Sample MBA Personal Statement

Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Personal Statement | 4 comments

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Every year hundreds of applicants from Pakistan apply for a business school in local and international universities – especially the U.S. Writing an MBA application essay is a tough task since in most cases you are given a topic on which you have to write within a certain word limit. Since English is not the primary language of applicants in Pakistan, therefore writing an MBA personal statement can be daunting.

SEE ALSO: Sample Personal Statement for Fulbright Scholarship

If you need inspiration, then read this successful MBA personal statement of a Pakistani student. (Please do not copy.) This is an actual personal statement of a student from 2013 who got into the MBA program at Columbia business school.

Sample MBA Personal Statement for Columbia University

The topic of the essay was: “What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How will the Columbia Business School MBA help you achieve these goals?”

Word Limit: 1000 words

The MBA personal statement, sometimes called a MBA application essay, is critical. It tells the admissions committee at a Business school that what does the student want to study and why? It says a lot about the seriousness of the applicant and with which professors does that applicant want to study. An MBA personal essay must also include work or research experience which should be portrayed in a cogent story.

Good Luck!


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    Hi, for Fulbright personal statement,do I need to mention the specific university and professor or should I make it generic?

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    If columbia accepted a guy with 2 years at EFU and with that personal statement, than I dont think it deserves to be called an elite institute any more.

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      Well personal statement is just part of the process. The guy who got admitted had over 11 international research publications and loads of international exposure in his area. Not to mention a reference letter from the Finance minister in Pakistan

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