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NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips

As the NYU Stern MBA website states, “we seek students with strong intellectual ability and superior interpersonal skills (IQ + EQ)” The individual components of your application will be academic ability, professional achievements and career …

As the NYU Stern MBA website states, “we seek students with strong intellectual ability and superior interpersonal skills (IQ + EQ)” The individual components of your application will be academic ability, professional achievements and career aspirations, and personal characteristics. While your academics will be evaluated mainly through your GMAT and GPA, the essays are a crucial part of your application strategy.

NYU has traditionally required a personal expression essay, but this year allows you to choose between the options. Either essay will tie back to your fit with NYU Stern. Option A is a great choice if you want to discuss your drive and motivation, while Option B allows a more personal expression of who you are.

Essay 1: Professional Aspirations (750 word maximum)
Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?
What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?
What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?

Why MBA, why now, is an important question to answer. While many people seek the degree, NYU wants to invest in those who can use it most effectively. Perhaps you’re seeking an MBA for networking or professional credibility, or maybe you want an MBA to learn specific skills to change careers. Whatever your own personal reasons may be, make sure you can point to specific aspects of the MBA education both generally and specifically at Stern that are necessary to achieve your goals.

Note that this question specifically asks about your interest in pursuing an MBA at this point in your life. Why is now the right time for you, both personally and professionally? What will an MBA add to your already successful career trajectory to get you to the next level? If you are an older applicant you will need to spend time carefully communicating that you realize what an MBA can and can’t do for you at your professional level, and that you have a plan to leverage the MBA professionally in your next job.

This essay also offers an opportunity to demonstrate your fit with NYU Stern and describe why NYU Stern is the right place for you to spend the next two years of your life. Certainly personal experience of the campus through visits or student touch points would be ideal, but even if you are halfway around the world you can illustrate the many ways in which you learned about the NYU Stern experience.

The activities that most excite you academically should be logically related to your career goals explained in essay 1. The activities you are involved with might be professional, or could be personal hobbies or interests. This essay is your opportunity to describe who you are outside of work, and discussing the hobbies and extracurricular interests you have pursued thus far will be an important data point.

Your post MBA goal should be both achievable and demonstrate the need for an MBA. An MBA from NYU Stern will open professional doors for you, and you should demonstrate that you are ready to take advantage of those opportunities. Think about a logical sequence that starts with your past work experience, then your MBA education and ends with your immediate post MBA goal. Ideally your goal pulls from both your current work experience and the skills you will gain in the NYU MBA program.

Essay 2: Choose Option A or Option B

Option A: Your Two Paths (500 word maximum)
The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given today’s ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can have impact.

Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?
How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?
What factors will most determine which path you will take?

Option A asks you to exercise a thought exercise about your future career goals. After identifying your immediate post-MBA career goal in Essay 1, where can you see your long-term career evolving? Again, both trajectories should be logical. For example, if you worked as an analyst in finance prior to your MBA, and plan to work in private equity post MBA, perhaps you see yourself as a partner in your PE firm as your first path, or operating a company as your second path. Each could unfold depending upon the choices you make or opportunities you see as you engage actively with your career.

The second part of this question asks you to tie both paths to the NYU Stern mission, which is to “develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society.” Almost any career goal can reflect this mission, though infusing an element of leadership into your plans can help maximize your impact beyond the career of one individual. Developing people who can transform challenges could multiply your impact and create tremendous value.

In the third section of the question you should consider all of the factors you might use as criteria to evaluate future career goals. This is a great time to consider what has motivated you in the past – do you thrive on achievement? Relish accomplishment of a difficult goal? Desire to help others? This question is one that demonstrates your ability to evaluate your own decision-making process, as well as revealing the values you hold most closely. Answer this question strategically to ensure you are intentionally revealing personal attributes that are most representative of your values and potential.

Option B: Personal Expression
Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

Open-ended essays like this one can be intimidating. You are allowed any method to introduce yourself to your classmates, and you’re probably wondering what the best medium for your message is.

However, your content is king in this essay. The best first step is to brainstorm the information you want to convey. Reflect upon your unique personal qualities and what is valued most by your friends and family. How would you want your classmates to see you? What are some of the personal stories you would share with a new friend?

Once you have established the content you want to use for the NYU Stern essay 3, it’s time to consider the medium. If you are a visual person you may chose a drawing, painting or photo series. If you are a creative writer perhaps it’s a poem or short story. If none of the “creative” approaches feel right to you, feel free to write a standard essay where you explain who you are and introduce yourself to your classmates. The medium is not the most important aspect of this essay, rather the message and content of your composition will demonstrate who you are to the admissions committee.

Essay 3. Additional Information (optional)
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 and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information.

NYU Stern provides the optional essay as an opportunity for you to explain a low GPA, GMAT or TOEFL. If you are in that situation, avoid excuses. Focus on the facts, and explain why this performance is not indicative of your future performance at NYU Stern.

If you are not submitting a recommendation from your current employer, this is the place to explain the situation. A few valid reasons may include a brief tenure working for your current boss, that you are not sharing your MBA plans with your supervisor, or that you work more closely with other members of the team.

Stacy Blackman Consulting has helped countless aspiring NYU Stern MBA students to showcase personal and professional stories that cut through the clutter. Contact us to learn more.

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Tuesday Tips: NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips

If you are applying to NYU Stern keep in mind the admissions criteria that will be used to consider your application. As the website states, “we seek students with strong intellectual ability and superior interpersonal …

If you are applying to NYU Stern keep in mind the admissions criteria that will be used to consider your application. As the website states, “we seek students with strong intellectual ability and superior interpersonal skills (IQ + EQ)” The individual components of your application will be academic ability, professional achievements and career aspirations, and personal characteristics. While your academis will be evaluated mainly through your GMAT and GPA, the essays are a crucial tool to communicate who you are to NYU Stern.

NYU Stern’s set of MBA admissions essays has remained consistent for the past several years. The admissions committee has provided significant guidance on the essays that is worth reviewing before you approach this set of essays.

Make sure to review the admissions committee tips on these essays, and check your deadlines, before you get started.

Essay 1. Professional Aspirations
Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Answer the following:
(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

While many MBA career goals essays imply these questions, NYU Stern specifically requires an understanding of your career path thus far, why MBA, and both short- and long-term career goals.

Choices are often the moments that change your path or your approach to your career. Think about the pivotal moments in your life that led you to the career you have and your future goals. Perhaps it was a class you had in college, an activity that sparked your interest, or even a childhood passion. The key to answering this section of the question is to demonstrate both how you make choices and what motivates you.

Why MBA is an important question to answer. While many people seek the degree, NYU wants to invest in those who can use it most effectively. Perhaps you’re seeking an MBA for networking or professional credibility, or maybe you want an MBA to learn specific skills to change careers. Whatever your own personal reasons may be, make sure you can point to specific aspects of the MBA education both generally and specifically at Stern that are necessary to achieve your goals.

Your short and long term goals should be both achievable and aspirational. An MBA from NYU Stern will open professional doors for you, and you should demonstrate that you are ready to take advantage of those opportunities. Think about your past work experience, MBA education, and future career goals as a trajectory that flows logically in order.

Essay 2. Your Stern Experience
We take great care to shape the Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative and committed to flourishing as Stern leaders. Please answer the following questions:
(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.
(b) Describe what most excites you about Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.
(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve.

This essay is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee a bit about yourself. As the admissions committee requests, “be genuine in your essays ”“ tell us about the real you.” When you are discussing the NYU Stern community, you are also discussing you and your interests and personality.

This essay is the place to demonstrate your fit with NYU Stern and describe why NYU Stern is the right place for you to spend the next two years of your life. Certainly personal experience of the campus through visits or student touch points would be ideal, but even if you are halfway around the world you can illustrate the many ways in which you learned about the NYU Stern experience. The activities that most excite you academically should be logically related to your career goals explained in essay 1. The activities you are involved with might be professional, or could be personal hobbies or interests. This essay is your opportunity to describe who you are outside of work, and discussing the hobbies and extracurricular interests you have pursued thus far will be an important data point.

Making your mark on the NYU Stern community it is an opportunity to write about what you will bring to the school personally and to recount some of your past community experiences. Explain what you are involved with today, and how you anticipate bringing that interest and passion to the NYU Stern community.

For all three questions in this essay, be specific and provide specific examples that show who you are, how you think, and what you will uniquely bring to NYU Stern.

Essay 3. Personal Expression
Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

While you have likely hit professional experiences in essay 1, and community experiences in essay 2, essay 3 seeks to understand who you are as a person. Open-ended essays like this one can be intimidating. You are allowed any method to introduce yourself to your classmates, and you’re probably wondering what the best medium for your message is.

However, your content is king in this essay. As advised for a similar essay, the Chicago powerpoint question, the best first step is to brainstorm the information you want to convey. Reflect upon your unique personal qualities and what is valued most by your friends and family. How would you want your classmates to see you? What are some of the personal stories you would share with a new friend?

Once you have established the content you want to use for the NYU Stern essay 3, it’s time to consider the medium. If you are a visual person you may chose a drawing, painting or photo series. If you are a creative writer perhaps it’s a poem or short story. If none of the “creative” approaches feel right to you, feel free to write a standard essay where you explain who you are and introduce yourself to your classmates. The medium is not the most important aspect of this essay, rather the message and content of your composition will demonstrate who you are to the admissions committee.

NYU Stern Essay 4. Additional Information (optional)
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 and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information.
If you are unable to submit a recommendation from your current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4.
If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application.
If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

NYU Stern is quite clear about who should use the optional essay and who should not. Like many other schools, NYU Stern provides this opportunity for you to explain a low GPA, GMAT or TOEFL. If you are in that situation, avoid excuses. Focus on the facts, and explain why this performance is not indicative of your future performance at NYU Stern.

If you are a re-applicant it will be important to establish what has changed from last year. Have you earned a promotion? Improved your GMAT score? Whatever you have been able to develop since last year, highlight why you are a stronger candidate now.

If you are not submitting a recommendation from your current employer, this is the place to explain the situation. A few valid reasons may include a brief tenure working for your current boss, that you are not sharing your MBA plans with your supervisor, or that you work more closely with other members of the team.

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NYU Stern Drops GMAT/GRE Requirement for Executive MBAs

Good news for b-school applicants dreading the GMAT: The Stern School of Business at New York University has announced that, effective immediately, it will no longer require GMAT or GRE scores from candidates applying to …

Good news for b-school applicants dreading the GMAT: The Stern School of Business at New York University has announced that, effective immediately, it will no longer require GMAT or GRE scores from candidates applying to its executive MBA program.

According to a Stern press release, the school decided to drop the requirement based on the credentials of its executive MBA students:

The NYU Stern Executive MBA program provides a world-class MBA to a carefully selected, intimate class of no more than 60 highly experienced professionals each term. The average age of the enrolling classes is 38, with an average of 14 years of work experience, a more senior cohort than other peer EMBA and part-time MBA programs. Additionally, 40 percent of the typical enrolling class has already earned an advanced degree. By removing the standardized test requirement, Stern is making it easier for experienced managers and executives to consider its Executive MBA program. The program’s academic rigor, course requirements and schedule remain unchanged.

But don’t throw out those GMAT prep books yet. Applicants to NYU Stern’s full-time MBA program are still required to submit test scores. Also, because executive MBA candidates usually submit applications to multiple programs, many who apply to Stern will still end up taking the test anyway. (Stern will still accept GMAT and GRE scores from candidates who wish to submit them.)

Still, dropping GMAT and GRE requirements for executive MBAs is gaining popularity and has already been implemented at top programs including Northwestern University‘s Kellogg School of Management, the University of Southern California‘s Marshall School of Business and the University of Chicago‘s Booth School of Business.

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Tuesday Tips – NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips

Tuesday Tips provides tips on the challenging NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips to prepare you for the first round deadline coming up on November 15th.

NYU Stern’s MBA program is a diverse community, attracting students who are interested in an excellent academic experience in a global city. International and diverse classmates study finance, entertainment, non-profit management and entrepreneurship. Part of a world-class university, you have the opportunity to interact with graduate programs running the gamut from film to law. NYU Stern’s flexible curriculum and joint degree options offer a variety of ways to reach your goals.

NYU Stern seeks candidates who exhibit strong academics, and also exceptional interpersonal skills. NYU Stern refers to this combination as IQ + EQ. Admissions criteria includes academic potential, demonstrated achievement at work, and personal qualities.

Before approaching this set of essays, it’s worth keeping in mind the essay advice from the NYU Stern admissions website:

  • Listen to our podcast: Essays.
  • Proofread your essays carefully.
  • Make sure you have fully answered the essay questions.
  • Be genuine in your essays – tell us about the real you.
  • Follow the essay instructions, including word limits and font size.

You still have plenty of time to make NYU Stern’s first deadline
by November 15th!

NYU Stern Essay 1. Professional Aspirations
Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Answer the following:
(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

Not leaving anything to chance, NYU Stern divides the standard career goals essay into three distinct sub questions. Make sure to answer all of the questions posed, though you do not need to actually separate the essay into the three sub categories. The best essays will lead logically from a, to b, to c.

When discussing the choices that led to your current position think about the pivotal moments in your life that have led to a change in direction. Perhaps it was a class you had in college, an activity that sparked your interest, or even a childhood passion. The key to answering this section of the question is to demonstrate both how you make choices and what motivates you.

Perhaps you’re seeking an MBA for networking or professional credibility, or maybe you want an MBA to learn specific skills to change careers. Whatever your own personal reasons may be, make sure you can point to specific aspects of the MBA education both generally and specifically at Stern that are necessary to achieve your goals.

Your short and long term goals should be both achievable, yet also aspirational. An MBA from NYU Stern will likely open doors for you, and you should demonstrate that you are ready to take advantage of the opportunities that will be presented. Think about your past work experience, MBA education, and future career goals as a trajectory that flows logically in order.

NYU Stern Essay 2. Your Stern Experience
We take great care to shape the NYU Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative, and committed to flourishing as NYU Stern leaders. Please answer the following questions:
(a) What is your personal experience with the NYU Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.
(b) Describe what most excites you about NYU Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.
(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the NYU Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve

This essay is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee a bit about yourself. As the admissions committee requests, “be genuine in your essays – tell us about the real you.” When you are discussing the NYU Stern community, you are also discussing you and your interests and personality.

Fit is critical in the application process, and this is the place to demonstrate your fit with NYU Stern . It will be important to discuss your passion for NYU Stern and your interest in attending NYU Stern’s MBA program in this essay. Certainly personal experience of the campus through visits or student touch points would be ideal, but even if you are halfway around the world you can illustrate the many ways in which you learned about the NYU Stern experience.

The activities that most excite you academically should be logically related to your career goals explained in essay 1. When you discuss your extracurricular interests it will be a great opportunity to provide more personal information about you and what you enjoying doing outside of work.

Making your mark on the NYU Stern community it is an opportunity to write about what you will bring to the school personally and to recount some of your past community experiences. If you currently lead a team of volunteers to conduct a fundraising drive, explain what you are involved with today, and how you anticipate bringing those skills to the NYU Stern community.

For all three questions in this essay, be specific and provide tailored examples that speak to you and your interest in NYU Stern.

NYU Stern Essay 3. Personal Expression
Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

Please visit the NYU Stern website for more details on submission requirements.

While you have likely hit professional experiences in essay 1, and community experiences in essay 2, essay 3 seeks to understand who you are as a person. Open-ended essays like this one can be intimidating. You are allowed any method to introduce yourself to your classmates, and you will likely immediately wonder what method to use.

As advised for a similar essay, the Chicago powerpoint question, the best first step is to brainstorm the information you want to convey. Reflect upon your unique personal qualities and what is valued most by your friends and family. How would you want your classmates to see you? What are some of the personal stories you would share with a new friend?

Once you have established the content you want to use for the NYU Stern essay 3, it’s time to consider the medium. If you are a visual person you may chose a drawing, painting or photo series. If you are a creative writer perhaps it’s a poem or short story. If none of the “creative” approaches feel right to you, feel free to write a standard essay where you explain who you are and introduce yourself to your classmates. The medium is not the most important aspect of this essay, rather the message and content of your composition will demonstrate who you are to the admissions committee.

NYU Stern Essay 4. Additional Information (optional)
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 and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information.
If you are unable to submit a recommendation from your current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4.

If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application.

If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

NYU Stern is quite clear about who should use the optional essay and who should not. Like many other schools, NYU Stern provides this opportunity for you to explain a low GPA, GMAT or TOEFL. If you are in that situation, avoid excuses. Focus on the facts, and explain why this performance is not indicative of your future performance at NYU Stern.

If you are a re-applicant it will be important to establish what has changed from last year. Have you earned a promotion? Improved your GMAT score? Whatever you have been able to develop since last year, highlight why you are a stronger candidate now.
If you are not submitting a recommendation from your current employer, this is the place to explain the situation. A few valid reasons may include a brief tenure working for your current, that you are not sharing your MBA plans with your supervisor, or that you work more closely with other members of the team.

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Tuesday Tips – NYU Stern Essay Tips

NYU Stern is a diverse community, attracting students who are interested in an excellent academic experience in a global city. Though Stern is known traditionally as a finance school, the program has been ranked high …

NYU Stern is a diverse community, attracting students who are interested in an excellent academic experience in a global city. Though Stern is known traditionally as a finance school, the program has been ranked high in non-profit management and entertainment as well. The flexible curriculum and joint degree options offer a variety of ways to reach your goals.

NYU Stern seeks candidates who exhibit strong academics, and also exceptional interpersonal skills. NYU Stern refers to this combination as IQ + EQ. Admissions criteria includes academic potential, demonstrated achievement at work, and personal qualities. As NYU Stern explains: “We seek students who embody NYU Stern’s values of mutual support and collaboration and who will be passionate, engaged participants in the NYU Stern community.”

NYU Stern Essay 1. Professional Aspirations
Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Answer the following:
(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

NYU Stern divides the standard career goals essay into three distinct sub questions, ensuring that candidates will answer this question thoroughly. While the questions are posed in a certain order, you should choose the essay structure that positions your story best.

When discussing the choices that led to your current position you may start with the major you had in college, an activity that sparked your interest, or even a childhood passion. The key to answering this section of the question is to demonstrate both how you make choices and what motivates you. Your reasons for an MBA may vary from networking to professional credibility. Whatever your own personal reasons may be, make sure you can point to specific aspects of the MBA education and community that are necessary to achieve your goals. Similarly, you should have specific reasons for pursuing an MBA at NYU Stern. What is unique about the NYU Stern program, student clubs, and community that will enable you to achieve your goals?

Your short and long term goals should be both achievable and aspiration. An MBA from NYU Stern will likely open doors for you, and you should demonstrate that you are ready to take advantage of the opportunities that will be presented. Think about your past work experience, MBA education, and future career goals as a trajectory that flows logically in order.

NYU Stern Essay 2. Your NYU Stern Experience
We take great care to shape the NYU Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative and committed to flourishing as NYU Stern leaders. Please answer the following questions:
(a) What is your personal experience with the NYU Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.
(b) Describe what most excites you about NYU Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.
(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the NYU Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve.

This essay is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion for NYU Stern and your interest in attending NYU Stern’s MBA program. Certainly personal experience of the campus through visits or student touch points would be ideal, but even if you are halfway around the world you can illustrate the many ways in which you learned about the NYU Stern experience.

When you discuss making your mark on the NYU Stern community it is both an opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to the school personally and to demonstrate some of your past community experiences. If you currently lead a team of volunteers to conduct a fundraising drive, explain what you are involved with today, and how you anticipate bringing those skills to the NYU Stern community. Specific and credible examples will be important.

NYU Stern Essay 3. Personal Expression
Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

This essay allows you to show who you are as a person, and describe why your classmates will value you as a friend and community member. While you have likely hit professional experiences in essay 1, and community experiences in essay 2, essay 3 seeks to understand who you are as a person.

Reflect upon your unique personal qualities and what is valued most by your friends and family. How would you want your classmates to see you? What are some of the personal stories you would share with a new friend?

The NYU Stern Essay 3 also provides the freedom to use any medium you choose to describe yourself. If you are a visual person you may chose a drawing, painting or photo series. If you are a creative writer perhaps it’s a poem or short story. If none of the “creative” approaches feel right to you, feel free to write a standard essay where you explain who you are and introduce yourself to your classmates. The medium is not the most important aspect of this essay, rather the message and content of your composition will demonstrate who you are to the admissions committee.

NYU Stern Essay 4. Additional Information (optional)
Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the NYU Stern 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 and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4. If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application. If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

NYU Stern is quite clear about who should use the optional essay and who should not. Like many other schools, NYU Stern provides this opportunity for you to explain a low GPA, GMAT or TOEFL. If you are in that situation, avoid excuses. Focus on the facts, and explain why this performance is not indicative of your future performance at NYU Stern.

If you are a re-applicant it will be important to establish what has changed from last year. Have you earned a promotion? Improved your GMAT score? Whatever has developed since last year, highlight why you are a stronger candidate and now ready to enter the NYU Stern MBA class this fall.

NYU Stern requires that you explain why you are not submitting a recommendation from your current supervisor. A few valid reasons are that you have only worked for your current boss briefly, that you are not sharing your MBA plans with your supervisor, or that you work more closely with other members of the team.

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Tuesday Tips – NYU Stern Essay Tips

NYU Stern is a diverse community located in the center of New York City.  The school offers international perspective and the ability to interact with other NYU programs, including a joint project with Tisch School of …

NYU Stern is a diverse community located in the center of New York City.  The school offers international perspective and the ability to interact with other NYU programs, including a joint project with Tisch School of the Arts students in film production.

In describing yourself to NYU Stern admissions, you will want to focus on demonstrating your fit with the community very clearly.  You will need to clearly demonstrate why you are right for NYU Stern and NYU Stern is the ideal place for you.  Because there is some crossover with the Columbia Business School in student interest, knowing what sets NYU Stern apart will be a competitive advantage.

NYU Stern Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (750 word maximum):

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Answer the following:
(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

This essay is similar to both Wharton  Business School and Kellogg MBA’s career goals essays and requires you to think carefully about all three sections of the essay. You do not necessarily need to structure the essay in the order NYU Stern asks the questions, though it is extremely important to answer each sub question thoroughly.

To answer this NYU Stern question (a) you will need to clearly articulate what you have done in your career and your life to achieve your current career success. Think about all aspects of your path to your current position. Did your studies in college have an impact? Were there formative experiences along the way? And did you take on pivotal projects or responsibilities?

For (b) you need to clearly demonstrate why an MBA is the logical next step from this point in your career. Think about gaps in your knowledge and experience that may benefit from the opportunities an MBA will provide. You have the opportunity to address why NYU Stern is the ideal place for you in Essay 2, though you will certainly want to highlight specific classes or programs that are important to achieve your career goals.

Section (c) is an articulation of your short- and long-term goals upon graduation, and should demonstrate your vision and plans for the future as a logical extension of your career thus far and your NYU Stern MBA.

NYU Stern Essay 2 – Fit with NYU Stern (500 words maximum):

The NYU Stern community is one of our strongest assets. Please answer the following questions about community:

(a) What is your personal experience with the NYU Stern community? What actions have you taken to learn more about us?
(b) What is the most difficult piece of constructive feedback you have received, and what did you do as a result of it? How will this experience make you a better member of the NYU Stern community?

This essay is an opportunity to describe your own interest in NYU Stern with specific examples of the homework you have done on your program. In part (b) you are asked to comment on a situation where you received constructive feedback, and relate the experience to your interpersonal skills as a member of the NYU Stern community.

Ideally you will create a cohesive essay out of the two sub questions in this essay question. If you can focus some of your experience with NYU Stern on the community, and link your own maturity and ability to learn and grow through interaction with others, the essay can be a clear piece of writing that effectively demonstrates your fit with NYU Stern.

In addressing the section on constructive feedback you should succinctly describe the situation and the feedback, and then reflect upon your response and thought process as you worked through the difficult experience of receiving constructive feedback. Show your growth as a result of the feedback, and if there was a solid action that you took to correct the situation, demonstrate that result.

The ideal way to research the NYU Stern program is to take solid action in the form of a school visit and interaction with current students. If you are unable to visit campus, you may be able to attend an admissions event on the road. Supplementing your in-person research with reading about NYU Stern from the student perspective in the NYU Stern blogs may be another great way to learn more about the program.

NYU Stern Essay 3 – Personal Expression (500 words maximum, if written):

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

This is an infamous essay that intimidates most applicants. We have seen many successful versions of this essay ranging from a simple written essay that uses creative writing to describe the applicant, to creating a piece of art or clothing to demonstrate new aspects of the applicant to the admissions committee. Because Chicago Booth has introduced a creative essay using power point, it is probably best to avoid that particular media.

When brainstorming ideas for this essay, think about what you need to communicate. It is likely that after writing about your career goals and fit with NYU Stern you have demonstrated your professional achievements. This essay may be an opportunity to describe who you are as a person, demonstrate your diverse background or perspective, or to illuminate your community involvement. Whichever direction you choose to go, and whatever media you use to communicate your message, remember that the question requires you to communicate with your NYU Stern classmates. Ultimately, that means you want to think about what a future teammate and friend would want to know about you.

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