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NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips and Deadlines [2022-2023], Class Profile 0
NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

In addition to its traditional two-year, full-time MBA, NYU Stern offers a menu of options in graduate management education including a one-year Tech MBA and a one-year Fashion and Luxury Goods MBA.

Stern MBA students can select up to three specializations or choose not to specialize at all.

Ready to get to work on your NYU Stern application? Here is some expert advice to help you get accepted:

In this post:

  • Application essay tips
  • Application deadlines
  • Class profile
  • NYU Stern Class of 2022 vs Class of 2023 analysis

NYU Stern 2022-23 MBA application

Short answer: Professional aspirations

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

  • What are your short-term career goals?

This is a fairly typical short-term MBA goals question. At the heart of this question: What do you want to do after you graduate that requires an MBA and why is the MBA the best next step for you on this path? You should be able to answer Stern’s short answer question, or you shouldn’t be applying.

In the past, Stern had a question that was longer (500-word limit) and asked for more information. Then, Stern put your response on a diet. What do you want to do immediately post-MBA?

However, you can answer that question in one sentence, and you do have room for more than one sentence. Provide a little context. What motivates you to pursue this post-MBA goal? Was there an experience that shaped it? Is there some larger or longer-term goal that motivates the short-term one? You won’t have room to answer all these questions, but strategically choose those that are most relevant.

NYU Stern MBA essay #1 (Change: _____ It)

In today’s global business environment, the only constant is change. Using NYU Stern’s brand call to action, we want to know how you view change. Change: _____ it. Fill in the blank with a word of your choice. Why does this word resonate with you? How will you embrace your own personal tagline while at Stern? (350 word limit)


  • Change: Dare it.
  • Change: Dream it.
  • Change: Drive it.
  • Change: Empower it.
  • Change: Manifest it.
  • Change: [Any word of your choice.]

I interviewed NYU Sterns’s then Executive Co-Director of Admissions, Rabia Ahmed for episode 340 of Admission Straight Talk, and she had a different verb from those listed above when I asked her this question. Her response should not be copied, but you might find it inspiring (18:57).

As you approach this question, obviously you have to think about what change means to you. But more important than the specific verb you choose to fill in the blank, is the rest of the question. Why are you choosing it? Can you provide a succinct example that illustrates its importance? Finally, given your reasons and the verb, how will you embody this motto while at Stern.

To answer the last part of the questions, do you research. What are the curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for you to live your tagline while at NYU Stern?

NYU Stern MBA essay #2 (Personal expression a.k.a “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.

In my interview with Stern’s Associate Dean of MBA Admissions & Innovation Isser Gallogly, he explained that today images are used for communications as much as words. He strongly feels that images combined with a few sentences and captions may be more comfortable for applicants accustomed to communicating on Instagram, Facebook, etc. So let your visual talents shine. You can go deep into one special interest, or let your six picks show different facets of you and your experience.

You can use word clouds, graphs, infographics, charts, and of course pictures. Basically anything two-dimensional that will go into a PDF for uploading can work for Pick Six.

Where the short answer question is all about your professional goals, the “Pick Six” essay is about personal expression – you as a human being. While you have the option of including something professional or related to your goals, make sure that this essay complements the earlier ones. Let your individuality (not weirdness) shine in this essay. This can be a great place to reveal personal interests, hobbies, or community service commitments.

NYU Stern MBA 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, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

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

Stern provides several suggestions regarding what to include in this essay. However, if you have something significant you would like the admissions committee to know and that topic isn’t mentioned above, this question is open enough so that you still should write this optional essay. Just don’t duplicate what’s found elsewhere.

Here are three tips for applicants from Lisa Rios, NYU Stern Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions:

  1. Explore. We encourage people from all different educational and professional backgrounds from around the world to explore our MBA programs. Looking to pivot careers? Check out the two-year Full-time MBA program that typically includes a summer internship. Committed to a career in tech, or fashion, beauty, and luxury? Stern’s one-year Focused MBA programs with experiential learning built into the curriculum might be a great fit. Talk to studentsMeet us on the road. Attend a virtual event!

  2. Be genuine. Community is a hallmark of the Stern MBA experience, and we are looking to get to know the real you! Use the Pick Six personal expression essay and other aspects of the application to show us your passions and what is most important to you.

  3. How will you embrace change? The world needs future leaders who are agile and ready to drive change, likely without a roadmap. Stern is the place where you will learn to make change your ally, through coursework, Stern Solutions experiential projects with companies, and more. How will you embrace change?

Watch: Rabia Ahmed, Former Executive Director of Strategic Marketing and Admissions at NYU Stern talk about what Stern is looking for.

For expert guidance with your NYU Stern MBA application, check out Accepted’s MBA Application Packages, which include comprehensive guidance from an experienced admissions consultant. We’ve helped hundreds of applicants get accepted to NYU Stern’s MBA program and look forward to helping you too!

NYU Stern 2022-23 MBA application deadlines

First deadline:September 15, 2022
Second deadline:October 15, 2022
Third deadline:January 15, 2023
Fourth deadline*:March 15, 2023

*Focused MBA 4th Deadline for US citizens and Permanent Residents only: February 15, 2023; Notification: April 1, 2023

Source: NYU Stern website

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***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***

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NYU Stern MBA Class Profile: Class of 2023, Full-Time Two-Year

Here is a look at the NYU Stern full-time two-year MBA class of 2023:

(NYU Stern has adopted the new Graduate Management Education (GME) reporting standards for this year’s class profile, which has impacted the way some of the data is calculated and reported and also allows Stern to disclose even more details around race and ethnicity.)

Applicants: 3,958

Admits: 771

Admission rate: 19%

Number enrolled: 360

Women: 41%

US military veterans/active duty: 10%

Countries represented: 32

Students with international citizenship: 32%

Average age: 28

100% age range: 23–40

Race and ethnicity (per federal guidelines, all students identifying as both Hispanic, Latino and any other race are represented as Hispanic, Latino only. Students identifying with more than one race, but not Hispanic, Latino are represented as multi-racial. Per multi-dimensional guidelines, students can identify with more than one race.)

Minorities: 36%

Underrepresented minorities: 17%

Race and ethnicityFederal guidelinesMulti-dimensional guidelines
American Indian, Alaska native,
Native Hawaiian, Other Pacific Islander
0%           01%            4
African American, Black4%          10     7%          19
Asian American16%        4420%        56
Hispanic, Latino11%        3111%        31
White, Non-Hispanic58%      16068%      188
Multi-race5%          1413%        35
Did not specify6%          166%          16

GPA statistics:

Average: 3.59

80% range: 3.30–3.90

100% range: 3.00–4.00

Standardized test type:

GMAT: 64%

GRE: 18%

NYU program waiver: 6%

EA: 6%


Pandemic waiver: 1%

GMAT statistics:

Average: 729

80% range: 700–760

100% range: 620–770

GRE statistics:

Q Average: 162

Q 80% range: 157–168

Q 100% range: 154–170

V Average: 162

V 80% range: 157–167

V 100% range: 149–170

Professional experience:

Students with work experience: 98%

Average years of work experience: 5.1

100% range years of work experience: 0–13

Prior industries:

Financial Services: 23%

Consulting: 12%

Technology: 9%

Consumer Products/Retail: 9%

Military, Government: 9%

Nonprofit, Arts, Education: 8%

Other: 8%

Entertainment, Media: 7%

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals: 5%

Real Estate: 4%

Advertising, Public Relations: 2%

Law: 1%

Manufacturing, Import/Export, Trade: 1%

Engineering: 1%

Energy: 1%

Differences between the NYU Stern classes of 2022 and 2023

There are several interesting and important differences between NYU Stern’s class profiles of 2022 and 2023.

  1. The class of 2023 saw a dramatic increase in yield, up 56% from 29.9% in 2022 to 46.7% in 2023.

  2. Application volume rose from 3,652 to 3,958 — an 8.4% increase, which makes the increased yield even more remarkable. Stern credits this increase in part to a broadening of the application process, adding three new standardized test options as well as a test waiver in response to the pandemic.

  3. Stern reported a record-breaking six-point increase in the average GMAT score, the highest in its history (from 723 to 729), putting the school just shy of the rarified 730 club.

  4. Increased diversification of the incoming class:

    a. 17% underrepresented minorities in 2023 compared to 12% in 2022 – a 41.7% increase. 

    b. Declining reliance on financial services for incoming students: 27% came from financial services in the class of 2022, down to 23% in 2023 (a 15% decline).

    c. Growth in military veterans/active duty from 4% to 10% in the class of 2023.

  5. A small (2%) decline in the percentage of women in the class. Given that HBS, Wharton, and other top programs are reporting record percentages in women’s enrollment, any decline is surprising. 

Greater diversification in students and how they are using their MBAs is very important to NYU Stern. Lisa Rios, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions at NYU Stern was recently interviewed on Accepted’s “Are You Interested in NYU Stern?” podcast, in which she acknowledged the broad scope for MBA graduates across various sectors:

I would love candidates to know…the MBA has become a degree that is useful in so many different spaces. You talked about Wall Street earlier, and yes, historically the MBA was for many a degree for folks on Wall Street, but it’s so much more than that now. So for anyone out there who is wondering if they should consider this degree, then they should explore it because it can take you into so many different spaces. We see folks going into the public sector, whether it’s working in higher education or working for the city of New York or the federal government or education. We also see folks that are going into marketing or into tech. I mean, you yourself have probably seen so many evolutions of where students are taking their degrees, it’s pretty incredible.

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