Columbia Business School 2019-2020 MBA Application Essay Tips

If you’re applying to Columbia Business School and looking for advice on the essays you’ve come to the right place. Applicants to Columbia Business School must complete one short answer question and three essays. Read on for a taste of the advice you can find in the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools. You can also skip straight to the full version of our advice, if you’d like a more in-depth analysis of this year’s essay prompts from Columbia.

Short Answer Question:

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

50 characters is not a lot, so get to the point! A straightforward question deserves a very straightforward answer, so don’t beat around the bush in answering this. Be specific. Note that the examples Columbia provides all start with a verb.  

Essay 1:

Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Here’s your chance to expand on the answer you provided to the short answer question. Two very important things to keep in mind with this essay: 1) Make sure your goals are researched, realistic and real, and 2) show that you have the vision and ambition to really make a positive impact.

We go into depth about how to ensure that your goals are researched, realistic, and real in the full essay advice section of our Essential Guide. For example, in researching your goals, ask yourself have you done “human research”? Have you actually talked to someone who has your target position and do you truly know what it entails? Will an MBA from Columbia help you achieve that goal? These are questions you should be asking yourself as you tackle this essay prompt.

Essay 2:

Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 words)

In your essay response, show how you’ll take advantage of the unique opportunities Columbia offers. What specifically does Columbia offer you that is perhaps not available at the other top business schools (especially other schools in New York) that you might be interested in? Go beyond just the obvious professional opportunities, and consider also writing about the social benefits of immersing yourself in the Columbia culture and going to business school in New York City.

Essay 3:

Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 words)

Why you admire the leader is more important than who you choose. An important part of a strong answer to this question is showing what leadership means to you and tying in ways you’ve exemplified those qualities.

Those are just a few quick thoughts on the 2019-2020 application essays for Columbia. For more free expert advice on getting into top MBA programs like the one at Columbia Business School, check out the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools.

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