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

ESSAY 2000-2001

Applicants eligible for the 4Q program who choose to apply to the 6Q program must include a statement explaining that preference in the application.

1. All applicants must complete A, B or C as appropriate. Please number your essay responses.

A.   Master of Business Administration applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at Kellogg. (one to two pages double-spaced)

B.   Master of Management and Manufacturing applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the MMM program meet your educational needs and career goals? (one to two pages double-spaced)

C.  Joint-degree applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the joint program meet your educational needs and career goals? (one to two pages double-spaced)

2. Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values and non-work-related activities will enhance the experiences of other Kellogg students. (one to two pages double-spaced)

3. You have been selected as a member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Please provide a brief evaluative assessment of your file. (one to two pages double-spaced)

4. Complete three of the following six questions or statements. (two to three paragraphs each)

A.   Through the course of your life, what would you identify as your most valued accomplishment?

B.   Outside of work I enjoy…

C.  Describe a situation that forced you to re-evaluate a peronsal belief.

D.  Describe your most significant contribution to an organization or individual.

E.   Be your own career counselor. What aspects of your personailtiy or background present the greatest obstacle(s) to achieving your goals?

F.   I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…

 

ESSAY 2001-2002

Applicants eligible for the 4Q program who choose to apply to the 6Q program must include a statement explaining that preference in the application.

1. All applicants must complete A, B or C as appropriate. Please number your essay responses.

A.   Master of Business Administration applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at Kellogg. (one to two pages double-spaced)

B.   Master of Management and Manufacturing applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the MMM program meet your educational needs and career goals? (one to two pages double-spaced)

C.  Joint-degree applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the joint program meet your educational needs and career goals? (one to two pages double-spaced)

2. Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values and non-work-related activities will enhance the experiences of other Kellogg students. (one to two pages double-spaced)

3. You have been selected as a member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Please provide a brief evaluative assessment of your file. (one to two pages double-spaced)

4. Complete three of the following six questions or statements. (two to three paragraphs each)

A.   Through the course of your life, what would you identify as your most valued accomplishment?

B.   Outside of work I enjoy…

C.  The best mistake I ever made was…

D.  People may be surprised when they learn that I…

E.   What personal qualities would you like to develop to become a more effective leader?

F.   I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…

 

ESSAY 2002-2003

1. All applicants must complete A, B or C as appropriate. Please number your essay responses.

D.  Master of Business Administration applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at Kellogg. (one to two pages double-spaced)

E.   Master of Management and Manufacturing applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the MMM program meet your educational needs and career goals? (one to two pages double-spaced)

F.   Joint-degree applicants only. Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the joint program meet your educational needs and career goals? (one to two pages double-spaced)

2. Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values and non-work-related activities will enhance the experiences of other Kellogg students. (one to two pages double-spaced)

3. You have been selected as a member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Please provide a brief evaluative assessment of your file. (one to two pages double-spaced)

4. Complete three of the following six questions or statements. (two to three paragraphs each)

A.   Through the course of your life, what would you identify as your most valued accomplishment?

B.   What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in a leadership role?

C.  Describe your most challenging professional relationship.

D.  Outside of work I…

E.   Describe an ethical dilemma that you have faced and how it was resolved.

F.  I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…

 

 

 

 

 
 

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