Analysis. Cornell Tech 2021-2022 MBA Personal Statement.
Example 1. Cornell Tech MBA Personal Statement.

MIT Sloan MBA Application ROUNDMIT Sloan MBA Application DEADLINEMIT Sloan MBA Application DECISION
Round OneSeptember 28, 2021Usually 3rd week of December
Round TwoJanuary 19, 2022Usually 1st week of April
Round ThreeApril 12, 2022Usually 1st week of May

Below you’ll find an example of the Cornell Tech MBA MIT Sloan’s cover letter for the 2021-2022 full-time MBA admissions season. You’ll find additional essay examples and essay topic analyses for leading MBA programs at the preceding link.


The Cornell Tech MBA is a one-year, full-time MBA program with courses split between Ithaca, New York and Manhattan (Roosevelt Island). The program has close links to Isreal through the Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology and through the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute. In the January between the MBA program’s two semesters, students travel to Israel to network and present business solutions to local startups.

Analysis. 2021-22 Cornell Tech MBA Personal Statement.

In all my years of working with MBA and EMBA applicants, I have *NEVER* seen a more ridiculous essay prompt than the one put forward by the Cornell Tech MBA admissions committee. Students are allocated 500-700 words to answer 7 distinct essay prompts! Should the applicant answer each question in turn, allocating no more than 100 words to each or should the applicant dedicate more space to certain questions, answers the other only in passing?

The answer is: there is no good answer. Personally I opted for the second strategy in crafting an example of this essay to share with you because IMHO certain topics (like goals and why an MBA) seemed more relevant to an admissions decision than ‘What, in your opinion is the single most important characteristic that such leaders must possess? Why? – a topic to which one could easily dedicate AN ENTIRE 500+ word essay.

Personal Statement: In an essay that is 500-700 words in length, please answer the questions below:
  1. Why are you applying to the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA?
  2. Why are you interested in a one-year, tech-focused MBA (as opposed to a traditional two-year MBA program that would offer a summer internship opportunity)?
  3. What personal attributes or skills do you think make you ideally suited to be a Cornell Tech MBA student?
  4. Demonstrate the relationship between your current professional experience and academic background to your short- (0-5 years after graduating) and long-term (6-15 years after graduating) career goals for this program.
  5. Describe a situation in your personal or professional life when you were faced with a difficult decision or dilemma and how you resolved it (focusing on your process, not just the resolution itself).
  6. At Cornell Tech, we aim to educate leaders for the digital age. What, in your opinion is the single most important characteristic that such leaders must possess? Why?
  7. What else would you like the admissions committee to know about you?

Just to put thing in context, Wharton’s 2021-22 MBA essay set allocates 500 words to the *mere* question of goals + why Wharton!

Wharton Essay 1: How do you plan to use the Wharton MBA program to help you achieve your future professional goals? You might consider your past experience, short and long-term goals, and resources available at Wharton. (500 words)

Wharton Essay 2: Essay 2: Taking into consideration your background – personal, professional, and/or academic – how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community? (400 words)

Wharton Optional Essay: Please use this space to share any additional information about yourself that cannot be found elsewhere in your application and that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee. This space can also be used to address any extenuating circumstances (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, areas of weakness, etc.) that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. (500 words)

Analysis. 2021-22 MIT Sloan MBA & LGO Cover Letter.

MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.

Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to the Assistant Deans of Admissions, Rod Garcia and Dawna Levenson  (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).

Example 1. MIT Sloan MBA & LGO Cover Letter. 

Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. 

Sam Eslien
277 E. 7th Street
New York, NY 10009

September 25th, 2018

Ms. Dawna Levenson and Mr. Rod Garcia
Assistant Deans of Admissions
MIT Sloan School of Management
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

Dear Mr. Garcia

When I joined my current employer, Zapier, commercialization efforts for our latest enterprise software had only just begun. The timing was fortuitous, and, with the benefit of supportive mentors and a flat organizational structure, I was able to gain cross-functional experience: raising capital, improving our marketing system and finally managing a sales team as the VP of Business Development.

While those achievements are mine, the credit belongs to Wade Foster, Zapier’s founder. At a time when I was still recovering from Retinopathy, an eye condition that can cause blindness, Wade believed in me and gave me a chance to prove myself. While Wade is adept at seeing potential in ideas and transforming them into successful companies, I admire him most for his wonderful ability to see and nurture potential in people.

While most people focus on extracting the best from others, Wade’s example taught me that true leaders focus on giving the best of themselves to others. I’ve applied that lesson through my leadership and community activities. In the last three years I’ve volunteered as Head of Marketing for the Retinopathy Foundation and Head of Sponsorship at ALCF. I’ve also provided pro bono marketing and business model advice to a number of startups.

I’d plan to continue giving the best of myself in my professional endeavors, as I and my colleagues devise practical solutions to the business world’s pressing issues. I would be delighted if you would consider me for a place in the MIT Sloan Class of 2021.

Sam Eslien

Example 2. MIT Sloan MBA & LGO Cover Letter. 

Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. 

Kate Maes
4501 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

January 3rd, 2021

Ms. Dawna Levenson and Mr. Rod Garcia
Assistant Deans of Admissions
MIT Sloan School of Management
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

Dear Mr. Garcia,

At twenty-seven, I sometimes think that my long-term goal, to become the CEO of a global manufacturing organization like General Motors, seems like a lofty one, but in those moments I remind (and reassure) myself that good business leaders aren’t born, but rather developed. For me, that development process is a three-fold one and involves cultivating knowledgeexperience and good judgment

I’ve grown in practical experience through steady career progression at COMPANY and progressive responsibility for larger projects, teams and deliverables. I’ve sought out and gleaned knowledge through the mentorship of seasoned professionals like Henry Brooks, a President at COMPANY,who has generously shared lessons and insights from his own career.

MIT’s Sloan’s mission to develop leaders who improve the world and advance the practice of management aligns with my own commitment to hone good judgment in my current and future endeavors. In addition, the possibility to grow personally and contribute to the growth of others at MIT Sloan is made possible by the nature of the school’s student body, with a wealth of different industry and functional perspectives and the welcoming and down-to-earth approach I’ve experienced through first-hand interactions.

Working closely with Jane Stilton, one of the Interiors Division’s co-Heads, I’ve been impressed by her ability to successfully lead over 800 people while consistently meeting the division’s performance expectations. The internal strategic issues we face at General Motors are both interesting and challenging and in the short-term I plan to take General Motors up on an offer to return post-MBA and take on a role as a Site Lead in our Interiors Division.

In closing I’d like to thank you for your time in reviewing my application for the MIT Sloan MBA Class of 2021.

Kate Maes

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