2015-2016 MBA Essay Prompts from the Top Schools

With round 1 deadlines just around the corner, many of the top schools have already released the essay topics for the 2015-2016 MBA admissions cycle. Only a handful of the top schools have yet to release their deadlines and essay topics, and we’ll update this post when they do.

Some schools are making changes to their applications this year. After an experimental period with only one optional essay, Harvard is now requiring an essay from all MBA applicants. Both Harvard and NYU are asking students to describe themselves to their future class. Georgetown cuts straight to the chase with their first prompt: “Why You?”

Read all of the essay prompts from the top schools below.

US News Ranking School Round 1 Deadline:
1 Stanford Sept 22
2 Harvard Sept 9
3 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Sept 29
4 University of Chicago (Booth) Sept 17
5 MIT (Sloan) Sept 17
6 Northwestern (Kellogg) Sept 22
7 University of California – Berkeley (Haas) Oct 1
8 Columbia University Oct 7
9 Dartmouth College (Tuck) Oct 7
10 University of Virginia (Darden) no
11 New York University (Stern) Oct 15
11 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) Oct 5
13 Duke University (Fuqua) Sept 15
13 Yale University Sept 16
15 University of California – Los Angeles (Anderson) Oct 6
16 Cornell University (Johnson) available soon
17 University of Texas — Austin (McCombs) Oct 13
18 University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) available soon
19 Washington in St. Louis (Olin) available soon
20 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) available soon
21 Emory University (Goizueta) Oct 9
22 Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley) Oct 15
23 University of Washington (Foster) Oct 15
24 Georgetown University (McDonough) Oct 1
25 University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) available soon
25 University of Southern California (Marshall) available soon