Goals Statement: A statement of your goals will begin a conversation that will last throughout [the] admissions process and guide your steps during the MBA program and experience.
To the best of your understanding today, please share your short and long term goals by completing the following sentences and answering the enclosed short answer question (350 words maximum): Immediately post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.
This MBA application season, the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University is tightening up the parameters within which its candidates can share their story with the admissions committee.
Although the school has expanded the word limit for its goal statement mini essay from 250 to 350, it has cut back the allowances for all its other submissions.
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With this incredibly direct approach to gathering information about candidates’ professional goals, Johnson is clearly conveying a desire for information only.
The school states in the Application Requirements section of its website, “If invited to interview, you will have the opportunity to elaborate further,” signaling to us that the admissions committee really wants The inclusion of the mini essay prompt indicates, however, that the admissions committee wants to have some context for your stated aspirations.
Clearly, Johnson has little interest in lengthy, highly detailed discussions of its applicants’ candidacies and wants to get right to the heart of the issues it considers most valuable in its evaluations.
So if you are ready to deliver the information Johnson is seeking, read on for our full essay analysis of the program’s latest prompts.