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Posted by Chioma Isiadinso
The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business has released its essay question for 2016-2017 MBA applicants, as well as its MBA application deadlines. Booth’s MBA admissions deadlines are:
– Round 1: September 22
– Round 2: January 4
– Round 3: April 4
Like Harvard Business School, Booth only asks MBA students to answer one essay question. However, Booth takes an unusual and creative approach to its single question, asking applicants to review a collage of “Booth Moments” from social media and choose one image to reflect on. The question reads:
– View this collection of shared Booth moments. Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why.
There is no word limit, and applicants don’t actually have to submit words at all. You can also illustrate your response visually in a PDF or slide presentation.
That approach reflects Booth’s characteristic focus on flexibility – they offer a flexible curriculum and love students who think outside of the box.
– Choose the format that best fits your personal brand and style: Given a question like this, it is easy to get swept up in creating an elaborate visual presentation. However, Booth’s admissions officials truly do not have a preference between a written essay or a visual one. What they care about is getting to know you. So, focus on choosing the essay format that best fits with your personal brand, style and approach to business.
– Use context clues: The “Booth Moments” collage offers a rich view of life at Booth. A successful applicant will use those slides to discern what the Booth community values and what they are looking for in an incoming class. For example, many of the images show Booth students proactively engaging with communities around them. Can you show how you have been engaged in your community, and how you would be engaged in a new MBA community?
– Dig deeper: Use the images to really research life at Booth. Read about the programs, competitions, initiatives and companies mentioned in the captions. Spend some time thinking about how you might use those resources to create your own “Booth Moment”. Then, weave your research into your MBA essay. This shows admissions officials that you are committed to Booth and care enough to discover the context of the images they have given you.
Booth’s essay question is designed to be a fun exercise in creative thinking, and a glimpse into the kind of thinking you should expect within the Chicago Booth MBA community.
It’s a great opportunity for you to have a bit of fun with the MBA application process and let your personality and personal style shine through, while giving the admissions board critical insight into how you would approach an MBA.
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