NYU Stern Essay Analysis

Essay 1:

Professional Aspirations (750 words maximum)

  • 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?

Our essay analysis gives you the opportunity to present your insightful experiences, goals, and thought processes to the admissions committee. “Do you think you have the best-articulated plans for achieving your own career aspiration?” is the question you should ask yourself repeatedly. Central to the question is what you aspire to be that requires an MBA, and why the present moment is the right time to get it. If you are unable to answer the first question, you aren’t supposed to be applying for the MBA. The next question requires you to do in-depth research of Stern; its curriculum, opportunities, and student life, to identify the aspects of the program, which will help in achieving your goals. Although the information required in this essay requires nearly 750 words, you have to ensure that you introduce the central elements of your candidacy in an achievable way with well-crafted responses.

Stern is sensitive to the idea that most applicants have inherent strengths in areas such as finance, meaning the second part is evaluating their homework concerning the second prompt. The student is tasked with carrying out extensive research on the programs they would like to join and to detail how Stern will position them for the needed success. What you plan to do after graduating is the most critical part of the essay. The committee needs to assess whether a Stern MBA, in addition to your experiences, can get you to where you aspire to be. The admissions committee does not require people who cannot be placed after successfully completing their MBA. Stay within the word limit while expressing your short-term goals along with the companies you target. Think of the impact you would make to the industry and organization by considering how specific curricular and programmatic offerings will enable you to achieve your career goals and interests.   


Essay 2:

Personal Expression (500 words maximum if submitted as a written essay)

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.

A request for a long-standing personal expression is a basic question at NYU. The setting of this open-ended question yields valuable information to the admissions committee, and is a deciding factor on whether you will be accepted to the institution or not. The essay offers you a chance of displaying your creativity by offering you a broad range of avenues for which you are to express yourself. The admissions committee is giving you the opportunity to inform them of your personality, to give them a peak into where you have come from, and to show them your dearest concerns. The question is testing your judgment, so make sure you omit those things you cannot openly speak about to your boss. Consider information you would like to relay to your classmates about yourself, while balancing the content between the other essays. The response has to be a creative presentation such as an autobiography chapter, various journal entries, or an interview session with a newspaper.

Give the admissions committee a peak into your contextualized interests, values, and personalities. The prompt gives you the opportunity for interspersing texts with photos and graphics. Applicants using the graphics option can make their responses more stunning to the committee. You may opt to caption photos of moments you are proud of, or use a decision-making flow chart to visualize your expenditure of free time. Give the presentation a depth of creativity and if you choose to integrate a video, it is excellent for those who can comfortably sit in front of cameras and highlight background elements adding value to the medium such as hobbies or cultural experiences. However, it is advisable to keep off an entire video presentation of the whole essay. Regardless of the chosen format, pick on a tone that comes out as sincere and collaborative.