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New York University (Stern) offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, arts administration, consulting, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, international business, leadership, manufacturing and technology management, marketing, management information systems, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, real estate, supply chain management/logistics, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research, and technology. At graduation, 79.10 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.
MBA students at the Stern School of Business are grouped in blocks of about 60 before starting school, and this grouping will shape their two years of graduate school education. Students in a block take core courses together, eat lunches on Mondays and even compete in the annual Block Olympics.
When not with their block, students can take electives across NYU’s highly ranked schools. The Stern degree is an MBA in general management, and students can specialize in up to three areas, such as entrepreneurship and innovation or luxury marketing. Students can also complete dual degrees, often at an accelerated pace: the J.D./MBA takes four years at Stern and the NYU School of Law; an M.S. in Biology/MBA takes three years at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and an MBA/M.S. in mathematics in finance takes two and a half years at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, among a few other dual degree offerings.
There are about 40 student organizations to check out, and the school’s location in New York City gives students plenty of job opportunities. Stern students can live in university housing near campus or in Manhattan. Students looking for a break from campus can take advantage of week- or semester-long study abroad trips offered through the school.
Some Stern alumni have risen to the top of the makeup industry, including graduates Guillaume Jesel, a senior vice president for global marketing at MAC Cosmetics; Alan Ennis, former president and CEO of Revlon, Inc.; and John Demsey, group president of The Estée Lauder Companies. Other notable alumni of the Stern School of Business include Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, and Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.
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Short Answer: Professional Aspirations
What are your short-term career goals? (150 words maximum)
Essay 1: Change
Change: _________ it (350 words maximum)
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.
Essay 2: 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.
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, Executive Assessment, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information. (250 words)
Letter of Recommendation
1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.
2. How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)
3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
4. IQ+EQ is a core value of NYU Stern, and we seek exceptional individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills such as self-awareness, empathy, communication and self-management are at the core of our community of leaders.
5. Please provide one specific and compelling example to demonstrate the applicant’s emotional intelligence.
(Optional) Is there anything else we should know?
Stern offers four rounds of admission, with application deadlines typically in mid-October, mid-November, mid-January and mid-March. In addition to filling out an online biographical form, applicants must submit essays, a résumé, lists of work history and extracurricular activities, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must also submit transcripts from each academic institution they attended, GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment (EA) scores, and, if applicable, a TOEFL or IELTS score and supplemental form for international students. There is a non-refundable application fee of $250. Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis and are required for admission to the MBA program.
Applicants who identify as African-American, Hispanic-American, or Native American may also apply to Stern through the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.