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Booth Class of 2022 Essay Analysis
Booth has released its essay questions for the 2019-20 application cycle, having kept the same questions as the previous year.
Essay 1: How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum)
Essay 2: Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250-word minimum)
Optional question: Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? If so, please use this section to clarify.
2019/20 essay question analysis
While this essay is similar to those you will craft for most MBA applications, the challenge with Booth is to avoid going too long given the lack of formal word limit. To help, make sure your immediate and long-term goals are clear in your short answer section, and use this essay to dive directly into how Booth will help you achieve them. Be as specific as possible, use examples, and highlight how your background and past experiences makes you the right person to pursue your goal. That will help differentiate you from other applicants. Aim for 600-800 words total, though initial drafts can be longer to get your ideas down on paper.
This is a great essay question, as it pushes candidates to discuss why they made certain choices in life, rather than just discussing a series of successful outcomes. In fact, if you have a significant “failure” in your life, such as a failed business attempt, it would represent a great essay topic if you can discuss why you pursued it, and what you learned.
The more specific and unique a passion and background you can relate to, the easier this essay will be to write. For example, “a passion for excellence led me to XYZ college” will differentiate you less than “the opportunity to collaborate with Professor A on project B led me to XYZ college”. Also, be careful not to revert to summarizing your resume, as it will be a wasted opportunity to showcase your unique attributes that led you to make those decisions in the first place. Further, it makes it difficult to keep the essay within the ideal 600-800 word range that makes it an easy read for the Admissions Committee.
The optional question is available for you to explain any additional information that you may not have had the space to clarify in other parts of your application.
Round 1: Application deadline: September 26, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST, Decision date: December 5, 2019
Round 2: Application deadline: January 7, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST, Decision date: March 19, 2020
Round 3: Application deadline: April 2, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST, Decision date: May 21, 2020
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