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Indiana Kelley MBA Class Profile and Essay Questions

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The Kelley School has three required and one optional essay.

"Your essays will give us an idea of your personality, perspectives, and opinions and will let us know how closely your professional objectives match the objectives of the MBA program. We encourage you to be honest, informative, creative, and concise."

Required Essays

1. Discuss your immediate post-MBA professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals? Should the short-term goals you have identified not materialize, what alternate career paths might you consider? (500 words)

2. Respond to one of the following short essay prompts. (300 words)

a. My greatest memory is...
b. I'm most afraid of...
c. My greatest challenge has been...
d. I'm most proud of...

3. Share a brief fact about yourself that your classmates would find interesting, surprising, or noteworthy. (25 words)

Optional Essay

4. Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn't feel obligated to answer this question. (300 words)




Kelley Class Profile
1 Median GMAT Score 670
2 Average GPA 3.34
3 Class Size 185
4 Average Age 28
5 Work Experience (Years) 5


Kelley Application Deadlines
Round Deadline Notification
Early October 15, 2017 December 20, 2017
Priority January 5, 2018 March 15, 2018
Third March 1, 2018 April 30, 2018
Final April 15, 2018 May 31, 2018