Michigan Ross School of Business Essay Questions and Tips

Part 1 includes short-answer questions. You have to select one prompt from each group of the three groups. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (100 words each; 300 words total).

Short Answer Essay Questions

Choose one from each group (100 words each)

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:
  • I made a difference when I:

Group 2

  • I am out of my comfort zone when:
  • I was humbled when:

Group 3

  • I was aware that I was different when:
  • I was challenged when:

For these short-answer essays, the admissions team encourages you to share personal examples that allow them to learn more about who you are as a person.

For the first group, think about your most unique attribute or accomplishment. What sets you apart from other applicants? A personal accomplishment or a personal success story would work well here. Volunteer or extracurricular stories could also be good to cover.

For the second group, show the reader a bit about your character. What would working and studying with you be like? This is not the time to sing your praises but instead the time to show you are human. Show what you have gained from this experience and let the reader see that you are someone students would want to be around.

The final third group gives you a chance to show the reader how you are unique from your peers. Remember, MBA admissions directors aspire to bring a well-rounded group of students to campus each year. This is your chance to share something about your upbringing or personality that will position you to add another perspective to class discussions.

Career Goal Essay

Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this career goal right for you? (300 words)

For the short career goals essay, there is a lot to cover in a small amount of space. So, be straightforward here. Once you have clearly stated your short-term career goal, you need to explain both why an MBA is right for you at this time and more specifically, why Ross School of Business.

Be sure to spend some time thinking about the skills necessary to succeed, how you have these skills, and how you will continue to perfect them.