Essays And Deadlines Of MBA Colleges In US: Rank 11 – 20


A consolidated list of essays, deadlines and fees for Business Schools ranked 11-20 schools in the US. I am considering the ranks as per US News.

11. Duke University (Fuqua) (Durham, NC)

Fees – USD 52,900 / annum


Round 1 – 18th September 2013

Round 2 – 21st October 2013

Round 3 – 06th January 2014

Essay 1 – 1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA? (250 characters / 50 words)

2. What are your long-term goals? (250 characters / 50 words)

3. Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?  (250 characters / 50 words)

Essay 2 – The “Team Fuqua” spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.

Please present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

Essay 3 – When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.

Your response to this essay question should be no more than 2 pages in length. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing.

Essay 4 – If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, or any significant weakness in your application) (Optional)

12. University of Virginia (Darden) (Charlottesville, VA)

Fees – USD 50,778 / annum


Round 1 – 15th October 2013

Round 2 – 07th January 2014

Round 3 – 27th March 2014

Essay 1 – Share your thought process as you encountered a challenging work situation or complex problem. What did you learn about yourself? (500 words)

13. Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Fees – USD 55,050 / annum


Round 1 – 25th September 2013

Round 2 – 09th January 2014

Round 3 – 24th April 2014

Essay 1 – What motivates your decision to pursue an MBA? (300 words maximum)

Essay 2 – The Yale School of Management provides leadership education for broad-minded, rigorous, and intellectually curious students with diverse backgrounds; a distinctive integrated curriculum; connections to one of the great research universities in the world; and the broad reach of an innovative and expanding global network of top business schools.

What motivates you to apply to the Yale School of Management for your MBA? What will you contribute to Yale and Yale SOM? (450 words maximum)

Essay 3 – If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation, please provide the additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. You should use this section only if the information is not adequately captured elsewhere in your application. Re-applicants should use this space to indicate how your candidacy has changed since you last applied. (200 words maximum)

14. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) (Ann Arbor, MI)

Fees – USD 55,000 / annum


Round 1 – 01st October 2013

Round 2 – 02nd January 2014

Round 3 – 03 March 2014

Essay 1 – Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less.

Essay 2 – a. What about your professional experiences has led you to determine that business school is the right next step? (150 words)

b. As you have researched MBA programs, what actions have you taken to learn more about Ross and what has led you to believe that Ross is the right MBA program for you? (150 words)

c. What career do you plan to pursue after business school and why? (150 words)

Essay 3 – Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What advice would you give to a colleague who was dealing with a similar situation? (400 word maximum)

Essay 4 – Optional question: Is there anything not addressed elsewhere in the application that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you to evaluate your candidacy? (300 word maximum)

14. University of California – Los Angeles (Anderson)

Fees – USD 54,530 / annum


Round 1 – 22nd October 2013

Round 2 – 07th January 2014

Round 3 – 15th April 2014

Essay 1 – What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (750 words maximum)

Essay 2 – Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum) (Optional)

16. Cornell University (Johnson) (Ithaca, NY)

Fees – USD 53,796 / annum


Round 1 – 02nd October 2013

Round 2 – 04th December 2013

Round 3 – 12th February 2014

Essay 1 – “Who you are”

We continue to ask the “chapter headings” essay because we really enjoy reading it and get great information about you that we cannot get anywhere else in the process, even the interview.

You are the author for the book of Your Life Story.  In 300 words or less please write the table of contents for the book.  Note: approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity.

Essay 2 – “Who you turn out to be”

Instructions:  Please answer the following three questions in abbreviated format. (Keep each answer in 150 words or less)

When did you decide that business school was the next step for you? (Was this an epiphany or an evolutionary process?  What was the catalyst that caused you to consider this next step?)

Johnson values people that make things happen for themselves.  Give an example of how you have initiated this for yourself.

Please describe your immediate post MBA career goals.

17. University of Texas Austin (McCombs)

Fees – USD 48,832


Round 1 – 15th October 2013

Round 2 – 21st January 2014

Round 3 – 27th March 2014

Essay 1 – Imagine that you are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2016. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, and include any personal and/or professional aspects that you believe to be significant. Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.

– Write an essay (250 words)

– Share a video introduction (one minute)

– Share your profile

Essay 2 – In the Texas MBA program we value our tight-knit and highly collaborative culture. Outside of your professional goals, please discuss why you are a good fit with the Texas MBA program and how you intend to impact the Texas MBA community? (250 words)

Essay 3 – What do you hope to gain from your Texas MBA experience? How do you expect to develop, both personally and professionally, during the Texas MBA program? (250 words)

Essay 4 – Please provide any additional information to the Admissions Committee that you believe is important and/or will address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (200 words) (Optional)

18. Emory University (Goizueta) (Atlanta, GA)

Fees – 44,600


Round 1 – 11th October 2013

Round 2 – 20th November 2013

Round 3 – 10th January 2014

Essay 1 – 1. What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next step toward that goal? (200 words)

2. If your initial career plans are not realized, what else are you considering? (200 words)

Essay 2 – The Business School is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. It is his legacy and the strength of his character that gives rise to our vision: Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. We encourage you to watch this short video for inspiration in answering the question. The transcript of the video can be found at

How will you contribute to and make a lasting impact on the Goizueta Business School community as a student or alumnus? Please limit your response to 300 words.

Essay 3 – Complete one of the following statements. Please limit your response to 250 words.

I am unique because…

My most memorable cross-cultural experience…

I am passionate about…

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is…

Essay 4 – In 25 words or less, please share with the committee and your future classmates an interesting or fun fact about you.

Essay 5 – If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues or areas of weakness in application). Please limit your response to 250 words. (Optional)

19. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fees – USD 55,800


Round 1 – 07th October 2013

Round 2 – 02nd January 2014

Round 3 – 15th March 2014

Essay 1 – 1. What is your professional goal immediately following graduation from the Tepper School? (250 words)

2. What are your long term career goals? (250 words)

Essay 2 – What transferrable skills have you developed that are related to your professional goals outlined in Short Answer 1?  Additionally, identify the skills that you will need to develop or enhance. Specifically, how will the Tepper MBA help you develop these skills? (500 words)

Essay 3 – Describe a defining moment in your life and explain how it shaped you as a person. (500 words)

Essay 4 – How will your presence in the Tepper MBA program benefit your fellow students? How will you contribute to the school as a student and as an alumnus? (500 words)

Essay 5 – Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? (500 words) (Optional)

20. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Kennan – Flagler) (Chapel Hill, NC)

Fees – USD 48,681


Round 1 – 18th October 2013

Round 2 – 09th December 2013

Round 3 – 13th January 2014

Essay 1 – What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? What are the other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500 words maximum)

Essay 2 – Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how: your professional experience has shaped these goals; why this career option appeals to you; and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)

Essay 3 – What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (500 words maximum)

Essay 4 – If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum) (Optional)

Essay 5 – Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum) (Optional)

I will be covering details about colleges ranked from 21 – 30 in my next blog post. Please keep track of my blog.