Oxford lets your resume, recommendations, application form, and transcript(s) speak for themselves. The one required MBA essay question indicates that the adcom wants a glimpse of you beyond these core elements. It seems like a simple question – but there is a little twist in it that amplifies its importance in the application and its connection between you and the admissions readers. Also realize that the adcom learns about you from this essay not just through the details of the topic you present but also through your decision to use that topic. That decision reflects your values, your understanding of fit with Oxford, and your overall perspective.
Oxford MBA 2020-21 MBA application essay
Tell us something that is not covered in your application which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you. (Maximum 250 words)
While the “something” will be the topic of the essay, the real heart of this essay question lies in the phrase “which you would like the Admissions Committee to know.” It almost posits a dialogue between you and the adcom; it sets up a relationship, a dialogue. It’s personal; they’re talking to YOU. Reading the spirit as well as the literal meaning of these words, you can infer that the adcom is looking for a story or a message that gets to the essence of who you are in some way.
Therefore, don’t try to find the most dramatic or exotic topic possible; this essay doesn’t have to shout. Rather, it should incisively reveal a fresh dimension of you – one that is relevant to the application and that will add to the Oxford Saïd community.
That leaves a lot of room for topic choice. I suggest committing to one topic and discussing it in as much depth as is possible in 250 words. Make this single essay vivid and memorable by basing it on your actual experience, which gives the adcom not just information about you but also your unique perspective on an aspect of your life.
As for topic, be strategic in selecting one that is relevant, will engage the Oxford adcom, and enhances your fit for Oxford Saïd.
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Oxford Saïd 2020-2021 MBA application deadlines
|Stage 1||September 11, 2020|
|Stage 2||October 30, 2020|
|Stage 3||January 8, 2021|
|Stage 4||April 9, 2021|
Source: Oxford Saïd website
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