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Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

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Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Average GMAT Score717GMAT Range680-750
Total Applicants

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Class Size285Average Work Experience60 Months
Applicant DeadlinesR1:04-Oct-2017
R2:01-Nov-2017
R3:03-Jan-2018
R4:04-Apr-2018
Decision DatesR1:15-Dec-2017
R2:09-Feb-2018
R3:09-Mar-2018
R4:11-May-2018
Length of Program21 MonthsPlacement Information

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Dartmouth Tuck MBA Essays for the year 2014

Essay 1: Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best fit for you and your goals and why are you the best fit for Tuck? (500 words)

Essay 2: Tell us about your most meaningful collaborative leadership experience and what role you played. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience? (500 words)

Essay 3: Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience? (500 words)

Optional Essay

Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application. (500 words)

Re-applicant Essay:

(To be completed by all reapplicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally. (500 words)

Essay Questions for Year 2012-2013

Please respond fully but concisely to the following essay questions. Compose each of your
answers offline in separate document files and upload them individually in the appropriate
spaces below. Although there is no restriction on the length of your response, most applicants use, on average, 500 words for each essay. There are no right or wrong answers.
Please double-space your responses.


Essay 1.Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)

Essay 2.Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

Essay 3.Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure, or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?

Essay 4.(Optional)Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not
addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual
choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or
changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.

Essay 5.(To be completed by all re-applicants)How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.

Essay Question For 2011-2012

Essay 1:Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)

Essay 2:Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

Essay 3:Describe a circumstance in your life in which you faced adversity, failure or setback. What actions did you take as a result and what did you learn from this experience?

Essay 4:Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?

Essay Question For 2012-13

Essay #1:Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)

We would suggest you to structure your answer in the following manner:

  • Briefly describe responsibilities, experience and skills learnt during different phases of your career.
  • Then describe your short-term and long-term career plans. Do keep in mind that your present experience should be in sync with your short term and long term plans.
  • Mention some gaps between your short term goals and your current experience then talk about some courses / programs/ majors that will help you achieve your short term and long term goals.

Try to learn as much about Tuck as possible before attempting this essay and mention some specific programs which might help you fulfill your short-term and long €“term goals.

Essay #2:Discuss your most meaningful leadership experience. What did you learn about your own individual strengths and weaknesses through this experience?

Before attempting this essay, shortlist some basic qualities of a leader and then select some instances from your personal or professional life where you demonstrated these qualities. Finally pick one incident which was most relevant and impactful in your life. Structure your essay in the following manner: * Describe the situation and the target. * Mention the challenges * How did you overcome them * final result and your learning from the same.

Essay #3:What is the greatest challenge or hurdle you have overcome, either personally or professionally, and how did you manage to do so?

You can use this essay to highlight one of your biggest strength€™s, such as perseverance, leadership skills, creative thinking etc. Hence first decide which strength you would like to talk about and then think of an incident where you demonstrated this quality. Once you have finalized the incident then structure your essay in the following manner: * Describe the situation and the target. * Mention the challenge * How did you overcome them * final result and your learning from the same.

Essay #4:Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?

This essay requires you to be a little creative and highlight all your skills and strengths which would be of value to your class at Tuck. Try to know about clubs, events and programs at Tuck and then pick out those programs or clubs where you would be able to contribute most. You can pick experiences and skills from both your personal and professional life.

Essay Question For 2010

Essay 1
Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)

In order to explain the importance of your next step i.e. MBA, you have to briefly explain your journey so far as well as your ultimate destination- that is your long term goal. Avoid giving random details of what position you held in which organization and for how many days, explain the experience, exposure, perspective that you have gained. It's all there in your CV. Adcom wants to know where exactly you fall short of reaching your long term goal? You also need to explain how you will fill that gap of knowledge with your MBA and that of experience with your short term goal. Your short term goal should be a step towards achievement of your long term goal. As for long term, instead of describing the position that you want to hold, try to describe what you will contribute to the organization/ society in capacity of your position. Lastly, it's critical to address how Tuck is your best shot. They have a focused and passionate approach and you need to match it.

Essay 2
Tuck defines leadership as "inspiring others to strive and enabling them to accomplish great things". We believe great things and great leadership can be accomplished in pursuit of business and societal goals. Describe a time when you exercised such leadership. Discuss the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What characteristics helped you to be effective, and what areas do you feel you need to develop in order to be a better leader?

"Such leadership" refers to a particular aspect of leadership- that of motivating your team to achieve some goal with a dose of extra ordinary performance. As such Tuck puts a lot of emphasis on interpersonal skills, so your interpersonal skills must be highlighted. The goal need not be from work situation only. It can be a societal goal also. Do you remember having ever motivated your team to perform exceptionally well? While mentioning the challenges you faced, you don't have to give the challenges the team collectively faced, in fact that will be the situation part. You need to describe the challenges that you faced as a leader, that were not apparent to others. These will include the troubles within team- some factors that were keeping the team from giving their best, such as lack of a vision, some dissatisfaction of the team with top management, and lack of team spirit. Your analysis and diagnosis of the situation, how you carried out your plan, what problems you faced, what you felt, are the key elements that will form the meat of this essay. I also suggest to not justify your shortcomings with glorification like "my passion made me impatient" rather accept the same graciously and speak how you still overcame the situation.

Essay 3
Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?

The constructive part of a criticism goes to the credit of the other person but since it is difficult, credit in handling is entirely yours. The three parts ask for specific aspects of handling a feedback, giving you enough clues to structure the answer. Recollect the feedback that you received, which need not necessarily be from your work situation. Describe the situation, the exact words, or reactions that struck you like a shock. How did you absorb the shock or were you expecting any such criticism. What made you realize the lesson in the feedback? How the lesson learned is still with you? The lesson may be related or reflected in your answer to fourth question.

Essay 4
Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?

Tuck truly believes in diversity of culture. So, all you have to do is to be yourself. Are you aware what is unique about you? Even if the answer is yes, think over it again, because if you answer superficially, without giving proper thought you may be caught in interview. Start with comparing yourself with your colleague. See what differentiates you from him or her. Go beyond material differences; instead look for those which are related to values- like your approach to any problem, your handling of team members, your social concerns etc. Apply this search for differences to more and more people. You will definitely find a combination of characteristics that will be distinctly yours. If you think that your family or life history has something unique about it, fair enough. But, instead of mentioning the exact circumstances, please keep the focus on the values that you learned. Try to be as simple as possible in your narration, because in such topics one tends to over glorify.

     
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