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
Characteristics of a Good Essay
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.
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 - Shaping Your Vision
Every year Fisher College’s Full-Time MBA program admits a select group of talented professionals with demonstrated potential to become successful business leaders in an increasingly competitive, global environment. Why do you want to earn an MBA degree in general and a Fisher College MBA in particular? How will Fisher specifically assist you in achieving your individual potential? As part of your response, include a brief summary of your professional accomplishments to date. If you have not held a full-time job or are still in college, let us know about your leadership accomplishments in a school, internship, or extracurricular context.
Maximum words: 750
Essay #2 - Focusing on Leadership or Discovering You
For your second essay, choose either Focusing on Leadership or Discovering You.
Focusing on Leadership
One of Fisher's strengths is its dedication to developing leaders. Listed below are 10 attributes that characterize great leaders. Please select the two criteria that best describe your strengths and provide us with concrete evidence to support your choices.
Maximum words: 500 per attribute
As a Fisher College MBA student, you get the best of both worlds: the up-close and personal feel of a small program combined with the resources and opportunities offered by a major research university. As an individual participant, you will play a key role in shaping our culture. Consequently, we would like to learn more about who you are and the unique characteristics you will contribute to the Fisher College community. Provide an honest description of yourself outside your professional context, stressing the personal characteristics you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses, along with the factors that have most influenced your development to date.
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.