA from the University of Chicago GSB plays in your plans to reach these goals. (1500 word maximum)

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

The Chicago GSB admissions committee is extremely interested in EACH part of this flagship application essay question. Each year Chicago has decreased the size of the question while retaining the expected response from you! In 2005-2006 they had a three part 85 word question, in 2006-2007 a 51 word question and now in 2007-2008 a 37 word question.

2006-2007: Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional and personal development. Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What or who influenced your choice of schools, and how specifically will Chicago GSB help you succeed?

2005-2006: Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional/ personal development. What steps did you take and how did you reach your decision? What or who influenced your choice of schools? What criteria will you use to decide where you will attend? What is it specifically about Chicago GSB that is going to help you succeed? Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What steps will you be taking in order to achieve your goals?

But YOUR objective remains as clear as ever. Describe, specifically and at length, your career progression, and the reasons that connect Chicago GSB with your past, present and future. The question clearly expects you to delve into the Pre-Chicago, Chicago and Post-Chicago phases of your career (and life). This whopper of an essay is equal to 2-3 essays from another Business School; so endeavor to push yourself to look beyond a straightforward career narration - explore and reveal your personality to the Chicago GSB admissions committee in a manner that incites an interview invitation.

"Why Chicago GSB" is to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Chicago GSB website. Personalize your answer as much as possible.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2

Please select one of the following two questions to answer. (1000 word maximum)

Option 1: a) Please provide an example of a time when you had to make a choice between two equally important obligations. How did you decide which obligation deserved your attention? b) Did you try and predict other people's reactions to your decision? If so, how accurate were you? Why do you think you were or were not accurate in your prediction? c) Reflecting on this experience, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB might have aided in your decision making process?

or

Option 2: a) Have you ever made a decision that caused you to go against popular opinion? Please describe that situation and your rationale for you decision. b) Did you feel at any point that people misperceived your motives? Explain. c) In retrospect, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB would have affected your decision?

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2 Option 1 Tips

Recount a dilemma you faced in choosing between diverging calls to duty. Your decision making and reasoning process while resolving the impasse would be the critical factor in part a) of the question.

Part b) would deal with how you make your judgments about people, specifically the methods you adopt to understand and predict the reactions of others who are close to you or to a project that you are involved in. Your ability to assess stakeholder/team opinion, identify trends and predict behavior can be the main areas of focus.

Use your research on Chicago GSB and the reasons you have chosen to apply to their program to identify the myriad ways in which an MBA from Chicago GSB might have aided in your decision making process. As usual information for this question can be gained from campus visits, discussions with Chicago GSB alumni/students and web research about the program.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2 Option 2 Tips

Selecting the specific situation for the essay might be aided by identifying general circumstances in which a person might find himself/herself fighting popular opinion. It could be the result of an innovative idea or a principled stand. The motivations and reasons that support your decision will be the foundation of this essay.

It is not essential that this be a "success" story where ultimately everyone agrees with your point of view. A display of your strength of character, robust value system and/or intellectual courage might be adequate to polish off the essay. However it will be even better if you can additionally showcase your diplomatic communication and effective reasoning - AND end the story with overall consensus (everybody lives happily ever after!).

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3

We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you tell us about yourself. Using four slides or less, please provide readers with content that captures who you are.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 Tips

Each such question presents you with the prospect of creating a well-defined advantage for yourself. This Chicago GSB PowerPoint/PDF presentation is undeniably one such opportunity, and if you can grab it, that might be the best thing you do this admission year.

First and foremost take some time to forget all the "creative" elements of this question - do not bother thinking about whether there should be more pics or less text or this color or that background. The basics still remain the same. What else and what more (even of the same) would you would like the Chicago admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in your other essays? Get the answers to that question and ONLY THEN think of all the razzle-dazzle options [since only static slides are accepted there really can't be much of that].

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Optional Essay

If there is any important information that is relevant for your candidacy that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here.

Chicago Booth Essay Tips

You can use the Chicago optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. The Chicago optional essay is also acceptable if you need to convey an extraordinarily positive information that CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2007-2008

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Describe your personal and professional goals and the role an MBA from the University of Chicago GSB plays in your plans to reach these goals. (1500 word maximum)

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

YOUR objective remains as clear as ever. Describe, specifically and at length, your career progression, and the reasons that connect Chicago GSB with your past, present and future. The question clearly expects you to delve into the Pre-Chicago, Chicago and Post-Chicago phases of your career (and life). This whopper of an essay is equal to 2-3 essays from another Business School; so endeavor to push yourself to look beyond a straightforward career narration - explore and reveal your personality to the Chicago GSB admissions committee in a manner that incites an interview invitation.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2

If you could step into someone else's shoes for a day, who would it be and why? (500 word maximum)

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2 Tips

This is the kind of question that makes the Chicago GSB essay package a challenge and a joy.

You will not lack for people whom you admire or whose position you covet: a famous personality from any field of human  endeavor from any time in history, or even a lesser known personality whom you have good reasons to admire. Given the multitude of choices, the decision making process about who to choose would be crucial.

Even more critical, will be the last word of the question - WHY? The why hides the truth about why you are writing this essay in the first place. It can reveal your personality, passions, vision and strengths, in ways that might not be fully possible in Chicago GSB Essay 1. Since the hero of the story in both essays 1 and 2 (and also in the following PowerPoint presentation) is actually the same person - YOU - it is essential to consider the essay package as a whole and use elements in this essay that complement stories, examples and ideas elsewhere in your Chicago GSB application package.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3

We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application. In this portion of the application, we invite you to tell us about yourself using a non-traditional application format - a PowerPoint presentation. In four slides or less, please provide readers with content that captures who you are.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 Tips

You can use the PPT to portray yourself from a different angle, to highlight different aspects of yourself or even to re-emphasize what makes you tick. Of course if you can show creativity, humor and insight through the presentation style you might score more - and have some fun too. Since the slides might be printed out for viewing, use clear text and bold pictures - and check the output in monochrome before finalizing the work.

Go for it!

Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays and Tips 2006-2007

Chicago GSB MBA Essay 1

Complete all parts below. (1500 word maximum) Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional and personal development. Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What or who influenced your choice of schools, and how specifically will Chicago GSB help you succeed?

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1 Tips

Chicago GSB is seriously interested in EACH part of this application essay question. In fact, the earlier essay question was actually broken into discrete parts as given below.

1. Explain the path that has led you to pursue an MBA as the next step in your professional/ personal development. What steps did you take and how did you reach your decision?

2. What or who influenced your choice of schools? What criteria will you use to decide where you will attend? What is it specifically about Chicago GSB that is going to help you succeed?

3. Describe your short and long term post-MBA career goals. What steps will you be taking in order to achieve your goals?

Though the question is shorter, Chicago GSB's intent is very clear. Quite simply describe your career progression, and the reasons that connect Chicago GSB with your past, present and future. The question clearly expects you to delve into the Pre-Chicago, Chicago and Post-Chicago phases of your career (and life). This whopper of an essay is equal to 2-3 essays from another Business School.

"Why Chicago GSB" is to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Chicago GSB website. Personalize your answer as much as possible.

"Specifically". Remember that word when explaining your Post-Chicago GSB long term and short term career goals. Be realistic and be as specific as you need to be (both about the industry and the functional role). Find as many matches between what the Chicago GSB "specifically" offers you and your future goals. Having said that please remember that perfect links are acceptable but not at the expense of credibility.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2

Choose one of the following questions. (500 word maximum)

1. If the admissions committee were to interview one of your closest colleagues, what aspect of your personal development would this person say is especially important for the admissions committee to know?

2. You have been asked to write an editorial about the most pressing issue facing humanity. Please identify the issue and justify why you have selected it.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 2 Tips

Unpack your decision making tools, because unlike most multiple choice essays this Chicago GSB essay offers two widely differing subject matters.

The first option offers you a chance to explore your development as a professional, team member and leader (hopefully). Since the point of view expected is that of a colleague, the situations and incidents would certainly pertain to your career.

The second option seeks a very different type of response - specifically an issue that has universal ramifications and which (hopefully) will find at least a local and partial solution through you. The latter is not explicitly stated in the question, but is implicit - after all this is not an essay writing competition!

Deciding which option to choose would depend to a large extent on the ground you have covered in the Chicago GSB first essay. Identify significant aspects of your career, personality or life which have not found place in the rest of the application and try to fashion that information into the Chicago GSB essay two.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3

Complete each of the following questions. (100 word maximum for each question below)

1. What is the one thing that most people do not know about you?

2. What book, play, or movie would you recommend to the admissions committee? Why?

3. It is your first day of business school and people are selecting study groups. How would you describe the value you will bring to a study group?

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 3 Tips

These delectable short essays are some of the best in the game. Have fun!

What is the one thing... Whichever trait or characteristic you mention, the relevance to application should be clear. It can be funny or serious, conservative or colorful, but the overall value of your Chicago GSB application package must by your 100 words.

What book, play, or movie... A wonderful (and rare) opportunity to talk about what really makes you tick. This essay can be used to give an sharper picture of your self or to act as a supporting pillar for a vital feature of your personality. If the significance of your choice to Chicago GSB, to you or the world at large can be made clear, this 100 word battle would have been won.

It is your first day... Rate and describe yourself as a team player. How and what value can you add to any group (perhaps more specifically in a learning environment)? Is there some way you can make it Chicago GSB specific? Do your worst!

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