Harvard MBA Business School

Kenan-Flagler MBA Class Profile and Essay Questions

The 2017 - 2018 application includes one required essay and three optional essays:


Essay 1 (Required)

Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how your professional experience has shaped these goals, why this career option appeals to you, and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. Additionally, please briefly address a backup plan should your short-term goal not come to fruition for any reason. (500 words maximum)

Essay 2 (Optional)

What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (300 words maximum)

Essay 3 (Optional)

If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)

Essay 4 (Optional)

Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)

Kenan-Flagler Class Profile
1 Median GMAT Score 710
2 GMAT Range — Middle 80% 640 - 740
3 Class Size 299
4 Median GPA 3.4
5 Work Experience (Years) 5
6 Median Age 28

Kenan-Flagler Application Deadlines
Round Deadline Notification
1 (Early Action) October 16, 2017 December 11, 2017
2 December 4, 2017 January 29, 2018
3 January 15, 2018 March 12, 2018
4 March 12, 2018 April 23, 2018

Early Action Notice

"Our first cycle (deadline October 16, 2017) is the Early Action round. Early Action is an option for applicants who know for certain that they will attend UNC Kenan-Flagler if admitted. Early Action provides applicants with the certainty of learning their decision by December 11, 2017. Admitted applicants in the Early Action cycle will be required to submit a $3000 non-refundable enrollment deposit by January 8, 2018, in order to secure a space in the class (versus the regular deadline enrollment deposit of $1500). You should not apply for Early Action if you are not prepared to commit immediately to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler."

Note: Read our commentary on why you shouldn't apply to "early action" programs here: [LINK]