Essay Questions and Recommendations

To assist with your preparation, below is information about our essay questions as well as the questions your recommender will answer as part of the admissions process.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

Your essays are a great way for us to really get to know who you are. There are no right or wrong answers here – be authentic and tell us what we won’t find in the rest of your application.

Only one essay is required. There also is an optional essay if there is additional information you wish to share with the admissions committee about your candidacy.

REQUIRED ESSAY (Maximum 300-350 words, 12-point font, double-spaced)

Imagine that you meet up with a member of the admission committee at an airport while on a layover. You have an opportunity to make a memorable impression. Use this essay to introduce yourself. Include any information that you believe is important for the committee member to know about you both professionally and personally. 

OPTIONAL ESSAY

  • Use this essay to convey important information that you may not have been otherwise able to convey. This may include unexplained resume gaps, context for recommender selection, etc.
  • If you are a re-applicant, explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

We require just one recommendation and prefer that you select someone from your professional life. Ideally you would pick a supervisor (current or previous) but someone who can speak to your strengths at work would be best. When you complete your application, you will submit contact information for your recommender and we will email them with a request to submit their recommendation online.

We have partnered with the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) on the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR). The Common LOR is intended to save you and recommenders valuable time by providing a single set of recommendation questions for each participating school. This allows your recommenders to use the same answers for multiple letter submissions, alleviating the workload of having to answer different questions for each school multiple times. You benefit because it makes the ask for several different letters to be written on your behalf much easier. In addition, translated copies of the standard questions are available in several other languages that you can provide to your recommender as support.