Tepper Business School, Carnegie Mellon University (II)

Essays

1. What are your short-term and long-term goals? How will a Tepper MBA help you to achieve these goals. (Please include any information regarding what steps you have taken to learn more about the Tepper School.)

This is a typical career goal essay.  The essay question asks the aspects which should be covered clearly.  Following 4 points should be mentioned in the essay. 1. short-term/long-term goals; 2. why MBA and why now; 3. why Tepper; 4. what steps to learn about the school.

1. short-term/long-term goals should be related to your past experience and make it sound realistic and achieveable.  Otherwise the admission officers may think your goal is difficult to achieve and you are hard to sell in the job market.

2. why MBA/why now. I believe MBA will help me in 3 ways. 1. Train with business fundamentals; 2. Gain the opportunities; 3. Attain the brand and be part of the network.  And then easily slip to why now.

3. Why this school. Need customized answers according to different schools.

4.  Usual steps such as visiting campus, talk to alumni or students, browse the websites and brochures.

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