While you should have summarized the gap in your skills in Essay 1 (and how a Foster MBA would fill those gaps), the adcom allows more room here for candidates to share a richer story behind arriving at an MBA as a solution.
Perhaps you found inspiration in a work project you feel you could have executed more efficiently with a business education, or a senior executive inspired a vision for your own career path, or conversations with MBA alumni gave you insight into the power of the degree.
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Think of it like having a map with the end destination already established—the reader will know where you are heading from the start and, therefore, have a foundation to understand the richer reasoning behind the path.
You may therefore begin with a brief mention of long-term plans.What are the gaps or deficiencies currently preventing you from pursuing these potential career paths?How do you plan to use your time in the Foster MBA program to fill these gaps and advance your career?In this case, it’s important to balance your inspiring knowledge of Foster with new information about yourself.The adcom is trying to understand you and your motivation in this essay—not just your knowledge of their offerings.To get as much mileage as possible out of this essay, you should aim to develop a very detailed response that explains how lessons from key classes and participation in certain student organizations will position you to accomplish your professional objectives.The adcom will also be interested in hearing about how you see yourself contributing to the community and enhancing the experience of other students, so naming some events that you would like to help organize or a club you would hope to lead will also bolster your case.(750 words maximum) This is a straightforward career goals essay, asking applicants to articulate their post-MBA career objectives, define why they need an MBA, and to comment on why the Foster School of Business makes sense for them for their future careers.While on one hand, it could work to directly address each prompt in order, establishing your long-term goal first would lend meaning to your short-term plans, interest in an MBA and Foster from the outset.Inspiring Experience Essay – Tell us about an experience that inspired or confirmed your decision to pursue the MBA.(500 words maximum) This is an opportunity to delve into the reasons behind one’s choice of an MBA.