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Foster School of Business, University of Washington, USA

Foster School of Business offers a 21-month full-time MBA program in Seattle. For the fall intake, 2020 following are the essay prompts, deadlines and its debrief:

Round #Deadline
Round 1October 8, 2019
Round 2January 8, 2020
Round 3March 17, 2020

Essay Debrief

Essay 1: Post-MBA Plans (750 words maximum)
Tell us your ideas about what lies ahead for you in your career. What are the gaps or deficiencies currently preventing you from pursuing these potential career paths? How do you plan to use your time in the Foster MBA program to fill these gaps and advance your career?

Let’s paraphrase the above question:

What are your short-term goals?
What are your long-term goals?
Why MBA?
Why Foster?


In the first part of the essay question – Tell us your ideas about what lies ahead for you in your career, Foster is trying to ask you about your short-term and long-term goals. This is a very straightforward question and one you should be adept at answering.

In the second part – What are the gaps or deficiencies currently preventing you from pursuing these potential career paths? Foster is cleverly asking you about your decision to pursue an MBA. But instead of asking you directly, Foster wants to know why do you think that pursuing an MBA will help you get your dream job? Do you understand what skill gaps will be filled by an MBA degree that will help you achieve your career goals?

And finally – How do you plan to use your time in the Foster MBA program to fill these gaps and advance your career? Foster now would like to understand why have you chosen its MBA program. What makes Foster’s MBA program a good fit for you? How will you involve yourself and make the best of your time at Foster in order to achieve your career goals?

Of course, I have oversimplified by paraphrasing the questions here. And you have to be careful to write sentences aligned with the phrasing of the original essay question. Needless to say that all the three parts of the question need to be aligned with one another. You have ample word limit here so make good use of it.

Essay 2: Inspiring Experience Essay (500 words maximum)
Tell us about an experience that inspired or confirmed your decision to pursue the MBA.

Let us break this question down:

Why MBA now? Explain with an example.

It is clear what Foster expects from you in this essay question. You will have to quote an experience that has reinforced your decision to pursue an MBA. While they have not clearly mentioned but as usual sticking to a professional experience is always better. You have good word limit, so explain the scenario properly and then dive into why this particular incident has inspired you to pursue an MBA.

Apart from the letter of motivation above Foster application requires:

  1. Two References
  2. Video Essays

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