New Essay Topics and Tips for BC MBA Applicants

In reviewing the application process for 2015-2016, we thought a lot about our applicants—how to streamline the application process, making it less cumbersome, more thoughtful. The result was one less required essay and one additional optional essay. As a prospective BC MBA student, here are the things you need to know about the changes.

The single essay required to complete your application poses this question:

Please discuss how you plan to achieve your short- and long-term career goals following graduation from Boston College. What challenges will you face and how will Boston College help you develop your skills and leverage your professional experiences to achieve these goals? (500 words.)

In addition, the optional essays you may submit with your application are:

1. Please introduce yourself to the BC community. Feel free to be creative in expressing your message.

2. If you have not had coursework in core business subjects (accounting, finance, microeconomics, statistics, etc.), or if your standardized test scores are below average, please tell us how you plan to prepare for the quantitative rigor of the BC MBA curriculum.

3. Is there any aspect of your candidacy that you would like to explain in more detail?

Tips for writing your essay(s):

  • Be authentic in your responses. Whether you’re describing your anticipated career goals or explaining an aspect of your candidacy, your candor is valued.
  • Make sure that you are addressing the question being asked, rather than creating a generic personal statement. Organizing your thoughts in an outline first can help ensure that the points you make in your writing are directly related to the question at hand.
  • Show evidence of thought regarding your short- and long-term career goals, and present them in a clear and concise manner.
  • A seemingly obvious, yet often overlooked step in writing your essay should be to proofread your work for spelling or grammatical errors, as well as to be sure that you have included the correct name of the school or program you’re applying to.