One of the first schools of business in the United States, NYU Stern welcomed its first class of students in 1900 and quickly established itself as a leader and an innovator of business education. Stern’s culture is truly defined by their location which is in the heart of New York City. Stern’s collaborative, dynamic and diverse culture can be defined simply as IQ + EQ. Their education is fueled by “a community of exceptional individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths to act as forces for change by turning ideas into action and inspiring others to their cause.”
Stern’s curriculum is flexible and customizable and offers the opportunity to take up to 25 percent of your program at the other NYU graduate schools. Stern professors teach in a hands-on, experiential way. There are many ways for students to take advantage of the countless Stern Solution projects, including Board Fellows, Tech in the City, Stern Consulting Corps (to name a few).
With visits to campus and live classes, as well as presentations, limited during the pandemic, those applicants who take the initiative to review the school’s digital literature will find it very helpful when answering the essays.
NYU Stern’s essay questions and deadlines are the same as they were last year. Stern MBA students can select up to three specializations or choose not to specialize at all.
NYU Stern MBA essay #1 (Professional aspirations)
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
- What are your short and long-term career goals?
- How will the MBA help you achieve them?
This first essay is very straightforward. As with any other goal-oriented essay, you want to be specific. You should start your essay by stating your goals and then give reasons for them as well as how an MBA will help you achieve them. Some brief context behind these goals would be appropriate. “Immediately following business school, I hope to become an associate at a bulge bracket investment bank such as Goldman Sachs in their Technology Group.” Additionally, identify what growth you want to gain from the job: “because it will give me the opportunity to work with growing companies in the SAAS sector.”
In the next section, you should explain how a Stern MBA will help you achieve these goals. What business skills do you lack? How will a Stern MBA help you close these gaps? It is important that you allow adequate time to research all that Stern has to offer. Be VERY specific in detailing the opportunities you plan to take advantage of on campus. Think about classes you are interested in. Do not include a laundry list. Instead, carefully think through how each offering will allow you to fill in your gaps.
Most importantly, make sure you answer all elements of the question while staying within the word limits. No adcom member actually counts words, but readers can tell when you are significantly over.
NYU Stern MBA essay #2 (Personal expression a.k.a “Pick Six”)
Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:
- A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).
- Six images that help illustrate who you are.
- A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.
Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.
You can use word clouds, graphs, infographics, charts, and of course pictures. Basically anything two-dimensional that will go into a PDF for uploading can work for Pick Six.
Where Essay 1 is all about your professional goals, the “Pick Six” essay is about you as a person. While you have the option of including something professional or related to your goals, make sure that this essay complements the first essay, which is professionally focused. Let your individuality shine in this essay. This can be a great place to reveal personal interests, hobbies, or community service commitments.
NYU Stern MBA essay #3 (Additional information – optional)
(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.
Stern provides several suggestions regarding what to include in this essay. However, if you have something significant you would like the admissions committee to know and that topic isn’t mentioned above, this question is open enough so that you still answer the question. This is a great place to address low GMAT scores or GPAs.
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