ESSAYS & GOAL: More at this Columbia Business School link
Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters)
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)
Essay #2: How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? Please watch this short video featuring Dean Glenn Hubbard (250 Words)
Essay #3: Please provide an example of a team failure of which you have been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (250 Words)
Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words)
- On the good news side: I’ve been a big fan of the first question; yes it is the same as last year’s but that “in your imagination” part really encourages students to think a little bit beyond, and to try to incorporate some vision or purpose in their goal. It’s also a good question for students to start with as they approach the entire business school application process, because if they think about it right, they can connect the dots between their past and their future.
- Even with the video of a very animated Glenn Hubbard, the second question is problematic because students get discombobulated by trying to understand what CBS is really looking for. It also is difficult for students to articulate an authentic answer to this question that shows much differentiation. So that increases anxiety.
- As for the third question, which is now about a failure, the jury is out for me. I don’t know how students will respond. Unless they are an athlete, I think students will need to think really hard to come up with anything that wins the readers hearts and minds. I’m sorry they removed the “CBS Matters” question, because that one and last year’s question about being passionate, really got people to be introspective. I worry this is just a process question, so we’ll have to see how it goes.
APPLICATION RELEASE DATE:
Monday, May 21, 2018
October 3, 2018
Merit Based Fellowship Deadline
January 4, 2019
Final Regular Decision
April 10, 2019
January Admitted Student Second Deposit Deadline
November 9, 2018
Regular Decision Initial Deposit Deadline I (Admitted through January 31)
February 19, 2019
Regular Decision Initial Deposit Deadline II (Admitted through February 1 through April 5)
April 19, 2019
August Second Deposit Deadline
May 24, 2019
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