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Stage Application Due Interview Decision Admissions Decision
1 14 October 2008 12 November 2008 18 December 2008
2 06 January 2009 12 February 2009 31 March 2009
3 03 March 2009 15 April 2009 22 May 2009
4 30 April 2009 03 June 2009 08 July 2009
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The essays are an opportunity to tell us more about yourself. Use the essays to detail your interests, values and goals. We are interested in what motivates you, evidence of leadership and team work, why you are looking to pursue an MBA at this point in your life, and what you will bring to the London Business School Community. The essays are a vital part of your application and thus we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time in their preparation.
The essay questions for entry in August 2009 are listed below.
Question 1 (600 words)
In what role do you see yourself working immediately after graduation? Why? How will your past and present experiences help you achieve this? How will the London Business School MBA Programme contribute to this goal? Why is this the right time for you to pursue an MBA?
This is a classic goals question with the focus on your short-term goals — what you want to do immediately after you receive your MBA. How did you develop this goal? Why does it appeal to you? How did your experiences shape your goal and how do they reveal the appropriateness of your goal. (If you are a couch-potato or klutz, don’t say you want to be a professional athlete–which wouldn’t be a match for b-school anyway.) Finally, how will LBS help you achieve your goal?
Question 2 (200 words)
Where do you see your career progressing five years after graduation and what is your longer term career vision?
Here come the long-term goals question. London Business School splits the goals question in two. That doesn’t mean the two unrelated. Far from it. Although a separate short question, your long-term goals should flow naturally from your short-term goals and previous experiences, including your hoped-for stint at London Business School.
Question 3 (500 words)
Please describe your experience of working in and leading teams, either in your professional or personal life. Include any specific challenges you have faced. Given this experience, what role do you think you will play in your first year study group?
First of all learn about the role of student life at LBS, in particular the role of study groups. Also, reflect on your experience in teams. If you have been involved in teams outside of work and your other essays focused on work, then this essay presents an opportunity to discuss another facet of your life. Have you been able to both lead and occasionally take a back seat when others with skills or qualifications you lack are better prepared to lead your team? After thinking about your team experience and the role of study groups at LBS show how your past experience will help you contribute to your study group.
Question 4 (400 words)
Student involvement is an extremely important part of the London Business School MBA experience and this is reflected in the character of students on campus. What type of student club or campus community events will you be involved with and why? How will you contribute?
Again, you need to research student life at LBS before you can answer this question. The best answers will directly respond to all elements in the question by showing that you have been involved in similar college, community, or professional organizations in the past. And you will be able to illustrate your abilities to contribute at LBS by discussing your earlier contributions.
Question 5 (150 words)
Describe any significant experiences outside of your home country. What did you gain from these?
This question reflects the importance of international and cross-cultural experiences for London Business School. Note the tiny word limit here. Short and sweet. What were the most 1-2 significant experiences you have had outside your home country and what did you learn from them.
Question 6 (300 words) (This question is optional)
Is there any other information that you believe would help the MBA Admissions Committee when considering your application?
Please see “The Optional Question: To Be or Not to Be “
Question 7 (300 words) (This question is for re-applicants only)
Please describe how your candidacy for the London Business School MBA has improved since your last application.
This is THE key question for all reapplicants. London just asks it explicitly. Please see:
- Application Advice for MBA Reapplicants
- Create a Better Sequel: How to Reapply Right to Business School
Please note that applicants should submit their completed essays within the Essay template (Word 260kb)
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