Business School Application Essays

Optional essays are just that, so don’t feel obligated to write something just because the space is there on your application.

Business School

Number of
Mandatory Essays

Number of
Short Answer Questions

Number of
Optional Essays

Length Restriction

Carnegie Mellon

1

0

2

300 words

Chicago

1

1

0

No word limit

Columbia

3

1

1

51 characters – 500 words

Cornell (Johnson)

2

0

1

300 words

Dartmouth (Tuck)

2

0

1

500 words

Duke (Fuqua)

2

3

1

 100 words -2 pages

Emory (Goizueta)

4

0

1

25-300 words

Georgetown (McDonough)

1

0

2

250-750 words

Harvard

1

0

0

No word limit

(around 1000- 500 words)

Indiana (Kelley)

3

0

1

500 words – 2 pages

INSEAD

8

0

2

300 – 600 words

London Business School

3

0

0

300 – 500 words

Michigan (Ross)

2

0

1

250-400 words

MIT (Sloan)

2

5

1

500-750 words

Northwestern (Kellogg)

2

0

0

250- No word limit

NYU (Stern)

2

0

1

500-750 words

Ohio State (Fisher)

2

0

2

250-750 words

Purdue (Krannert)

1

0

1

250-500 words

Rochester (Simon)

1

1

1

25-500 words

Stanford

2

0

0

400-750 words

Texas — Austin (McCombs)

2

0

1

250-500 words

UC — Berkeley (Haas)

3

0

1

250 – 500 words

UCLA (Anderson)

1

0

1

250-750 words

UNC (Kenan-Flagler)

1

0

3

300-500 words

U. Pennsylvania (Wharton)

2

0

0

400 – 500 words

USC (Marshall)

2

0

1

200 – 700 words

Vanderbilt (Owen)

2

0

1

500 words

Virginia (Darden)

1

0

0

500 words

Washington U. (Olin)

2

0

1

300-500 words

Yale

1

0

0

500 words

Most schools expect your essays to be double spaced and in a font size of at least 10. When determining the maximum length for schools that list it by the page length, you should carefully read the application for formatting requirements and call the admissions office if you have any lingering doubts.