Chicago Booth MBA Essay Guide (2021 Entering Class)

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Booth’s MBA Application has two essays, with no maximum word count, but the admission team has provided a 250-word minimum count. Since the optional essay has a 300-word limit, we would recommend that you keep a 500-word limit (1 page). In circumstances where you have an interesting career profile (2-3 jobs and multiple extra-curricular or a truly impactful journey), 650-750 words or 1.5 pages is acceptable.


1. How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250 word minimum)

2. An MBA is as much about personal growth as it is about professional development. In addition to sharing your experience and goals in terms of career, we’d like to learn more about you outside of the office. Use this opportunity to tell us something about who you are…  (250 word minimum)


What’s New (2021 Entering Class)

•    Rewrote 30+ chapters based on our experience in guiding applicants into M7 schools

Added Actionable Tips for:


1. Creating the IMPACT table
2. Using W-Pattern Narrative
3. Using the Pillaring Technique
4. Framing post-MBA goals


F1GMAT's Booth MBA Essay Guide includes:

1) Demonstrates how to write the Immediate and Long-term goals with Booth MBA (6 Sample Essays)

Sample Booth Goals Essay #1: Oil & Gas to Consulting (474 Words)    
Sample Booth Goals Essay #2: Social IMPACT to Marketing (469 Words)
Sample Booth Goals Essay #3: Accounting to Entrepreneurship (490 Words)    
Sample Booth Goals Essay #4: Technology (Programming to Product Development) (493 Words)    
Sample Booth Goals Essay #5: Media Sales to Consulting (Food and Beverages Industry) (522 Words)    
Sample Booth Goals Essay #6: (Economic Development to IMPACT investing) (586 Words)

2) Demonstrates how to write about personal growth by interleaving childhood influences, volunteering and professional leadership development (6 Sample Essays)
Sample Essay #1: Father’s Restaurant Business and Leadership (451 Words)   
Sample Essay #2: Teaching and Scientific Temperament as a Virtue (654 Words)   
Sample Essay #3: Learning from Tragedy (610 Words)   
Sample Essay #4: Risk Taking and Learning (Reimagining the Food Supply Chain)(628 Words)
Sample Essay #5: Nature or Nurture (Hunting and Conservationism) (497 Words)
Sample Essay #6: Single Parent and Entrepreneurship (631 Words)

3) Provides context on what makes Chicago Booth MBA unique (Extensive Analysis)
  • LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness and Development)
  • Labs
  • Student Clubs
  • Random Walks
  • Class Profile   
  • Multiculturalism   
  • Curriculum   
  • New Venture Challenge   
  • Professors   
  • International Experience   
  • Chicago Booth Alumni   
  • Post-MBA Opportunities   
  • Chicago and Booth’s Intellectual openness   

Who Should Buy Chicago Booth MBA Essay Guide?


If your essay looks too bland, Booth MBA Essay Guide will show you, with examples, on how to use the elements of Storytelling like Incorporating "The Struggle," Using Emotional connectors, narrating the Journey and the use of Chronology, Vividness and Active Verbs to transform your essays.

If you are stuck in the Writing process, Booth MBA Essay Guide will show you how to silence the Analytic Mind and overcome mental blocks.

If you feel that the essays are not persuasive, Booth MBA Essay Guide will teach you how to use the W-Pattern narrative, Contexts, Turning Points and "The Show Don't Tell Approach" to write a Winning MBA Essay.

If you don't have enough leadership experience, Booth MBA Essay Guide will show you how to highlight non-obvious qualities like Trust, Focus, Listening Skills, Personal Responsibility, Humility, Self-Knowledge, and other secondary traits to prove your leadership.

If you don't know how to review your essays, Booth MBA Essay Guide will demonstrate how to improve readability with the power of iteration and maintain your original voice by removing review biases.

If you want to see how experts write Essays, read our 12 Sample Essays and kick-start your writing process



Pages: 395
Entering Class: 2021


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Reviews: 

"Chicago Booth MBA Essay Guide" is divided into five parts. Part I details what makes Booth MBA special - labs, LEAD, student clubs and curriculum. Part 2 shares four sample essays, demonstrating how to write an engaging essay. Part 3 demonstrates how to write an interesting essay by using elements of storytelling. Part 4 provides examples of Leadership traits that seem non-obvious but play a big role in MBA Admissions. Finally, the review and editing tips that you should follow to meet the word limit for essays. Very Useful book. " - Verified Purchase

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"The change from images to essays make the Booth essays standard but much tougher to write. When I purchased F1GMAT's Booth Essay Guide, I needed a starting point. The essay tips connect a wide range of Chicago Booth's history, culture, and courses to each post-MBA industry and function. That was what I wanted. Even the utility of each course at Booth MBA is covered in detail by analyzing the latest trends in Finance, Marketing, Technology and Consulting. ..and there is an exhaustive set of Chapters on "How to write Essays" by using storytelling techniques. I would say, "best Essay guide for Chicago Booth."

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