Georgetown MBA Essay Questions 2017-2018
The Georgetown University adcom has updated the McDonough MBA essay questions for applicants targeting the Class of 2020. This year we see the return of the one-essay format in addition to the (now one year old) video essay.
There are also two optional essays and an essay for reapplicants.
2017-2018 Georgetown MBA Essay Questions
Essay 1: Describe a defining moment when you were challenged and exceeded expectations. (The moment can be a professional or personal one. If personal, then please also include how it had an impact on your professional development) (500 words or fewer)
Video Essay:The required video essay is an opportunity for you to bring life to your application. Please introduce yourself to your future Georgetown MBA cohort in a one minute video.
Optional Essay 1:If you are not currently employed full-time, use this essay to provide information about your current activities. (250 words or fewer)
Optional Essay 2:Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)
Re-Applicant Essay:How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (500 words or fewer)
For more information about applying, prospective students should visit the McDounough MBA program website. And now that the essays are out, get a jump start on your research with the FREE Georgetown / McDonough School Snapshot!
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The hardest part about this prompt is deciding which activity you will write about. You could choose the one that takes up the most hours out of your day and is your biggest commitment on paper, or you could choose the activity you are most emotionally involved in — the one that has made the biggest impact on your personal development.
Although the former may be the first to come to mind, the latter almost always ends up being a more memorable essay. Sometimes these two descriptions apply to one activity, and that is fantastic, but sometimes it may take some deeper digging to find the activity that has actually most impacted you.
For example, let’s say you’ve played soccer for the past 6 years, but never really felt a passion for it. About a year ago you started volunteering at a local school for underprivileged kids, and you find yourself most looking forward to your time spent at the school each week. You will probably want to write about the volunteer work. If you reverse it and do a lot of volunteer work, but you find that the team environment of your sports team has made a huge impact on how you collaborate with others, you should write about sports.
Once you have decided which activity you will write about, you need to focus on proper execution of the essay. If the activity is widely known (e.g., Model UN, Speech and Debate), do not spend too much time introducing the activity before jumping into your personal involvement and connection. If the activity is not well known by outsiders, you may want to spend a few sentences discussing the activity before transitioning to its significance. Further, if the activity is something completely unique, you can take this as an opportunity to dive into more detail than you can on the small space given in the extracurricular section.
No matter what, don’t forget the most important rule for any essay: directly responding to the prompt! This prompt asks for you to “discuss the significance to you” of one of your activities, so don’t skimp out on the personal piece.
You can read more about how to answer this type of question in our guide on How to Write “Most Important Extracurricular” Essays.