NYU Stern MBA Essays

Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines


Round Application Deadline
R115 September 2021
R215 October 2021
R315 January 2022
R415 March 2022


Essay 1: Professional Aspirations

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

What are your short-term career goals?

EssayLever Suggestions:

Logically connect your past experience with the short-term goals. Show how your professional strengths, abilities and interests are ideally suited for the career you have chosen.



Essay 2: Change: _________ it
(350 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

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.]

EssayLever Suggestions:

Recall a personal or professional experience where you participated in the process of change. Finding the "word" to fill in the blank should be easy once you identify the experience to quote.



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.



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.



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