NYU’s MBA application is pretty straight forward in my opinion but requires significant time and creativity.
Essay 1. Professional Aspirations(750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
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?
Analysis: It’s nice how NYU’s MBA is basically asking “why MBA, why NOW”. There’s room to expand on your past, as well as a split between short and long term career goals. In this aspect, it’s a pretty standard MBA application question. Make sure not to spend too many words on the 1st section or repeat unnecessary stories from your resume.
Essay 2. Your Stern Experience(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
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.
Analysis: Basically, NYU’s MBA want to know what you would fit in, and see that you have done your homework and that you are committed to the program. I remember once interviewing someone for the full-time MBA program who lived in New Jersey. When I found out he was working in New York City but never bothered to visit the school, it was clear to me that he was not seriously interested in the program.
Essay 3. Personal ExpressionPlease 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.
If you will submit Essay 3 via mail or by providing an online link, please provide a brief description of your submission and its relevance to your MBA application.
Analysis: this is the place to go wild, show how you stand out from the rest of the IT experts, consultant, bankers, audit experts etc. If you are worried about being one of many let your unique profile shine. This is a bit similar to the 4-slides essay from Chicago’s Booth.
What not to do here – don’t focus on your professional aspects too much, don’t present the NGO you started as your core story, don’t brag too much. Try to think about it as a soft sell – what your friends and family would say about you if they were asked to describe you.
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