Essays And Deadlines Of MBA Colleges In US: Rank 21 – 30


A consolidated list of essays, deadlines and fees for Business Schools ranked 21-30 schools in the US. I am considering the ranks as per US News.

21. Washington University in St. Louis (Olin) (St. Louis, MO)

Fees – USD 47,800 / annum


Round 1 – 01st October 2013

Round 2 – 15th November 2013

Round 3 – 04th January 2014

22. Indiana University Bloomington (Kelly) (Bloomington, IN)

Fees – USD 43,460 / annum


Round 1 – 15th October 2013

Round 2 – 05th January 2014

Round 3 – 01st March 2014

Essay 1 – Please discuss your post-MBA short- and long-term professional goals.How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals? (500 words)

Essay 2 -Describe a personal or professional challenge or set-back that you were able to overcome. What allowed you to persevere? (500 words)

Essay 3 – Suppose you had to choose three people—people alive now or people from another era—to travel with you on a cross-country automobile trip. Who would you choose and why? What would you hope to learn from them?

(Think carefully aboutthe company you want on those long stretches through Nebraska or Kansas.) (500 words)

Essay 4 – Describe what there is about your background and your experiences that will contribute to the diversity of the entering class and enhance the educational experience of other students. (500 words)

Essay 5 – Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question. (500 words) (optional)

23. University of Washington (Foster) (Seattle, WA)

Fees – USD 39,081 / annum


Round 1 – 15th October 2013

Round 2 – 15th November 2013

Round 3 – 20th January 2014

Essay 1 – Tell us your ideas about what lies ahead for you in your career. What are the gaps or deficiencies currently preventing you from pursuing these potential career paths? How do you plan to use your time in the Foster MBA program to fill these gaps and advance your career? (750 words)

Essay 2 – Describe a specific experience that inspired your professional plans and prompted you to explore the MBA. (500 words)

Essay 3 – Please include this essay if you have additional information that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee in considering your application. (500 words) (Optional)

23. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Carlson) (Minneapolis, MN)

Fees – USD 45,000 / annum


Round 1 – 01st November 2013

Round 2 – 01st December 2013

Round 3 – 01st February 2014

Essay 1 – Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?

Essay 2 – Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School of Management?

Essay 3 – What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program? How will you contribute to the MBA Program overall?

25. Georgetown University (McDonough) (Washington, DC)

Fees – USD 49,400 / annum


Round 1 – 10th October 2013

Round 2 – 05th January 2014

Round 3 – 01st April 2014

Essay 1 – Part A: What is your short-term goal following graduation from the Georgetown McDonough Full-time MBA Program? What skills are you seeking to develop or improve upon in order to reach your goals? (500 words or fewer)

Part B: What is your long-term career goal? (100 words or fewer)

Essay 2 – Option A: Describe a global business challenge and its relevance to your post-MBA career.  (750 words or fewer)


Option B: Describe yourself both personally and professionally and how you will contribute to the Georgetown McDonough community.  (750 words or fewer)

Essay 3 – Why do you want to attend the Georgetown McDonough Full-time MBA Program?  Tell us in tweet format*.  (140 characters or fewer)

Essay 4 – If you are not currently employed full-time, use this essay to provide information about your current activities.  (250 words or fewer) (Optional)

Essay 5 – Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included.  (500 words or fewer) (Optional)

26. University of South California (Marshall) (Los Angeles, CA)

Fees – USD 48,515 / annum


Round 1 – 15th October 2013

Round 2 – 10th January 2014

Round 3 – 15th April 2014

Essay 1 – What are your short-term career goals post MBA? How will USC Marshall help you achieve these goals? (750 words)

Essay 2 – How will other USC Marshall MBA Students benefit from your background, experience, leadership and teamwork skills? (500 words)

Essay 3 – Select three from the following and describe: (250 words each)

a) A challenging international business experience.

b) How would you contribute to the “Trojan Network.”

c) Your most significant accomplishment.

d) A personal or professional setback.

e) Introduce yourself to your future Marshall classmates in 100 words or less

Essay 4 – Please add any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider in evaluating your application. Also, if you are applying to a dual-degree program, please address that in this essay. (Optional)

27. Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) (Atlanta, GA)

Fees – USD 36,246 / annum


Round 1 – 15th October 2013

Round 2 – 15th January 2014

Round 3 – 15th March 2014

Essay 1 – Describe a risk that you have taken and discuss its impact on your life.


If you could trade places with someone for one day, who would it be and why? (4000 characters)

Essay 2 – Why an MBA and Why Georgia Tech?

Describe how your experiences, both professional and personal, have led you to the decision to pursue an MBA at Georgia Tech.  Discuss your short and long term career goals and how Georgia Tech is best suited to help you achieve your goals. (4000 characters)

Essay 3 – The Admissions Committee believes that the required essays address issues that help us learn about you and understand your candidacy for the MBA program, however, you may provide us with any additional information pertinent to your admission that has not been previously covered in the rest of the application. Feel free to discuss any unique aspects of your candidacy or any perceived weaknesses. (4000 characters) (Optional)

27. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) (Notre Dame, IN)

Fees – USD 43,460 / annum


Round 1 – 09th September 2013

Round 2 – 04th November 2013

Round 3 – 06th January 2014

Essay 1 – What are your career plans immediately after graduation? Explain how your past experiences prepare you for your desired position. What are your long-term career aspirations?

27. Ohio State University (Fisher) (Columbus, OH)

Fees – USD 44,280 / annum


Round 1 – 15th October 2013

Round 2 – 15th November 2013

Round 3 – 15th December 2013

Essay 1 – Every year Fisher College’s Full-Time MBA program admits a select group of talented professionals with demonstrated potential to become successful business leaders in an increasingly competitive, global environment. Why do you want to earn an MBA degree in general and a Fisher College MBA in particular? How will Fisher specifically assist you in achieving your individual potential? As part of your response, include a brief summary of your professional accomplishments to date. If you have not held a full-time job or are still in college, let us know about your leadership accomplishments in a school, internship, or extracurricular context. (750 words)

Essay 2 – Focusing on Leadership

One of Fisher’s strengths is its dedication to developing leaders. Listed below are 10 attributes that characterize great leaders. Please select the two criteria that best describe your strengths and provide us with concrete evidence to support your choices.

Write an essay for each of the two characteristics you select, describing situations in which you exemplified these leadership traits. Please title each of your essays with the specific trait (e.g. ‘endurance’) that you have chosen for yourself. As part of your essay response, you may include a digital photo or link to content (e.g. blog, video clip, website, etc.) if that content helps to illustrate the attribute(s) you have chosen.


Discovering You:

As a Fisher College MBA student, you get the best of both worlds: the up-close and personal feel of a small program combined with the resources and opportunities offered by a major research university. As an individual participant, you will play a key role in shaping our culture. Consequently, we would like to learn more about who you are and the unique characteristics you will contribute to the Fisher College community. Provide an honest description of yourself outside your professional context, stressing the personal characteristics you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses, along with the factors that have most influenced your development to date.

(750 words)

30. Vanderbilt University (Owen) (Nashville, TN)

Fees – USD 45,000 / annum


Round 1 – 01st October 2013

Round 2 – 25th November 2013

Round 3 – 06th January 2014

Essay 1 – Explain your short-term and long-term career plans as specifically as possible. When combined with your studies at Owen, how will your background, previous experiences, interests and personal attributes enable you to pursue these goals successfully?  (500 words maximum)

Essay 2 – In what ways would you impact Owen as a student and as an alumnus/alumna? How would you create change within the Owen community?   (500 words maximum)