Writing an essay for a graduate school application can be a daunting task. Application essays provide the admissions committee a chance to get to know you beyond your GPA, GMAT or GRE score, and your resume. Though we certainly encourage you to put time and effort into your essays, know that honest and simplicity are the strongest weapons in your arsenal.

Keep it Simple. Graduate admissions managers are reading your essays to assess your fit into the program to which you have applied. The essay is an opportunity for you to share with your reader something authentic and personal. Take the experiences that you’ve had to this point, and relate them in a meaningful way. Explain why they have pointed to the degree for which you’ve applied. Why now? How will it make you a better professional? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?

Enhance your resume. The quality of your real-world business experience at all levels will significantly enhance your application. Essays provide an opportunity to highlight key aspects of your resume. One of the most important considerations that will go into your admissions decision is whether or not you will be employable post-graduation. An admissions essay can help the reader to get a feel for your resume highlights, your career goals and how they align with the culture of the College and program.

Be honest & authentic. Help us to get to know you through your essay. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your driving passions and interests, which cannot be conveyed through your other application materials. Relate your experiences and how you can leverage these experiences to accelerate your learning, share with your classmates, and make a difference on campus. Limit your anecdotes to life since starting your undergraduate program.

Be brief. Remember that your graduate admissions manager dedicates individual time to reading hundreds of essays. The word limit helps our team see how well you express your thoughts and ideas. Make your case in a succinct manner, while sharing the important points.

Finish Strong. Share with us why you’ve chosen the University of Denver and the Daniels College of Business for your graduate business education. Tell us why you will be a great student, classmate and alum of the College. Let us know how you will thrive in Denver, our community and beyond.

As with any other writing, we encourage you to have a relative, friend or colleague proofread your essay prior to submission. Ensure that your essays are error-free, flow nicely and make sense. We look forward to hearing from you!


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