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Cool MBA Tool: MBA Essay Map - Online Google Doc with Essay Topics from Top US, Asian and European Business Schools

Cool MBA Tool: MBA Essay Map - Online Google Doc with Essay Topics from Top US, Asian and European Business Schools


MBA Essay Map: View all business school essays, side by side, in one succinct view.


The wealth of online information about the business school application process and programs is staggering.
  • I certainly appreciate the opportunity to gather a number of differing viewpoints on essays topics and school culture, for example.
I also know that as b-school applicants navigate through the application process, they do have the potential to get lost in the weeds.

  • As I have seen with many MBA applicants, they get “analysis paralysis”, innudated by almost too much data.
  • Having worked in management consulting, I come from the school of tell me what I need to know, when I need to know it and how I can use it to get the right result.
  • In finance terms, I want to see a balance sheet. Give me a snapshot of where I stand today.
This is why I created the “MBA Essay Map“.
  • The MBA Essay Map rolls up all essay questions from top US, Asian and European MBA programs.
  • It puts them all in one view, side by side, for comparitive purposes.
  • I also included a side by side comparison of word limits and deadlines. This should help an applicant estimate workload and timing so they can address the writing process in the most efficient manner.
The Map also includes specific formatting requirements for each program and any specific reapplicant stipulations.
  • I can not tell you how many times I have seen essays submitted using the wrong format or reapplicants who neglected to follow the rules. This is a huge red flag for the admissions committee.
View the “MBA Essay Map” here:
-Paul Lanzillotti

Success Story Part 4: "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the essays of our lives..."

Success Story Part 4: "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the essays of our lives..."

(This is the fourth in a series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-turned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 to learn Julie’s whole story.)

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Podcast - The Finishing Touches

Podcast - The Finishing Touches

Hi everybody! I just wanted to let you all know about a podcast released today by MBA Podcaster, which discusses putting the finishing touches on your business school application. Scott Shrum and Omari Bouknight (the authors of “Your MBA Game Plan: Proven Strategies for Getting into the Top Business Schools”) make a return appearance (they did another one earlier this year, which you can read about here), and they are joined by one of Veritas Prep’s Admissions Consultants, Gwen Smith.

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Applying to B-School? Know the Adcom.

Applying to B-School? Know the Adcom.

Another good resource for you, the b-school applicant, is to utilize is the businessweek.com b-school forum. You have to pay for full access, but a big-timing prospective MBA (like yourself) should have no problems fronting the cash. I especially think its beneficial to read the Admissions Q&A with the Admissions Directors from the schools you are applying to. For instance, this is the one for Linda Baldwin, UCLA’s Adcom big cheese: Businessweek Interview.

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What Resume Format Should I Use When Applying to a B-school?

What Resume Format Should I Use When Applying to a B-school?

A lot of my admissions consulting clients have questions on the resume format. I always suggest trying to find a resume that the b-school actually recommends the current students use when looking for an internship or full-time job. This is a another clue you can give the adcom that will show you really did your homework and that you are definitely interested in their program. You can use Google to dig up these formats but my results via “the Google” have been varied when searching for some formats.

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