MBA Essay Guide

Our comprehensive MBA Essay Guide not only provides you with access to all the essay questions asked by the Top 20 MBA programs, but also includes tips and suggestions from Forster-Thomas consultants on how to best approach these questions. 

To start, just select a school from the list on the left!

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR 2017-2018 AT TOP SCHOOLS

School Deadline Decision Essay Release
Harvard Business School Sept. 6, 2017 Dec. 12, 2017 Yes
Yale SOM Sept. 13, 2017 Dec. 6, 2017 No
Stanford GSB Sept. 19, 2017 December 14, 2017 Yes
Michigan (Ross) Oct. 2, 2017 Dec. 15, 2017 Yes
Dartmouth (Tuck) Oct. 4, 2017 (Early Action) Dec. 15, 2017 No
Texas-Austin (McCombs) Oct. 10, 2017 Dec. 19, 2017 No
UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Oct. 16, 2017 (Early Action) Dec. 11, 2017 Yes
Emory (Goizueta) Oct. 6, 2017 Dec. 1, 2017 Yes
Indiana (Kelley) Oct. 15, 2017 (Early Round) Dec. 20, 2017 Yes
Columbia Business School Oct. 4, 2017 (Early Decision & Jan. ’18) Rolling Admissions Yes
Indian School of Business Oct. 15, 2017 Dec. 5, 2017 Yes
Dartmouth (Tuck) Nov. 1, 2017 (November Round) Feb. 9, 2018 No
Emory (Goizueta) Nov. 17, 2017 (Preferred deadline for one-year program) Jan. 26, 2018
UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Dec. 4, 2017 Jan. 29, 2018
Michigan (Ross) Jan. 2, 2018 March 15, 2018
Harvard Business School Jan. 3, 2018 March 21, 2018
Columbia Business School Jan. 5, 2018 (Merit Cutoff) Rolling Admissions
Dartmouth (Tuck) Jan. 3, 2018 (January Round) March 9, 2018
Emory (Goizueta) Jan. 3, 2018 (Round 3) March 9, 2018 (domestic) March 16 (International)
Indiana (Kelley) Jan. 5, 2018 (Priority) March 15, 2018
Stanford GSB Jan. 10, 2018 March 29, 2018
Yale SOM Jan. 4, 2018 March 27, 2018
Texas-Austin (McCombs) Jan. 9, 2018 March 29, 2018 No
UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Jan. 15, 2018 (Round 3) March 12, 2018
Indian School of Business Jan. 15, 2018 March 5, 2018, Rolling for Non-Indians
Emory (Goizueta) March 16, 2018 April 18, 2018
Indiana (Kelley) March 1, 2018 April 30, 2018
UNC (Kenan-Flagler) March 12, 2018 April 23, 2018
Michigan (Ross) March 19, 2018 May 11, 2018
Harvard Business School April 2. 2018 May 9, 2018
Texas-Austin (McCombs) April 3, 2018 May 10, 2018 No
Stanford GSB April 4, 2018 Mid-May, 2018
Dartmouth (Tuck) April 4, 2018 (Final Round) May 11, 2018
Columbia Business School April 11, 2018 Rolling Admissions
Indiana (Kelley) April 15, 2018 (Final) May 31, 2018
Yale SOM April 18, 2018 May 17, 2018

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Special thanks to Poets and Quants for this list.