Professional Essay Writing for Business School Applications Called Into Question
Professional essay writing has become a booming business and two such companies have revealed to Bloomberg Businessweek that they have written application essays for MBA candidates who may have fraudulently submitted them as their own pieces. Francesca Di Meglio investigates the ethics tied to professional essay writing for b-school clients.
Legitimate Help for Business School Clients or an Unethical, Fraudulent Practice?
On one side of the issue, Di Meglio outlines the argument these essay companies use for defending their business, claiming legitimacy in assisting students who don't normally express themselves well in writing or those whose current jobs don't emphasize writing skills. These companies insist that it is perfectly ethical to provide clients with examples of well-written application essays, as long as these clients don't pass them off as their own. But, they can't guarantee their clients are not turning them in as part of their application package.
After contacting several business schools, Di Meglio finds that in no way do admissions offices endorse this practice. Counselors will keep an eye out for essays that appear to be too perfect and a certain percentage of applications will raise flags. Business schools also stress that the essay is not the only piece under consideration--that all components of an admission package are weighed equally. Overall, business schools do not seem to have a positive impression of these professional essay writers and can often tell when an application package doesn't line up.