Applying to the Consortium will save you time when it comes to applying to individual MBA programs—but that’s not to say you’re not going to have to put in the time to get this application exactly right. The Consortium application essays require that you prove your leadership skills, your passion to enhancing diversity in the business world, and your drive for academic excellence.
There are two required essays for all candidates, one optional essay for any additional information, and required school specific essays for each school you have ranked on your application. When responding to essay questions, please provide specific examples of your involvement, actions and results.The essay questions are listed below:
1. Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. How has your professional experience shaped these goals and influenced your decision to pursue an MBA degree?
This is a straightforward MBA goals question. Connect the dots between your past and your dreamed of future; show how the MBA is the bridge between the two.
In discussing your professional experience, don’t regurgitate your resume. Highlight specific, influential, and impressive events or projects in your career to bring out both what you like and are good at.
2. Optional additional essay: Is there any other information you would like to share with us that is not presented elsewhere in your application?
You can use this optional essay to address a weakness in your profile or qualifications, but in my mind, this question is also open-ended enough to allow you to discuss a unique area of interest, an obstacle overcome, a distinctive aspect of your background, or an achievement that you haven’t discussed elsewhere.
3. The mission of The Consortium is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools’ enrollments and the ranks of management.
a) What have you done pre-MBA in your business, academic or personal life to demonstrate commitment to this mission?
b) What will you do while enrolled in your MBA program to demonstrate your commitment to the mission?
c) What will you do post-MBA with respect to community service and leadership involvement to demonstrate your continued commitment to The Consortium’s mission of diversity and inclusion?
This is not a place for an ode to equality. The Consortium wants to see action and commitment to its mission, and the schools reviewing your application will also want your response to reflect your knowledge of their program.
Start with A. When have you led a project, team, or community service event dedicated to improving the representation of under-represented minorities in business school and management? When you have taken any initiative that could possibly improve URM representation?
For B, what would you do at your target programs to enhance diversity. If you are applying to only one CGSM school, this should be relatively easy. You will just focus on that program. If you are applying to several Consortium schools, you will need to be more general.
Finally, for C, the questions doesn’t need much elaboration. It is clear. Just keep in mind that in the entire questions the Consortium wants to say a pattern of commitment from the past that will credibly carry through to your days as a student and beyond.
Application Deadline November 15 January 5
Applications and all supporting materials (résumé, essays, GMAT® and/or GRE, transcript, recommendations and fee) must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on the deadline date.
While late applications will be accepted, this may significantly reduce your chances of being awarded a fellowship.
When responding to essay questions, please provide specific examples of your involvement, actions and results.
By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.