On August 1, 2015, UCLA Anderson’s MBA application for admission in fall 2016 will be available online — with a new essay question and the opportunity to submit two letters of recommendation.
“The letters of recommendation are very helpful in providing a third party's perspective on your leadership and management potential, readiness/fit for business school, interpersonal skills and teamwork abilities,” Jessica Chung, associate director of admissions for the Full-time MBA program, writes in Anderson’s MBA Insider’s Blog.
While letters of recommendation provide insight on applicants’ readiness for business school from outside parties, the essay question Anderson has formulated will measure their direct understanding of our school’s culture and gauge how candidates might use it to optimize their future:
We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change. With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career?
Craig Hubbell, director of operations for MBA admissions, writes, “Your essay is the platform to distinguish yourself with your passion, clarity, planning and eloquence. Refining your career plans once you get here is fine, but first your application should make a compelling case for how you would use the UCLA Anderson MBA to build on your transferable skills to reach a distinctive future.”