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Posted on June 26, 2017

UCLA Anderson MBA Essay Questions Analysis 2017-18

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The UCLA Anderson School of Management  essay questions for the 2017-18 application season remain unchanged from last year.

First-time applicants are required to respond to one 750-word response; they can also submit  a brief 250-words optional essay, but no preference is given to candidates who submit an optional essay. The  re-applicants are required to address a separate question detailing improvements in their candidacies.

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)

This essay is an opportunity to showcase your 'fit' with the school. Often applicants make the mistake of approaching it like a regular goals essay. True, they are asked to provide information about their short term career plans and long term career plans as well as their plans to achieve them at Anderson, but they also have to demonstrate their ‘fit’ with the three core values of UCLA.

From Anderson Website:

“At UCLA Anderson, we are a community defined by three core qualities - we share success, think fearlessly and drive change- so the Admissions Committee is looking for these same qualities in prospective applicants.  While there may be evidence of these qualities throughout your application, this essay question is an excellent opportunity to communicate how you fit into our Anderson community.”

When brainstorming ideas for this essay, you will need to reflect on what you have done in the past (stories/examples) to show that Anderson’s values-‘share success’, ‘think fearlessly’, and ‘drive change’- are your values, too. The first half of the essay should discuss how your pre- MBA career (stories from academic, professional, and community area) demonstrate some alignment with these principles. You will need to highlight the ways your career objectives are aligned with the Anderson’s defining principles of collaboration ('share success'), bold and analytical thinking ('think fearlessly') and innovation and thinking outside the box ('drive ')

The second half should explain how UCLA’s principles and the environment they create will help you fulfill your career goals as well as interests. Please note that in addition to demonstrating how UCLA’s various offerings and resources will help you realize your career goals, you also need to show how their offerings will provide you an opportunity to pursue your interests and hobbies. This will help round out your candidacy to the ad Com. Therefore, I would highly recommend that you do your homework of Anderson’s offerings (curriculum, faculty, clubs, and organizations) attend information sessions, and  connect with students and alumni to gain their insights about the program.

You may wrap up your essay by explaining how you plan to contribute to the Anderson community by immersing in its culture of sharing success, thinking fearlessly, and driving positive change.

Lastly, don’t forget to go through the excellent guidelines that UCLA Anderson provided in their admissions blog last year.

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)

As directed in the essay prompt, applicants should use this essay to address a weakness in their profile (low GPA, choice of recommender, employment gap etc.) Explain your situation in a clear and concise way without making excuses. You may not use this essay to provide additional information. Please note that the admission committee asks you  to submit this essay only if  you need to.

Re-applicant Essay:

Re-applicants 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)

 This is a straightforward re-applicant essay. Through this question,  the Ad Com would like to know that your need of UCLA is as strong as it was last time. Hence you should demonstrate your continued interest in UCLA by explaining how you have enhanced your application since you applied last time.  You may answer this by focusing on the areas you have improved upon since you applied last. Whether you have taken extra classes, boosted your GMAT score , received a promotion, led a new and exciting project, increased your community involvement, or taken on a personal challenge, the key here is to demonstrate that you are now a better and a stronger candidate since your last application. Your conscious efforts to strengthen your profile and to work on your weak areas will prove how determined you are about your UCLA MBA.

The school also asks re-applicants to comment on ways they have refined their career goals, and to highlight the additional research they have done into the UCLA MBA program over the past one year. You may mention any meetings you have had with alumni/ professors/ad com, or any information session you have attended. Since you are allowed 750 words, you can provide a detailed account of enhancements in your resume and additional steps you have taken to learn more about the school and your 'fit' with the school’s culture.

Lastly, and most importantly, you should use the feedback you received from the school on your previous application and focus specifically on those areas e.g. clarity of goals and improved essays with clarity of message.                            

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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:

Re-applicants 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.

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The online application will be available starting August 1, 2017. For more information about applying, please visit the UCLA Anderson MBA admissions website.

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.

  • » You should try to distinguish yourself by showing what makes you different from others who share similar profiles.
  • » Personal expression is what we are looking for, not platitudes.
  • » Making a strong case for your future plans requires you to first do research on career paths and find one that resonates. Even if this target will change during business school, your application essays should lay out a clear trajectory for short-term and long-term goals. Do this by demonstrating how you expect to build on skills from your past, and those you expect to gain from the MBA.
  • » Essays are more compelling if they include specific courses, programs, groups, opportunities, activities, etc. from which you would benefit, if admitted to UCLA Anderson. These references are best found through website research, personal discussions and a campus visit (if possible).
  • » Content and clarity are key elements, as we seek superior communication skills.
  • » Style is a consideration, too, although we understand that those who speak other languages may have different manners of expression in English. We do check your essays for plagiarism, so make sure you always submit your own work.
  • » Length does not equal strength. A well-written short essay can have even more impact than a longer essay. Please try to respect the word limits indicated above.
  • » All essay responses are to be entrered directly in the text box provided in your application.