Returning to the prompts, the school’s first essay is a very traditional career essay, in which you will need to reveal that your MBA is a well-thought-out professional imperative and that Chicago Booth is the clear bridge to your future.
In the second essay, you have an opportunity to turn inward and share more personal aspects of your character and journey.
Again, candidates must respond to two short, direct essay questions that, interestingly, have stipulated —rather than maximum—word counts.
In the past, when Chicago Booth required only one essay, we often suggested 1,000 words as a guide; now with two essays, we propose keeping your responses to 500–600 words each.
With the two pieces together, you should be able to provide the admissions committee with a well-rounded picture of yourself.
Our more in-depth essay advice follows…If this essay prompt seems rather simplistic and straightforward, that is because it is.
Approximately double the minimum seems to be a reasonable high-end target, though you will not be rejected from the applicant pool for going even higher.
That said, we would recommend 1,000 words per essay as the absolute upper limit, and only in exceedingly rare cases.
To be effective, this needs to be more than a passing mention, so do your research on the school and draw a clear picture for your admissions reader as to how and why the particular offerings you have identified relate directly to your needs and how you intend to apply them., in which we provide much more in-depth guidance on how to consider and respond to these sorts of questions, along with numerous illustrative examples.
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