Ucla Mba Essay Topics

First-Time Applicants (Required Essay):

We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change. With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career? (750 words maximum)

Optional Essay:
The following essay is optional. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. Please note that we only accept written essays.

Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words maximum)

Re-Applicant Essay:

Reapplicants who applied for the MBA program starting in 2016 or 2017 are required to complete the following essay:

Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)

Please note:
Your essays are the primary way for you to share your perspectives and plans with the admissions committee. The best essays are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and responding to our topics.

For additional information regarding admissions and specifics on the essays, visit UCLA Andersons’ admissions website. Now that the essay topic has been announced, download the Free UCLA Anderson School of Management School Snapshot.


UCLA Anderson MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the release of the 2017-2018 UCLA Anderson MBA essays, we wanted to offer some guidance for applicants targeting the University of California, Los Angeles for their business school studies.

Anderson MBA essay section is identical to last season’s: first-time applicants are required to respond to one 750-word response and are posed a fairly narrow 250-word optional essay question; meanwhile re-applicants are required to address a separate question detailing improvements in their candidacies.

2017-2018 UCLA Anderson MBA Essay Analysis

Let’s take a closer look at each of this season’s UCLA Anderson essay prompts:

Required Essay

We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change. With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career? (750 words maximum)
At its heart, this is a fairly straightforward career goals essay. Applicants are asked to provide information about their immediate post-graduation and longer-range career plans, and to comment on what they’ll aim to accomplish at Anderson in the course of moving toward these goals. Of course, candidates would do well to highlight the ways these objectives are aligned with the values of supportive collaboration, bold and analytical thinking, and innovation and improvement reflected in Anderson’s principles. Taking the time to explicitly draw these connections will help to tailor your response to UCLA’s prompt and underscore your serious interest in the Anderson MBA.

With respect to structure, it will probably make the most narrative sense to open this response by introducing one’s career goals, as well as a few sentences about the professional experiences that have informed (and helped prepare one for) these objectives. Candidates can cover this content in either order: chronologically outlining their short- and long-term plans, or opening with the long-term and then explaining how their target short-term position is a logical first step along that trajectory. Either way, applicants should identify the specific position they hope to obtain after graduating from an MBA program, and may even want to identify 1-2 target organizations for which they would particularly like to work. In describing their long-term goals, meanwhile, candidates should aim to comment on what draws them to this role as well as the larger impact they hope to make on an organization, category, sector, or region. This long-term impact element of the response seems a particularly logical place to address fit with Anderson’s guiding principles.

This opening section about one’s career goals will then provide some context for a discussion of the applicant’s goals at UCLA Anderson. This should include comments about how specific courses and student clubs will help the applicant to bridge the gap between their current skill set and the demands of their post-MBA roles, as well as ways the applicant would enhance the experience of other students and contribute to the MBA community. While some of these comments should be career-focused (after all, this is presumably one’s primary reason for pursuing a business education), applicants would also do well to introduce additional interests and planned involvements related to established hobbies, athletic pursuits, and broader community involvement. This will help to round out one’s candidacy in the eyes of the adcom and provide a fuller picture of your interests and potential contributions.

Again, applicants should attend to the prompt’s description of the Anderson culture as they develop this discussion, drawing out ways they would support their peers in shared success, drive positive change, and think outside the box in the course of their engagement with the UCLA MBA program. We recommend that applicants devote at least 400 words to this detailed discussion of their plans for their time at Anderson. To develop an effective response, applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge of the Anderson MBA program, as well as thoughtfulness about how their potential leadership roles and community contributions align with UCLA’s values. Speaking with students and alumni, visiting the campus or attending information sessions, and reading the Clear Admit School Guide to UCLA Anderson will all prove helpful on this front.

Optional Essay

Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words maximum)
The narrow framing of this prompt — along with the additional suggestion that applicants exercise judgment in responding — suggests that this response will be best reserved to address glaring weaknesses or liabilities in one’s application (as opposed to offering “bonus information” about one’s candidacy). Applicants should keep their responses brief and to-the-point, offering explanations without making excuses and humbly bringing mitigating factors to the reader’s attention.

Re-Applicant Essay

Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)
A fairly straightforward and improvement-oriented essay, this prompt asks applicants to focus on their professional progress as they discuss improvements in their candidacy since the time they last applied to Anderson. It will still make sense to touch on accomplishments and new involvements outside of the office, though this discussion should likely be secondary to comments about work-related developments. The school also asks candidates to comment on ways they’ve adjusted or refined their career goals, and to highlight the additional research they’ve done into the UCLA MBA program over the past months or year. Given the fairly roomy word limit for this prompt, re-applicants should aim to provide a fairly exhaustive account of their professional growth, as well as a detailed discussion of the steps they’ve taken to learn more about the Anderson MBA program and their fit with its student culture.

 

Clear Admit Resources
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