Nyu Part Time Mba Essays

What NYU Stern Is Looking For

Two decades ago, upon receiving Leonard N. Stern’s transformative naming gift of $30 million, the Stern School implemented an initiative to attract the elite caliber of student that would support its ambitious goals. Since that time, the profile of the average Stern MBA student has strengthened significantly, and admissions criteria have become increasingly stringent. The Stern School’s admissions committee claims to evaluate each candidate “holistically,” paying careful attention to three clearly defined factors:

Academic profile. Students should be “confident in their ability to master the required material and excel in the classroom,” and are assessed based on past academic performance (as well as the institutions they attended) and general aptitude as measured by the GMAT and GPA. Successful candidates come from a wide range of academic backgrounds, and Stern has no minimum criteria for accepting an application. In reality, though, most applicants whose profiles are outside the middle-80% range of GMAT scores (currently, the bottom 10th percentile is a 680), or who have a low undergraduate GPA (10th percentile is a 3.18), will have a tough time gaining an offer at Stern. Specifically, Stern is looking for the following in terms of your GMAT and GPA:

  • GMAT or GRE. Stern accepts scores from either test for applicants to the full-time or part-time MBA program. Like other schools, Stern encourages MBA candidates to re-test if they feel their score does not reflect their full potential. There is no minimum GMAT/GRE score for admission, though the average GMAT is an impressive 720. Note that no test score at all is required to apply to the Stern EMBA program.
  • GPA. While Stern has no minimum GPA, it does seek students who have proven their ability to perform in an academic environment. For older applicants, the GPA is usually not weighted quite as much as it is for younger ones. However, anything less than a 3.0 (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) means that the candidate should provide additional evidence of academic ability.

Professional achievements and aspirations. Students who will “share their experiences with classmates and perform as future business leaders” are valued at Stern. Therefore, students who have interesting and significant work experiences and who have progressed in their jobs are attractive candidates. The Stern admissions committee also feels strongly that time spent at Stern should be used to pursue specific, defined short- and long-term goals, not to first identify them. Accordingly, it seeks candidates whose past experiences (and personal passions) have led them to future goals and who have a clear understanding of how an MBA will assist them in achieving those goals. Stern assesses candidates’ essay content, resumes, work histories, and professional recommendations. In the interview, the admissions team evaluates candidates’ ability to express themselves in a professional setting. Although work experience is not required to apply to Stern, most applicants have “material” work experience (between one and 10 years). No one type of professional experience is prized over others, and a diversity of backgrounds is sought for each incoming class.

Personal characteristics. Stern has long had a reputation with outsiders as a meritocratic institution, rich with “scrappy,” self-made individuals. Stern claims that it values “participants and leaders” who will “contribute to the supportive and diverse Stern community.” The admissions committee looks for candidates who demonstrate leadership ability, maturity, character, and strong communication skills, and who will develop into truly engaged and passionate “Sternies,” with enduring pride in and commitment to the school. They look to assess candidates against these criteria by reviewing essay content, professional recommendations, and past activities and achievements, and through the interview process.

Fit with Stern. In addition to the above three factors, the Stern admissions committee wants to be convinced that applicants have “done their homework” on Stern, NYU, and New York City. Candidates should demonstrate that the overall environment is one in which they will thrive and to which they can make significant contributions. To assess candidates in this area, the admissions committee focuses on how aware candidates seem to be of Stern’s culture, program offerings, facilities, faculty, placement record, and alumni network, and of how these aspects of the school appeal to them and meet their specific needs. Stern students tend to be energetic, driven, outgoing, sociable, entrepreneurial, and open-minded, and candidates possessing such characteristics are desirable for the admissions committee.

Commitment to Stern. Of course, this focus on “fit” is of critical importance to the admissions committee in filling out the MBA class; they want to feel relatively certain that a great number of admitted students consider Stern their “first choice” and will accept their offer of admission. Therefore, if there is any sign in your application that you’d actually prefer to go to that other school uptown—such as reusing an essay and forgetting to change the school name to Stern—this will likely result in an instant pass by the Stern admissions committee. Similarly, two of the most important points of emphasis in an interview with Stern are a genuine interest in the school and an ability to express how you would contribute to the culture and the community. These are best developed through significant firsthand research into the school via networking and attendance at the school’s outreach events.

 

NYU saw apps rise by 4% for the Class of 2019, with a GMAT score up to 714. We also named them Runner Up in our 2017 Radcom of the Year Awards!

 

New Fashion / Luxury and Tech MBAs at Stern

If you’re in a hurry to get your MBA done, and you’re looking to take full advantage of the known strengths in specific sectors that Stern offers, one of these could be the perfect match for you.

The Tech MBA and the Fashion & Luxury MBA are both one year long, matriculating in May, so you can minimize your time out of the workforce in these fast-changing industries. (see below for all deadlines).

We’ve been coaching BSers to jump on the Stern advantage for these sectors for years, and now there’s an even more attractive opportunity to do so. We expect admissions to be somewhat more flexible for these two programs at least during this first year of inception, as the school builds momentum and app volumes. There are no other comparable programs to the Fashion MBA; Cornell has the Tech MBA which is the only other of its kind after this NYU one.

Make the most of your chance and pick up our NYU Stern application guide for insights and strategies!

 

2017 NYU Stern Full-Time MBA Essay Questions – Class of 2020

They’ve gone and switched things up fairly radically here too! Stern was a school like Stanford: They had the same questions in their MBA app for eons. Now, though, Stern is showing what they’re made of: They’re using the practices of innovation within their admissions process and they’re inviting applicants to do something different!

Three required essays for 2017 :

  1. Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (500 words):
    • What are your short and long-term career goals?
    • How will the MBA help you achieve them?

    This is an awesome, straightforward question. Why do you even want an MBA? That’s what they need to know. (Our Career Goals App Accelerator is perfectly suited to helping you identify the framework for this!)
     

  2. Essay 2 – Program Selection (1 or optionally 2 essays, 250 words each):
    • Primary Program: Please indicate the primary MBA program for which you would like to be considered, as indicated in the Primary Program Selection section of the application. Explain why the program you have selected is the best program for you. (250 words)
    • Optional: Please indicate any alternative program(s) for which you would also like to be considered, as indicated in the Alternative Program Selection section of the application and why you would also like to be considered for this/these program(s). (250 words)

     
    This is your chance to pitch them on “Why Stern” and also why are you selecting this program — or these programs. It’s going to be tough to lay out proper justification for multiple alternates, and it’s going to be a hard sell to convince the adcom that you’re a fit to more than 1 alternate anyway. You’ll need to navigate this carefully, BSer! We’ll cover it all in the Stern guide.
     

  3. Essay 3 Personal Expression aka 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.
     
    EssaySnark has been saying for ages that a non-written Personal Expression submission to Stern is best, and now they’re officially telling you the same! And, they’ve given a beautifully structured set of instructions (which BTW is basically the same guidelines we’ve long been advocating to BSers who are trying to build a good non-written essay for this school or for Booth or MIT). These directions could not be more clear. The best part is that this is your chance to share who you are. Time to sort through your social media feeds and find some good representations of that!!

    We recommend making this a 7-page PDF, create it in PowerPoint, write your caption in a large font, make it succinct, and use lots of white space so that the reader can skim through and see at a glance how you’re representing yourself. And have we mentioned The Strategy of Authenticity lately? Well, that applies to a visual essay too!

They’ve also got an optional essay of up to 250 words, which is quite short, but it’s only to be used if necessary to lay out some specific circumstance from your profile or your past.

Why all these changes? Well, one reason is that NYU has fallen out of favor among MBA candidates. This is reflected in the data. The average GMAT score for the Stern Class of 2018 went down — it’s a much more reasonable 710 again. (It had been up to 721 for the Class of 2016.) We discussed these changes here. This is good for you but not so great for a school that’s trying to maintain its prestige factor in the marketplace.

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Stern is not sitting on its laurels!!! (How many other lame cliches can we throw out at you here?)

 

In Fall 2014 we named NYU
as our #1 favorite business school and now you can see why they remain a top choice from our side!

 

NYU Stern MBA Recommendations and the EQ Endorsement

Big changes here in 2017! Stern has a new “EQ Recommender” where they’re making a very big point about the value of EQ in their candidates.
In the Professional Recommendations, Stern is asking the same four questions that a handful of other schools are asking (not the identical questions that Columbia asks, though). They are reasonably straightforward but you still may want to pick up our Recommender’s Instruction Sets if you’re applying here based on this new evolution with the EQ Recommender.

Here’s what your EQ Recommender needs to answer:

  • Please provide one specific and compelling example to demonstrate the applicant’s emotional intelligence. (250 word maximum)

You must use a different person for your EQ Recommender as you do for the two Professional Recommendations. This is an application requirement, and it gives you a greater opportunity to share varied perspectives on who you are with the adcom. This will not be an easy choice!! If you’re stuck, you can plan out your options and ask for input from EssaySnark with our Letters of Recommendation App Accelerator.

 
 

NYU Stern Deadlines 2017-2018

Stern used to have four rounds (Round 2 was in November) and this season they’ve gone back to three again .

  • Round 1:
  • Round 2:

We don’t list last-round deadlines on the blahg because you really should not be applying then. Hit NYU F/T in one of their first two rounds for the greatest chances.

HOWEVER: If you’re aiming for one of the shorter-format specialized programs in Tech or Fashion, then it’s different! In late November 2017, they announced a third deadline for these two programs!!

  • Round 1:
  • Round 2:
  • Round 3: January 15, 2018

Normally, Round 3 is to be avoided, but in this case, as it’s a new program and a smaller one, then it’s fine to submit then.

And even more innovation at NYU: You can apply to ANY of the flavors of MBA at NYU Stern SIMULTANEOUSLY. They took the practice that Stanford recently implemented where you can do a joint app to both the GSB MBA and their MSx program, and went even bigger with it. For NYU, you should pick the program that you’re most interested in and apply by that program’s deadline. In your app, you’ll be able to select any of the other programs that they offer as alternate interests. This makes total sense! It’s more like how the Wharton Lauder application or the MIT LGO application works: If the Stern adcom decide that you’re not the best fit to your first choice program, they’ll still consider your application for your alternates.

What you need to do is be very strategic on a) which program(s) you’re going to target (we do not suggest naming them all!!!!), and b) how you’re going to position yourself as a possible fit to more than one, if that’s the route you choose with your app.

The NYU Stern SnarkStrategies Guide includes a complete discussion of these options.

 
 

EssaySnark Guidance

 

EssaySnark has reviewed a fair number of NYU essays on the blahg over the years. Here’s a couple from past seasons for your review. Even if the questions were different, the gist of your pitch will need to be similar:

 

For Reference: NYU Stern Past-Season Questions

Included in case anyone wants to see what they asked before – it’s been very consistent from year to year!
Click to view 2016 questions



As we expected, NYU is sticking with the tried-and-true with their application this year: One very generous career goals essay (meaning, it’s long enough for you to capture some useful detail for the adcom) plus their classic Personal Expression essay. The only difference in this year’s requirement is simply some clarification on how to communicate what you’re submitting if your second essay is not a standard written “essay.”

Two essays:

  1. Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (750 words):
    • 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?

     

  2. Essay 2 Personal Expression (500 words if written, other constraints apply if non-written form):

    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.

Even though they’ve asked for specific elements to be included in a structured manner, Essay 1 should not be broken out into three separate essays. Way back in 2013 they had the three questions marked “a)”, “b)” and “c)” which implied that they wanted the answers separated. They don’t. They’re just using separate bullets for the subquestions to make sure that you realize that each should be answered in your essay. You should do that by writing it as an essay – to do otherwise makes it look like a report or something. The Stern SnarkStrategies Guide explains this and other important advice for constructing your pitch to NYU – which we’ve updated for 2016 even though the questions have not changed! We got you covered.

You should also study the guidelines offered by the Stern adcom themselves on their website .

Want to picture yourself at NYU? What better way than the NYU Coloring Book!

[end Stern 2016 questions]



 
Click to view 2015 questions


2015 Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

Yay to Stern! They have gone back to their roots. They’ve simplified their requirements by focusing in on the two questions that make them Stern: A very well-crafted career goals question, and their classic “Personal Expression” essay, which is now required. For the past two years it was optional, and applicants could choose a “what if?” type question about an alternate career path – which we never felt was that great. (If you’re curious, we post past-season questions below.) Kudos to Stern for taking it back to basics.

Two essays:

  1. Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (750 words):
    • 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?

     

  2. Essay 2 Personal Expression (500 words if written, other constraints apply if non-written form):
    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.

The only change that we can detect from this (besides that they are now requiring these two essays and only these two, without an alternate that you could do instead) is it appears that they’ll accept YouTube submissions and other online video for Essay 2. Used to be, you had to mail in a DVD if you had a video to submit. So in that sense, they’ve joined the 21st Century!

In terms of actually constructing your answers, please note that Essay 1 should not be broken out into three separate essays. Way back in 2013 they had the three questions marked “a)”, “b)” and “c)” which implied that they wanted the answers separated. They don’t. They’re just using separate bullets for the subquestions to make sure that you realize that each should be answered in your essay. You should do that by writing it as an essay – to do otherwise makes it look like a report or something. The Stern SnarkStrategies Guide explains this and other important advice for constructing your pitch to NYU.
[end Stern 2015 questions]



 

Click to view 2014 questions

2014 Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

These are AGAIN identical to what they asked last year.

(Please click the 2013 Questions link to see the archived essays – they were literally exactly the same in 2013 and in 2014.)

 

For the best advantage in preparing your strategy for this school – including an in-depth discussion of the times when Essay 2 Option A is best and when it might not be, and how Option B (Personal Expression) can be perceived by the adcom – check out the NYU Stern MBA Strategy Guide, exclusively from EssaySnark!
[end Stern 2014 questions]



Click to view 2013 questions

For reference: 2013 Stern Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

These are identical to what they asked in 2012 — except that you don’t
have to answer them all now.

Two essays:

  1. Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (750 words):
    • 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?
  2. Essay 2 – Choose One:Option A: Your Two Paths (500 words)
    • 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 B: Personal Expression (500 words if written, other constraints apply if non-written form)

    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.

One point to make: Essay 1 should not be broken out into three separate essays. In 2013 they had the three questions marked “a)”, “b)” and “c)” which implied that they wanted the answers separated. They don’t. Write Essay 1 as one essay. The Stern SnarkStrategies Guide digs into how to do it.
[end Stern 2013 questions]



 

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