Stern School of Business Essay Questions and Tips

Reflecting the character of the university at large, NYU Stern has always sought applicants who bring not just requisite accomplishment, but also intellectual energy and engagement with the world. Stern’s EMBA essay questions are consistent with these values. While they cover the standard concerns, they also draw out your ability to self-reflect and to understand yourself in relation to others and to the world.

Essay 1

Describe your short- and long-term career goals and how the NYU Stern Executive MBA program will help you accomplish them. (approximately 500 words, double-spaced)

Tip: One simple, straightforward, and effective way to structure this essay is to start with a recent achievement that reflects where you are in your career now. This opening sets the context and conveys about your current situation, emphasizing what is impressive or distinctive about it. Then, discuss how the education will enable you to achieve your immediate goals in your current role and later your intermediate and longer-term goals, which should logically build on this present role.

Essay 2

NYU Stern is committed to helping students develop a deeper set of professional skills, and a broader perspective of the role of business in the world. (approximately 500 words, double-spaced)

  1. What is a significant contemporary issue on which you, as a business leader, would like to have an impact?
  2. Why is it important to you?
  3. How could you leverage your skills and resources to address the issue?

Tip: Select an issue that you truly care about. A simple and effective strategy for this essay is to first talk about the issue in personal as well as objective terms, i.e., how you came to learn or care about it, perhaps what experience you have had with it. Then, describe how as a business leader you can address this issue in concrete terms.

Essay 3 (Optional)

Provide any additional information for the Admissions Committee. This may include additional details on your academic or quantitative preparation for MBA coursework through educational or professional experience, further explanation of academic history, current or past gaps in employment, or any other information relevant to your application. (500 word limit, double-spaced)