Essays

Essay questions give you the opportunity to present yourself more fully to our MBA Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.

Required Essay Format

  • Two essays are required and described below.
  • Clearly label each essay at the top of the page with your name and the essay number (e.g., essay #1 or #2) and/or essay title.
  • Double space your essays, and use a font that is easy to read (e.g. Arial). We suggest a 12-point font.
  • Number all essay pages at the bottom of the page.
  • Stay within the limit of number of words per essay.

Characteristics of a Good Essay

Be genuine.

The content and wording should reflect who you are and allow the MBA Admissions Committee to gain insight into your personality and what motivates you.

Be the sole author of your essays.

While we encourage you to seek feedback from family, friends, and business colleagues, we strongly discourage you from letting their feedback influence the core thought processes that drive this creative exercise.

Provide examples.

Making a general statement about who you are or citing your accomplishments is powerful only if you can provide the reader with underlying examples of actions that define your personality or activities that led you to success in a given project or work assignment.

Invest time in writing your essays.

Since the MBA Admissions Committee places great emphasis on well-structured, well-written essays that allow them to get a true "feel" for you, essays play an important role in the overall evaluation of an application.

 

Essay #1

Why do you wish to earn an MBA? Why do you wish to earn an MBA from The Fisher College of Business? How will the Fisher MBA program assist you in achieving your immediate career goals?

Maximum words: 750

Essay #2

What is the most difficult situation you have had to deal with and what did you learn from the experience?

Maximum words: 750

Video Essay (Optional)

This video essay gives you a chance to speak directly to the admissions committee since each applicant is not guaranteed an in-person interview

Question: Share something interesting about yourself that we would not otherwise learn from your application.

Supplemental Information (Optional)

Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere.

Maximum words: 250

Supplemental Information (Optional) 

Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere.

Maximum words: 250