What are your post-MBA plans and how will your experience and the London Business School programme contribute?
Here are some comments and questions to help guide you while writing your London Business School essays.
 


Deadlines

Important Dates

Fri 25 Sep

London Business School MBA2018 application timetable (for the class entering August 2016)
Round  1
Application deadline: 25 September 2015
Interview decision sent on 21 October 2015
Admission decision sent on 02 December 2015

 

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LBS MBA Class of 2018 (2016 start)

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[ESSAYS]

Essay 1.

What are your post-MBA plans and how will your experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words)

 

Essay 2

What specific areas of London Business School life are you most excited about getting involved in and where will you add value? (300 words)

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Essay 3

Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (300 words)

 

 

[APPLICATION DATA FORM SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS]

 

Current employment

 

Q. What's your organisation's main area of activity? (No limit)

 

Q. Tell us about your responsibilities. Describe your day-to-day role, details of any clients you work with/for, the level/title of the person you report to, the size of budget for which you are directly responsible and the number of people in your team.*  (No limit)

 

Reason for taking on this role* (Short)

 

Q. Is your employer willing to support you? In what way - time, tuition, or both? (No limit)

 

 

Education / Academic performance

 

Q.Do you feel that your academic performance so far gives an accurate indication of your potential for success on the programme? If so, why? If not, why not?* (No limit)

 

Q.Have you ever received formal disciplinary action from an academic institution or been forced to withdraw from a course of study? If so, you must declare the information here.* (No limit)

 

 

Scores / English ability

 

Q. Please outline your experience of working or studying in an English-speaking environment. Do you plan to take further English language tuition before the programme starts?

 


 

Additional information

 

The information you provide on this page will help us to provide you with information relevant to your interests and to improve our admissions process.

 

Which industry are you looking to work in?*

 

What job function are you aiming for?*  

 

Q. Tell us about your main interests and activities in your free time* (No limit)

 

Q. We encourage applicants to take into consideration the impact of study on family and friends. Who have you discussed your plans with, and what was the response? Feel free to give the names of members of the school community (alumni, students, faculty, staff, etc) as appropriate.* (No limit)

 

Which other schools have you applied to? (Name only)

 


 

[LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION - LoRs]

 

LBS LoRs RATINGS TABLE

 

Intellectual ability

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Quantitative skill

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Initiative to take decisions

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Problem-solving skills

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Organizational skills

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Team skills

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Charisma

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Self confidence

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Self motivation

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Spoken English communication skills

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest)

 

Written English communication skills

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest) 

 

Overall recommendation

1 (highest)

2

3

4

5 (lowest) 

 


 

LoR NARRATIVE ANSWERS

 

1. How long have you known the applicant and in what connection? (500 words or less - As a guideline for completing the reference form you should aim to write no more than 500 words per question. Please note that 500 words is the maximum amount and not a requirement.)

 

2. What do you consider to be the applicant’s major talents and strengths? (500 words or less - As a guideline for completing the reference form you should aim to write no more than 500 words per question. Please note that 500 words is the maximum amount and not a requirement.)

 

3. What do you consider to be the applicant’s major weaknesses or areas for improvement? (500 words or less - As a guideline for completing the reference form you should aim to write no more than 500 words per question. Please note that 500 words is the maximum amount and not a requirement.)

 

4. In what developmental areas has the applicant changed most over time? (500 words or less - As a guideline for completing the reference form you should aim to write no more than 500 words per question. Please note that 500 words is the maximum amount and not a requirement.)

 

5. What will this individual be doing in 10 years? Why? (500 words or less - As a guideline for completing the reference form you should aim to write no more than 500 words per question. Please note that 500 words is the maximum amount and not a requirement.)

 

 


 

ARCHIVE / JUST FOR REFERENCE

LBS MBA Essays 2016


 

Why have we changed the essay questions?

 

In essence we want to allow you more freedom in the way you go about constructing your essays. The crucial message we want to get across is that we in admissions want your essays to be authentic and representative of your personalities.

 

We want to understand what your goals are and why you think an MBA at London Business School might be able to help you achieve them.

 

We also want to know what your expectations are from us as a school.

 

We pride ourselves on our strong relationships with our students and our students remain close to LBS many years after graduation. So we are looking for applicants who will be part of the LBS family for life.

 

Under each essay there are some guidelines relating to what we are looking for in each essay. Please note this is not exhaustive, you should approach these essays in the way you feel best fits you and your aspirations.  


 

 


What will your future look like after completing your MBA? (500 words)

 

We are extremely focussed on helping our students to achieve their goals and ambitions. This essay gives you the opportunity to share your future aspirations with us. They don’t have to be ultra-specific but if your goals are particularly ambitious, you may want to think about some steps as to how you will achieve them and think about having a coherent back -up plan if they don’t immediately work out. Also remember that your future can include other aspects of life, not just your career. Think about how your relationship with LBS will evolve in the years following your graduation.



 

 


What value will you add to London Business School? (300 words)

 

This essay is deliberately straightforward. At LBS, one of our core values is collaboration. We are looking for students who will be highly active members of the community. This might be membership of one of the many student clubs, helping fellow students in their jobs searches or myriad other contributions. You should think carefully about what you intend to bring to London Business School and your future classmates.

 

One of the most common failings we see in applications is an inability to differentiate between top business schools. Many applicants will apply to more than one school and that is absolutely fine. However, when you apply to different schools you should know exactly why you are applying to each specific school and how it is unique from other world-class institutions. If you can’t tell the difference, you probably need to do some more research, think about visiting the school and speak to the admissions team.



 

 


What is the School’s responsibility to you and what is your responsibility to the School? (400 words)

 

At London Business School we take our relationships with students very seriously. We firmly believe that the relationship between the school and our students should be a two way process. We believe that the LBS MBA is a well-rounded, transformative experience, but it is vital that from day one our students understand what they can expect from us in terms of support, and what we expect from our students in terms of contribution to the LBS community.  Our community is vibrant, fun and extremely diverse. Though, when it comes to academic performance all LBS MBA students understand that the degree is a solemn undertaking and as a result, take their studies seriously.

 

When answering this essay think about how you will approach your MBA studies and how you will manage the competing demands on your time. Feel free to be open about what you expect from us and what you believe the school should deliver both during your studies and after.

 

(found at http://blog.admissions.london.edu/2013/07/29/mba2016-essays/; accessed 2013/08)

 

 

 

 

 


for reference

2012-2013 info and tips

Full-time MBA Programme

Application Questions
Programme:  MBA 2015 (Class beginning August 2013)

 



Essay Question Instructions

  • The Admissions Committee will consider carefully your answers to the following questions. 

  • Please complete all of the essay questions beginning your answer below each question and giving word counts for each answer. 

  • Once complete, please attach this document to your online application following the instructions given on the web form.  

  • You are required to add the word count at the end of each question.

  • Please do not write more than the specified word limit for each essay. Any extra words or essays may be disregarded.  

  • Candidates should not contact us to ask for advice on how to answer the essay questions. We expect all candidates to interpret the questions as they see fit.

  • If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about the application process, please email apply.mba@london.edu 

  • If your matter is urgent and you require immediate assistance please telephone our Recruitment and Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7000 7525/7517 between 09.00 and17.00, Monday to Friday.

 

(found at http://www.london.edu/assets/documents/programmes/MBA_Essay_Template_Aug_12_(3).doc;accessed 2012/08)


 


 

CV/Resume

Please provide a CV/resume.

This CV must only be one page in length.

If you have any significant gaps in your employment history, please tell us why on a separate sheet.

 


 

Additional Information (This question is optional)


This is not a compulsory essay but please complete if you would like the opportunity to clarify or expand upon any information submitted in your application. (No word limit; Vince hints below)

 

VINCE HINTS

 

  • No word limit, but Vince suggests making your essay as concise as possible - certainly no more than 500 words, perhaps in the 150 - 300 word range)

  • Do you have any unusual circumstances that need to be explained?

 

You MUST answer this question if



1. You have significant employment gaps.
 
  • Admissions committee (AdCom) members understand that people get laid off, especially in this economy.

  • They also understand that people take breaks between jobs to travel or pursue other interests.

  • Still, they want to hear how you explain employment gaps because the want to see how you can manage your message for recruiters. 

    • AdCom needs to worry about job placement rates because they affect rankings.

  • Write a few sentences telling AdCom readers how you spent your time between jobs, and what you learned about yourself in the process.

  • Do not make excuses or blame others. Keep it positive.

  • If you are currently unemployed, share an exciting story about how your are building your skills or volunteering in your community.

  • Use this essay as an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to recognize opportunity and make the most of a bad situation.

  • Finally, as with any optional essay, keep your answer concise.

 
 
 

 

2. Your current direct supervisor is not submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
 

A certain MBA program says, "You must obtain at least one recommendation from your current direct supervisor. If you are unable to provide a letter from your current direct supervisor, include a brief note of explanation in the Additional Information section of the online application."
 
Stanford says, "If you are unable to provide a letter from your current direct supervisor, include a brief note of explanation in the Additional Information section of the online application. It is up to you to choose an appropriate replacement."
 
 
To answer that question, one client wrote:
 
"I wish to explain why I have not submitted a letter of recommendation from my current direct supervisor, Ms. First Last. While I have a good relationship with this person, I have concluded that it would be unwise to share my intentions to pursue an MBA with her at this time because it would negatively affect my ability to contribute to my current team projects.
 
Instead, I have asked two former supervisors. Mr. First Last and Ms. First Last. Both know me well and have had multiple opportunities to observe and evaluate my performance. They are well suited to recommend because they are familiar with my personality, accomplishments, and growth potential. Therefore, I felt that they would be the best people to comments on my strengths and weakness for graduate study in management."
 
 
A second client wrote the following answer:
 
"I have submitted letters of recommendation from a former supervisor and a former client, both from when I was with COMPANY #1 three years ago. I did not letters from current supervisors because I prefer not telling them my MBA plans at this moment.
 
My current employer, COMPANY NAME #2, consists of only four members. My responsibilities are therefore significant enough that telling them I plan to leave the company might adversely affect my working environment.
 
Instead, I chose two recommenders, Ms. First Last and Mr. First Last, who are both well suited to recommend me because they are familiar with my personality, accomplishments, and growth potential."
 
 
Finally, a third client explained his situation this way:
 
"I wish to explain why I have not submitted a letter of recommendation from my current direct supervisor, Mr. First Last. While he and I enjoy a good relationship, he has only known me for two months. Therefore, I asked two former supervisors to submit letters on my behalf, because I feel that they are in a better position to comment on my strengths and weakness for graduate study in management."
 
 
 

 

3. Your GPA was significantly below 3.0

 
If your GPA does not show your academic potential, you might want to write something like this, “Here’s why my GPA was sub-par, and here’s what I’ve done to confirm my time management skills and academic competence. ”
 
Do not make excuses or blame others. Hopefully, your GMAT and work experience compensate for low grades.
 
Also, remember that AdCom members dig into your transcript to check if you took honors or advanced-level courses.
 
Ask your mentor or admissions consultant, but the following template might help you get started. Just remember, keep it brief.
 
 
My 2.5 GPA at X University does not adequately reflect my academic potential. During school, I had to balance my time with
 
[list of options]
  • Working multiple part-time jobs to support myself

  • Varsity sports

  • Leadership roles in extracurricular activities (students clubs, special events, conferences)

  • Health issues (had to take care of yourself or a family member)

  • Personal tragedy (death of a friend or family member)
     

Since then, I have improved my time management skills
and/or
proven my academic ability by
[add concrete examples]
  • Ideally, you took some advanced courses since graduation and earned high grades

  • If not, can you show recent examples of how you have successfully managed multiple tasks?
     

At TOP MBA PROGRAM, I will be able to manage my time more effectively.
 
 

 

You SHOULD NOT answer this question if

 

... you are repeating yourself. 
... you are telling the AdCom something they do not want to hear.
 
 
Please resist the urge to include an essay you already wrote for some other school.
 
If AdCom members wanted to read another story about your achievements, leadership or teamwork experiences, they would ask.
 
Moreover, if they did not ask you to share a mistake or failure story, why would you want to tell them?
 
 

"Should I use the optional essay to write more reasons why I want to attend London Business School"

  • If you want to spend two years at their school, shouldn't you use this opportunity to tell them so?

  • No, you should not. They asked that question. If your answer was not good enough, go back and make it better. Do not waste their time by writing more reasons here.

  • The operative phrase in the following question is "about you": Optional question: Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy?

  • Bottom line: Show them that you can follow instructions. Make this essay about you, or write nothing at all.


 

"Should I explain why I have a low GMAT score?"

  • AdComs like to see a 700+ score, with 40+ on both quant and verbal. Still, they regularly admit applicants that do not have those numbers.

  • If your GMAT is below par, I do not think you need to write an essay explaining why. Some people are simply not good at standardized tests. AdComs know this fact. Do not make excuses.

  • If the AdCom has a strong reason to admit you, they can overlook a low score as long as they can see some other evidence of your ability to complete coursework and contribute in class.

 

 
 
 

 

APPLICATION DATA FORM SHORT-ANSWER QUESTIONS

 

Current Employment 

 
  • What's your organisation's main area of activity? (no limit) 

  • Tell us about your responsibilities. Describe your day-to-day role, details of any clients you work with/for, the level/title of the person you report to, the size of budget for which you are directly responsible and the number of people in your team. (no limit) 

 
 
Reason for taking on this role (255 characters including spaces) 
 
VINCE HINTS COMING SOON
 
 
Is your employer willing to support you? In what way - time, tuition, or both? (no limit)
 
 
 
Previous Employment 
 
 
What's your organisation's main area of activity? (no limit) 
 
 
Your responsibilities (no limit) 
 
 
Reason for taking on this role (255 characters including spaces)  
 
 
 
Reason for leaving this job (255 characters including spaces)  
 
VINCE HINTS COMING SOON
 
 
 

Academic performance

 
Do you feel that your academic performance so far gives an accurate indication of your potential for success on the programme? If so, why? If not, why not? (no limit) 
 
VINCE HINTS COMING SOON
 
 
 
 

English language ability

 
Please outline your experience of working or studying in an English-speaking environment. 
 
VINCE HINTS COMING SOON
 
Do you plan to take further English language tuition before the programme starts? (no limit) 
 
VINCE HINTS COMING SOON
 
 
 

Additional Information

 
Tell us about your main interests and activities in your free time (no limit) 
 
VINCE HINTS COMING SOON
 
Have you attended an event on or off campus where you met with representatives from the school? If yes, please tell us when, where and who you met. (86 characters) 
 
VINCE HINTS COMING SOON
 
We encourage applicants to take into consideration the impact of study on family and friends. Who have you discussed your plans with, and what was the response? Feel free to give the names of members of the school community (alumni, students, faculty, staff etc) as appropriate. (no limit)
 
VINCE HINTS COMING SOON
 
 
Have you applied to other business schools? (Y/N) 
Which other schools have you applied to ?
 
 
 

 

 

Who is the MBA designed for?

The London Business School MBA is designed for those looking to take their career to the next level. Choose our MBA if you're seeking:

  • a rapid promotion in your chosen career
  • a change of career, industry or both
  • the tools to succeed as an entrepreneur.

The reasons for doing an MBA are many and varied, but whatever your motivation and goals, you should be:

  • experienced
  • intellectually capable
  • determined and ambitious
  • culturally aware
  • someone with leadership potential.

Class profile

The 400+ students in the class of MBA2014 were hand-picked from more than 3000 applications.

Class of MBA2013  
Number of students  406
Average age  29 years 
Age range  23-37 years 
Average work experience  5.5 years 
Work experience range  2-15 years 
Average GMAT score  698
GMAT score range  600-780 
Percentage of female students  33%
Nationalities represented  62
Percentage of international students  91%
 

 

 

 


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