Admission Essay

If you have landed on this page, chances are you are planning to pursue MBA or a related course from a University Abroad. As the name suggests, Admission Essays are essays or documents sought by universities abroad to consider your candidature for specific courses. While there is no rule of thumb for the kind of essays the universities might ask, we categorize the question-answer type essays in this section.

To elucidate further, Universities abroad (often but not mandatorily) for specific courses require you to answer a few specific questions. They have a wide range of contexts and might be aimed at further elaborating on different facets of the applicant’s personality as per the University’s specific demands of the course.

For instance, universities might believe that as an MBA applicant, the candidate must possess effective leadership qualities or a University for its highly acclaimed MIS program that require the agility of mind and aptitude for innovation. In such scenarios, a simple Statement of Purpose might just not be enough. To counter the limitations of asking a one central and generic essay (read SOP), Universities decide to instead break up the essays into relevant questions. And these are widely known as Admission Essays.

In character, Admissions Essays are very much a written essay, but unlike an SOP, there is no standard format. Universities would provide the applicants with a list of required questions or essays. They usually vary as per the requirements of the University’s program and created carefully to ascertain the eligibility of the applicant. Also, and more importantly, they are designed for pruning the list and finding the candidates that would be the correct fit for their program.

Types of Admission Essays

It is important to recognize the different types of admission essays that the universities ask for before starting to draft it as the content highly depends on the type and essay prompt/ topic. Broadly, the Admission Essays can be classified on the basis of


Word Limit – The actual length of the essay.

  • Very Short Answer Questions/ Write-ups (30 – 200 words)
  • Short Answer Questions/Essays (200 – 500 words)
  • Long Answer Questions/ Essays (More than 500 words but less than 800 words)
  • Full-Length Essays (More than 800 words)

Content – what are the questions about?

  • Goals Essay
  • Leadership Essays
  • Career Progression Essays
  • Ethical Dilemma Essays
  • Achievements Essays
  • Failure Essays
  • Situation Essays