University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) MBA Essay Questions And Writing Tips

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2010-2011 MBA Essay Questions
Q1. Goals (300 words)
  What are your professional objectives?
R) The question framed with a simple focus ? to know your motivation/s for a Wharton MBA and your professional goals. Since this is not a 1000 words career progression essay anymore, you have to be specific about your immediate term goals and long term aspirations.
Q2. Wharton Course (700 words)
  Option1: Student and alumni engagement has at times led to the creation of innovative classes. For example, through extraordinary efforts, a small group of current students partnered with faculty to create a timely course entitled, ?Disaster Response: Haiti and Beyond,? empowering students to leverage the talented Wharton community to improve the lives of the Haiti earthquake victims. Similarly, Wharton students and alumni helped to create the ?Innovation and the Indian Healthcare Industry? which took students to India where they studied the full range of healthcare issues in India. If you were able to create a Wharton course on any topic, what would it be?
R) Right, they expect you to do your research and know about the contemporary issues. If you think strongly about some topics and have some exceedingly creative solutions to offer, write about them by all means. We urge you not to hold yourself back just because you think your idea is too stupid or that it requires too many resources. What?s more important is coming up with innovation and the process of arriving at it. Wharton is open to accepting new ideas and acting upon them to improve its already impressive course structure. Talk about what attracts you at Wharton and given a chance, what additions would you like to see. What are your interests and what more do you want to experience? How will addition of these courses benefit you and other students and the global community in large?
Q3. Turned down an opportunity (600 words)
  Option2: Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today?
R) Through this question, the reader wants to know how you evaluate the opportunities and the associated risks. You can talk about the steps do you follow while making the decision. Talking about a particular case, why did you turn down this opportunity? How did you weigh your options, consulted people, considered financials and more?? Be honest in your introspection. Preferably do not talk about those missed stock market investment opportunities. Write about some closer to life examples to bring in a touch and feel. When you think about the decision today, are you happy or do you regret?
Q4. Failure (600 words)
  Option3: Describe a failure that you have experienced. What role did you play, and what did you learn about yourself? How did this experience help to create your definition of failure?
R) Here, you need to own the responsibility for your failure. Talk about your mistake/shortcoming frankly and elaborate how your attitude contributed to the failure. It?s not ok not to accept and learn from a past mistake. Be careful while selecting the failure and prefer an example where you learned and grew to handle other similar situations better. It is also important to answer that how you handle failures now.
Q5. Challenging experience (600 words)
  Option4: Discuss a time when you navigated a challenging experience in either a personal or professional relationship.
R) So they want to know how you handle problems in work and personal relationships. It is not a usual challenging assignment question where you can cite a difficult onsite project or system failure. The school wants to know if you will fit well in a group culture and be able to manage the relationships appropriately. We can surmise that many applicants will want to write about their love-life experiences. Unless you can write about them truly uniquely (which means you will need to be good at creative writing), refrain from them simply because you will run the risk of appearing undifferentiated in the pool.

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