This Oxford Said 2011 MBA Application tip post is one of a series of posts providing MBA application and essay advice for applicants to top MBA programs around the world. You can access the entire series at https://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_blog/tag/2011-mba-application-tips. My tips for answering Oxford’s essay questions are in blue below.
Question 1. Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (Maximum 750 words)
This question presents a slight twist on the classic goals question. In addition to wanting to know how you see your future and how an MBA will help you there, it asks you to explain how you chose your current job. Don’t say it was the only job offer you got. What motivated you to apply? What do you like about it? Given your work experience, how do you see your career developing in the short-term after you graduate. They don’t ask here if you want to be prime minister of your home country in twenty years. They’re just asking about the next five.Finally, how will an MBA get you from today to your desired tomorrow?
Since this question gives you 1000 words, you have room to tell anecdotes and use vivid examples to really make this essay come alive. (Please see Essays That Stick Webinar and Roadmap to Bold & Brilliant Essays Webinar)
Question 2. Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (Maximum 1,000 words)
What was your thinking before the event or your reading of this book and how has it changed your thinking? Although the question doesn’t ask for it, how has it motivated you to change your behavior? If something is important and influenced your thinking and you are a person of initiative and commitment, it should also lead to changes in action.
Finally, make sure you answer the “why” part of the question. Your answer could relate to personal experience or your personal background.
*Please note that you will need to upload your completed essays onto our online application system before submitting your application. The Admissions Office will not give any feedback on any essays written either before or after you have submitted your application.
Application Deadline Final Decision
Stage One: Oct 8, 2010 Dec 10, 2010
Stage Two: Jan 14, 2011 Mar 11, 2011
Stage Three: Apr 1, 2011 May 27, 2011
The deadline for receiving applications will be on the stated date at 23:59 GMT.