ESADE Business School

Esade was established in 1958 to address the need to push for a general transformation of the nation, its economy, and its businesses. From the beginning, we knew that this change needed to be grounded in social responsibility and society’s most valuable resource: its citizens.

By encouraging a significant change through professional growth and the all-encompassing education of tomorrow’s leaders, they seek to rekindle that original spirit.

Because businesses depend on human potential, this implies emphasising the human dimension of businesses. As a result, their leaders will be able to spark the change that today’s global reality requires, including the crucial issue of sustainability.

Our Background

Esade is a university with strong ties to business and is renowned for its education, global reach, and unmistakable emphasis on the person’s total development.

Esade has been a part of Ramon Llull University since 1995 and is a member of the UNIJES network of Jesuit universities. It was established in 1958 in partnership with the Society of Jesus to improve commerce, entrepreneurship, and society significantly. Students, graduates, academics, researchers, professionals, and followers of Jesus make up our community. We work together to change society and the planet by emphasising innovation and social engagement.

Top Employers:

  • Abbott 
  • Amazon
  • Airbnb
  • American Express
  • Nestle 
  • Novartis 
  • Uber
  • JP Morgan

Application Essay Questions:

The candidates must answer all essay questions as part of the application.

First Essay Question

What drives you to pursue an MBA full-time at this time? What are your short-, mid-, and long-term goals for your post-MBA career? What does Esade have that you feel will help you accomplish your objectives?

TIP: This is a typical essay about career objectives. In terms of structure, applicants should start by outlining their career goals, including the position they hope to land after receiving an MBA and their long-term goal. This will establish your direction from the outset. Then, you should devote some space to your professional history, as this will enable you to make a timing decision. It is possible that without an MBA, you cannot advance any further toward your objectives. 

Then, applicants should discuss their decision to enrol in Esade’s graduate business program. Candidates should intend to devote at least 200 words to discussing how particular Esade classes and student organisations would help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to close the gap between their present abilities. Also, they should mention what they will need to be successful in their chosen career paths. Answering this portion of the prompt will require knowledge of the specifics of Esade’s MBA program. It will be beneficial in this case to spend some time learning about the school’s curriculum, unique programs, and extracurricular activities, whether through a campus visit or discussions with current students and alums.  

Second Essay Question

Do you intend to apply to other schools? Please give specifics about the schools and programs. This information will not impact the Admissions Committee’s decision; it is for our records only. Two hundred fifty-five maximum characters (including spaces).

TIP:  You only need to present Esade with the information they request straightforwardly, without any unnecessary jargon, and clearly and concisely. You do not need to overthink this because, as the school explicitly states in the prompt, it will not affect your chances of being accepted (or denied).

Third Essay Question 

What areas of your academic and professional careers have you improved so far? What methods or principles have you used to accomplish this? (3,000 characters maximum, including spaces)

TIP: Esade wants to understand what you currently bring to the table, so to speak, with this question, perhaps in part to get a sense of your potential in both your stated area of interest and other areas that you might not have thought of but that could be equally successful. You can also use this opportunity to show that you have the self-awareness to recognise which of the requirements for the professional role or industry you are targeting you may already meet. Next, identify the traits you have that have aided your development to satisfy the second part of Esade’s request. Were you raised to be intellectually curious or ambitious? Are you a quick learner who applies reasoning and deduction to grasp novel ideas and skills naturally? What facets of your personality—ingrained traits or learned behaviours—have aided your development?

Fourth Essay Question

How will your background, values, and extracurricular activities benefit other ESADE MBA students’ learning experiences and contribute to the inclusive culture we value at ESADE? (Note: This essay’s objective is to understand who you are rather than what you have achieved.) (3,000 characters maximum, including spaces.)

TIP: Esade’s essay prompt clarifies that they want proof that you have studied the school’s community and culture and have a solid understanding of it. Your essay aims to persuade the admissions committee that you are eager to participate in and contribute to opportunities, that you have carefully thought through your place within the school’s community, and that, as a result, you know what you want to do. It will not help you get in if you make inaccurate assumptions about what you could bring to the school, i.e., if what you suggest is not feasible there or does not correspond with the program’s values and culture. Read student blogs, browse discussion forums, catch up on the program’s press releases from the previous year or more, and spend some time on Esade’s YouTube channel as good places to begin (or better yet, continue!) your education about what life is really like at the school.

Fifth Essay Question 

Fill in two of the following four statements or questions (3,000 characters total, maximum)

a)I am most pleased with….

b)People might be shocked to learn that I….

  1. c) What has been your biggest challenge, and what have you learned about yourself?
  2. d) What historical figure most closely resembles you, and why?

TIP: Expect to respond in 3,000 characters or 450–525 words, so be succinct and to the point. We advise reading the prompts and choosing the two that immediately resonate with you. You could also consider what you think your application is missing and decide which prompt(s) would allow you to share fresh and interesting information about yourself. Be positive and relevant.

Additional Essay

If you have any additional information to share with the admissions committee, kindly do so. This could include any pertinent information, such as employment gaps, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT, etc. (3,000 characters maximum, including spaces)

TIP: Although the prompt does not state explicitly that this essay is optional, we believe it to be so. Candidates should use this type of essay to clarify murky or troubling aspects of their candidacy, which this prompt does indeed permit. So, if necessary, take advantage of this chance to answer any inquiries the admissions committee may have about your profile, such as a subpar grade or overall GPA, a low GMAT or GRE score, or a gap in your employment history.

Upcoming deadlines

The application deadline for the Full-Time MBA Class of 2023 is:

  • Round 1: October 6th, 2022 (Decision November 23rd, 2022)
  • Round 2: November 24th, 2022 (Decision January 11th, 2023)
  • Round 3: January 12th,2023 (Decision February 10th, 2023)
  • Round 4: February 10th,2023( Decision March 15th, 2023)
  • Round 5: March 16th, 2023 (Decision April 19th, 2023)
  • Round 6: April 20th,2023( Decision May 17th, 2023)
  • Round 7: May 18th,2023( Decision June 28th, 2023)
  • Extraordinary: June 22nd, 2023( Decision July 7th, 2023)

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