Columbia MBA Admission Essays Editing Tips

Columbia MBA Admission Essays Editing

2013-2014

Columbia Essay : 1

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

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Writing about your short-term and long-term career goals in MBA Admission Essays

Columbia Essay : 2

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

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Columbia 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)

Columbia Essay : 4

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

2012-2013

Columbia Essay : 1

A. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career, and how do you plan to achieve your immediate and long term post-MBA professional goals? (Maximum 500 words) B. Please view this video, entitled Community at Columbia. Diverse, tight-knit clusters and carefully selected learning teams are defining features of the first year at Columbia Business School. Along with more than 100 student organizations and countless events each semester, the cluster system helps to create a supportive and devoted lifelong community. Describe why you are interested in becoming a part of the Columbia community. (Maximum 250 words)

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Columbia Essay : 2

Describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today. This essay should have a personal rather than a professional focus. (Maximum 500 words)

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Columbia Essay : 3

optional:An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.

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Tips for Answering the Optional Question in your MBA Application Essays

2011-2012

Columbia Essay : 1

Considering your post-MBA and long term professional goals, why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Additionally, why is Columbia Business School a good fit for you? (750 words maximum)

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Writing about your short-term and long-term career goals in MBA Admission Essays

Tips for answering the Why MBA Essay

Columbia Essay : 2

Describe a life experience that has shaped you. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (500 words maximum)

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Columbia Essay : 3

For the third essay, please choose one of the following three options: 1.The annual A. Lorne Weil Outrageous Business Plan Competition is a student initiative managed and run by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO).The competition encourages Columbia MBA students to explore creative, entrepreneurial ideas that are sufficiently ambitious in scope and scale to be considered “outrageous.” Students explore these ideas while learning firsthand what goes into the development and presentation of a solid business proposal. Develop your own outrageous business idea. In essay form, compose your elevator pitch. (250 words maximum) 2. Columbia deeply values its vibrant student community, the building of which begins at orientation when admitted students are assigned to clusters of 65 to 70 fellow students who take most of the first-year core classes together. During the first weeks of school, each cluster selects a cluster chair. Further strengthening the student community are the more than 100 active student organizations at Columbia Business School, ranging from cultural to professional to community service–oriented. Leadership positions within clusters and clubs offer hands-on management and networking opportunities for students as they interact with fellow students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and practitioners. You are running for either cluster chair or a club leadership position of your choosing. Compose your campaign speech. (250 words maximum) 3. Founded nearly three decades ago, the Executives in Residence Program at Columbia Business School integrates senior executives into the life of the School. Current executives in residence include more than a dozen experts in areas ranging from media and investment banking to private equity and management. A hallmark of the program is one-on-one counseling sessions in which executives advise students about their prospective career choices. Select one of the current executives in residence with whom you would like to meet during your time at Columbia. Explain your selection and tell us how you would best utilize your half hour one-on-one session. (250 words maximum)

Columbia Essay : 4

An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.

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Tips for Answering the Optional Question in your MBA Application Essays

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