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Cornell University Business School MBA Essay Questions, Topics and Sample Essay Response

ESSAY 2001-2002

1. Why are you seeking an MBA from Cornell's Johnson School? What do you hope to experience and contribute here and what are your plans/goals after you receive your degree? What factors have influenced your career decisions to date? (400 words)

2. Answer one of the following two questions (400 words)

A.   Describe a recent national or international event that has had a negative effect on the business or economic climate of a particular region of the world. How would you address this issue? What are the implications of your approach?

B.   Discuss the impact of technology on your chosen career and how your study at the Johnson School will help you face the challenges and opportunities in the new millennium.

3. Answer one of the following two questions (400 words)

A.   At Cornell's Johnson School we highly value the spirit of entrepreneurship. Review the following George Bernard Shaw quote: " The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." Then describe a professional situation in which your actions were instrumental in crafting the outcome.

B.   Cornell's Johnson School is well known for its leadership curriculum and for building great business leaders. Please describe your most significant leadership experience. Feel free to draw upon work experiences, extracurricular activities, or your personal interactions in describing a period of formal or informal leadership. Please focus on what caused you to be effective.

4. (Optional) If there is other information you would like to add regarding your candidacy, please use the optional essay. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate GPA or test scores) do(es) not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School and in your chosen career, you may use this essay to explain those circumstances. You may also include back-ground information you would like the admissions committee to take into consideration as it reviews your application. This essay is for clarification purposes only.

5. (Required for Park Applicants) Describe how you would benefit personally and professionally from being a Park Leadership Fellow, and describe what you would do for your Park project to enhance the Johnson School, Cornell, or the Ithaca community. (400 words or less)

 

ESSAY 2002-2003

1. What professional experiences have led you to pursue an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and how does this degree fit into your future career plans? How will your knowledge and background enhance the education of your fellow classmates? (400 words)

2. Answer one of the following two questions: (400 words)

A.   Leadership is highly valued at the Johnson School. Describe a leadership decision made by a person who you admired and respected. What outstanding leadership skills were demonstrated and what impact did the decision have on you?

B.   In a recent lecture at the Johnson School, Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, explained how he gets the most from his students. First, he gives them each an “A” in his course, then he asks each one to write him a letter dated one year into the future. The letter begins “Dear Mr. Zander, I received an “A” because…” and must then describe the person she/he has become over the course of that year. Write a letter to the admissions committee, dated at the end of your first year of your MBA program. The letter describes the person you have become during that year.

3. Answer one of the following two questions: (400 words)

A.   Many organizations have a credo/value statement that they follow. Please share with us your personal credo.

B.   What is your definition of success? Describe the strategies you have employed in striving for success in your life.

4. Answer one of the following five questions: (400 words)

A.   Write the table of contents and opening paragraph of your autobiography.

B.   Upon completion of your MBA at the Johnson School, what will classmates say about you or how will they remember you?

C.  What does “community” mean to you? How do you currently contribute to your community and how would you contribute to the Johnson School community?

D.  What characteristics and capabilities would you like your future classmates to possess?

E.   What do you think others’ first impression of you is when you enter a room? What is their impression once you have left the room?

5. (Optional) If there is other information you would like to add regarding your candidacy, please use the optional essay. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate GPA or test scores) do(es) not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School and in your chosen career, you may use this essay to explain those circumstances. You may also include background information you would like the admissions committee to take into consideration as it reviews your application. This essay is for clarification purposes only.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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