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The most rewarding aspect of MBA admissions is finding candidates who are dynamic, driven and show genuine passion and a personal connection to the values and ethos of the school they’re applying to. Your personal statement is your first opportunity to connect with the selectors, so here’s some advice on how to make that first impression count.

Top tips…

  • First things first, you should aim for roughly one side of A4 (definitely no more than two) with clear formatting and paragraphs, and thoroughly spell-checked.
    Whilst there isn’t one right way to write a personal statement, the ones that really stand out are when a candidate’s personality and energy shine through. We like well-rounded, authentic candidates with interesting stories – and there’s no better place to tell your story than the personal statement.
  • Hopefully you’ve done some research into the Imperial MBA before you apply. Use the personal statement to show which aspects of the programme and life at the School you’re most excited about. Better yet, if you’ve connected with our staff, students or alumni, share something you’ve learnt from them.
    This is your opportunity to tell us things that we won’t find out from your transcripts, GMAT results and CV. Focus on what makes you feel personally connected to Imperial – and what you can bring to the cohort as an individual. Tell us what motivates you, what experiences and achievements have shaped you and informed your future goals.
  • Use the personal statement to tell us about anything in your profile that you think needs some explanation or context – perhaps a low GPA in your Bachelor’s degree, a career gap or an unusual gap change. It will help us to understand your academic or professional journey.

And what to avoid…

  • One of the cardinal sins of MBA applications is putting the wrong business school name on your personal statement – but any copying and pasting of information between different applications is not recommended. Even if you get the name of the school right, citing faculty, research specialisations or rankings that don’t relate to Imperial will make your application stand out for the wrong reasons…
  • Similarly, avoid writing a personal statement that is so generic that it could relate to any school – we are looking for candidates who feel a real connection to Imperial and who are as excited as we are about what makes us unique.
  • It can be challenging to write about yourself, but whilst friends and mentors can be a great sounding board as you work on your personal statement (and valuable proof-readers!), don’t lose your own voice in the process by letting your statement become overworked or impersonal.

I hope that this advice helps you to write a great personal statement – good luck with your application!

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