Essay Tips

Each of the degrees offered in the Marriott School 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 Essay Prompt

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

  • Tell us about your accomplishments, background, talents, motivation, life experiences, and challenges you have overcome or anything you feel is important for the admissions committee to know.
  • What contribution(s) will you make to the accounting/finance program?
  • What is unique about you?

(Updated May 2017)

Entrepreneurial Management Essay Prompt 

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 May 2017)

Experience Design & Management Essay Prompt

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

  • Describe your interest in Experience Design and Management as a major and a career. How did you come to decide that this might be the right major and career path for you?
  • What interests, experiences, accomplishments, challenges, and personal characteristics prepared you to be successful as a student in Experience Design and Management and as a future professional in these fields?

(Updated May 2017)

Finance Essay Prompt

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 May 2017)

Global Supply Chain Management Essay Prompt

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 May 2017)

Human Resource Management Essay Prompt

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

  • Why did you apply to this emphasis?
  • 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 your chosen emphasis?

(Updated May 2017)

Information Systems Essay Prompt

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 BSIS 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 May 2017)

Marketing Essay Prompt

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 May 2017)

Strategic Management Essay Prompt 

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

  • Why did you apply to this emphasis?
  • 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 your chosen emphasis?

(Updated May 2017)

Therapeutic Recreation & Management Essay Prompt 

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

  • Describe your interest in Therapeutic Recreation and Management as a major and a career. How did you come to decide that this might be the right major and career path for you?
  • What interests, experiences, accomplishments, challenges, and personal characteristics prepared you to be successful as a student in Therapeutic Recreation and Management and as a future professional in these fields?

(Updated May 2017)

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 beneficial and 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 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)