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UCLA Sample Essays and Recommendation Letters

UCLA MSBA Sample Essays

Applicants are required to submit three essays as part of the online application to the MSBA program. These application essays help the Admissions Committee become acquainted with applicants as individuals, and they demonstrate an applicant’s ability to write concisely and economically.


Essay 1:

Business analytics requires a combination of mathematical/quantitative abilities and creative thinking. Describe a project you worked on, either as a student or professional, that demonstrates your analytical and creative problem-solving skills. Tell us why this project was interesting to you. (Maximum 750 words)

Essay 2:

Statement of purpose: Share academic and professional background, skills, accomplishments; research interests; academic/career goals. Describe why this graduate program is a good fit for you.

Essay 3:

Personal Statement: Personal motivation for applying to UCLA Anderson. Please share any relevant experiences, challenges, or accomplishments.

UCLA MSBA Personal Statement

The Personal Statement is an opportunity for you to provide additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA, including your contribution to diversity. The statement will also be used to consider candidates for the Cota-Robles and Graduate Opportunity awards, which provide financial support to graduate students who make significant contributions to diversity.

In the words of the University of California’s Diversity Statement, “Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.”  


Please respond to one or more of the following prompts, including at least one prompt speaking to your contributions to diversity. Your statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 1-page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font).

 Are there educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, not described in your Statement of Purpose, that have shaped your academic journey? If so, how? 

Have any of these experiences provided unique perspective(s) that you would contribute to your program, field or profession? 

Describe challenge(s) or barriers that you have faced in your pursuit of higher education. What motivated you to persist, and how did you overcome them? What is the evidence of your persistence, progress or success? 

How have your life experiences and educational background informed your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education? 

How have you been actively engaged (e.g., through participation, employment, service, teaching or other activities) in programs or activities focused on increasing participation by groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education? 

How do you intend to engage in scholarly discourse, research, teaching, creative efforts, and/or community engagement during your graduate program that have the potential to advance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education? 

How do you see yourself contributing to diversity in your profession after you earn your advanced degree at UCLA?


UCLA MSBA Recommendation Letters

Admission to UCLA MSBA requires the submission of two recommendation letters. It is suggested that letters of recommendation be written by individuals who can evaluate your quantitative skills and your management potential (e.g., professors, employers and managers).

The third recommendation letter is optional. If you do not wish to submit a third recommendation with your application, then enter any (arbitrary) email address and it will be ignored.


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