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Ucla Anderson Mba Essays

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 change’)

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. http://mbablogs.anderson.ucla.edu/mba_a ... essay.html

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 reapplicant 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 reapplicants 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.

This post first appeared in myEssayReview blog http://myessayreview.com/essay-question ... s-2017-18/

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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.

 

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