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Stanford University MBA Admission Essay Topics

Last week’s article, Why Colleges Ask for Statement of Purpose, explained in detail how colleges and universities in the U.S. evaluate a student based on submitted college admission essay.

Some schools specifically provide the topic for college admission essays. Admission essays for MBA usually takes a lot of time and effort to write than the statement of purpose for master’s degree programs in engineering fields.

If you are planning to get into Ivy League MBA schools, then an admission essay plays a very important role along with your GMAT score.

Stanford MBA Essays

Stanford University requires students applying for MBA to write 3 essays from the following options and topics:

  1. Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?
  2. Essay B: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them?
  3. Essay C: Short Essays-Options 1-4
  4. Answer two of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years.

  • Option 1: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team.
  • Option 2: Tell us about a time when you felt most effective as a leader.
  • Option 3: Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or complete a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating.
  • Option 4: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.

Admission Essay Requirements

The length of all the essays should not exceed 1,800 words. Also, they do specify the allowed maximum number of words for each essay, namely:

  • Essay A 750 words
  • Essay B 450 words
  • Essay C 300 words each

All the essays should have a 12 point font size with double line spacing and put all the essays in a single document.

When a university provides such a detailed description for MBA admission essays, then you’ll realize how structured and organized the program will be, right?

Of course, it’s Stanford University. Stanford accepts GRE scores instead of GMAT for admission with no minimum requirements specified.

Essay Writing Tips

In their admission website, you can find very detailed descriptions of what the admission essays should be about and here are some of the tips.

  • Many good essays describe the “what,” but great essays move to the next order and describe how and why these “whats” have influenced your life.
  • From both parts of Essay B, we learn about your dreams, what has shaped them, and how Stanford can help you bring them into fruition.
  • This is a process in which you look inside yourself and try to express most clearly what is there. We are trying to get a good sense of your perspectives, your thoughts on management and leadership, and how Stanford can help you realize your goals.

I certainly have to agree that above tips hold not only for MBA admission essay but also for students applying for most master’s degree programs.

Sample Statement of Purpose

HSB doesn’t have many sample MBA admission essays, but we have lots of samples of statements of purpose for master’s programs (biotechnology, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, molecular biology, etc.).

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