Unc Mba Essay Analysis Activities


UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is a flexible program that offers a full-time MBA in Chapel Hill, Executive programs outside of D.C., and even an online program.

With a world-class university offering resources beyond the MBA program, UNC is an excellent option. Kenan-Flagler touts a strong career focus and that students receive career advancement from each MBA option. There is a global focus and several global immersion opportunities with each program at Kenan-Flagler. This essay set has only one required question, and it is entirely career focused. Kenan-Flagler is focused on your career and attracting recruiters to the program, so this is a logical area of focus.

Essay One (Required)
Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how your professional experience has shaped these goals, why this career option appeals to you, and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. Additionally, please briefly address a backup plan should your short-term goal not come to fruition for any reason. (500 words maximum)

This is primarily a standard career goals essay. The question asks about your background, what your short- and long-term career goals are, and why now is the right time for you to pursue an MBA. The other part to this question is to describe your backup plan if you do not achieve your original career goals.

The first part of the question focuses on the short term, asking for a very clear link between your short-term career path and your MBA. Due to Kenan-Flagler’s focus on the perspective of recruiters and your career advancement, this focus on the short term will show that you have realistic ideas about your career trajectory. The long-term goals should flow naturally from your short-term goals and demonstrate that you can plan for your career.

Because everyone’s life takes twists and turns that may not have been planned, Kenan-Flagler wants to know if you have a Plan B that is as well thought out as your Plan A. If you want to work in consulting, but you aren’t able to land a job at the firm you prefer, perhaps you will pursue a role as in-house strategy in your target long-term industry. Finally, make sure that you have career goals that require an MBA and that you can cite specific classes, professors and programs at UNC that will help you achieve your goals.

Essay Two (Optional)
What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (300 words maximum)

This question is a gift to any applicant who needs to differentiate his or her story. Think about what is unique about your background or perspective. If you have an interesting and diverse background you will certainly have enough material and the task will be to link your background clearly to a contribution you will make to the Kenan-Flagler community. Think about clubs or activities you will join and what you will bring that is unique.

If you are someone without a particularly unique background you will want to focus on personal qualities. What personality trait helps you stand out in a group? What do people often tell you about yourself? And how will this trait contribute to the community at Kenan-Flagler?

Essay Three (Optional)
If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)

This optional essay is straightforward and simply requires you to outline your preparation for the program. If you do not have the requisite coursework you may have gained training through work that will result in the same preparation. If you do not have the preparation through work or courses, it may be worth registering for continuing education classes and informing the admissions committee in this essay.

Essay Four (Optional)
Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)

This optional essay can be used to explain anything unusual or problematic about your application, from poor undergraduate GPA to choice of recommenders. In addition, because it is so open-ended, you may use it to communicate any additional information that may be beneficial to your candidacy. If you did not have the opportunity to communicate one of the areas of your application strategy, this may provide the space to do so.

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Application Deadlines


Round 1 (early action)
Application due: October 14, 2016
Decision released: December 12, 2016
Round 2
Application due: December 2, 2016
Decision released: January 30, 2017
Round 3
Application due: January 13, 2017
Decision released: March 13, 2017
Round 4
Application due: March 10, 2017
Decision released: April 24, 2017

The first cycle, October 14, 2016, is the Early Action round. Early Action is an option for applicants who know for certain that they will attend UNC Kenan-Flagler if admitted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application date.

http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/admiss ... quirements

MBA Admissions Selection Criteria



UNC seeks candidates for admission with strengths in these areas:

• Leadership and organizational abilities
• Communication skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Teamwork abilities
• Track record of results
• Drive and motivation
• Analytical skills and problem solving ability
• Prior academic performance
• Career progression and career goal

For more information, click here:

http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/admissions/mba

Like last two years, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School requires only one required essay and three optional essay questions for the 2016-2017 MBA application season. There is no change in the essay questions this year as well. Let’s take a closer look at the essay questions.

Essay # 1 (Required)
Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how your professional experience has shaped these goals; why this career option appeals to you, and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)



This is a straightforward Goals Essay question. Through this essay question, the Admissions Committee wants to know about your post MBA goals and ambitions, both short-term and long-term. You may want to begin your essay with a story/ event/ life experience that reflects passion for your chosen field. (You may also begin directly with a discussion of your academic and then professional career). Continue your story and provide details about how you have pursued your passion, continued your education, acquired new skills and learnings and progressed along your career path in the past XXX years. Specify skills gained at each job position and how your achievements earned you a promotion (may be, ahead of your peers).

Then describe where you stand now and what are your short term and long term career aspirations. You have to describe why the particular career option seems suitable to you and how the professional experience you have had shaped up your desire to opt for an MBA degree. This means that you have to draw out a link between your previous experience, your current need of an MBA degree, and your future career goals. Answer the following questions:

• Why you believe that an MBA is the next logical step in your career path?
• What are those skills that you still lack which you hope to acquire by an MBA?
• How an MBA will fill the gaps in your career and bring you closer to the fulfillment of your goals?
• Why NOW is a perfect time for you to go for an MBA degree?

Example:

“My passion for technology, my experience in corporate and business leadership and my childhood vision to be a global business leader and continue my family legacy have defined my goal and fueled my vision to lead my family business into the world of Technology and Consulting. I want to open a new division in my family business in - technology & strategy firm. Through MBA, I will equip myself with very strong fundamentals in management by developing deeper perspectives in various disciplines accountancy, marketing, operations, finance and most importantly, entrepreneurship.”

Even though the essay prompt doesn’t require you to answer “Why UNC? ” it still makes perfect sense to throw in a sentence or two about why an MBA from UNC is your best bet at this time? How it will help you achieve your goals? Your reasons for this could be insights gained from alumni, curriculum, faculty, and the various opportunities outside the classroom that Kenan Flagler provides .You may wrap up your essay by stating what value you will bring to the school.

You may organize the question in the following way:

• Career history (approximately 150- 175 words)
• Current skill set & short term and long term goals (approximately 150-175 words)
• Why MBA? Why now? (100-125 words)
• Why UNC ? ( approximately 50- 75 words )

Essay # 2 (Optional)

What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (300 words maximum)



Through this question, the Ad Com wants to know who you are as an individual and how you will add value to the UNC community. This is an interesting question that requires you to do lot of introspection to be able to discuss your personal traits and life experiences, (the people, the events) that have shaped your personality.
You have to talk about your background, your current interests and passions, your likes and dislikes, your personal traits that define you and led you to where you currently are. Drawing a link here, like in the previous question, is vital.

Here they are keen on knowing about you as a human being, as an individual, and not as a professional. Please note that all of us are unique individuals with our own personal traits. Pick 2-3 personal traits that set you apart from other people (e.g. maturity, drive, motivation, self-awareness etc. .) – the traits that you would like the Admission Committee to know about you. Then go ahead and illustrate these with relevant examples because your response will be ineffective without specific examples.

After this, address the second part of the question and focus on the ways in which, you think, you will contribute to the class room and the community at Kennan Flagler. You should lay down the ways in which your interests, your passions and hobbies would enrich the Kenan Flagler community and influence it in a positive manner. They will probably receive hundreds of applications from soccer players, another dozen from those who think they write poetry well. That doesn’t mean your chances are slim. It only means you’ve to show them not only that these hobbies are what define you, but also how you will be benefitting the community at Kennan Flagler through this.

Example:

“The varied challenges of the business world have taught me persistence, high spiritedness, and honesty. At Kennan-Flagler, I envision to conduct consulting projects for organizations through STAR program. I want to help small business owners build and develop their business ideas through Global Business Project program. With my culinary skills, I hope to ignite a passion for cooking in my peers and faculty and work towards creating a Chocolate and Bakery club. With my unique qualities and contributions, I will take my peers on their journey of exploration and fulfillment.”

You may break your story down in the following two parts:

1. What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? (approximately 100- 150 words)
2. How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (approximately 150 -200 words)

Essay # 3 (Optional)

If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)


This question is primarily focusing on those whose GMAT score is low and who have lacked math subjects, because the school wants to make sure that they will be able to handle academic rigor at this stage. If you need to answer this question, you can highlight the professional preparation you have already had in quantitative areas. You should also mention how you are brushing up your math knowledge even now and are prepared to do that till school commences. Be honest, do not exaggerate and show them that you are prepared for the academic rigor.

Example:

“Upon deciding to pursue MBA with finance concentration, I set my next immediate goal to prepare for the CFA level 1 exam which will encompass microeconomics and financial accounting as specific areas of study. Thus, I will have a reasonable knowledge on these two areas before I start with the MBA curriculum. Also, my naturally high ability in quant as demonstrated by impressive scores in Quant and IR sections will steepen my learning curve in MBA and will complement this endeavor. “

Essay # 4 (Optional)

Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)


You may use this optional essay to shine a spotlight on an experience or side of your personality that has not been revealed in the other three essays, and other parts of your application. This is another opportunity Ad Com is offering you to admit you. While someone might want to talk about his/her experiences in community service, someone else might want to share something about his/her accomplishments in extracurricular activities e.g. sports, music, or painting etc. However, if you feel that the other essays present a complete picture of your candidacy, you may skip this question.

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