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Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada

Ivey Business School, Western University offers a 1-year MBA program in London, ON, Canada. The following are the program deadlines, essay prompts and its debrief:

Round #Deadline
Round 1January 6, 2020
Round 2April 6, 2020
Round 3July 13, 2020
Round 4September 21, 2020
Round 5November 9, 2020
Round 6January 4, 2021

Essay Debrief

1. What are your short-term career plans immediately post-MBA, and why is an Ivey MBA essential to those plans? (250-word limit)

Let’s paraphrase the question and break it into smaller questions

1. What are your short-term goals?
2. Why Ivey?
3. Why MBA?

If you answer the above questions, you will have a very good start to your first essay. Ivey is asking you about your short-term post-MBA goal. Be specific about industry, function and geography. Ideally, you should be able to answer it in one sentence. For example, Post-graduation, I’d like to work as a retail consultant in MBB firms helping big-box retailers maximize revenue by x,y and z. The 2nd and 3rd questions can be answered in tandem. Research what makes Ivey a good fit for you – length of the program, case-based method, location, etc? Your challenge is writing a striking essay which covers all the points while being brief.

2. What is the most important issue that you’ve ever changed your mind about? (250-word limit)

This is a psychoanalytical question. You have a lot of flexibility here so be very careful while writing this essay. Let us understand this question with an example – if you say I used to believe in socialism and now I’m a true capitalist. This is a very big change and you have to back your answer with solid reasoning. The “issue” here can be as big as this one or a very simple one too. Another example, I did not believe in a proper diet. I used to think that if you exercise you can eat anything or rather you should eat everything. But after ‘xyz’, I agree with most nutritionists/fitness experts – 80% credit goes to your diet and 20% to your workout, even while muscle training. More important than your “issue” is the methodology you used to change your mind. Being receptive to ideas that challenge your value system. How do you evaluate your own belief system? Basically, you have the opportunity here to show Ivey a side of you that can surprise them, take them on a journey and show your creative side.

Apart from the essays above Western Ivey application requires:

  1. Two-Three References
  2. Two Video Essays


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