Application Tips: NYU Stern full-time MBA  2015-2016

This year NYU Stern is using 2 out of 3 questions that were part of last year’s MBA application. The question that was dropped asked candidates to describe two alternative career paths, and how they relate to Stern’s values and mission to educate leaders. If you’re applying this year you should feel fortunate that you don’t have to answer that question. It’s often difficult enough for people to clearly formulate one post-MBA career goal much less two.

Before reading about the questions and how to write essays that will impress NYU, there are some things you need to know . The Stern full-time MBA program has a relatively small class size of around 300 openings a year. As a result it is very difficult to get into the program which is just as selective as Columbia, if not more. In fact, it’s usually easier to get an interview with CBS than it is with NYU Stern. Once you get to the interview phase at NYU, though, you have an excellent chance of admission.

So how do you get there? Start by learning as much as you can about the program. Do more than just reading their website and watching fun YouTube posts from the follies. Talk to students, alumni and professors, go to coffee chats and info sessions. The standards are so high, even for international students, that it’s worth spending a lot of energy showing your commitment to the program. As a Stern alumna (and former  member of the admissions office team), I know that the small class size gives each student more influence over everyone’s experience. You need to demonstrate that you will be a strong and positive influence, that you’re not just going to school to get a job.

Okay, enough with the lecture; here’s my essay analysis. If you feel strongly about going to Stern and want to figure out how best to prove your dedication to the school, contact me and we can take it from there. Just submit you contact info below and I will be in touch within 24 hours.

And now… NYU Stern Full-time MBA essay Analysis, 2015-2016:

 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?

(750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Analysis: Stern has come up with a nice way to ask a pretty standard MBA application question: Why MBA? Why Stern? Why now? They’ve allowed room for you to expand on your past, as well as both your short- and long-term career goals. Make sure you don’t spend too many words on the first section or unnecessarily repeat anecdotes from your resume. .

Essay 2: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.

Analysis: This is the place to go wild and show how you stand out from the rest of the IT experts, consultants, bankers, auditors etc. Prove that you aren’t just one of many; let your unique profile shine.    But there are some things you shouldn’t do here. Don’t focus entirely on your professional qualities, don’t present the NGO you started as your core story, and don’t brag too much. Try to think of  it as a soft sell – what your closest friends and family would say if they were asked to describe you.

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