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NYU Stern has released its essay questions for class of 2020 hopefuls. Things have changed! 3 essays are required this year, one of which will necessitate a unique creative response. Stern provides applicants with these words of advice: Our Stern essay questions give you the opportunity to more fully present yourself to the Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.

Personal MBA Coach is here to help you tackle these new questions!

Essay 1: Professional Aspirations (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • What are your short and long-term career goals?
  • How will the MBA help you achieve them?
Personal MBA Coach’s Take: This is a straightforward career goals essay. Take a look at this recent blog: How to Think About Your Career Goals Essay for some thoughts on crafting and articulating your goals. Be sure to include both a short-term and long-term goal as asked, and don’t provide a list. These goals should flow logically from each other and from your current career (if they don’t, be sure to explain the transition from what you are doing now to the future goals!). While this essay does not ask about your past, a sentence or two for context on this choice and why you would be a good fit for this career would be expected and advised. But don’t rehash your resume here. Be sure to also think about why you are interested in this field and how you think you will be successful.

Next, focus on why you want an MBA. Take the time to think about your overall profile and your strengths and development opportunities. The MBA should help you to fill in these skill gaps. Be sure to tell the admissions committee members what these gaps are and how you will close them. Be specific. Vague sentences and generalities are not likely to wow anyone here. Instead, do your research on what Stern has to offer and think about which of these offerings you will take advantage of.

Essay 2: Program Preferences: NYU Stern offers a portfolio of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of our applicants. Your program preferences are very important as you will be admitted to only one program. You cannot switch your program option after receiving your admissions decision.
  • A. Primary Program Preference (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
    • 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.
  • B. Alternative Program Preference(s) (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
    • 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).
    • An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate "N/A".
Personal MBA Coach’s Take: This second question is a bit unique to Stern and new this year. It will streamline the process for those looking into joint degrees and MBA options other than the full-time two-year program. Stern currently has 6 programs to choose from. Find out more about the options here.

The traditional MBA program, or the Full-Time MBA, is likely to be the most common answer to this question. This is a general 2-year MBA program with fall enrollment. Stern also offers two unique one-year programs with May enrollment: The Tech MBA and The Fashion & Luxury MBA. These are new programs that are gaining a lot of traction already and should be very appealing to some. Industry specialists who are not looking to change industries might be interested in learning more about these programs. There are also part-time and joint degree options available at Stern (as with many other schools).

For those of you selecting the Full-Time MBA, think about this question as your chance to explain why you want a full-time two-year MBA program. Stern is calling attention to the increasing number of MBA options available today. A good answer to this question will show that you have done your research, not only into Stern’s specific culture and offerings, but into the differences between the programs available. Be sure to explain why you want to enroll in the full-time program and what offerings you will take advantage of that would not be available otherwise. If you don’t need or want the Full-Time MBA, this is also your chance to explain why. Think carefully about the differences, specifically the internship and career opportunities each will provide. Dual-degree program candidates will also explain that choice here as opposed to answering an additional essay.

Remember it is not required to select more than one program, so if you only want the Full-Time MBA, just select that.
Essay 3: 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.

Personal MBA Coach’s Take: Stern has previously asked a personal question but is taking the desire for creativity a step further this year. With two very career focused questions, this is your opportunity to show Stern more about who you are. Before you get started, do some careful reflection. Ask yourself: What will it be like to live and study with you? What will you add to the community? How are you unique? How will you complement your classmates?

Once you have some well thought out answers to these questions, begin thinking about your pictures. Each should serve to answer one self-reflection question or highlight one unique attribute. With only one sentence to explain each image, Personal MBA Coach advises picking one point to make with each shot. Together, the 6 pictures should paint an accurate picture of who you are and what’s important to you. Be sure that you pay attention to the headline: Personal Expression and be creative! Each shot should work with the others but tell the reader something new about you.

Finally, candidates are given the option to complete a 4th “Additional Information” essay. This is to be capped at 250 words. Don’t feel compelled to answer this essay; do so only if you have something specific to discuss and be brief. This is not a chance to tell the admissions committee how passionate you are about Stern, but a time to present unique and relevant information not covered elsewhere in your application. This is usually used to address an outstanding issue or extenuating circumstance. Many successful applicants will leave this blank.

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NYU Stern School of Business has introduced significant changes in the  MBA application for the 2017-18 admissions cycle.

Isser Gallogly, the Associate Dean of MBA Admission at the NYU Stern announced yesterday that their new application has the following three changes:
  • Apply to multiple programs in one application:
Now, MBA applicants can be considered for multiple MBA programs at the same time using a single application.  Candidates will select a primary program – Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA, Tech MBA or Fashion & Luxury MBA.  Candidates may also select alternate programs from this list that are also of interest.

[*]​New EQ Endorsement:  [/list]
NYU Stern already screens and selects students who possess both intellectual as well as emotional intelligence –what the School calls IQ + EQ.  The MBA application will now require an EQ endorsement—a testimonial provided by an advocate of the applicant that illustrates a specific example of demonstrated EQ to the Admissions Committee.  Unlike typical professional recommendations, which are frequently restricted to supervisors, the EQ endorsement might come from a team member, colleague or peer, for example, who can best attest to the emotional intelligence of the candidate.

[*]Famous creative essay is now “Pick Six”: [/list]
For more than 15 years Stern has featured a personal expression or “creative” essay in which applicants could use just about any means imagined to express who they are as a person to the Admissions Committee. This year, in an effort to provide additional direction to applicants and create more consistency in the evaluation process without compromising expression, it has evolved to “Pick Six.” Candidates will submit six images, such as pictures, charts, infographics and artwork, along with six short captions to best express who they are to the Admissions Committee. “

2017-18 MBA Essays

The new essay questions are:

Our Stern essay questions give you the opportunity to more fully present yourself to the Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.

Your essays must be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be rescinded if you did not write your essays.
 

Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • What are your short and long-term career goals?
  • How will the MBA help you achieve them?
Essay 2: Program Preferences
NYU Stern offers a portfolio of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of our applicants. Your program preferences are very important as you will be admitted to only one program. You cannot switch your program option after receiving your admissions decision.
  • A. Primary Program Preference (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
    • 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.
  • B. Alternative Program Preference(s) (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
    • 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).
    • An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate "N/A".
Essay 3: 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.

Essay 4: Additional Information (optional)
(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
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.
  • 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).
  • An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate “N/A”.

For more information on the new NYU Stern MBA application, please visit the admissions website.

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After making no changes to its application essay questions last year from the year before, New York University’s (NYU’s) Stern School of Business has this season made a rather drastic overhaul to its prompts. Some candidates may be pleased to see the school’s longstanding “personal expression” creative essay go away, but they will still need to rely on their imaginative side to give the admissions committee what it wants for its new “Pick 6”prompt.  One big application change has also precipitated the addition of a totally new—though not overly intimidating, we hope—essay: applicants may use a single application to apply to multiple MBA programs at the school (Full-time, Tech, Fashion and Luxury, Part-time), so NYU Stern asks candidates to specify their top choice(s) and explain the reasoning behind their selection.

The school’s “professional aspirations” essay was cut from 750 words to 500 and dialed in to ask specifically about short- and long-term goals, rather than addressing the broader “why an MBA” and “why now” topics, and focuses now on just immediate post-MBA plans. The program also removed its previous request to explain “why Stern.” We theorize that this may be because the new “program preferences” essay will give applicants an opportunity to flesh out their reasons for targeting a specific program at the school, which will naturally include some explanation of their broader goals and motivations. As always, successful candidates will use the suite of essays in a complementary way to convey a well-rounded impression of themselves as individuals, professionals, and potential NYU Stern students. In our essay analysis that follows, we discuss possible ways of accomplishing this.

Essay 1: Professional Aspirations (500-word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • What are your short- and long-term career goals?
  • How will the MBA help you achieve them?
With this slightly condensed and rather no-nonsense query about your motivation to earn an MBA and expectations as to where you will go with it after graduation, NYU Stern simply wants to hear your answers. The school does not ask specifically about past experiences or what about its program in particular makes it the best one for you, though brief mentions of either would be acceptable if they are central to your main points. The three core components of this essay prompt are typical elements of a traditional personal statement, so we encourage you to download your free copy of the mbaMission Personal Statement Guide. This complimentary guide explains ways of approaching these topics effectively and offers several sample essays as examples.

And for a thorough exploration of NYU Stern’s academic program, unique offerings, social life, and other key characteristics, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guide to New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, which is also available for free.

Essay 2: Program Preferences – NYU Stern offers a portfolio of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of our applicants. Your program preferences are very important as you will be admitted to only one program. You cannot switch your program option after receiving your admissions decision.

A. Primary Program Preference (250-word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • 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
B. Alternative Program Preference(s) (250-word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • 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).
  • An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs, you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate “N/A.”
As we alluded to earlier, the “why our school?” element of the “professional aspirations” essay question NYU Stern posed last year appears to have been shifted to this new question, where it understandably fits well. For this essay, again, the admissions committee is really just requesting some straightforward information, so do not think that it has some “right” answer in mind that you have to provide (or, in this case, a “right” program to choose). If you are targeting NYU Stern for your MBA, you must have some reason for doing so, and the program must have some specific features that you believe are a particularly good fit for you and your long-term aspirations. So your goal here is to convey that to the school in a clear, thorough, and authentic way. We offer detailed advice on how to consider this subject and write an essay that communicates it effectively in our mbaMission Personal Statement Guide, which is available for free to any interested applicants. Download a copy today for further assistance with this NYU Stern essay prompt.

Essay 3: 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.

We imagine that the initial reaction most candidates have to pretty much any application essay that is not a traditional essay is momentary panic (though, to be fair, that is likely many applicants’ reaction to traditional essays as well). This brand new format and query from one of the country’s most respected business schools is bound to elicit just such a response this season, but let us reassure you a bit before we delve more deeply into how best to approach it. One could argue that in many ways, this essay prompt is merely asking you to do something we assume you are already doing every day and have possibly been doing for years—curate an impression of yourself for others by sharing certain images and other media that resonate with you. Is that not what people do via Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, and any number of other social media venues by posting photos, memes, infographics, cartoons, and the like, typically along with a related comment? When you think of the task NYU Stern has presented you with this framework in mind, do you feel a little more confident about mastering it? We hope so.

In this case, rather than passing along just anything you think is funny or interesting or documenting your latest adventure or meal, you are communicating directly with a very singular audience, within a certain context, and with a very specific goal in mind. So start by carefully considering what you want the admissions committee to know about you—with the goal of sharing as many different aspects of your life and personality as possible—and what it will already be able to learn through your other essays and the rest of your application (resume, recommendations/EQ endorsement, transcript, etc.). You want the admissions “reader” to take away something new from each image he or she sees.

Your images do not need to be sequential, nor do they need to always include you. Consider photos of meaningful locations and people (or animals, even) in your life as well as inanimate objects, such as a musical instrument, a pair of running shoes, a home-cooked meal, or a blooming flower. As long as the subject of the image is reflective of who you are as an individual—and remember that you will have the accompanying sentence for each image to clarify this connection as needed—then you will be on the right track. Keep in mind also that not all of your images need to be actual photos, either. They can include drawings, paintings, charts, tables, emojis, and so on. And finally, although getting accepted to your target business school and earning an MBA are serious goals and undertakings, this does not mean that all your images for this essay submission need to be serious in nature, especially if your personality is naturally more lighthearted and humorous. Costumes and comical arrangements, if used judiciously, can be valid options if, again, the resulting final image is truly reflective of your character and/or life.

Your one-sentence captions are clearly an opportunity to enhance the meaning of each image you are submitting. In some cases, you might use the caption to provide a direct explanation of who or what is depicted in the image, chart, artistic expression, etc. You could also use the sentences to create a narrative link between multiple images, perhaps as a way of profoundly illustrating a particularly meaningful aspect of your life or personality. Another option would be to use the caption sentence to explain your state of mind in relation to the image or to express an associated viewpoint, value, or philosophy. As you write your short explanations, keep in mind that these statements must adhere to the school’s one-sentence rule, and be sure to not simply reiterate whatever is already obvious in/from the photo but to use the additional content to enhance the admissions reader’s understanding of you.

This new prompt from NYU Stern offers a lot of license, but take care not to get carried away with overly elaborate or complicated images. This is not an art contest or a battle of wits but an opportunity to express and portray yourself to the admissions committee. Each time you consider an image to include, come back to the central question of Does this truly capture who I am? If so, then proceed, but if not, stop and reconsider your options. An increasingly complex series of images that lacks the proper heart and meaning will not elicit the response you want from the admissions committee!

Essay 3. Additional Information (optional) 250-word maximum, double-spaced, 12 point font

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.

NYU Stern’s optional essay prompt is broader than most in that it does not demand that you discuss only problem areas in your candidacy, though the examples it offers within the prompt seem to imply a preference for these topics. Ultimately, this is your opportunity to address any lingering questions that an admissions officer might have about your profile—if you feel you need to. We caution you against simply trying to fill this space because you fear that not doing so would somehow count against you. And of course, however tempted you might be, this is not the place to reuse a strong essay you wrote for another school or to offer a few anecdotes you were unable to use in your other submissions. But if you are inclined to use this essay to emphasize or explain something that if omitted would render your application incomplete, write a very brief piece on this key aspect of your profile. For more guidance, download our free mbaMission Optional Essays Guide, in which we offer detailed advice on when and how to take advantage of the optional essay, with multiple examples, to help you mitigate any problem areas in your application.

The Next Step—Mastering Your NYU Stern Interview: Many MBA candidates find admissions interviews stressful and intimidating, but mastering this important element of the application process is definitely possible—the key is informed preparation. And, on your way to this high level of preparation, we offer our free Interview Primers to spur you along! Download your free copy of the NYU Stern Interview Primer today.
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The Traditional 2-year Tech MBA is About to be Disrupted

New York University’s Stern School of Business just announced its new 1-year MBA program in tech for IT professionals and others looking to further pursue and build upon their career in the high tech industry.

It’s a new category for a top business school that is already at the forefront of New York’s Wall Street and “Silicon Alley” community, as the one-year MBA allows those who are already immersed in the field to really narrow their professional focus, put their nose to the grindstone, and come out with an MBA in half the time (and the investment!) from a top business school like NYU Stern.

The Tech MBA is specifically designed for applicants who already have a solid technological background and want to take that next step. It will prepare graduates, post-degree, to secure jobs in the corporate world in high tech finance and entrepreneurship across numerous platforms and industries.

MBA applications are available now for 2018 admissions at: NYU Stern’s Tech MBA site, and check out my other MBA articles at: www.MBAIvyLeague.com/blog
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