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ESSAY ONE (Limit – 1 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)
State your short-term career goal immediately following graduation from the Georgetown MBA program. What skills have you developed on which you will build? What skills will you need to develop?
Show the reader that your past experience is a logical foundation for the job you want after your earn your MBA. Then acknowledge that there are skills and knowledge you need to acquire. Those items have to be attainable through the Georgetown MBA program.
The sub text of this question: Are you realistic?
ESSAY TWO (Limit – 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)
State your long-term career goal. How does the position you describe in Essay One serve as a building block for your long-term career goal?
What do you want to do five to ten years down the road? Whatever it is, it should make sense given your goal in #1.
These are real “connect the dots” questions. Most schools combine McDonough’s #1 and #2 into just one question.
ESSAY THREE (Limit – 1 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)
Describe the essence of who you are both personally and professionally.
This is a hard question. It’s hard to boil yourself down to a 1.5 page “essence,” but think elevator pitch. Think of Stanford’s “What matters most to you and why?” Think of something you have done that you are really proud of because it represents you at your best. That’s the story you want to tell. What character traits did you exhibit? That’s the analysis you want to do.
ESSAY FOUR (Limit – 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)
Service and community engagement are a way of life at Georgetown, following the University’s tradition of women and men for others. How have you demonstrated service to others?
You only have half a page for this question so pick one service commitment and tie it to Georgetown’s tradition of service.
OPTIONAL ESSAY ONE (Limit – 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)
If you are not currently employed full-time, use this space to provide information about your current activities.
OPTIONAL ESSAY TWO (Limit – 1 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)
Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included.
Please see “The Optional Essay: To Be or Not to Be.”
OPTIONAL ESSAY THREE (Limit – 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)
If you would like to be considered for a Georgetown MBA Professional Achievement Scholarship, address your greatest accomplishment(s) in your chosen field and explain why you should be selected for this scholarship. Include any relevant professional awards/recognition received by your employer or industry.
For those of you who are seeking such funding, you will need to make your case in this essay. Focus on your most impressive achievement in your field. Describe the challenges you faced, what you did, and the results. Quantify your impact if possible.
Deadlines Decisions Released
Round One: October 15, 2011 December 15, 2011
Round Two: January 5, 2012 March 15, 2012
Round Three: April 1, 2012 May 15, 2012
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