Our analysis of all USC Marshall’s 2019–2020 essay questions follows.
Essay #1 (Required): What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA?
This does not necessarily mean that you cannot touch on anything mentioned elsewhere in your application, but rather that you do not want to use up valuable word count repeating anything unnecessarily.
Focus on supplementing the data the school already has.
Given that this essay involves at least one key element of a traditional personal statement, we encourage you to download a Essay #2 (Required) – Please draft a letter that begins with “Dear Admissions Committee.” (word limit: 600) This letter is meant to be your personal statement that provides the Admissions Committee with an understanding of your candidacy for Marshall beyond what is evident in other parts of your application. You are free to express yourself in whatever way you see fit.
Our goal is to have an appreciation for and an understanding of each candidate in ways that are not captured by test scores, grades, and resumes.
Upon Lengyel’s arrival and successful hiring of the original team’s survivor’s guilt-wracked assistant Red (Matthew Fox), Mc G goes buck-wild with player-recruitment mini-montages set to predictable period tunes.
All the while, emotional obstacles are overcome and sports’ winning-is-everything mentality takes a back seat to the idea that simply playing—successfully or not—is both a tribute to the dead and a means of healing through the restoration of normalcy.
As the admissions committee itself admits in the prompt, this is essentially a request for a personal statement, which typically covers (1) why the candidate feels they need an MBA, (2) why the MBA is necessary Note the admissions committee’s acknowledgement that it already has a lot of information about you from the other parts of your application, including your resume, extracurricular activities, recommendations, short-answer question responses, academic transcripts, and GMAT/GRE score.
You should therefore think first about what these elements convey about who you are as an individual and candidate, so you can determine which parts of your profile complement this information and the image it collectively presents of you.