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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Please be introspective and authentic in your responses. We value the opportunity to learn about your life experiences, aspirations and goals.
1. What event or life experience has had the greatest influence in shaping your character and why? (750 words)
This question, in use for the second year, continues the Anderson tradition of starting with a non-professional question. This lead-off reveals the importance Anderson places on learning about you as a person. What motivates you? What has touched you?
Choose your greatest “Ah-ha!” moment. What happened? How has it influenced you? Why was it so important? FYI, the answers to these least three questions in this order could be a great structure for your essay.
Please note that this question is not asking about your professional goals or your educational aspirations. It is asking about you and your character.
2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (750 words)
UCLA’s is a pretty straightforward MBA goals question. What are you professional goals? Why do you want an MBA now? How will UCLA Anderson’s program and strengths help you realize your goals? As always be specific and make sure you answer all elements of the question.
3. OPTIONAL: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words)
If there are extenuating circumstances that would add perspective on or “explain” a weakness, you can discuss them here.
A few years ago, UCLA added the following: “Please do not submit redundant information in the Optional Essay.” Good advice for all optional questions. For more suggestions, please see The Optional Question: To Be or not To Be.
4. Reapplicant Essay: Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)
This the key question in every MBA reapplication: How have you enhanced your candidacy? Career progress is an obvious place to start and something you must address, but if academic were a weakness, then what have you done since you last applied that shows you can excel at Anderson?
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Round Due Date Notification
Round 1 October 26, 2011 January 25, 2012
Round 2 January 11, 20112 April 4, 2012
Round 3 April 18, 2012 June 6, 2012