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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.

How to write a good personal statement

Be genuine

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

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 personal statement

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

Be the sole author

While we encourage you to seek feedback from family, friends, and business colleagues to ensure that your personal statement captures the essence of who you are, we strongly discourage you from letting their feedback influence the core thought processes that drive this creative exercise.