There are two deadlines left for Emory School of business – February 1st for the 1 year MBA program and everybody who wants to be considered for scholarship, and March 1st is the final deadline. Here are some ideas on how to approach the Emory application.

Emory MBA Essays’ Analysis:

1. List one of your most significant professional or organizational accomplishments. Describe your precise role in this event and how it has helped to shape your management skills.

    Analysis: this is your opportunity to start out and show Emory MBA the true leader that you are (in addition to the consultant/finance/marketing). The story has to be about growth, maturity and leadership – it’s less about how many hours, and it’s not only about the result and the impact to the organization, but these are important as well. Make sure not to just repeat or summarize information from your resume.

    2. Please complete/address two of the following statements.
    Full-time candidates (Two-Year and One-Year Programs) must complete/address choice F as one of the two options. Please limit each response to one, double-spaced, typed page.

    1.  I have always wanted to….
      1. My most memorable cross-cultural experience….
      2. My family background is unique because….
      3. The person who has had the greatest influence on my leadership style is… because…
      4. The greatest lesson I have ever learned….
      Analysis: one page is a lot to write about any topic, so don’t take these short questions as something light. This could be your opportunity to share a volunteer work, role model, special life circumstances, personal growth or just some personality – adventures, creative, athletic etc.
      f. Of Goizueta’s core values (courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, community), which value resonates most with you and why? Analysis: similar to UNC Kenan-Flagler 4th essay, find something that’s dear and near to you and discuss it. The best option is to relate it also to you career, ex-curricular activity etc, to have a stronger impact and make it more reliable.

      3. What do you expect to accomplish in the Goizueta Business School MBA program?
      How will your participation in the MBA program fit in with your experiences and responsibilities as well as your short and long-term career goals? Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

      Analysis: this is the classic MBA essay, why do you need an MBA, why now, why at Goizueta and what are your short-term and long term goals. You should also talk about your past accomplishment and career progress (“experiences and responsibilities“). Of course, be specific about how you are going to benefit from the Emory program – classes, clubs, special initiatives, known faculty etc.

      For Emory MBA Re-applicants:

      A statement (2 pages double spaced) addressing how you believe your application has improved since the last submission and how the experience you’ve gained will add to MBA class discussions

      Analysis: this is very similar to many other schools; basically you want to show what have changed in your profile since you’ve last applied. If you have taken classes, took on more responsibilities at work, started to volunteer, switch jobs, ran a marathon etc. Remember – it’s not an easy process, so you want to first evaluate why you didn’t get into Emory MBA program in the first time you applied. If it’s community work, maturity, responsibility or else – you need to address the right topic, almost guessing the Admission committee mind in that respect, and try to convince them that you’ve got what it takes this time.

      Emory 1 year MBA :

      The one year program is less diversified than the 2 years programs and much smaller – 47 students compared with 170, a bit of a lower GMAT range (560-710 compared with 610-750), and only 13% international and 19% women (compared with 25% and 29%).

      The Emory 1 year program is a good fit for people with undergrad education in economics and business, and a solid foundation in accounting/finance/economic. In short, it is a good program for people with careers in finance who are looking to enhance their career or people in the auditing and consulting space who are looking to go back to their industries/companies or looking for some change in their career but probably not a full career switching.

      Ranking for Emory MBA :

      Emory is ranked 23rd by Business Week (US only) 24-25 by the Financial Times (global ranking), 22-25 by Us News and 22nd by Forbes (US only).