Scott Edinburgh
June 11, 2021

UCLA Anderson Essay Advice and Application Deadlines: 2021-2022

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Located in the creative capital of the world, UCLA Anderson offers access to a thriving business community. One of many noteworthy aspects of a UCLA Anderson education is the school’s Parker Career Management Center, which frequently receives praise for its resourcefulness in helping students expand their networks, build relationships, and ultimately achieve their MBA goals.

If you are looking to join UCLA Anderson’s MBA Program, take a look at the class of 2023 profile to see if the school may be the right fit for you. Accepted students had an average GMAT score of 714 and an average 5 years of work experience. The class of 2023 consists of 42% women and 36% international citizens.

The upcoming UCLA MBA application deadlines are as follows:

 Round 1: October 5, 2021

Round 2: January 4, 2022

Round 3: April 12, 2022

2021-2022 UCLA MBA Application Essays:

We look forward to learning about your perspectives and plans via your essay responses. Essays complement the answers you provide throughout the application to show us your whole profile. The best applications are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and showing clear plans for the future.

Essay 1: How have recent events influenced the impact you would like to make in your community, career, or both? (250 words maximum)

We welcome reflection on any events that influenced you in your personal or professional lives, or in society in general, and look forward to learning about specific ways you want to leave your mark.

Optional Essay: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the admissions committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)

While this year’s application is not yet open, last year UCLA also asked applicants to answer the following short answer questions. Personal MBA Coach predicts that similar questions will be included in this year’s UCLA MBA Application:

Short Answer 1: How can UCLA Anderson help you achieve your goals? (1000 characters maximum)

Short Answer 2: Describe your short-term and long-term post-MBA career goals. (6000 characters maximum)

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Personal MBA Coach’s Tips on Mastering the UCLA MBA Application

To write winning Anderson MBA essays, Personal MBA Coach recommends reading our tips on writing winning essays along with our school-specific advice below to make sure you are up to speed on the basics of MBA application essay writing. Now, let’s take a look at Anderson’s essay questions.

Essay 1: How have recent events influenced the impact you would like to make in your community, career, or both? (250 words maximum)

We welcome reflection on any events that influenced you in your personal or professional lives, or in society in general, and look forward to learning about specific ways you want to leave your mark.

With only one essay question with a relatively short word limit, pick a topic that allows you to discuss the most compelling aspect of your profile. Then, reflect on the past year in light of this topic and detail what you hope to accomplish.

If you have a unique career focus, this essay can be a great way to share this. Similarly, this essay could be a good opportunity to discuss your extracurricular pursuits. If you come from a location/demographic/culture that has been uniquely affected by recent events, this could be another topic.

Your essay should reflect upon the learnings or realizations you have developed over this challenging year. You want to discuss how these learnings/realizations have impacted your future goals.

Be sure to show your SPECIFIC plans and ideas to add value on campus and/or beyond. These contributions can span both community and career ambitions, demonstrating how the events of this past year have changed what you want to accomplish.

Optional Essay: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the admissions committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)

The optional UCLA Anderson essay should be answered only by those with extenuating circumstances. That said, the program assures that no preference is given in the evaluation process to those who choose to respond to this optional essay, so please use your best judgment.

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Short Answers: UCLA Anderson is likely to include two short answer goal questions (remember that the character limits include spaces):

  • How can UCLA Anderson help you achieve your goals? (1000 characters maximum)
  • Describe your short-term and long-term post-MBA career goals. (6000 characters maximum)

For these short answer questions, check out Personal MBA Coach’s blog on short answer questions and other MBA application extras here.

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 14 years and is consistently ranked #1 or #2, currently holding the #1 ranking in the US on 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 year, our clients earned more than $6.5M in scholarships!

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