Columbia MBA Essay Guide (2018 Entering Class)

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Columbia MBA Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

Columbia MBA Essay 1:
Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Columbia MBA Essay 2: The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting, and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)

Columbia MBA Essay 3: Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)

a. Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.

b. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?



If you don't know how to approach the Short-term Goal essay, we list out a 5-step template to create a relevant goal. Super Easy to use and highly effective in creating a unique narrative.

If you don't know how to approach the long-term Goal essay
, we provide two alternatives - predicting the future and starting with your core strengths. We predict the future for Consulting and Finance professionals. Choose the narrative that fits your profile.

If you don't know how to write Essay 2 on personal priorities
, we highlight New York, Immersion Programs, Master Classes and the renowned faculty at Columbia Business School.

For Essay 2, we have categorized the electives and interesting experiential learning modules based on industries - Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, Fashion/Luxury, Media/Advertising and Technology. You will save time researching about relevant courses to mention in your essay.

For Essay 3, part a - most passionate about life, we have created a Sample Essay for an applicant who has mixed hobby (organizing music event) with passion and left a lasting legacy.

For Essay 3, part b - free day how would you spend, we have created a Sample Essay that deconstructs Chess, a hobby for one of the applicants.

If your essay looks too bland
, Columbia 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, Columbia 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
, Columbia 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, Columbia 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
, Columbia MBA Essay Guide will demonstrate how to improve readability with the power of iteration and maintain your original voice by removing review biases.


Book Details
Page Length: 273
Entering Class: 2018