NYU Stern MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines


Round Application Deadline
R115 October 2017
R215 January 2018
R315 March 2018

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?

EssayLever Suggestions:

Logically connect your past experience with the short-term goals and the short-term goals with long-term goals. Show how your professional strengths, abilities and interests are ideally suited for the career you have chosen. Identify the skills and experiences you need to build up in order to achieve the goals and show how specific parts of the program will help you acquire 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.

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.

EssayLever Suggestions:

Figure out what you want to say. What do you think are those few things that you are exceptionally good at, passionate about, value more than others, and can't do without? Pull out pictures and images to convey your point.


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