Georgetown McDonough School of Business’s location in Washington D.C. puts the school at the center of public policy and international business. The program requires all students to be part of the Global Business Experience, an international consulting project. Georgetown also has the Steers Global Real Estate Center and new entrepreneurship initiative.
Along with the academic and career benefits of the school, Georgetown’s community is close-knit, intellectually curious and diverse.
Essay One: Please answer the following essay question in 500 words or less: “Describe a defining moment when you were challenged and exceeded expectations.” The moment can be a professional or personal one. If personal, then please also include how it had an impact on your professional development.
Rather than a generic career goals essay, Georgetown would like to know how you have developed as a professional and the moments that were defining. Read about current students defining moments on the Georgetown McDonough admissions blog.
We all have pivotal moments in our careers, and often they were painful as they were occurring. Perhaps you were asked to take on a project in a subject area you knew nothing about. Or you managed an employee who was more experienced than you. You might have joined a team that did not welcome your contributions. How did you take those professional challenges and turn them around to success? What tools did you use or develop to do so? Make sure you reflect a bit on your own development and what you learned in the process.
Video Essay: Please introduce yourself to your future Georgetown MBA cohort in a one minute video. The Admissions Committee would like for you to appear in person during part of your video, and we strongly encourage you to speak outside of the experiences we can read on your resume. You may paste the link to your Youtube or Vimeo video in your application. Please note that we cannot accept private or password protected videos. For more instructions, view our Video Essay Guide.
Georgetown’s video essay guide specifically asks you to appear in the one-minute video and to address situations outside your resume. However, you will have unlimited time to record and edit this video (unlike a video interview). While you have been asked to show yourself in the video, you may add other elements aside from your talking head, including interviews with family and friends, photos or graphics and music.
Like all interactive MBA admissions essays, the content is the most important aspect of this exercise. The admissions committee wants to get to know you and your dreams, background and personality. Think about personal stories that would not come through in your resume, recommendations or your written essays. Perhaps you have a family story to tell, a hobby you are passionate about or a significant extracurricular responsibility.
This is also the ideal place to demonstrate your fit with Georgetown. Can you take your hobbies to school and share with your classmates? Will your background add to the diversity of the class? Or can you open doors for your classmates professionally? Always think about your own contributions to Georgetown.
If you can demonstrate enthusiasm as you speak to the camera and add other elements to the video it should be compelling to the admissions committee.
Optional Essay One: If you are not currently employed full-time, use this essay to provide information about your current activities. (250 words or fewer)
This essay is specifically for those who are not employed full-time when submitting this application. This is not meant for any past gaps in employment, low grades, GMAT issues or any other element to your profile.
If you are not currently employed full-time you can explain what you are spending your time on here. Ideally you are volunteering, engaging in an entrepreneurial activity, or another professional pursuit. If you are taking time to help care for a family member or children, that’s legitimate too. Whatever the situation, make sure you are able to talk about how you plan to transition back to school and full-time employment post-MBA.
Optional Essay Two: Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)
This is an entirely open-ended optional essay. Most optional essays ask for an explanation for a gap in employment, the lack of a current supervisor recommendation, or academic issues. If you do want to address any of those elements to your application this is the ideal place.
If you do not have anything to explain about your overall application you may want to use this space to highlight another aspect of your experience at work or in your extracurricular activities. Perhaps you have an amazing leadership experience you want to discuss. Or a learning experience that was not covered in essay one.
There is no obligation to use the space, however, so do not write an essay just to add more for the admissions committee to read. If you do use this space to elaborate on your application profile, do not recycle essays from other schools that ask specific and recognizable questions.
Re-Applicant Essay: Required for re-applicants. How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (500 words or fewer)
Many candidates can write about a specific improvement since your last application like a promotion, improved GMAT, or increased responsibilities or experience. Georgetown is also interested in the less tangible improvements like a revised career goal, personal growth or increase in maturity. Make sure you are able to make the case that you are now ready for a Georgetown MBA and that any new development has only strengthened your resolve.
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Welcome to this article in which I am going to talk about Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business. If you’re looking at applying to this school in 2017-2018, you have come to the right place.
First, let’s talk about the college itself. McDonough is part of Georgetown University, which is one of the oldest universities, and is located in Washington DC; most politicians’ children have actually gone to this university. It has a very good alum network, and that is a huge plus point. Another plus point is that being in Washington DC, the university is part of a large city. Hence, its location is great!
Now, apart from the great alum network and the location, what differentiates this program is the international focus and global experience. For example, in the second year, they have the Global Experience program as part of the MBA curriculum where students are given practical consulting projects in numerous international locations. That is one example of the kind of international focus they have. In fact, if you look at the whole curriculum, it has a lot of focus on international business. This is because Georgetown University itself has the School of Foreign Services. This is definitely one top reason for you to apply.
2017-2018 Georgetown McDonough Deadlines
Application Deadline: October 10, 2017
Notification Date: December 20, 2017
Deposit Due: February 15, 2018
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
Notification Date: March 25, 2018
Deposit Due: May 1, 2018
Application Deadline: April 2, 2018
Notification Date: May 15, 2018
Deposit Due: June 1, 2018
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Notification Date: June 1, 2018
Deposit Due: June 7, 2018
2017-2018 Georgetown MBA Essay Questions
Describe a defining moment when you were challenged and exceeded expectations. (The moment can be a professional or personal one. If personal, then please also include how it had an impact on your professional development) (500 words or fewer)
This is a classic essay where you’re talking about that one moment in your life, or that one thing that you did which possibly defines you. 500 words is a lot of space for you to craft out a good essay. Pick something where you felt that more than the impact it caused others you learned a lot from the experience. You want to pick something through which you had an impact on others, but remember that the question says, “Describe a defining moment when you were challenged and exceeded expectations.” Now think about it. Expectations can be very low, you may have overcome the expectations, you might have done well above them. Here, you have to tell them more than what you did; say what it did for you!
After you pick the story, you can use the standard START framework. You talk about the SITUATION – When did this happen? What was the background? What do you think would give gravity to the whole story? Consider all this while describing the situation. The second thing to cover is the TASK. What were you supposed to do? What was expected of you when you walked into the situation?. Third, the ACTION. What was the action that you did? What did you eventually do? Did you go and look at the scenario and think something can be done? What action did you take? Fourth, the RESULT. What was the result? Remember that you’re talking about the “Defining moment when you were challenged and exceeded expectations.” The last factor is the personal TAKEAWAYS. This is very important. What were the takeaways? You have to cover the situation, task, action, result, and takeaways; I would probably spend a lot more on the takeaways. What did I learn about myself? Did it help me in other areas of my life? If it did, how did it help me? The B-School is trying to understand you as a person; that’s what the really want to know. Who are you? Is this the person they would like to see in their class?. You need to bring a personal aspect to the story. More than the occasion, I would say what you learnt should be the larger, overarching thing.
The required video essay is an opportunity for you to bring life to your application. Please introduce yourself to your future Georgetown MBA cohort in a one minute video. The Admission Commission would like you to appear in person during part of your video and we strongly encourage you to speak outside of the experiences we can read on your resume. Use this video as an opportunity to bring life into your application.
Don’t repeat the things on your resume. However, you need to introduce yourself to your cohort, which is your team. What is it that you’re going to say in one minute, which is not already in your resume? You should pick just two or three things you want to share about yourself because 60 seconds will be done very quickly. Share certain things that are personal to you. Maybe you want to say “My name is…”, followed by an adjective, then go on to describe what that adjective means in your context. Talk about your hobbies. Say how you would like to share that hobby with your classmates. You’re bringing your personality into this. What they really want to know is, “if I look at you, are you a paper tiger? Or are you a person that I would like to talk to? Are you a person that I would like to interact with? How good is your communication? Are you able to maintain eye contact? What is your body language?
You don’t need any fancy equipment. One thing people ask me is, “Do I need to get it professionally shot?” These days, with the kind of phones we have, all you need is to keep the phone at a particular place and shoot the video.
- Make sure that the source of light is not behind you but is on your face or even above you.
- You need to be confident, you need to use your hands. You need to be yourself.
- You can take as many retakes as you want. Maybe you’re going to first get comfortable talking and then take the final version.
- You can have it directed. Maybe your friend who holds the camera, who gives an unbiased opinion about the video, could also help you.
Optional Essay 1:
If you are not currently employed full-time, use this essay to provide information about your current activities. (250 words or fewer)
If you’re utilizing this essay, remember it is not about having a full-time job as long as you can show them that you are creatively engaged in any activity, and utilizing your time well. Maybe you are taking some online courses. You have 250 words and you can tell them anything else in your application that has not been covered. Ensure that you talk about something that is relevant. Don’t try to fit in some story because it did not find a place elsewhere. Talk about what you would probably do in your future, maybe there is some course that you are planning to do next year, or any other passion that you would like to pursue. Maybe you want to learn to play guitar before you join the B-School.
Don’t just write another story, like, “At work, I was given an opportunity to do this and ….”. Don’t do this.
Optional Essay 2:
Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)
How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (500 words or fewer)
So that’s pretty much what we have. If you’re applying to Georgetown McDonough, please go ahead and click the link below. We’ve had a lot of students who went there in the past, and we can share our experience of what it takes to really get in. So.