Michigan-Ross MBA Essay Questions 2014 - 2015 and Writing Tips
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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Ross) MBA Essay Questions And Writing Tips

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2010-2011 MBA Essay Questions
Q1. Introduction (100 words)
  Introduce yourself in 100 words or less.
R) Absolutely desist from bio data facts like what you studied and what your current work role is! This is a place to get creative and highlight lesser known aspects of yourself - maybe you speak 4-5 different languages, or you started your first venture at high school! What do these reveal about you -that you are very adaptable, you have an entrepreneurial streak etc. This question is also ideal to talk about what values or personal goals are meaningful to you and why - e.g. coming from a family of researchers, innovation and creativity are important to you etc.
Q2. Goals (500 words)
  Describe your career goals. How will the Ross MBA help you to achieve your goals?
R) Ross' outstanding feature is the Multidisciplinary Action Program (MAP) which emphasizes action based learning ie. you learn by being part of a team that works with a real company on a real business issue. Therefore address how you will stand to gain from such a curriculum design e.g. you may have limited exposure to international businesses through your current work ex and so such a program will add much value to you. They also have highly specialized tracks such as Social Enterprise etc- so research these well and mention appropriate courses/electives you want to take and your reasons for the same. Include also how your work experience until now has influenced your career goals and what general direction you will pursue in your career post MBA.
Q3. Frustrated or disappointed (500 words)
  Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What did you learn from that experience?
R) You need to come across as a 'real person' - one who gets disappointed when results are not as per expectations and yet has the maturity and resilience to handle such disappointment and bounce back. Describe the situation briefly - what went wrong and why you think you did not get desired results. Was it your responsibility alone or were there others involved too such as a team? In that case what did you feel? Finally, what did you learn about how to deal with such frustration at a personal level?
Q4. Passionate about (300 words)
  Option1:What are you most passionate about and why?
R) As in essay 1, help the reader know you as a 'person' with varied likes and interests - so dont make it drab by restating your professional interests. Your passion could be a hobby such as a sport or even a cause or value you champion. However, try not to sound like Ms. Universe if you are talking about a social cause. Remember to answer 'why' you are passionate - this could be certain experiences which have made you feel very strongly about the issue/activity or simply the positive things you feel/experience which make you want to pursue this passion.
Q5. Contribution (300 words)
  Option2:We expect that Ross MBAs will not only be effective leaders, but also effective teachers. How will you contribute to the learning experience of your peers at Ross?
R) Have you had interesting experiences from which you can share your learnings and insights -these could be professional assignments or extra-curricular involvements. What did you learn and how can this learning benefit others -e.g. from leading a sports team what have you learnt about leadership which you can apply and share with your peers. An important pointer - don't overdo the 'teach about my culture' bit in this answer or try to fit in too many learnings.

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