Next, detail your accomplishments and experience in this field — remember to show more than tell. Provide evidence of your interest through your actions during a research project or an extracurricular activity. For example, instead of saying “I like both science and art,” illustrate the year you spent researching the brain’s ability to store memories through Dali’s paintings, and how this caused you to view the process of recollection as more of an art rather than a hard science, leading to your desire to study both neuroscience and art history. Not only does this show your interest in both fields, it also implies you are curious and innovative.
This paragraph is also a chance to portray your ability to grow and conquer challenges in your given field. So, rather than writing “I won state for Mock Trial,” describe the struggles you overcame and the growth you experienced in your role as president of your school’s mock trial team. By weaving narration throughout the paragraph, you will be able to portray a more authentic and unique story.
Lastly, connect your aspirations to IU. Specificity is key here. Avoid being vague and general with sweeping statements like “Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is perfect for me” or “As a student at IU, I could study abroad.” Vague statements demonstrate a lack of interest and lack of effort. Research and learn about the qualities and programs that make Indiana University unique and special to your needs. What are unique programs or extracurriculars at Indiana University, and what will they teach you? What is a quality of IU that is important to you? Avoid generic responses that could apply to any other university.
If you want to be an investment banker through Kelley, describe the focused skillset you will gain from the school’s investment banking workshop, or the network you will create from the small classes and tight-knit community of the Kelley Business Honors Program. An aspiring global correspondent could describe the IU’s worldly approach towards learning and interning in London through the Media School’s “Summer in London” program.
Your primary goal is to connect your accomplishments and aspirations with the opportunities that await you at IU; however, avoid listing every possible activity you could participate in and stay focused.
- Start with a personal, vivid anecdote conveying your interest in a single field.
- Share a narrative of you overcoming an obstacle in this field; provide evidence of your experience in this interest.
- Describe the essence or quality of a program or activity at IU that would help you grow in this area.
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You must take the GMAT or GRE before submitting your application.
- GMAT test takers: Have your scores sent to the Kelley Full-time MBA Program (code 8ZG-41-37).
- GRE test takers: Have your scores sent to Indiana University, Bloomington (code 1324).
In addition, if you have not requested to have your official scores sent at least two weeks before the deadline, email a scanned copy of your unofficial GMAT or GRE score report to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can move forward with your application until your official test scores arrive.
Note: We cannot accept GMAT or GRE scores that are more than five years old.
If English is not your native language, you must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English language Testing System) before submitting your application.
- TOEFL test takers: Have your scores sent to Indiana University, Bloomington (code 1324).
- IELTS test takers: Simply request your scores be sent to Indiana University, Bloomington.
Minimum scores: We require a minimum internet-based TOEFL score of 100; 600 on the paper-based TOEFL; or band 7.0 on the IELTS at the time of application in order to be eligible for admission.
In addition, if you have not requested to have your official scores sent at least two weeks before the deadline, email a scanned copy of your unofficial TOEFL or IELTS score report to email@example.com so we can move forward with your application until your official test scores arrive.
Note: We cannot accept TOEFL or IELTS scores that are more than two years old.
Waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS requirement: The requirement will automatically be waived for international applicants who have earned an undergraduate or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English was the language of instruction. Candidates may simply indicate this in their application or optional essay; nothing further is required.
Create an account and begin the eApp, Indiana University's online application for graduate admissions. In the 'Desired Degree' tab, select “Business Full-Time MBA” as your academic program.
Joint degree seekers: The eApp only serves as your application to the MBA Program. If you are interested in the MBA/JD program, select “Business Full-Time MBA/JD.” For information on the Law School application process, contact the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Office of Admissions.
For admission information for the MBA/MA or MBA/Telecom Program, see our Joint Degrees.
Steps 4-6 are found in the department information tab of the eApp.
Download the essay questions and upload your responses in a single file on the 'Department Information' tab in the application. We encourage you to be honest, informative, creative and concise.