NYU Stern has released the essays for 2014-15 MBA admission season. There are two mandatory essays this year. The first essay is divided into three parts while second essay has two options. Applicant has to choose one option from Essay 2. The first option is about the career path while the second option is a creative submission about the applicant. In this Stern MBA Essay Tips and Strategies article, we will give you specific tips on answering the essay questions.
Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
(750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
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?
NYU Stern has gone with the traditional essay question about Why MBA now with the first part of the question. When you answer, demonstrate why an MBA program is appropriate for your career now. If it is career progression or career switching, offer examples of the opportunities that you are missing without an MBA.
The second part of the question tests whether you have researched about Stern MBA Experience by attending Information sessions and interacting with Admissions officer, Current Students and Alumni. Mention specifics of the MBA experience that impressed you the most, and explain why such experience would help you with your goals. Also, share how you learned about Stern MBA Experience.
Since the third question asks about short-term goals immediately after graduation, address this question before answering the second part of the essay. Again, specific answers would be more effective than vague outline of potential career paths.
Essay 2: Choose Option A or Option B
Option A: Your Two Paths
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given today’s ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can have an impact.
Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?
What factors will most determine which path you will take?
How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?
The first part of the essay shows that NYU Stern is fine with applicants thinking about specific career paths but does not encourage ambiguity in potential post-MBA paths. To describe distinct career paths, applicants should have an understanding of the various career paths available for Stern MBAs.
They can be broadly categorized under:
• Entertainment, Media and Technology
• Entrepreneurship and Family Business
• Global Business
• Luxury and Retail
• Real Estate
• Social Enterprise
Picking completely non-related career paths might look unrealistic. Picking General Consulting roles, and consulting in Entertainment, Media and Technology would be feasible. Visit the career paths page to learn more about each option.
The third part of the question asks how you career path can be related to the mission of NYU Stern.
NYU Stern Mission: “To develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society”
To answer this part, explain how you are going to solve an important problem that a market is facing. Also, explain how your problem solving skills would benefit Business, and society. Visit the Career Paths’s page, and learn about various student clubs, and initiatives led by them. What are the problems that they are solving? How can you add value to these clubs, and continue to create solutions well after completing the MBA program.
The three-part essay should be completed in 500 words or 1 page. Be precise with your words, and review the essay several times. All the three questions should be addressed.
Option B: 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.
If you submit a non-written piece for this essay (i.e., artwork or multimedia) or if you submit this essay via mail, please upload a brief description of your submission with your online application.
If you are going with Option B, illustrate yourself through Images, Photos, Videos, Songs, Poetry and PowerPoint. The AdCom has hinted that creative submission is encouraged.
The creative submission should highlight your
Option B has more risk if you are planning a non-written submission as the AdCom can easily misinterpret it. We encourage you to answer Option A.