Stanford and Columbia published new essay questions and deadlines for the MBA programs that start in 2018:

Stanford

Essays

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?

Suggested Word Count – 750 words

For this essay, we would like you to:

  • Do some deep self-examination, so you can genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
  • Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
  • Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.
  • Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”

Essay B: Why Stanford?

Suggested Word Count – 400 words

Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.

  • Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
  • Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.
  • If you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs, use Essay B to address your interest in both programs.

Deadlines

Round 1 – September 19, 2017
Round 2 – January 10, 2018
Round 3 – April 4, 2018

Columbia

Essays

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

Examples of possible responses: “Work in business development for a media company.” “Join a strategy consulting firm.” “Launch a data-management start-up.”

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: 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)

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?

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)

Deadlines

Entry: August ’18

Early: Oct 4, 2017

Merit Fellowship Deadline: Jan 5, 2018

Final: Apr 11, 2018

Entry: January ’18

Deadline: Oct 4, 2017

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM New York Time