Essay Tips

Each of the degrees offered at BYU Marriott require a different application essay. This is a very important part of the application. Regardless of your GPA, we recommend that you spend a considerable amount of time answering the questions. We also recommend that you first type your essay into a word processing program, save your essay, and then copy and paste it into the application in the essay box below. If you logout, your application will be saved, but not formally submitted.

Accounting

Cover the points below in an essay of 100-500 words.

Tell us more about who you are outside of GPA and academic accomplishments. You may consider addressing some of the following topics:  

  • What differentiates you from other applicants? Tell us about your background, life experiences, accomplishments, talents, interpersonal skills, motivation, leadership, attitude, challenges you have overcome, and anything else that you feel is important for the admissions committee to know, including any events that may have affected your studies. 
  • Tell us about the non-academic demands on your time as an undergraduate student. For example, student athletics or performing groups, work, volunteering, family, and so forth. 
  • Why do you want to become a BYU Accounting student? 

(Updated April 2019)

Entrepreneurial Management

Answer each question below in separate responses of 50-300 words.

  • You will be required to complete survey about your experience and interests. After completing the survey, describe what experiences have helped you prepare for the major.
  • Tell us about an experience where you gathered and analyzed information to help you make a decision, solve a problem or develop a new idea.
  • How do you think you will eventually apply the skills that you will learn in the entrepreneurship program?

(Updated April 2019)

Experience Design & Management

Cover the points below in  separate responses of 100-250 words.

  • Why do you believe in structured experiences? How have your structured experiences impacted you? 
  • What have you done, aside from taking prerequisites, to prepare yourself for ExDM and being successful after graduating?

(Updated April 2019)

Finance

Cover the points below in an essay of 100-500 words.

  • What are your personal and/or career goals?
  • How will getting a finance degree help your life goals?
  • What have you done prior to applying to our program to achieve your goals?
  • What experience or exposure do you have to the world of finance (internships, Finance Society involvement, participation in Finance Society trips, important mentors, etc.)?
  • What about your past accomplishments demonstrates an ability to succeed in the finance program?
  • Is there anything else that has uniquely prepared or qualified you to succeed in the finance program?

(Updated April 2019)

Global Supply Chain Management

Answer each question prompt in separate responses of 100-200 words.

  • How have you prepared for applying to the global supply chain management program?  You might include discussion of club activities, jobs and internships, course work, etc.
  • What is it about GSCM that causes you to want to pursue this major in the business school (please be specific)?
  • What job path within GSCM are you most interested in and why?  How did you acquire that interest? (a specific work experience, a course you took, a job shadow you went on, etc.)

(Updated April 2019)

Human Resource Management

Answer each question prompt in separate responses of 100-200 words.

  • Why did you apply to the Human Resource Management major?
  • What personal attributes, background, or experiences do you feel will help you excel in Human Resources Management? For example, you might reference involvement in student organizations such as SHRM, HR-related internships or jobs, etc. 

(Updated April 2019)

Information Systems

Cover the points below in an essay of 300-500 words.

  • Tell us about your accomplishments, background, talents, motivation, life experiences, challenges you have overcome, or anything you feel is important for the admissions committee to know.
  • Discuss a special attribute or accomplishments in the information systems field that sets you apart. (How will your participation strengthen the IS program?)
  • What is unique about you or your situation that should be considered with your application?
  • Explain any deficiencies or irregularities in your academic record.

(Updated April 2019)

Marketing

Cover the points below in an essay of 100-600 words.

  • We want to admit students who will be successful marketers. The key attributes of successful marketers include a passion for marketing, strong work ethic, and the ability and desire to learn. Given these attributes, market yourself by demonstrating evidence of these attributes from your life experiences such as prior work experience, internships, competitions, club participation, or coursework. Describe in detail one or two specific experiences.

(Updated April 2019)

Strategic Management

Answer each question prompt in separate responses of 100-200 words.

  • Why are you applying to the Strategy major/minor?
  • What is it about a career in this area that appeals to you, and why?
  • What personal attributes, background, or experiences do you feel will help you excel in the Strategy program?

(Updated April 2019)

General Essay Suggestions

The primary purpose of the essay is to help the admissions committee see how you differ from other applicants and to get a picture of who you are in addition to what is on your transcript.

The ideas below are general suggestions. Make sure you directly address the essay prompt for the program to which you are applying.

  • Let the committee know who you are—differentiate yourself
  • Consider essay basics: (1) a brief introduction paragraph with a thesis statement, (2) paragraphs/subheadings that support the thesis, and (3) a strong concluding paragraph
  • Your essay allows you to expound on what your resume cannot portray; try to complement your résumé rather than repeat its content 
  • Be concise; make every sentence count
  • Be creative, interesting, and professional
  • Be genuine; avoid trying to tell the story that you think the admissions committee wants to hear; your tone will likely show through 
  • Avoid cliché phrases or religious sentiments that do not connect to your essay’s core message or show relevance to your interest in business
  • More than half of Marriott School applicants are returned missionaries—in depth information about your mission may be important but often this information does not distinguish you from others
  • Explain how your participation in clubs relating to your preferred major helped you become a better qualified candidate
  • Humility is a positive trait, however, you still need to highlight your accomplishments and showcase your strengths.  
  • When telling stories about adversity explain the positive outcomes; focus on what you learned or how you overcame those obstacles
  • Similarly, if you feel you need to “explain” low grades or a poor semester, do so in a positive, concise way without making excuses; e.g., include what you’ve learned and how you have changed
  • Refer to recent accomplishments—when possible emphasize college experiences over those from High School 
  • Talk about your service, church or work experience in a unique way (e.g. a story); explain how your experiences and qualifications set you apart
  • Translate your experiences, even if they are entry-level jobs, into business frameworks, principles, and terminology; e.g., you can explain how your experience working in your local grocery store taught you about basic customer service, inventory management, or showed you the need for technological innovation in an established industry (e.g., self-service check-outs)