Personal Statement

One essay and one video essay are required to apply to the MBA for Working Professionals. Details of each are described below.

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 - Personal Statement

The personal statement gives you the opportunity to present yourself more fully to our MBA for Working Professionals Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.

Your personal statement should include and describe:

  • Your leadership, ability to work with others and your skill at resolving conflict
  • Your short-term and long-term goals
  • Your reasons for seeking an MBA degree in general
  • Why you believe a Fisher College of Business MBA will help you achieve these goals

Required format:

  • Clearly label the top of the page with your name.
  • Double-space your personal statement, and use a font that is easy to read (e.g. Arial). We suggest no smaller than 12-point font.
  • Number all pages at the bottom of the page.
  • Limit length to 750 words or approximately two pages, depending on font size.


Essay #2 - Video Essay

Click here to submit your two minute video response to the prompt below.

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