NYU Stern Short Answer: Professional Aspirations

What are your short-term career goals? (150 word maximum)

NYU simply asks what you want to do immediately following your MBA. Describe your goals after you graduate from Stern, including the career you want to pursue, the firms you want to work for, and the skills you want to develop.

Your stated objectives must be consistent with your existing skills and interests, especially once they are supplemented with an MBA. This will demonstrate that your objectives are realistic and thus attainable.

Review placement records and speak with NYU graduates to learn more about the kind of jobs that people land after graduating from the Stern MBA program.

NYU Stern Essay 1: Change

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? Examples:

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

(350 word maximum)

Here’s the context for this question – In 2019, Stern released a ‘Call to Action,’ rebranding with its new slogan: “Change. Dare it. Dream it. Drive it.

Watch this video – https://www.stern.nyu.edu/experience-stern/news-events/change-are-you-ready-to-embrace-it-nyu-stern-school-business-debuts-new-brand-call-to-action

After you’ve watched it, make a list of all your professional and personal accomplishments. Now choose one accomplishment that resulted in a change. Make a list of the steps you took to bring about that positive change. Give some context, explain the stakeholders, and describe your role and how you contributed to the positive outcome.

Finally, give a tagline to your story. Fill in the blanks with a specific verb. For example, “Inspire,” “Build,” and so on.

Cover the last part of the questions. Given your story and the tagline, how will you live out this motto at Stern? 

Do your homework. What curricular and extracurricular opportunities do you have at NYU Stern to live your tagline?

This can include club activities, in-class activities, and more. Speaking with alumni or visiting admissions events can provide you with valuable insight into the opportunities available at Stern.

NYU Stern 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.

Stern wants to learn about your traits, everything that fascinates you, and what you care about through this essay. Your interests, hobbies, commitments, and so forth. You can focus on a single unique interest or let your six choices represent diverse aspects of yourself and your life.

This question was included in the application process since students nowadays are more comfortable sharing photographs of their lives on social media. This question might be rephrased as “What do you honestly want your peers to know about you?”

If you are someone who enjoys reading, use a picture of your favourite book/author, a picture of you sitting at a café/on a beach, silently reading a book, a picture of you talking to your book club members/reading books to someone else, etc. 

Use a one-sentence caption for each image to synthesise your story.

The pick-six will help the adcom figure out if you’re a good fit for the program and community. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your EQ by displaying the important inspirations that motivate you to make a difference in the lives of others around you.

NYU Stern Optional Essay

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, Executive Assessment, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information. (250 words)

This optional essay allows you to explain anything in your application that isn’t clear. Perhaps you have poor academic records, or your GMAT is poor. If this is the case, you should clarify that you are academically prepared. Any explanation should also include the reasons why you will excel in your NYU academic courses.

Also, if you have a gap in your work experience, this is the place to give background. As a result, describe what you did throughout that break. Also, take the time to clarify, rather than making excuses. Finally, keep in mind that if the material in your application is self-explanatory, you will never need to use the optional essay.

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