Friday, June 1, 2012

Columbia Business School Releases 2012-13 MBA Application Essays

Columbia Business School has released its essays for the 2012-13 application season.  These essay prompts can be found on the school's admissions website.  Essay 1B asks applicants to view a video about the CBS community, this video can be found here. Note as well that a few sample answers of their short answer question are available at their admissions page too.

Short Answer Question:

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum)

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)

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)

Optional Essay:

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

As always, be sure to refer directly to the school's admissions website for up-to-date information on these essay topics and other elements of their application.

John Couke