Essays And Deadlines Of MBA Colleges In US: Rank 1 – 10


A consolidated list of essays, deadlines and fees for Business Schools ranked 1-10 schools in the US. I am considering the ranks as per US News.

1. Harvard (Boston, MA)

Fees – USD 53,500 / annum


Round 1- 16th September 2013

Round 2 – 06th January 2014

Round 3 – 07th April 2014

Essay 1 – You’re applying to Harvard Business School.  We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you.   What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?

1. Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Fees – USD 57,300 / annum


Round 1 – 02nd October 2013

Round 2 – 08th January 2014

Round 3 – 02nd April 2014

Essay 1 – What matters most to you, and why?

Essay 2 – What do you want to do—REALLY—and why Stanford?

Essay 3 – Answer one of the three 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 A: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.

Option B: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you identified and pursued an opportunity to improve an organization.

Option C: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you went beyond what was defined or established.

3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) (Philadelphia, VA)

Fees – USD 57,026 / annum


Round 1 – 01st October 2013

Round 2 – 07th January 2014

Round 3 – 27th March 2014

Essay 1 – What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

Essay 2 – Academic engagement is an important element of the Wharton MBA experience. How do you see yourself contributing to our learning community? (500 words)

Essay 3 – If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application). (250 words) (optional)

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) (Cambridge, MA)

Fees – USD 57,920 / annum


Round 1 – 24th September 2013

Round 2 – 07th January 2014

Essay 1 – The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice.  Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities.   (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Essay 2 – Describe a time when you pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Essay 3 – The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format. (optional)

5. Northwestern University (Kellogg) (Evanston, IL)

Fees – USD 56,550 / annum


Round 1 – 16th October 2013

Round 2 – 07th January 2014

Round 3 – 02nd April 2014

Essay 1 – What’s the greatest obstacle you’ve overcome (personally or professionally)?

How has overcoming this obstacle prepared you to achieve success now and in the future? (350 word limit)

Essay 2 – What have been your most significant leadership experiences?  What challenges did you face, and what impact did you have?

This is your opportunity to explain how you Think Bravely. (500 word limit)

Essay 3 – Part 1: What career/role are you looking to pursue and why?  (250 word limit)

Part 2: Why are Kellogg and the MBA essential to achieving these career goals?  (250 word limit)

(Please answer Part 2 in terms of your program choice: One-Year, Two-Year, MMM, JD-MBA).

Essay 4 – If needed, briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (No word limit)

6. University of Chicago (Booth) (Chicago, IL)

Fees – USD 56,000 / annum


Round 1 – 03 October 2013

Round 2 – 08th January 2014

Round 3 – 04th April 2014

Essay 1 – My favourite part of my work is… (250 words maximum)

Essay 2 – I started to think differently when… (250 words maximum)

Essay 3 – 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 rest of the application, what else would you like us to know? (Presentation / Essay)

7. University of California – Berkeley (Haas) (Berkeley, CA)

Fees – 54,000 / annum


Round 1 – 16th October 2013

Round 2 – 08th January 2014

Round 3 – 12th March 2014

Essay 1 – If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 word maximum)

Essay 2 – What is your most significant accomplishment? (250 word maximum)

Essay 3 – Describe a time in the last three years when you overcame a failure. What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development? (250 word maximum)

Essay 4 – a. What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How have your professional experiences prepared you to achieve these goals?

b. How will an MBA from Haas help you achieve these goals? (750 word maximum for 4a. and 4b.)

Essay 5 – (Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven’t addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

(Optional) If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript. (250 word maximum)

8. Columbia University (New York, NY)

Fees – USD 58,384 / annum


Round 1 – 02nd October 2013

Round 2 – 06th January 2014

Round 3 – 09th April 2014

Essay 1 – What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)

Essay 2 – Given your individual background, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Essay 3 – Columbia Business School is located in the heart of the world’s business capital – Manhattan. How do you anticipate that New York City will impact your experience at Columbia? (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 4 – What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)

Essay 5 – An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays. (Optional)

9. Dartmouth College (Tuck) (Hanover, NH)

Fees – USD 56,160 / annum


Round 1 – 09th October 2013

Round 2 – 06th November 2014

Round 3 – 03rd January 2014

Essay 1 – Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA fit for you and your goals and why are you the best fit for Tuck? (500 words)

Essay 2 – Tell us about your most meaningful collaborative leadership experience and what role you played. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience? (500 words)

Essay 3 – Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience? (500 words)

Essay 4 – Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application. (Optional)

10. New York University (Stern) (New York, NY)

Fees – USD 52,828 / annum


Round 1 – 15th October 2013

Round 2 – 15th November 2013

Round 3 – 15th January 2014

Essay 1 – a. Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?

B. What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?

C. What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation? (750 words total)

Essay 2 – Choose Option A or Option B

Option A: Your Two Paths (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given today’s ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can have impact.

Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?

What factors will most determine which path you will take?

How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?

Option B: Personal Expression

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

If you submit a non-written piece for this essay (i.e., artwork or multimedia) or if you submit this essay via mail, please upload a brief description of your submission with your online application.

Essay 3 – Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information. (Optional)

I will be covering details about colleges ranked from 11 – 20 and 21 – 30 in my next blog posts. Please keep track of my blog.