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University of California, Berkeley Business School MBA Essay Questions, Topics and Sample Essay Response

ESSAY 2000-2001

I. SHORT ANSWER SECTION

1. What leisure-time activities do you enjoy?

2. Who is your favovrite author?

3. What is your most valued tangible possession? What is your most intangible possession?

4. Briefly explain what prompts your best efforts.

5. Briefly state what you view as your most significant accomplishment.

6. What do you view as a particular strength of yours? What do you view as a particular weakness? Would friends and familiy share your view?

7. If you had four extra hours a day (i.e. a 28-hour day), what would you do with them?

 

II. ESSAYS

1. The unexaminited life is not worth living –Socrates, the aplology by Plato

2. What do you like about your job? What do you dislike? If you were promoted to a senior management position, what changes, if any, would you make to your former position to address your dissatisfaction?

3. Please discuss your intermediate and professional long-term goals and why you want an MBA at this point in your career. In what ways do you think an MBA degree will help you achieve these goals? What do you want from an MBA program and why have you chosen the Haas School?

4. (Optional) Please provide a statement concernng your personal history, backgourd, and influences on your intellectual development. This statement should include educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them), social and economic disadvantages that you may have had to overcome and the ways in which these experiences have affected you.

 

ESSAY 2001-2002

I. SHORT ANSWER SECTION

Responses can be as short as a few words or as long as a couple of paragraphs.

1. Describe something you feel passionate about.

2. What is your most valued tangible possession? What is your most valued intangible possession?

3. If you could have dinner with one individual, past or present, who would it be? What would you order?

4. Briefly state what you view as your most significant accomplishment (3 sentences or less).

5. If you could change one characteristic about yourself, what would it be?

6. If you had 4 extra hours each day (i.e., a 28-hour day), what would you do with them?

7. Do you feel that your academic record (i.e., grades, course load, etc.) is an accurate reflection of your ability and potential? In comparison to your college friends and classmates, do you feel that you were particularly advantaged or disadvantaged? Please explain.

 

II. ESSAYS

1. What are your professional goals? How do your past and present experiences relate to those goals? (1–2 pages, double-spaced)

2. (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. (1 page, double-spaced)

 

ESSAY 2002-2003

I. SHORT ANSWER SECTION

Responses can be as short as a few words or as long as a couple of paragraphs.

1. Describe something you feel passionate about.

2. What is your most valued tangible possession? What is your most valued intangible possession?

3. If you could have dinner with one individual, past or present, who would it be? What would you order?

4. Briefly state what you view as your most significant accomplishment (3 sentences or less).

5. If you could change one characteristic about yourself, what would it be?

6. If you had 4 extra hours each day (i.e., a 28-hour day), what would you do with them?

7. Do you feel that your academic record (i.e., grades, course load, etc.) is an accurate reflection of your ability and potential? In comparison to your college friends and classmates, do you feel that you were particularly advantaged or disadvantaged? Please explain.

 

II. ESSAYS

1. What are your professional goals? How do your past and present experiences relate to those goals? (1–2 pages, double-spaced)

2. (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. (1 page, double-spaced)

 

 

 

 

 
 

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