Scott Edinburgh
July 8, 2021

Chicago Booth Essay Analysis and Application Deadlines: 2021-2022

The Chicago Booth essay questions have been confirmed for 2021-2022 applicants. This year, both questions have remained unchanged. There are two Chicago Booth essays, each with no strict word limit.

Chicago Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program is known for its analytical approach, and many economists teach courses on theory and practice. The program offers a multidisciplinary core curriculum, covering accounting, economics, psychology, sociology, and statistics.

With no major requirements, students have great flexibility in choosing courses. If you are looking to apply for 2022 intake, please see below for the upcoming deadlines as well as Personal MBA Coach’s tips on how to answer the Chicago Booth MBA essays.

The Chicago Booth MBA deadlines are:

Round 1: September 23, 2021

Round 2: January 6, 2022

Round 3: April 7, 2022

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Personal MBA Coach’s Booth MBA Essay Tips:

Essay 1: How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum)

For this question, you will want to discuss your specific short-term and long-term goals. Be sure to explain a bit of your thinking behind these goals, allowing the reader to understand both your higher-level aspirations and how you developed them.

As with other “goals” essays, you are also expected to touch upon your past successes, explaining how they are relevant to your future objectives. This question does not require you to walk through your entire resume, and candidates are advised not to do so. Instead, focus only on your past to establish your key skills as well as how and why you will succeed in the future.

Next, think about your skills gaps and how a Booth MBA will help you to close these gaps. Be specific here and take the time to do your research. Detail the classes, programs, or clubs you hope to take advantage of on campus and how they will help you to achieve your post-MBA career goals.

Again, do not include a laundry list. Instead, carefully think through how each area will help you fill in the necessary pieces of the puzzle. Finally, be sure to show an understanding of Booth’s culture.

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Essay 2: An MBA is as much about personal growth as it is about professional development. In addition to sharing your experience and goals in terms of career, we’d like to learn more about you outside of the office. Use this opportunity to tell us something about who you are… (250-word minimum)

The second Chicago Booth essay challenges applicants to think about personal aspects of their profile. At Personal MBA Coach we specialize in helping our clients develop their personal stories. This essay is an opportunity to share more about yours.

As you brainstorm topics for this Booth MBA essay, remember that admissions committees are looking to create a well-rounded class. Think about how you are unique. This is your chance to think about what sets you apart from other applicants.

Potential topics to explore here include passions, values, hobbies, and extracurricular activities. However, be careful not to copy your Kellogg essay when discussing values if you are applying to both schools.

While there is no stated maximum for the Chicago Booth essay questions, we advise our clients to be focused and succinct. This is not the time to write a 1,000-word essay, so choose your words carefully.

Optional Essay: Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? If so, please use this section to clarify. (350 words maximum)

The Chicago Booth application also includes an optional essay question. For tips on handling this third (optional) Booth MBA essay, visit Personal MBA Coach’s blog on optional essays.

About Personal MBA Coach:

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