Application Essays


Essay Guidance

The admissions decision is not just about who you are as a candidate, but also what value you will contribute to the MBA class as a whole. The best essays highlight how the MBA will build upon your existing skills and experiences to advance a set of clear short-term and long-term goals. The most compelling essays will include specific examples of programs, experiences, coursework, and opportunities offered by GW. Make sure the content of your responses speak directly to the essay questions, and remember that this is your opportunity to add your voice to your application while distinguishing yourself from the applicant pool.

Please ensure that all essays are double-spaced and uploaded into your online application as a Word or PDF document.


Essay 1

Discuss why you are interested in pursuing an MBA at this point in your career (250 words), why GW—and the specific program to which you have applied—is the best fit for your MBA experience (250 words), and discuss how you will leverage both your professional and academic experiences thus far to achieve your post-MBA career goals (250 words). Dual/joint degree applicants should answer each topic with your specific degree experience in mind.


Essay 2

Please answer three of the following six discussion questions. For each short answer, respond in a maximum of 100 words.

  • GW graduates use business to create positive, sustainable change. I make an impact by…
  • The best piece of advice I have ever received is…
  • GW students embody a global perspective. During my time as a student, I plan to enhance my international outlook by…
  • I stand out in GW’s MBA applicant pool because…
  • With a location at the heart of Washington, DC, I plan to leverage GW’s strategic location by…
  • If I could do it over again, I would take advantage of…

Essay 3 (optional)

Please share any additional information that addresses any concerns you may have regarding your application. Topics from past applicants include explaining gaps in professional experience, standardized test scores that fall below the typical range, or your decision not to ask your direct supervisor for a recommendation. You may also discuss any steps you’ve taken to prepare for the demands of the MBA curriculum, such as recent quantitative coursework. Maximum of 500 words.


Re-Applicant Essay

This essay is required only for re-applicants and must be a maximum of 500 words. Please describe any actions you have taken to strengthen your candidacy since your last application. Focus on any steps you have taken toward professional and personal growth.