UCLA Anderson School Of Management Essay Analysis 2017- 2018

September 5th, 2017

| Last Updated on April 6, 2021

In this article, we will discuss what you need to do if you are applying to the Anderson School of Business at UCLA for their MBA program. If you look at the UCLA Anderson Program, one thing that strongly resonates with the students is the location. As they say about the restaurant business; the same thing goes for MBA schools as well, location location location. You are talking about LA, which is pretty much California. In terms of the economy, and more than the economy, when compared to most other states in the US, California comes close to India. Not only in terms of the weather, but also with the people being inclusive. You will never feel out of place when you go to a place like LA because it is very diverse.


Apart from the location, if you look at the program, the strength is relatively small with 360 students, and the faculty to student ratio is very low. This gives you more of an intimate feel as opposed to what you would find in larger schools.


The other important factor to look into is the career orientation at UCLA. The UCLA program is deeply focused on preparing students for their desired careers. You will see that in terms of the first year course, the way it is arranged, the 20-week experiential project, all of this is aligned to be more career-focused. This is very important to help you get a job, especially when you are going on an F1 (Student) visa.


The last part is the entrepreneurial focus; Anderson has a huge network of entrepreneurs, and the mindset of the B-School is to participate in -School competitions and the start-up movement. If you’re interested in entertainment and media, LA is the place to be, and Anderson itself focuses highly on media and entertainment.



2017-2018 UCLA Anderson Deadlines


Round 1

Deadline: Oct. 6, 2017

Decision Release Date: Dec. 15, 2017


Round 2

Deadline: Jan. 5, 2018

Decision Release Date: March 29, 2018


Round 3

Deadline: April 12, 2018

Decision Release Date: May 24, 2018


Again, There are a lot of applicants from India. If you ask which three schools in the US receive the maximum applications from Indians,  UCLA is one of them. A lot of people from the tech sector apply to the US, and most of them have similar stories. So it’s very important that you use the essay to differentiate yourself. 750 words is a lot of space, and there is a lot of scope.



UCLA Anderson Essay Question 2017-2018


First-Time Applicants (Required Essay):


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? (750 words maximum)


Remember, “best results are achieved when you“

• Success

• Think fearlessly

• Drive change

Now, why are these three things important?  you look at the Anderson website, you can find that this is the motto, the mantra that they have as a school. They are just trying to see if students applying to the B-School resonate with this mantra. You have 750 words – hence, there are very clearly, three parts to this essay. You can write 250 words for each part.


In the first part, you have to talk about your journey. What is it that you have done so far in your life? Please do not regurgitate your resume; that’s not the intent. They already have your resume and application with them. In about 250 to 300 words, try to tell your story. Write not just your story, but your successes and failures too. Write on how you these three qualities resonate with you, and how you have been able to taste them. Instead of just saying that these three qualities perfectly resonate with you, say why they resonate with you. You need to describe the “why”. It’s very important for you to spend a good 250 to 300 words talking about your journey, talking about why these three factors have been instrumental in your life.


Now for the second part:  you have done so much in your life. At this career juncture, what is it that you see when you look forward? What is that post you aspire for? That position you look forward to? What is the industry that you want to work in, and where do you see yourself? It’s very important that your short term goal is crisp. You need to communicate the function, industry, the geography, the kind of companies you are going to look for, and the possible titles. It’s a lot of R&D on your part. You need to have a very fixed short time goal.


However, you can be a little lenient in your long term goal. You can be a little flexible. Don’t be very vague, for example, don’t just say you want to be an entrepreneur, and leave it like that. It should be something more finite but you can keep your long term slightly more relaxed. Make it five to ten years. Nobody is looking at 20 years, and you can keep your short term as two to three years, which is immediately after you graduate. When you’ve finished articulating your long term and short term goals, you can start with the third part of your essay.


The third part should be about what you feel you require in these roles that you do not possess currently, and that you will get from the UCLA/Anderson experience. This now becomes the delta; the first part is about where you are, the second part is about where you want to go, and the third part is the bridge because it is how Anderson is going to help you get where you want to be. One thing I always say is that whenever a school asks you “why this school?”, do not make generic statements. Students typically say,  “It’s LA”, and “It’s California”, or they write about the school infrastructure, which the school already knows! How does it matter to you?. You need to tell them how these facts about the Anderson School will benefit you.


You need to also add how you can contribute to the UCLA Anderson experience. You talk about what you can get, and about what you can give.


With 750 words, although you have space to be a little creative, once you start writing, you could realize that 750 words can get tight,  especially when you have just one essay.


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Optional Essay:


The following essay is optional. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. Please note that we only accept written essays.


Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words maximum)



Re-Applicant Essay:


Reapplicants who applied for the MBA program starting in 2016 or 2017 are required to complete the following essay:


Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)


Good luck!