Columbia MBA essays

As we enter the final months of round one MBA applications for the 2022-23 cycle, most top B-schools have already released their application deadlines and required essay questions. Today we will discuss the essay questions released by Columbia Business School (CBS) for this year’s admissions cycle among the top B-school list. But before that, let us take a look at the deadlines for each round.

January 2024 Entry:

Harvard MBA ApplicationHarvard MBA Deadlines for Online Application due by Noon Boston TimeAdmission Board Decision
Round 128 Sep 2023Mid-December
Round 2April 3 2024Early May


Great! Now that you know the respective deadlines, you can choose whether to apply at early or regular rounds. Early rounds generally have better prospects of getting in and bagging scholarships. It’s especially advantageous for over-represented applicants. 

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This article is dedicated completely to how to crack MBA School essays and is part of our exclusive “MBA B-School Essays,” where we help you understand how adcoms think and how to craft admit-winning essays.!     

Now, let us look at the required application essay questions released by CBS!


Q) What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

Almost all the schools do ask this question, and almost all the aspirants seem to know the answer. But still, a very slim percentage of them manage to get the glance of the adcoms. Why?

Because one needs to follow a structured framework before getting on these questions that help them introspect on their goals thoroughly. 

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To introspect on your short-term goals, start with long-term career aspirations. Weird, huh?

This will help you understand your immediate goals and your ‘Why MBA.’ Once you have some understanding, narrow it down to the desired industry, function, and geography you want to pursue post MBA. And finally, align the dots with your current work experience to bring practicality and collinearity. 

Furthermore, for someone belonging to an overrepresented pool of candidates, a pinch of uniqueness and some bits of personality could cut! 

So, whenever answering such questions, the trick is to remember what separates you from the crowd?     


Q) What are your career goals over the next three to five years, and what is your long-term dream job? (500 words)

“The hefty one, the most common one, the crucial one,” or you may call it whatever you want. This question is the most basic one and is shared among all top B-schools using different sets of words. Perfect it once; get rid of it forever! That’s our advice. 

Once a candidate has spent enough time to draft a structure best to his knowledge and perfectly hemmed together with the other elements of your profile, it’s just the matter of incorporating smaller stuff like school values and your aspirations regarding specific schools and their culture! 


Q) Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you academically, culturally, and professionally? (300 words)

Let’s try a different approach! Think of this as a precap of every resource you need, everything you will try to achieve, your aspirations regarding an MBA, your career projectile, and finally, a culture you can thrive upon. Take all these and, in 300 words, summarize how you think an MBA from CBS could cater to all of your needs. Remember, don’t be shy! The adcom likes demanding people; after all, you are giving your precious years and a hefty investment, and the school must help you achieve everything you desire!      


Q) Tell us about your favorite book, movie, or song and why it resonates with you. (250 words)

Again a good one! Describing anything you feel attached to helps the adcom know you apart from your professional and academic background. We always say that GPA and GMAT do not decide admissions; it’s the built-in character, the aura, the values, and the collaborative leader with the potential to bring a huge impact to the CBS community that will cut. 

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While bringing a good personality, try to align your values with the schools. Very impactful!! 

There you go! These are the essay questions released by CBS for MBA applicants applying in this year’s admission cycle. As you can see, it’s a clear mix of post-MBA goals; how would an MBA from CBS enhance your skill-set and a personal question to gauge your character apart from your professionalism.

Strategy-wise, to get started, we would advise you spend about two weeks doing adequate research on CBS itself, familiarizing yourself with the curriculum, culture, clubs, and campus activities. Next, it’s crucial to understand how to interlink your experiences, ECAs, and professional accolades in a well-structured manner and with an approach that would provide a clear sense of your professionalism and define a strong character that matches the school values.


It seems a bit confusing, isn’t it? But, fear not; MBA and Beyond are determined to help you develop a unique structure for each essay question providing step-by-step procedures to build a specific answer that would help you stand out among the crowd! We are a team of expert consultants who follow a unique process to achieve maximum efficiency, quality, and interaction, ensuring a 100% unique and authentic application! 

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