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UCLA Anderson Class of 2027 Essay Analysis

UCLA Anderson has released its 2024-25 application, with some new essay questions.

Essay 1: Why are you pursuing an MBA? (150 words)

Essay 2: Describe your short-term and long-term post-MBA career goals. (150 words)

Essay 3: At Anderson, our mission is to prepare transformative leaders by developing students to think innovatively, problem-solve, and adapt to others – all with a driven and purposeful mindset. How do you plan to achieve your goals and develop into a transformative leader during your time at UCLA Anderson? (250 words)

Optional question: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)

2024/25 essay question analysis

Essay 1, Essay 2

These questions are straightforward, and you won't have too much room for eloquence, but both have room for quick examples/stories that illustrate motivation for pursuing an MBA, and post-MBA goals. As with most goal-focused essays that business schools ask, we recommend highlighting impact you aim to have, rather than roles. Doing so will help you be more flexible as it relates to potential career paths.

Essay 3

A change from last year, this question signals UCLA Anderson's continued, if not growing, focus on self-starters who can take control of their MBA experience.

Similar to last year, it also reflects their efforts to attract students who can thrive regardless of obstacles. Given the tight word limit, we suggest focusing on a limited number of differentiated examples that tie together your background and future goals, so it is clear how you will use the experience/resource you are referencing to succeed. They are not expecting an exhaustive list of all the ways you plan to leverage UCLA Anderson in only 250 words.

Optional essay

As with other schools, 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.

2024/25 deadlines

Round 1: Application deadline: October 1, 2024, Decision date: December 13, 2024

Round 2: Application deadline: January 6, 2025, Decision date: March 27, 2025

Round 3: Application deadline: April 7, 2025, Decision date: May 16, 2025

Other application details

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The online application will be available August 1st.


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