New York University: Stern


Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Any mailed application material must be postmarked by the deadline date.

International Applicants

You are encouraged to apply by the November 15 deadline to facilitate visa arrangements and to have priority consideration for off-site interviews, if desired. You may also apply for the January 15 and March 15 deadlines.


Please note the following details when completing your essays.

  • Essays 1, 2 and 4 must be typed and submitted using the standard U.S. 8 1/2” x 11” format, double-spaced, in 12-point font.

  • Please adhere to the essay word limits provided for each question.

  • Word limits apply to the total question. For example, your response to Essay 1 should answer part (a), part (b) and part (c) with a total maximum of 750 words.

  • Label the top of each essay with the following: Name, Date of Birth (month, day, year), Essay Number and Page Number (e.g.: Joe Applicant, January 1, 1983, Essay 1, Page 1).

  • Your essays should be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be revoked if you did not write your essays.

Essay 1. Professional Aspirations (750 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

(a) Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?

(b) What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?

(c) What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?

Essay 2. 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 impact.

(a) Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?

(b) How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?

(c) What factors will most determine which path you will take?

Essay 3. 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 Essay 3 (i.e., artwork or multimedia) or if you submit Essay 3 via mail, please upload a brief description of your submission with your online application.

Please note the following guidelines and restrictions:

  • Your submission becomes the property of NYU Stern and cannot be returned for any reason.

  • If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font. If you submit a video or audio file, it should be five minutes maximum.

  • If you prepare a multimedia submission, you may mail a CD, DVD or USB flash drive to the Admissions Office. These are the only acceptable methods of submission. Please do not submit an internet link to any websites or to a video hosting service such as YouTube.

  • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an alternate Essay 3 if we are unable to view your submission.

  • Do not submit anything perishable (e.g. food), or any item that has been worn (e.g. clothing).

  • Mailed materials must be postmarked by the application deadline date. Please follow our mail and labeling instructions.

Please note that mailed Essay 3 packages are subject to size restrictions. Submissions that exceed the stated size restrictions will not be accepted for review by the Admissions Committee. Please see the table below for the maximum package size guidelines:

Essay 4. Additional Information (optional)

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 and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information.

If you are unable to submit a recommendation from your current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4. If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application.

Uploading Formats: You may upload documents into the online application in the following formats: word, excel, PDF, .txt, .rft and .wpd.


Two recommendations are required with your application. Professional recommendations are strongly preferred over academic recommendations. One recommendation must come from your current supervisor. If a recommendation from your current supervisor cannot be included, you must provide an explanation in Essay 4. Recommendations should come from individuals who can objectively assess your professional performance and your potential for success in Stern's MBA program and in your future career. Recommendations from family members, family friends and close friends are discouraged.

1. How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity? (1000 characters)

2. What do you consider the applicant's strengths? (3000 characters)

3, In which areas could the applicant exhibit growth or improvement? (3000 characters)

4. How would you describe the applicant's interpersonal skills? (1000 characters)

*You are required to have all of your recommendations submitted online.


If you are re-applying to the Full-time MBA program within one year of your last Full-time MBA application, you may use an abbreviated version of the Stern online application.


Not Required

  • Personal Information Part I and II

  • Resume/Work History

  • Activities and Achievements

  • International Student Supplement (if applicable)

  • Essay 1

  • One Letter of Recommendation (only one of the two letters is required)

  • Non-refundable application fee

  • Essays 2 and 3

  • One Letter of Recommendation (only one of the two letters is required)

  • Self-reported or scanned transcript(s) (unless you have taken additional course work)

  • Official GMAT or GRE and TOEFL (unless you have new scores to report or your scores have expired)



NYU Stern School of Business

MBA Admissions

Henry Kaufman Management Center, Suite 6-70

44 West 4th Street (at Greene Street)

New York, NY 10012

Telephone: (212) 998-0600

Admissions E-mail:

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Electronic application:

Last updated: July 16, 2012