You've chosen your target schools and you've done your school research; now it's time to sit down and tackle those essays. To some degree, what you write about will represent who you are to the adcoms, which is why it's critical that you put your best foot forward in your MBA application essays.

The following resources will help you create clear, vibrant, and compelling essays that highlight your strengths, convey your skills, and convince the admissions readers that you are a person worthy of a seat in the next top b-school class. The writing techniques discussed in these resources are tried and true—follow these professional tips to create an application essay that will quickly secure its spot at the top of the admissions committee's pile.

School Specific MBA Essay Tips

  1. MBA Essay Tips for Top Business Schools
  2. Executive MBA Essay Tips for Top EMBA Programs

Common MBA Essay Topics

  1. Leadership in Admissions, a free guide
  2. Why MBA, a free guide
  3. Audio & Video in Admissions, a free guide
  4. Stand Out! A Critical Goal for Your Application, a podcast episode
  5. Different Dimensions of Diversity, a podcast episode
  6. Writing the Diversity Personal Statement, a short video
  7. Optional Essays: When and How to Write Them, a short video
  8. How to Demonstrate Leadership When You Don’t Have Leadership Experience, a short video
  9. Writing About Overcoming Obstacles in Your Application Essays, a short video
  10. Approaching Short Essays
  11. Short and Sweet: Tips for Writing “Mini” MBA Essays
  12. MBA Essays That Earn an Automatic Rejection
  13. Those Creative Essays…
  14. Creativity Lessons from Pogue’s Wedding
  15. How Do You Deal with Criticism? MBA Admissions Committees Want to Know
  16. The Importance of Obstacles in Your Application Essays
  17. How to Write about Overcoming Challenges without Sounding like a Whiner
  18. 3 Tips for Discussing Failure in Your MBA Application Essays
  19. What is Fit?
  20. Writing About Your Experiences Abroad
  21. How to Display Teamwork in MBA Essays
  22. What is an Accomplishment?
  23. 4 Things To Do If You Can’t Define Your MBA Goals
  24. How to Add Detail to Your Social Enterprise/Community Service Goals
  25. 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future
  26. MBA Admissions: Does Extracurricular Equal Extra Credit?
  27. Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF!
  28. MBA Essays: You've Got Options!
  29. When the MBA Optional Essay is No Longer Optional
  30. Approaching the "Wild Card" Essay Questions
  31. 3 Tips for Showing Strengths in Your Application Essays

General MBA Essay Guidance

  1. 5 Fatal Flaws: Eliminate the 5 Most Common Flaws in Your MBA Application, a free guide
  2. Twelve Terrific Tips for MBA Applicants, a free guide
  3. From Example to Exemplary, a free guide
  4. 5 Ways to Make B-Schools LOVE You, a free webinar
  5. Roadmap to Bold and Brilliant Essays, a free webinar
  6. Essays that Stick, a free webinar
  7. 3 Valuable Lessons from Sample MBA Essays, a short video
  8. How to Practice for a Video Interview or Essay
  9. Choosing Topics for the B-School Essay
  10. 6 Tips for Answering MBA Video Essay Questions
  11. 5 Steps to Becoming Your Target B-School’s Valentine
  12. Solving the Puzzle
  13. Making Connections that Matter in Your MBA Essays
  14. Recipe for Disaster
  15. Do's and Don'ts
  16. Steve Jobs: 4 Lessons for MBA Applicants
  17. Making Your MBA Essays Do "Double Duty"
  18. Application Essays: A Balancing Act
  19. Essay Writing Tips from Genghis Khan
  20. What Should I Write About? Making a Difference
  21. Write Positive for Power and Clarity
  22. 4 Application Strategy Tips: Stand Out AND Fit In
  23. 4 Qualities Top MBA Programs Seek
  24. Generic-itis Prevention
  25. I’m About to Make Your Day…
  26. Being Yourself
  27. I'm Smart, Really I Am! How to Prove Character Traits in Essays
  28. Five Keys to Concreteness
  29. How to Give Your Application as Much Weight as Possible
  30. What is Passion in Admissions?
  31. How Personal is Too Personal?
  32. 4 Tips for Demonstrating Professional Growth in a Flat Organization
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