CBS applicants accustomed to Twitter’s 280-character allowance may find CBS’s 50-character limit here more than a little challenging—especially considering that it includes spaces!To get a sense of how brief your opportunity really is, note that the school’s prompt is itself exactly 50 characters. Pursuing business education, it’s a huge investment in time, in money, in effort, in energy, and I think this 50-character exercise is as much for the candidate as it is for our team, and we want to know that people are serious, they’re focused, and they’re ready for this kind of adventure.
This is not to suggest that if you have a more traditional plan in mind that you are in trouble or at risk of losing the admissions committee’s attention, but you may need to take a little extra time to consider your ambitions from the perspective of “what if?
” and delve more deeply into what you hope to achieve to find the more personal and inspiring elements of your goals.
We like to offer the statement “Reveal true goals, not what you think CBS wants” as both our own example of keeping things concise and our advice on how to approach and fulfill this request.
Think about what you truly want to do with your career in the short term and state this aspiration directly.
This question started out ages ago as a 200-character response. We know exactly what they respond best to; we have quite the track record of helping BSers with successful apps to this great school.
Columbia has been whittling away at it until last year it was down to 50 characters. All of it is fully explained in the 2016 Columbia MBA Application Guide – which has been expanded almost 10 more pages from last year’s edition.The school’s second essay question has been tweaked slightly to concentrate less overtly on the value of CBS’s Manhattan location and more on the program in general, though we would argue that in the end, the new prompt is intended to elicit much of the same information as last year’s.As for the third essay, applicants may be glad to learn they do not need to discuss and reimagine a past team failure (who wants to dwell on a defeat, right?Columbia’s rolling application process, the J-Term, plus Early Decision vs Regular Decision, and OMG what are you supposed to do with that “leader you admire” essay??!? This is intended to be literally a statement of what job what you will be recruiting for when you are ready to graduate.It’s all discussed in our 2019 Columbia MBA essay guide! You’ll use this as the centerpiece of Essays 1 and 2. So as you can see, they tweaked the essays a bit, though as we’ve long said, directionally Columbia is still Columbia.Showing creativity and individualism here can only be helpful.Although this is not a request for a textbook personal statement essay, your response will certainly involve some elements of the topics covered in such a submission, such as short- and long-term goals.These essays are nearly identical to what they had in 2014 – our predictions were spot-on! Wow – you made it all the way to the bottom of the page?!??The main difference is there is now ONLY 50 CHARACTERS (down from 75!!! ), but they will instead need to look inward and reveal their values.Read on for our more detailed analysis of the program’s 2019–2020 questions.