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Posted by Chioma Isiadinso
Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business offers 2016-2017 MBA applicants four application rounds, beginning in early October. Those deadlines are:
– Early Action Round: October 5
– November Round: November 2
– January Round: January 4
– April Round: April 5
Tuck asks MBA applicants to complete two required essays, each focused on specific values that Tuck officials see as cornerstones of their program.
The 2016-2017 Tuck MBA admissions essays are:
– Tuck educates wise leaders who better the world of business. What are your short- and long-term goals? How will a Tuck MBA enable you to become a wise leader with global impact? (500-700 words)
– As a diverse and global community, our students arrive at the same place from many different paths. Tell us about an experience in which you have had to live, learn and/or work with other people very different from yourself. What challenges and/or opportunities did you experience, how did you respond, and what did you learn about yourself as a result? (500 words)
The first question reveals Tuck’s focus on, in the words of their admissions blog, providing leaders with “the knowledge and inspiration to do well and do good.” With this question, admissions officials don’t just want to learn about your career goals – they want to know how you hope to impact the world around you.
– Define wise leadership: What does being a wise leader mean to you? Before you answer this question, you should think carefully about what that concept means to you and how you hope to live it out. How do you hope your career embody your definition of wise leadership?
– Think globally: In the blog post introducing these essays, Tuck heavily emphasized the global nature of business. As you outline your career ambitions, you should demonstrate knowledge of the global nature of your industry and how your goals will allow you to thrive in that environment.
– Watch out for vague language: When faced with broad terms like “wise leadership” or “global impact,” many MBA applicants are tempted to use vague expressions that sound nice but give little concrete information about what they want to do. To avoid this trap, be as specific as you can. Don’t just say that you hope to be a global leader in your industry. Outline how you plan to achieve that goal and why you want to do so. The “how” and the “why” are often what interest the adcom most.
The second question focuses on the diverse backgrounds that Tuck MBA students bring with them to the school’s beautiful New Hampshire campus. Tuck places a lot of emphasis on community and is known to be a school where classmates genuinely want to help and support one another. Your essays should showcase the same genuine support of others.
– Don’t be afraid to talk about setbacks: It is perfectly normal to not handle an unfamiliar situation perfectly on your first try. Be willing to admit a few mistakes, if you need to. Just make sure that you can show how you recovered from those errors, and what you learned in the process.
– Spend most of your time on the second half of the question: Don’t use too many words explaining your situation. Save most of your 500 words for talking about how you responded and what you learned. Show how the experience in question shaped your attitudes, and how it improved your outlook, both personally and professionally. Such self-awareness will make your essay exponentially more powerful.
– Emphasize the future: Admissions officials want to know how your past experiences will shape your future actions. Spend some time reflecting on how the experience you have written about will influence your approach to business school and the Tuck community.
MBA essays can tell you a lot about different MBA programs. Tuck’s MBA essays reflect the program’s emphasis on community and values-based leadership. The best responses will show admissions officials exactly how a candidate will embrace and embody those values.
You can contact EXPARTUS for help with your Tuck MBA 2016-2017 essays.