Common Application Essay Topics

The essays are a key component of your application process. Each b-school has their own unique specifications for essays. While you should keep a tab on the admission requirements for your target b-schools, we have listed five common application essay topics. This may differ from the essay you have to write but it will get you thinking in the right direction.

So, here are five common application essay topics:

1. “Why MBA?”

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One of the most commonly seen prompts in essays. The admission officers are looking at the factors that motivate you to do an MBA. You should write about how an MBA will help you chart your future career progress.

2. “Why this school?”

Another relatively common essay prompt. Your objective is to write about your ability to fit in with the culture of the school. You should be familiar with the school and be able to present convincing reasons for you to excel in that school. Try to go through the website, read student experiences or even visit the school possible to identify unique aspects of the school which resonate with you. Avoid flattery at all costs.

3. “What are your short-term and long-term career goals?”

This is a question which can be quite tricky to tackle. When you are attempting this question, make sure that you do not write vaguely. Try to state your goals after an MBA and focus on learnings that will help you move forward in your career. Your essay should represent a deep amount of reflection and clarity of thought. Sound confident, but not over-ambitious.

4. “Write about a challenge and how you overcame it.”

The tough part about this prompt is using a challenging moment of your life to paint a positive impression about you. Honesty is the best policy for this prompt. Try to describe a challenge and your own experiences while providing a solution to the challenge. Write about your own unique virtues which helped you handle the situation.

5. “Describe a situation where you demonstrated leadership.”

An MBA is all about leadership, isn’t it! Describe a situation where your leadership qualities came to the fore. Write about how your leadership qualities have shaped you as an individual and continue to do so. Convince the reader that leadership comes very naturally to you.

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