Essays help us learn about who you are as a person and how you will fit with our community. We seek candidates from a broad range of industries, backgrounds, and cultures. Our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles - Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. We encourage you to reflect on your experiences, values, and passions so that you may craft thoughtful and authentic responses that demonstrate your fit with our program - culturally, academically, and professionally.
Below are the required essays, supplemental essays, and optional essays for Fall 2018.
In this example, I have modified the PAR framework (problem, action, result) by adding a value statement or keyword at the beginning.
"I am someone who loves to make the most of limited resources. Last year, I implemented an outdoor language lab to motivate my students. They did not care about learning English, but I took advantage of the great weather and inspired them to see language as part of the world around them."
This example is not from an MBA admissions interview, but that does not matter; candidates can use this method in any interview situation.
Bottom line: Manage your message. What universal value, personal quality, or characteristic are you showing in this example?
Citing Generic Reasons for Choosing Haas: Yes, Haas has a global reputation. Yes, Haas has an outstanding course program. Yes, Haas has a strong alumni association. But so do all the other top schools. Why did you pick Haas from among the others? What can you gain from the Haas experience and achieve with a Haas education that you would not be able to if you were to attend another MBA program? It is these details that help the admissions officers understand how you will both gain the most from and contribute the most to their program. This is the kind of applicant Haas most desires.