In judging what information to include or exclude from your essay, try to balance academic, work-related, and personal information in a manner appropriate to your situation, goals, and the application requirements.
If you have additional, relevant information about yourself that does not easily fit into the essay, or into any other section of the university's application, you may want to include a condensed resume or curriculum vitae with your application package.
Also for ideas on form and style selected application essays that students have written in the past are on
file for you to browse-through at the Writing center.
After considering responses to your work, revise your essay until you are satisfied with it.
You should never write a one-size-fits-all essay if you’re applying to multiple programs and schools. Even if the topics are similar, you still want to tailor your writing so that each university your applying to feels like you’re writing it for them. For instance, you might take a different approach for a small Christian university like as opposed to a large, urban public institution like or a more specialized program like at the .
Additionally, if you happen to know anyone -- a friend, family member, colleague, or teacher -- who has graduated from a school that you are considering, ask her or him for information as well.
Before you begin to write, study very carefully the essay directions on the application materials sent to you by the school and by the specific department to which you are applying.
To ensure you are best prepared for a US graduate program we highly recommend a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL or 7 overall with balanced sectional scores on the IELTS. We will waive your TOEFL or IELTS report requirement if you have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English (not just an English-speaking institution or country where English is spoken) or have lived and worked in an English-speaking country for the past two or more years. If you do not meet these requirements, theTOEFL or IELTS is required for admission. A TOEFL or IELTS waiver is automatically granted if a candidate scores 90 percent or higher on the verbal component of the GMAT or GRE. If you last took the test more than two years prior to the date of application, you must take it again because results are valid only two years. You must take the TOEFL or IELTS before submitting your application so that you can record the scores in the application. You must upload a copy of your official TOEFL or IELTS score with your application and submit the official test score to Vanderbilt University at this address:
Essay One. While business school is a time for exploration, we do expect you to have a strong sense about why you want an MBA and what you hope to do once you graduate. Applying to business school is an introspective process, and we want to make sure you have a good sense for what you want from a program, where you hope it will lead you and why Owen is well suited to help you attain your goals. In addition, you should understand what skills you possess that will be transferrable to another job or industry.
Optional Essay. If necessary, you may provide an additional statement to explain poor academic performance, weak test scores, significant gaps in full-time employment, lack of recommendation from your current or most recent supervisor, academic misconduct or anything else that you think is important for the Admissions Committee to know about you that is not already addressed elsewhere in your application. Please use the Optional Essay space in the online application.
Your essays give us great insight into your personality and your other unique qualities. You will submit the required essay with your online application. Please note word or character limits for additional essays. Use a font size of 10 to 12 points.
You will be required to upload a copy of the transcript from every college or university you attended. If you are offered and accept our offer of admission, you will be required to mail official transcripts from each institution you have attended, if you have not done so already. You must provide at least one final transcript that proves successful completion of a four-year U.S. bachelor degree or its equivalent. If you have not graduated and your conferred degree will be issued later, please wait to order a copy of your official transcript. Official transcripts must show the date that the degree was conferred and the degree awarded. (Refer to the International Supplement for a list of degrees that we consider acceptable.) Please submit a copy of the diploma for any earned university degrees that are not explicitly specified on an official transcript. If a cumulative GPA is not specified on the transcript for each degree earned or institution attended, please have your registrar’s office include an explanation of the grading scale. If a cumulative GPA cannot be converted to a four-point scale, leave the field blank and we will evaluate your academic record accordingly. Non-U.S. students should leave this field blank if the degree was not obtained in the U.S.
We rely on your academic records and test scores to assess your ability to succeed in the Vanderbilt MBA program. The ideal candidate has earned at least a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree or from a top-quality college or university. We admire a demanding course load in any field of study and a consistent record of high performance, and we welcome applicants who have taken courses or completed degrees in graduate or professional programs other than business administration. In recent years, admitted applicants offered admission have had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.4 and GMAT score of 690. Most incoming students find that substantial work experience enables them to understand new concepts more fully and apply them more quickly. They are able to make more relevant and meaningful contributions to the learning community and can realize a greater return on their MBA investment with access to more and better career options. Full-time postbaccalaureate work experience is strongly recommended but not required. No minimum amount is specified because we believe that exceptional candidates are able to prepare themselves for graduate management education through competitive internships, student and community leadership and other developmental experiences.
Remember that they are reading many application essays and therefore, you need to be considerate of their needs.
* Offer other information that demonstrates your need and desire to be accepted by the program.