Georgetown McDonough 2015 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Check out the rest of our 2015 MBA application essay tips!Georgetown McDonough, the top MBA program at the intersection of business and government, takes advantage of its Washington D.C. location, its connections to the greater Georgetown University community, and its Jesuit roots while at the same time focusing on the global nature of twenty-first century business.  Your application should show that you need the education provided by McDonough to achieve your goals and that you wholeheartedly embrace its values.


Essays should all be double-spaced using 12pt. font. Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually. Please follow the instructions regarding length of each attachment, and label each page with your name.

1. Why You? (Hint: We are looking for an answer that cannot be found from research on our website.) (750 words or fewer)

This question is all about fit. It is an attempt by Georgetown to learn about you and why you think you are a good fit for Georgetown and Georgetown is a good fit for you.  Georgetown wants to see how you think and come to a major decision.

There are lots of different ways to approach this essay. Clearly you shouldn’t spit back the McDonough web site. If you can, talk to current students about the culture and distinctive elements of the program to gain a deeper understanding of it. You also need to reflect on the reasons you personally would choose McDonough. Why is it the best program for you?

You could start with a highly influential experience that influence your decision to pursue an MBA, go into more depth about what you hope to achieve and why you believe Georgetown is the best place for you to achieve it.

Alternatively, you could start with a day in the future where you attain your goal and then circle back to discuss the development of that goal and McDonough’s role in helping you achieve it. You can also discuss how you intend to contribute to McDonought’s community.

In short, why should McDonough accept you? How will you make the school proud that they did?

Optional Essays:

1. If you are not currently employed full-time, use this essay to provide information about your current activities. (250 words or fewer)

Show them that you are using this period to acquire new skills, contribute to your community, or grow in some way.

2. Please provide any information that you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)

Please see The Optional Essay: To Be or Not to Be.

Re-Applicant Essay:

How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (500 words or fewer)

This is a key question (whether asked explicitly or not) for all reapplicants to any MBA program. What has changed? How are you “new and improved” since last year — when you were rejected? Georgetown does you the favor of providing this explicit prompt so you can address this question while retaining the ability to address the main essay.

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Georgetown McDonough 2015 MBA Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline Decision Notification
 Round 1  October 10, 2014  December 20, 2014
 Round 2  January 5, 2015  March 20, 2015
 Round 3  April 1, 2015  May 15, 2015

Linda Abraham By , president and founder of 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.


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2015 MBA Application Essay Tips
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  • Linda Abraham

    If any readers would like a profile evaluation for Georgetown McDonough, please provide the following info:

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
    2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.
    3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
    6) Your post-MBA goal.

    Or if you just have a question about MBA admissions, I’ll do my best to answer it.

    • yogami

      Hi Linda,

      Can you please help evaluate my profile?

      1) I am an international candidate with 10 years of experience in the IT industry. I have worked as a technology consultant for 8 years in the west coast (LA) after moving back to India where I worked as a project manager in IT services and then moved on to process level coaching as an agile coach for enterprise teams.

      2) I have a total score of 690(87th percentile) with Q 49 (81st percentile) and V 35 (75th percentile)

      3) I have a 2 year Masters in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University with a CGPA of 3.34. Graduated in 2003. I also have a four year Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Unviersity of Pune (india) with a GPA of 3.67. Graduated in 2000.

      4) I have led two bands playing progressive rock and heavy metal from 2008 through 2011 while in LA. I have also led an NGO initiative in LA called as keys to the heart which aspires to donate musical instruments to mentally challenged kids and teach them to play music over the weekends. I was a level 1 crossfit coach in North Hollywood.Currently I am also an owner of a company that provides agile coaching services and before the beginning of the next academic year I will be scaling to approximately 20 employees work for my company

      5) I am a scrum certified agile professional

      6) My post MBA goal is change of function. I’d like contribute towards and eventually lead strategy and business development within the IT industry.


      • Linda Abraham


        Can you clarify, how much total work experience you have. Are you considering an EMBA program or do you want to full-time experience? ARe you currently in LA or India.


        • yogami

          Hi LInda,

          I have 10.5 years of work experience. I am considering a full-time MBA and I am located in India.


    • Rishi

      Hi Linda!

      Would be great if you can review my candidacy and recommend me further

      1) Currently, I am working as a Head of Ecommerce at a premium leather accessory brand, which is a start-up, for 1 year. Previously, was a Analyst & Content Creator for a start-up accelerator cum angel investor in India. I started my own manufacturing firm and ran it for 2 years. I have till now 3.5 years of work-ex. I also worked in London while pursuing my undergraduation.

      2) Mock Test – 600 ( Q-49, V -23)

      3) I received an undergraduate degree from Brunel University, London in Financial Mathematics with a 2.2 in 2010.

      4) Puzzle solver and amateur chef. Filmed a short film for ITV and wrote a script for a National Lottery advert, both of them were for a competition.

      5) CFA Level 1 Candidate

      6) Work in Venture Capital

      • Linda Abraham

        Hi Rishi,

        What do you think your final GMAT score will be?


        • Rishabh

          I am not sure yet as I am preparing for it and plan to give it in last week of November.

          • Linda Abraham


            Your work experience is competitive. The 600 isn’t. Your grades are OK or a little below average for Georgetown. the extra-curriculars are good.

            Saying you ultimately want to work in VC is fine. Saying you want to do that immediately after earning your MBA could come across an unrealistic given that VC is so hard to get into.


          • Rishi

            Thanks Linda. I will come back to you after taking the GMAT.