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Application Tips: the Essays

by Delaney Pichotta Thursday, March 28, 2019

There’s still time for domestic applicants to apply for the Wisconsin MBA Class of 2021! To stay on track with the June 1, 2019 deadline, prospective students will have to work on a key element of their application: the essays.

The Wisconsin MBA application provides three groups of essay prompts: two required short answers; a recommended essay; and an optional essay. You are able to read more about each of the prompts before starting your application. The following tips are designed to help you think strategically about your essay responses and understand how the admissions committee uses them in the application review process.

  1. Answer the essay prompt. It may seem like common sense, but make sure you answer the essay prompt completely. The essay prompts are created to learn specific information about you that other elements of your application cannot provide. Answering these prompts in full not only shows attention to detail, but also provides important information to the admissions team regarding your goals and how you hope to achieve them utilizing an MBA.
  2. Proofread! To check if your essay responses actually answer the original essay question, have multiple people proofread your writing. Have each person read your response and see if they can figure out the original question from your essay. If they can, you’ve answered the question in a way that is clear and concise. Another way to proofread is reading your essay out loud to yourself. This may seem uncomfortable at first, but it is the most helpful in detected errors or awkward phrasing! Remember, the essay is the voice of the application – and you want your essay to represent your unique voice.
  3. Take advantage of the recommended and/or optional essay. These essays provide an opportunity for you to share additional information about yourself.  Use this to your advantage; highlight an accomplishment or share a unique experience in the recommended essays.  The optional essay is open-ended and allows you to fill in any gaps or share new information that would benefit the admissions committee.  

Do you still have questions about the essay section of the application? Send the Admissions Team an email at mba@wsb.wisc.edu.  Watch for more helpful application tips coming your way soon.