Do you have questions about the MBA admissions process? Are you looking for help on how to write your business school application essays or structure your resume? Below are some valuable resources created by the team at Gatehouse Admissions to support you on your business school journey. If you would like one-on-one advice from one of our Consultants, click here to request a free consultation.

HBS Essays

Harvard Business School Essay Questions and Strategic Guidance, 2023-2024

Harvard Business School (HBS) announced its essay question for the 2023–2024 application season today. The good news is that this essay prompt is not new; in fact, HBS has used this exact question every year except one since the 2012–2013 application season, with the only notable change being the addition of an official word limit …

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Duke Fuqua

Duke Fuqua School of Business Essay Questions and Strategic Guidance, 2022–2023

While doing your research into Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, you have undoubtedly come across “Team Fuqua.” The phrase helps outsiders understand the spirit of the school’s culture, in which everyone works together and is an integral part of a larger whole. But to those on campus, it means even more: Team Fuqua represents …

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Stanford GSB Sample Essay

Stanford Graduate School of Business Application Essay Example

How many times have you thought about what truly matters most to you? Or what fuels your drive, or what guides your decisions above all else? There is a good chance that you have never thought deeply about your response to any of these questions. That makes the Stanford GSB’s main essay prompt—What matters most …

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HBS Essay Example

Harvard Business School Application Essay Example

Writing the Harvard Business School (HBS) essay is a daunting task, and candidates often find themselves staring at a blank screen wondering what on earth they should tell the HBS admissions committee and whether they have anything worthy of sharing. Try to ignore those seeds of doubt and take comfort in knowing that others have …

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The MBA Application Process Part 1

The MBA Application Process, Part 1: “What I Wish I’d Known When I Started My Apps”

Business school applicants who are just starting their MBA journey often ask what they should keep in mind as they begin working on their applications. Rather than simply tell you what we think, we polled our past clients so you could get timely advice from individuals who just went through the process themselves. We asked, “What do …

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How to Build a School Short List

The MBA Application Process, Part 2: How to Build a School Short List

While you have likely heard of several of the leading MBA programs—including the ever-popular Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the United States and Europe have roughly two dozen “top” business schools. How do you decide which MBA programs to target for applications …

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Transforming Your Resume

The MBA Application Process, Part 3: Overhauling Your Resume for Your Business School Applications

This might surprise you, but the version of your resume that helped you secure your most recent job is not what a business school wants you to submit with your application—and if you submit your standard resume, you will probably come up short in your quest for admission. The admissions committee is a very different audience from …

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Letters of Recommendation

The MBA Application Process, Part 4: The Truth about Business School Letters of Recommendation

Your letters of recommendation are a vital part of your MBA application; they allow the admissions committee to see you through another person’s eyes. The letters can also bring life to you and your achievements in a way that you cannot do yourself, and they should reinforce why you are worthy of a spot in …

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Career Statement

The MBA Application Process, Part 5: Your Career Statement – Fact, Fiction, and How to Build One

One of the most essential components of your business school application is your rationale for why you want an MBA in the first place—your career statement—and it needs to tie together your future goals, how they relate to where you are today, and how business school is the necessary bridge between the two. Each school …

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Business School Essays

The MBA Application Process, Part 6: The Importance of Business School Application Essays (and How to Write Them)

The MBA application requires providing business schools with a lot of statistical and discrete information about yourself—your undergraduate transcript and GPA, GMAT and/or GRE scores (and verbal and quantitative breakdowns), current employer, past employers, salaries, bonuses, place of birth, date of birth, and so on. Yet these facts tell only part of your story. Your …

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Online Application Questions

The MBA Application Process, Part 7: The Online Application Questions—Your Hidden Opportunity

Did you even know that online application questions were a thing? For some schools, the online application simply requires providing your name and some biographical and professional information. But these days, more and more MBA programs are using the online application to collect additional information from and about candidates. For example, you might be asked to …

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"Other" Essays

The MBA Application Process, Part 8: The Other “Essays”—Optional, Video, and Creative

Writing memorable MBA essays has always been challenging enough, but over the years, business schools have introduced new challenges in the form of alternative “essays” in their applications. For example, some programs prompt candidates to make a video in which they introduce themselves to their classmates; others ask applicants to submit a set of photos …

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