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.

Essay:

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 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.

 

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2015 MBA Application Essay Tips
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  • http://www.accepted.com 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.

      Thanks,
      YG

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        YG,

        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.

        Linda

        • yogami

          Hi LInda,

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

          Thanks,
          YG

    • 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

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        Hi Rishi,

        What do you think your final GMAT score will be?

        Linda

        • Rishabh

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

          • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

            Rishabh,

            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.

            Best,
            Linda

          • Rishi

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

    • PS

      Hi Linda,

      Can you please evaluate my profile?

      1) For the past 2 years I have worked in wealth management for one of the worlds largest financial institutions.

      2) GMAT – 740 (97th percentile)
      – Verbal: 47 (99th percentile)
      – Quantitative: 45 (63rd percentile)

      3) I attended a State University in Upstate NY (2.5 GPA)
      – Dual major: Finance and Marketing
      – I know this is a very low GPA for Georgetown, I started a business while in school and neglected my studies somewhat.

      4) I have a good deal of community service experience. I coach an inner city basketball team and started an after school program to keep the kids out of trouble during the off season. I also volunteer with Habitat for Hummanity, The Rescue Mission, the local soup kitchen, and my parish.

      5) CFA level I candidate – writing the test in December
      Series 7, Series 66

      6) My goal is a career in investment banking.

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        Please see reply to guest.

    • Ramazan

      Hi Linda,

      Could evaluate my profile for MSB.

      1. International candidate with Nine years experience in banking supervision (Banking supervision authority of Turkey); six years in on-side supervision and three years in risk management department. attended various projects in authority from asset-liability, derivatives to credit cards. Last 2.5 years, represented Turkey in subgroups of Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and attended various meetings.

      2. GMAT 620 (V25, Q49, IR6). (below expected, I had 670-680 in practice exams. But I will take again)

      3. Graduated from an economics (B.S.) department of the best prestigious university in Turkey, Middle East Technical University (METU). GPA is 2.69, relatively low but still at average. I have MS degree from the Financial Engineering and Risk Management of Ozyegin University with 3.88 GPA as a valedictorian among 11 students. Additionally, I am a PhD student in financial economics (completed all courses with 3.80 GPA and Thesis is on progress)

      4. While undergraduate presidency of student club serving for students from the CIS countries.
      Young professional fellow of Global Relations Forum, highly prestigious independent, non-profit membership association

      Member of Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association and Center for Strategic Thinking in Real Estate, those are highly credible NGOs in Turkey.

      5. I am planning to take FRM certificate.

      6. short-term post MBA for 3 to 5 years, taking a position in International Finance Corporation (IFC) and attending projects related with financial institutions in emerging markets. (as a back-up option for short-term, financial institutions departments of business consultancy group) Medium and long-term, taking a high-level management position in Turkish banking system.

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        Ramazan,

        For purposes of this response, let’s assume you apply with a 670 and that all the improvement stems from a better verbal score.

        In that case your GMAT is on the low side but still in the ball park. Your undergrad GPA is low, but your graduate GPA is excellent and compensates.

        Your work experience is definitely your strength. I think that overall you have a reasonable chance at Georgetown, but the academic stats could be a problem. If they go for the distinctiveness and quality of your work experience and focus mostly on your recent academics, then you have a competitive profile.

        Best,
        Linda

        • Ramazan Kucuk

          Thank you for valuable response. May I ask an additional question? MSB prefers professional recommendations; however, since there may occur some doubts about my academic stats, is it reasonable to add an academic recommendation as an unusable one. MSB wants one or two recommendations. When I read your response I thought adding an academic recommendation. I will explain the reason in additional essay.

          Best wishes.
          Thank you.
          Ramazan

          • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

            Ramazan,

            ugh. I started to respond. Got distracted. Closed the tab.

            Let’s start over.

            I’m assuming that by “unusable” you mean “optional.”

            At http://msb.georgetown.edu/programs/evening-MBA/admissions/info/process/instructions#application-components-details, MSB specifically says “We discourage letters from university faculty and family members. A current or former supervisor is preferred.”

            If you feel that in your particular situation a faculty recommendation may be of value, I would check with them because instructions go counter and are specific.

            Happy New Year!
            Linda

          • Ramazan Kucuk

            Thank you so much, Linda.
            Happy New Year.
            Ramazan

  • PS

    Hi Linda,

    Can you please evaluate my profile?

    1) For the past 2 years I have worked in wealth management for one of the worlds largest financial institutions.

    2) GMAT – 740 (97th percentile)
    – Verbal: 47 (99th percentile)
    – Quantitative: 45 (63rd percentile)

    3) I attended a State University in Upstate NY (2.5 GPA)
    – Dual major: Finance and Marketing
    – I know this is a very low GPA for Georgetown, I started a business while in school and neglected my studies somewhat.

    4) I have a good deal of community service experience. I coach an inner city basketball team and started an after school program to keep the kids out of trouble during the off season. I also volunteer with Habitat for Hummanity, The Rescue Mission, the local soup kitchen, and my parish.

    5) CFA level I candidate – writing the test in December
    Series 7, Series 66

    6) My goal is a career in investment banking.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Guest,

      You are hard to predict because your GPA is quite low and your GMAT is quite high. Given the CFA, which you will hopefully pass, and your work experience, I think you still have a chance at Georgetown. Give it a go. You may also want to consider UNC.

      If you don’t get in, then wait a year. Put an additional year of WE between your app and your undergrad GPA. Maybe pass an additional section of the CGA.
      Please see http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/06/mba-admissions-a-z-u-is-for-undergrad-grades-2/ for additional suggestions.
      Best,
      Linda

  • Mr. digital policy

    Hi Linda, I am a 31 year-old European white male interested in the combination of public policies and private business with strong experience in the policy side. Georgetown seems a great location for my goals and gives me the option to do the Landegger program that combines 1 year of MBA courses and 1 year in the School of Foreign Service.

    I think I am a good candidate for Georgetown but I would like to know your
    opinion and the odds of receiving some financial aid. The info:

    1) 3.5 years as policy advisor and speechwriter for a Secretary of State in charge of telecommunications and digital policy. 5 years as a full-time Ph.D. researcher focused on the study techno-economics of broadband, information policy and digital markets.

    2) GMAT 760/99% (Q 50/88%, V 42/96%, AWA 6/92%, IR 8/92%)

    3) Master in telecommunication engineering (5-year integrated master) from the top Polytechnic University in my country. Graduated in 2006 with an average score of 9 out of 10, top 5%, equivalent to a 3.8 GPA aprox.

    3) Ph.D. in telecommunication systems by the same university. Awarded a 4-year competitive research fellowship by the University. Graduated in 2011 with Summa Cum Laude. Received best Ph.D. dissertation award by the Official College of Telecommunication Engineers.

    4) Since 2012 I have been involved in a non-profit task group of the Official College of Telecommunication Engineers to promote public debates for the use of new technologies and propose recommendations to the government.

    5) Nothing remarkable

    6) Take advantage of MBA’s experience, internship opportunities and network to enter in a well-known multilateral/global organization such as the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), the World Economic Forum or the International Monetary Fund to work with public and private agents in international projects/regulations to develop economic growth through digital technologies.

    Many thanks

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Georgetown McDonough is an excellent choice for you and you are highly competitive there. I can’t comment about the Landegger program.

      You may also want to consider HKS/HBS or Wharton’s Lauder program or the joint program with Johns Hopkins SAIS.

      Best,
      Linda

  • Atikur

    Thanks for this tips

  • Giannina

    hi !! I am applying to Georgetown on January 5th and would like to know more about classes, professors, student life, experience overall? Anyone would like to skype? I am from Uruguay. Thank you!!

  • Nick

    Hi Linda,

    1) Total work experience: 3 years.

    I work as a Business Development executive in an Indian based multinational in the solar industry. Have been at this company for 2 years. Prior to this I was in Oil and Gas as a maintenance engineer with an Indian company for a year.

    2) GMAT: 620

    3)College Info: Mumbai University, India – 62% aggregate Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical

    4)
    Post College
    -Have signed up for Teach India this year for their 4 month vocational training programme.

    -Motivated and led a 30 member team from my organization to participate in the Mumbai Marathon, running for a NGO

    College
    -General Secretary and following year President of the Mechanical Engineers Student Association at College.

    -Principal and Founder of the Baja SAE Student team at college

    5)

    6) Return back to India and re-join the solar industry as an entrepreneur

    • Nick

      Additionally, could you please recommend schools and programs where I could apply. Many Thanks !

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        Nick,

        Sorry, but I do not feel you have a competitive profile for Georgetown. Your academic stats, especially your GMAT, are low for this program.

        I would recommend programs for you if I could, but I am not as familiar with the programs with average GMAT scores in the low 600’s and that are strong in the energy industry. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

        Have you considered retaking the GMAT?

        Best,
        Linda

  • RaydioG

    Hi Linda!

    I was hoping you could give me some feedback on my profile.

    1). After interning for a Senator and a Public Policy think tank, I’ve worked with technology companies for the past 3.5 years. I spent 21 months doing search relevancy analysis on Microsoft’s Bing search platform. More recently, I perform marketing analysis and brand management for a software publishing company.

    2). GRE – 162 Verbal 159 Quant

    3). Graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2012. 3.55 GPA; Political Science Major, Minor in Business

    4). I have been a volunteer with an organization for children with Type 1 diabetes for nearly 8 years now. I organize regional events for the children several times a year and volunteer a week of my time each summer.

    5). N/A

    6). My long-term goals are entrepreneurial; I want to improve the business processes involved with treating chronic diseases (such as diabetes or cystic fibrosis). My short term goals include transitioning to product development or marketing for a medical device manufacturing company.

    Thank you in advance for your feedback! I will be submitting my application in the next few days and I am extremely nervous!

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Raydio,

      I’m a little concerned about that quant score. Your grades are good and your experience is competitive. Give Georgetown a try and what happens. You certainly have a chance.

      Also consider Johns Hopkins Carey school and Rotman.

      Best,
      Linda

  • George

    Hello Linda,

    Can you please evaluate my profile? I am considering the FT and PT program at MSB.

    1) Work for major defense contractor as a lead engineer working with foreign military/governments on radar systems. Extensive international travel to Asia, Australia, and Europe. 5.5 years of work experience

    2.GMAT- 670 (83%) – Q45 (63%)/V38 (85%)

    3. University of Maryland – B.S Electrical Engineering, GPA – 3.25. 2009

    4. Youth Mentor at local elementary school. Men’s Senior Baseball League.

    5. N/A

    6. Transition from engineering to program management.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Your academics are a little weak for the FT program, but your work experience is excellent. It’s a stretch, but give it a try if you prefer the full-time program. You have a competitive profile for the part-time program.

      Best,
      Linda

  • Margaret

    Hi Linda: Can you please evaluate my profile?

    1) 3 years at top global consulting firm as strategic consultant working on transformational projects in government and private sector. 2 prior years interning in Global Marketing for hot software company

    2) 3.6 GPA from GU in math heavy program with strong grades, BS Comp Science

    3) took GRE prior to Aug 2011 – Quant 710 (60%); Verbal 640 (89%) Analytical Writing 5 (93%) (initially considering MS in Comp Sci)

    4) extensive volunteer work in community including Chair, Board of a major regional nonprofit and Varsity level womens athletics

    Am I competitive for the full-time MBA program? Thank you.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Margaret,

      Your GRE is on the low side for Georgetown, but your grades are excellent and your work and EC experience is competitive. You’re certainly in the ballpark.

      I’d say give it a try and see. If not, retake the GRE or GMAT, and reapply next year.

      Best,
      Linda