Essays and Recommendations


  • Your essays give us great insight into your personality and your other unique qualities.

  • You will submit the two required essays with your online application.

  • Please note word or character limits for additional essays.

While business school is a time for exploration, we do expect you to have a strong sense about why you want an MBA and what you hope to do once you graduate. Applying to business school is an introspective process and we want to make sure you have a good sense for what you want from a program, where you hope it will lead you and why Owen is well suited to help you attain your goals.

If necessary, you may provide an additional statement to explain poor academic performance, weak test scores, significant gaps in full-time employment, lack of recommendation from your current or most recent supervisor, academic misconduct or anything else that you think is important for the Admissions Committee to know about you that is not already addressed elsewhere in your application. Please use the Optional Essay space in the online application.


  • Your recommenders can submit your recommendations securely online to us.

  • Instructions will be included in an email sent to each recommender after you enter the person’s contact information in the Recommender section.

  • Recommenders will also have an option to complete a paper-based recommendation form if they choose not to complete an online recommendation. You must complete the top portion of the paper recommendation before giving it to the person recommending you.

  • All paper-based recommendations must be submitted by you in unopened envelopes, with the recommender’s signature across the sealed flap. We require two recommendations from managers who can evaluate your personal qualities, ability to succeed in a top MBA program and your potential for success in management and leadership roles.

  • One of the recommenders should be your current or most recent supervisor. If this is not possible, please provide a written explanation and ask a former supervisor to complete one of the evaluations.

  • Acceptable recommenders include current and former managers, clients and individuals with whom you have worked regularly as long as they can provide a meaningful evaluation in a professional context.

Do you have these questions?

  • May I submit more than two letters of recommendation?
  • How do I choose my recommenders?

These answers and more in our FAQs. Click here.