Scott Edinburgh
January 24, 2022

How to Approach the 2022 Chicago Booth EMBA Essays

If you are considering an Executive MBA, Chicago Booth’s EMBA program is a great choice for working professionals.

The Chicago Booth EMBA program lasts 22 months. Students are assigned to either Chicago, London, or Hong Kong as their primary campus. All students will spend at least three weeks in Chicago, one in Hong Kong, and one in London during international session weeks. Chicago Booth prides itself in being the only United States business school that has campuses on three continents.

Want to know if the Chicago Booth Executive MBA program is the right fit for you? Check out the school’s latest class profile. On average, EMBA students are around 38 years old and have 13 years of work experience. Admitted students had an average GMAT score of 699 and an average EA score of 154.

Below, please find this year’s 2022 application deadlines and Personal MBA Coach’s advice on how to tackle the Chicago Booth Executive MBA essays. Additionally, we have shared details regarding our Executive MBA Packages for those who are ready to set themselves up for EMBA application success.

Upcoming Chicago Booth EMBA Application Deadlines:

February 14, 2022

April 4, 2022

June 6, 2022

The 2022 Chicago Booth EMBA Essays:

Required Essay: Why are you seeking an MBA from Chicago Booth and what unique knowledge and experiences do you hope to contribute to the program? (2 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)

Optional Essay: If there is anything else you would like the admissions committee to know about you, please share that information here. (1 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)

Personal MBA Coach’s Chicago Booth EMBA Essay Tips:

Required Essay: Why are you seeking an MBA from Chicago Booth and what unique knowledge and experiences do you hope to contribute to the program? (2 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)

With only one required Chicago Booth EMBA Essay, MBA applicants have a lot to cover here. Luckily, this lengthy essay is a very straightforward one.

First things first: two pages single spaced is a lot! Most people can fit over 1,000 words in this space. That said, DO NOT feel compelled to use the entire two pages. Admissions directors are looking for succinct and well written essays, so avoid stretching out your writing just to fill the space!

Instead, aim to cover these 3 items in your Chicago Booth Executive MBA Essay.

First, you want to explain where you are in your career. This is not the time to walk through your resume. Think about answering the specific part of the prompt asking about the “unique knowledge and experiences” you will contribute to the Chicago Booth EMBA program. With this section, focus on your career: the highlights and key leadership experiences.

Your essay should also include your post-EMBA goals. Personal MBA Coach has written extensively on how to discuss post-MBA goals here. In addition to those tips, keep in mind that your EMBA goal can be an extension of what you are currently doing. However, even if you do not aspire to change jobs immediately after graduation, you should still be SPECIFIC about what you want to accomplish so it is clear to the reader how an EMBA will help you succeed. This discussion of your goals should also include your long-term plans.

Finally, you want to share your interest in Booth specifically! This discussion should include both how the Chicago Booth Executive MBA program will help you and what you will bring to the table at Chicago Booth. To answer this question well, research all that the Booth EMBA program has to offer and detail how you will take advantage of and contribute to these specific classes and programs. Avoid vague language here and do not copy and paste from your other essays. We know that completing this research while working full time is a lot of work, but taking the time to really show your interest in the program is crucial.

Optional Essay: If there is anything else you would like the admissions committee to know about you, please share that information here. (1 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)

Booth EMBA also gives candidates the opportunity to write an optional essay. Most applicants will not need to answer this question. To find out more about Personal MBA Coach’s advice on tackling optional essays, check out this article.

How Personal MBA Coach Can Help

Are you looking for help with your EMBA applications? Personal MBA Coach is here to guide you via our Executive MBA Admissions Consulting! We are proud to have placed applicants into all the top global EMBA programs with a near perfect success rate.

About Personal MBA Coach:

Founded by a Wharton MBA and MIT Sloan graduate who sits on the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants Board of Directors, Personal MBA Coach has been guiding clients for 15 years and is consistently ranked #1 or #2 by leading sources including Poets&Quants.

We help clients with all aspects of the MBA application process including early planning, GMAT/GRE/EA tutoring, application strategy, school selection, essay editing, and mock interviews. Our team includes former M7 admissions directors and former M7 admissions interviewers.

Last cycle, our clients earned more than $6.5M in scholarships!

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