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Boston University Mba Essays 2012

From the Questrom School of Business:

The Questrom School of Business has left plenty of broken ground in its wake. We were among the first schools to admit women and to establish an MBA program, all before 1925. Along the way, we founded several research institutes and were an early developer of programs specifically for non-profit and health-care management. We taught entrepreneurial studies before it had a formal name. More recently, we were the recipient of Boston University’s largest alumni gift, which will only keep us moving in high gear, with an even larger pool of talented faculty and a significant building expansion. Simply put, a Questrom degree is synonymous with “innovator.”

In a world that is both expanding and shrinking by the minute, we’re keeping stride by developing and refining our programs and courses to fit modern realities. From where we sit, the three sectors of the world economy that are particularly vital are health & life sciences, digital technology, and social enterprise & sustainability and we’ve adjusted our curricula accordingly, as well as our classrooms, which were recently renovated with the latest interactive technology. We’re also infusing deeper discussions of ethics and social responsibility throughout our programs and have been adding more international opportunities.

In 2013, we celebrated our first hundred years of innovation. In 2015, we received the kind of boost that will propel us well into future. With a record-setting $50 million gift, Allen Questrom (’64) and his wife, Kelli, through the Allen & Kelli Questrom Foundation, are helping us further our commitment to developing the next generation of innovative leaders.

At Questrom, we empower brave, agile leaders to dare conventional thinking and take bold, smart risks to discover new possibilities. Our pioneering outlook is rooted in a real-world environment. With a multidisciplinary approach, groundbreaking research, and dynamic curriculum, we’re dedicated to the experience and the future you’re investing in. Are you ready to innovate?

The Questrom MBA

We want the best for you here—plain and simple. We’re dedicated to the experience and the future you’re investing in, and we don’t take that investment lightly.

You won’t find any gimmicks at Questrom. That’s what our name is all about. It comes from a man who based his career on living and working authentically. We gave Allen Questrom (’64) his start, and he went on to rewrite the rules of retailing.

Here, you’ll learn about the forces transforming the global economy, including health & life sciences, digital technology, and social enterprise & sustainability. You’ll tackle ethical questions, issues that really matter. And you’ll be ready to apply the skills you’re gaining right away. We don’t just prepare you for the real world—this is the real world.

We’re not a “get in, get out” type of place

Prepare to make an impact from the start. Right away, you’ll be dared to get your skills in gear—in the real world. You’ll travel with an international field seminar to understand what drives global businesses and cultures. You’ll flex your business intelligence on consulting projects with leading companies.

Here, you won’t just hit the books. Get ready to go head-to-head in live case competitions that turn up the pressure. Grow your ideas in our startup incubator. Hear from top CEOs in our speaker series. Everyone leaves with an MBA, but you’ll get even more than that along the way.

You won’t go it alone

That’s why we have you working on talented teams. When different kinds of perspectives converge, what you can achieve is boundless. Ask any industry leader: accomplishments don’t happen without a little help.

With the support of classmates you’ll call family—and professors you’ll consider mentors—you’ll tackle presentations, competitions, and anything that’s thrown your way. And you’ll learn from each other’s skills and experience in the process. Teamwork is at the heart of our curriculum. Community is at our core. You have a lot to balance in your life. Your teammates will have your back.

Earn your degree your way

What format works best for you? Full-time? Part-time? What about earning two degrees at the same time? No matter what you choose, you’re getting an invaluable MBA from BU. We offer you a variety of ways to get there because we know “flexibility” is music to your ears.

Whether you’re here on a full-time or part-time basis, you can tailor your degree with specific concentrations. We also offer specializations in Public & Nonprofit Management and Health Sector Management—in a city that’s considered the capital of both industries—as well as several dual degrees in partnership with more than a dozen of BU’s other graduate schools and colleges.

At Questrom, you’ll have more paths to a degree than almost any other school. Make your MBA as broad or as focused as you want.

It’s your vision:

Full-Time MBA

Go big and immerse yourself in a full-time MBA program that will put you ahead of the competition over two dynamic years.

Professional Evening MBA

With PEMBA, you can keep your day job and earn your degree—while having the same options reserved for full-time students at other schools.

Full-time or part-time, we leave the customizing up to you:

Health Sector Management (HSM)

Gain the strong business skills you need to make a difference in people’s lives. Combining a rigorous core MBA curriculum with electives tailored to the health care arena—all in the heart of Boston’s world-class health care scene—the HSM program will prepare you for a distinguished career in this vital industry.

Public & Nonprofit Management (PNP)

We understand that business isn’t only about looking inward, but also outward—at the lives of others. Get the tools you need to impact the world in PNP, which combines a rigorous MBA core business curriculum with electives that give you specialized skills in the public & nonprofit industry.

Energy & Environmental Sustainability (EES)

Take on EES and you’ll understand the energy and sustainability-related challenges that businesses face, how business can adapt to these challenges, and how to identify, evaluate, and act upon the opportunities created by these changes. EES gives you the opportunity to develop a breadth of knowledge in energy and environmental issues to augment disciplinary skills and focus areas.


The MS•MBA program prepares students to leverage technology from a managerial and strategic standpoint—a highly sought-after perspective. In just 21-months, you’ll earn two degrees: a traditional MBA with an academic concentration, and a master of science in information systems.

“I teach self-defense and conflict resolution to girls in neighborhoods with high exposure to violence. It’s been an incredible opportunity to apply what I’m learning in business school to the strategic oversight of a nonprofit organization whose mission I care for deeply.” —Kristen Cuneo, MBA, General Management

Dual Degrees

If your plan is a career that bridges industries, combine our cutting-edge management curriculum with coursework at one of BU’s other exceptional graduate schools.

“In my search for dual degree programs, BU was the only one that I felt offered a well-integrated program that allowed me the flexibility to craft a unique degree for the career I wanted.” —Kerlyne E. Jean, MBA/MPH, Health Sector Management

We’re not a sea of sameness

To us, diversity isn’t about creating an impressive class profile. We aim to foster an environment where there’s diversity in both thought and culture so that you’re surrounded by classmates who inspire you, who push you to do better, and who open your eyes to new approaches in business and in life.

Our students have a lot going on: they’re entrepreneurs, military veterans, and global brand ambassadors. They have work experience in more than 20 industries and on six continents. They come from a range of vibrant backgrounds that flow together to make your time here endlessly dynamic.

Don’t just take our word for it:

“I am constantly entertained, supported, and inspired by my classmates. All of my favorite experiences are based around the general amazingness of these folks. It is so invigorating to surround yourself with people that share you values, as diverse as your backgrounds and experiences may be.” —Allison Perri Newman, MBA, Public & Nonprofit Management

Did we mention we’re in Boston?

We know a thing or two about revolution. Study in a city that’s been making history for centuries. Boston is an innovation capital that puts you at the center of the action for nearly every key industry. It leads the charge in technology, healthcare, and entrepreneurship, to name a few. It sets standards for the world.

Not to mention, we’re neighbors with Fenway Park, the oldest major league ballpark in the nation. The city—with all of its arts, culture, food, and entertainment—is at your fingertips. Walk out our doors and you’re there.

Go beyond Boston:

  • Travel the world for immersive business, governmental, and cultural site visits
  • Intern with organizations in the US and abroad
  • Compete in new venture challenges across the country
  • Trek with student clubs for a firsthand look at top companies

Learn from the best

Our faculty members are applied researchers, market experts, entrepreneurs, inventors, and bestselling authors. Whether in the news, on the air, or in the field, they are influencers who generate knowledge and insights for you and for management practice.

Even our dean is an industry expert. Ken Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, led the dramatic turnaround of Quest Diagnostics as chairman and CEO, and Harvard Business Review named him one of the 100 best-performing CEOs in the world. Rest assured: Questrom faculty will get you ready.

Your success is our top priority

Our students are going places. Period. We’ll prepare you to face whatever lies ahead. From day one, you’ll have access to our dedicated career center, which offers individualized attention to help you plan your next move. Consider it your personal partner in success—now and down the road.

Take advantage of QuestromConnect, too. It’s our web-based platform designed to match students with alumni through informational interviewing, job shadowing, career advice, and mentoring. It’s your direct path to professionals who are working in the areas that interest you.

With Questrom, you’re one degree of separation from 48,000+ new contacts, plus nearly 300,000 BU alumni spread across every field you can imagine.

Learn more by visiting the Questrom YouTube channel.



In order to get to know you on a more personal level, applicants to our full-time and part-time MBA programs are required to complete either three short video essays OR one written essay during the application process. Because everyone expresses themselves in different ways, the choice is yours.

Video Essays

If you’re someone who feels they can better express themselves and their reasons for applying to the Questrom School of Business through a video, we encourage you to complete the video essays. Within the “Documents” section of the “Program Materials” portion of the application, you will find your personalized link to the video essay website. Clicking this link will bring you to the Kira Talent website, our partner for the video essay process. When you register, you must use the same email address that you used to create your admission application account.

Upon creating your account with Kira Talent, you can begin your video essays. You’ll need to use an internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone. We will first ask you a question that all candidates will receive. You’ll have thirty seconds to prepare, and then 60 seconds to record your answer. This will then repeat for two additional random short-answer questions.

You can practice an unlimited number of times with Kira Talent’s provided example questions, but once you start the formal video essay questions, you are only allowed one opportunity. This allows the committee to see your candid responses. The formal process should only take you about five minutes to complete, and can be done on your own time. If you have any questions about your video interview once you’ve registered, please contact support@kiratalent.com.

Preparing for your video essay: We want your recording process to be as easy as possible. As such, we encourage you to dress in business casual attire – no need for a suit. The admission committee will review your responses as part of the application process, and are interested in your presence, personality, and fit with our community. We recommend trying out a few of the sample Kira questions prior to recording your formal video essay responses.

Written Essay

If you’re someone who feels they can better express themselves and their reasons for applying to the Questrom School of Business in writing, we encourage you to complete the written essay. Within the “Documents” section of the “Program Materials” portion of the application, you will scroll down to “Essay” and click “Add Document” to upload your written essay.

Your written essay should be no more than 750 words, and should explain to the admissions committee why you’d like to earn your degree from the Questrom School of Business specifically. It should also address reasons why you believe you would be a good fit for whichever program you have chosen to apply to (Full-Time MBA, Professional Evening MBA, Health Sector MBA, Social Impact MBA, dual degree, MS in Management Studies, etc.).

Optional Essay

If you have any additional information to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee, you may address it in an optional essay of no more than 250 words. Acceptable topics for the optional essay include gaps in post-college work experience, choice of recommenders, and concerns about academic/test performance. If you plan to retake any admissions tests (GMAT or GRE; TOEFL, IELTS or PTE), please provide the date of your scheduled test here. To upload an optional essay, please scroll to the “Essay” section and click “Add Document.”


If you have questions about the video or written essay process, please send us an email at mba@bu.edu or call us at 617-353-2670. If you need technical assistance with the Kira Talent system, please contact them directly at support@kiratalent.com.

We know the application process can take a lot of time and effort. We’re here to help.

Feel free to email or call us with any questions, or shoot us a tweet with any last-minute tips you might need. Below, you’ll find our Full-Time MBA admissions checklist—keep it handy and bookmark it in your browser.

Remember: you may submit one application per entry term, and you can check the status of an existing application at any time. The Graduate Admissions Office keeps all records on file for one year. Once you’ve submitted an application, we’ll begin the review process.

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Required Program Checklist

Required Program ChecklistSubmission Options
Online Application FormOnline only
Application Fee ($125) Credit/debit cards onlyOnline only at time of application submission. Credit/debit cards only.
Three Video Essays OR One Written Essay In the “Documents” section of the “Program Materials” portion of the application, respond to three video essay questions or one written essay to help us get to know you better.Online required
Resume Current resume, as required in the “Experiences” section of the online application. Upload in the “Supporting Information” section of the online application.Online required
2 Letters of Recommendation In the “Recommendations” section of the “Program Materials” portion of the application.Online preferred
University-Level Transcripts Submit transcripts for any coursework completed, including study abroad and post-graduate work, in the “Academic History” portion of the application. You may upload unofficial transcripts when you apply. Should you choose to enroll, we will need official copies of all transcripts prior to matriculating.Online preferred
GMAT Results or GRE Results We accept either GMAT or GRE score reports for applications to the MBA program. BU’s GMAT codes vary by program, so please see the GMAT Code chart below for your degree. BU’s GRE code is 3087. GMAT and GRE test scores are valid for 5 years and you should upload an unofficial copy with your online application. You can register for the GMAT exam at mba.com, and the GRE at ets.org. You may also wish to familiarize yourself with these tests by viewing free GMAT sample questions and practice tests, as well as free GRE preparation materials, though we do not endorse any particular prep source and encourage you to do your own research.Electronic Preferred
Request Official Scores

The Boston University Questrom School of Business Graduate Admissions Committee conducts a rigorous and holistic review of each application. Students admitted to our graduate degree programs must provide proof of an earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent international credential. Boston University does not require official transcripts with the submission of an application. Should a student decide to enroll at Boston University Questrom School of Business, official transcripts must be submitted and verified prior to the point of matriculation. We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.

Full-Time MBA: P42-5k-43
Health Sector MBA (full-time): P42-5k-43
Social Impact MBA (full-time): P42-5k-43

Candidates who have earned or will have completed at least two years of a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an institution in which the language of instruction was solely based in English are eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS/PTE waiver. Candidates must present evidence of language of instruction with the application for admission. Appropriate documentation includes a transcript coversheet, an official statement from the university, or a link to the institution’s website that specifies that the mode of instruction is English. Additionally, candidates who have or will have worked for at least two years in a full-time, post-bachelor’s degree position in the US are eligible for an automatic waiver. If you do not meet this criteria but would like to be considered for a waiver, you can submit a written request highlighting your experience with and proficiency in the English language to mba@bu.eduprior to the submission of your application. The Admissions Committee will consider these requests on a case by case basis. If you are submitting test results with your application, please be advised that tests are valid for two years.

We require that applicants hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution or its international equivalent. If you have earned a three-year degree that is the equivalent of a four-year degree in the US, it will be accepted in the admissions process. For example, if you earned a three-year degree in India, your degree will qualify you to be considered for admission. Regardless of program length, if you are uncertain whether your undergraduate degree meets our qualifications, please contact mba@bu.edu before starting the application process.

Permanent residents should submit a copy (front and back) of their permanent resident card.

Boston University no longer accepts wire transfer payments to Citizens Bank. All international wire transfer payments should be made through one of our vendors, peerTransfer, or Western Union Business Solutions. For more information, please visit the Student Accounting Services website.

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