NYU Stern MBA Application 2014-2015

The admissions team at NYU Stern decided to keep the same essay questions they used last year. For years , NYU’s application has included the somewhat intimidating question, “Creatively describe yourself to your classmates.” Now that applicants can choose between this option and the “2 career paths” question, they are often as confused as before. Read my analysis below to assess what’s your best bet.

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

Here’s a simple way to think about this essay:

  • What have you done so far that prepares you for moving ahead with your career and for pursuing an MBA?
  • What do you know about Stern and how did you figure it out? If you’ve only surfed the web to learn about NYU Stern, you’re probably not serious and committed to it. You need to show more effort – from a campus visit to speaking with alumni and attending events.


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Helpful hints:

  •  Make sure not to spend too many words on the intro or repeat stories from your CV. This is a long essay and you should cover a lot of ground about your motivation to pursue an MBA.
  • If you’re going to talk about career goals in Essay 2, spend fewer words on the topic in this essay, and expand on why Stern is a good fit for you. You want to showcase your future plans, share your vision for your career and inspire the reader to support you in your journey – by admitting you into the MBA program.

Essay 2: Choose Option A or Option B

Option A. Your Two Paths. (a) Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding? (b) How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern? (c) What factors will most determine which path you will take?

Honestly, most applicants don’t have a clear picture of their post-MBA professional life. I know that. When I wrote my NYU MBA application, I was confident that Management Consulting was the fast-track career that would give me exposure to global executives and a good fit for my personality.  Still, I ended up joining Goldman Sachs and trying something different.

NYU MBA is giving you a chance to think creatively and present an interesting story. Sure, this essay still has to make sense given your background and what you’ve mentioned in the first essay, but let yourself go and write something brave (and true)!

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.

Stand out from the rest of the marketing and IT experts, consultants, bankers and real-estate sharks! That’s at least what NYU is hoping you will be able to do with this essay.  Don’t do the following:

  • Talk again about your professional aspects
  • Give some excuse for your less-than-stellar GPA, GMAT or limited community work
  • Talk only about your community work

This is a soft-sell; try to make it fun, yet impressive to read.

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