UNC Kenan-Flagler’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is highlighted in a new essay question that addresses this topic.
Keep Kenan-Flagler’s core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community, and teamwork in mind as you consider your responses to the program’s essay questions. (Click here for the published deadlines for UNC Kenan-Flagler for 2020–2021.)
Kenan-Flagler Essay #1
Essay 1 is required. Your response should be no longer than 500 words and should address the following questions:
- What are your immediate career goals?
- How will you benefit personally and professionally from earning an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler?
- As the business world continues to evolve, circumstances can change that can guide you in a different direction. Should your goals that you provided above not transpire, what other opportunities would you explore?
Address each part of this question in your answer. The first two parts should make up the majority of your answer. Consider sharing a story that provides some insight into how you developed your career goals in the opening part of the essay where you present your immediate professional aspirations. In addressing how you will benefit from a UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA, be specific in noting the areas you need to improve to reach your MBA career goal and how UNC Kenan-Flagler’s specific classes, clubs, and other resources can help you fill these gaps.
For the third part of this question, UNC Kenan-Flagler wants to know that you have done some career planning and will be able to pivot your career goals, if needed. The challenges presented this past year from COVID-19 highlight directly how the ability to adapt to challenging times is more important than ever.
Kenan-Flagler Essay 2
Essay 2 is required. Your response should be no longer than 300 words and should address the following question:
2020 brought many defining experiences, including: a global pandemic, changes to learning and working environments, and calls for social justice and racial equity. At UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, these experiences propel us to strengthen efforts to increase the diversity in our community, to create a more equitable and inclusive learning environment and to teach our students to manage diversity, equity and inclusion. What have you learned about diversity, equity and inclusion in 2020? Please share your experience and what you learned about yourself as a leader. Tell us how you changed or would like to change your leadership style? If you were not leading a team, tell us what you learned at your level about diversity, equity and inclusion. How do you expect to continue that growth in the MBA program?
Without question, 2020 has been a year like no other, and UNC Kenan-Flagler is signaling the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their community by asking this question. Be specific in discussing a particular example and also in mentioning UNC Kenan-Flagler resources where you will continue your growth during your MBA program.
Kenan-Flager Optional Essay
The optional essay (for all applicants) provides an opportunity to share additional information not presented elsewhere in your application with the admissions committee. In 150 words or less, consider addressing any of the questions below:
- If you have not completed coursework in the core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), how will you prepare yourself?
- What conditions caused you to experience inconsistent academics, gaps in work, or low standardized test scores?
- How have you chosen your recommenders?
Use this answer to address the bulleted questions, if applicable. Think of your answers more as “optional statements” because you should respond as directly as possible. With a 150-word limit, UNC Kenan-Flagler is signaling that it is not looking for a long explanation but rather an opportunity for you to clarify any areas of your application that could benefit from a short clarification.
Kenan-Flagler Reapplicant Essay
If you are re-applying to the program, we appreciate your continued interest in UNC Kenan-Flagler. We require a complete application in addition to a brief essay (100 words or less) that describes how your application differs from your previous submission and that alerts us to new test scores, a recent promotion, or other areas that demonstrate how you have strengthened your candidacy.
In re-applying to UNC Kenan-Flagler, you are demonstrating strong interest in the program. The admissions team will appreciate your update noting the areas of your application where you have improved. Your ability to highlight the most impressive improvements will signal self-awareness to the admissions team and will help you make your case for admission.