Friday, June 15, 2012

NYU Stern Releases 2012-13 Application Season Deadlines and Essay Topics

NYU Stern has released both deadlines and essay topics for applicants aiming to enter its full-time MBA program in the fall of 2013.

Round 1:
Deadline: 11/15/2012
Initial Notification: 2/15/2013

Round 2:
Deadline: 1/15/2013
Initial Notification: 4/1/2013

Round 3:
Deadline: 3/15/2013
Initial Notification: 6/1/2013

Some notes from NYU's admissions site:

- Round 1 offers priority consideration for merit scholarships and off-site interviews.
- Initial notification means invitation to interview, a waitlist offer, or a denial of admission.
- International applicants are encouraged to apply by the 11/15 deadline, although they may also apply in both rounds 2 and 3.

As always, do confirm all information directly at the NYU Stern Full-time MBA Admissions Site.

Here are the essay topics for the NYU Stern full-time MBA this year. The questions can be found on this page at the NYU Stern website.  Essay 2 is new for this year.  It is always interesting to read information published by the school itself as to why they make such changes, as it may give some hints as to what they are looking for.  Read NYU Stern's press release on the new essay here.  You may also wish to review my own postings on MBA essay goals and also finding and determining fit with MBA programs, as both appear to be relevant to this new question.

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:

Packaging Type
Dimensions: Metric
Dimensions: Non-metric
36cm x 31cm x 8cm
14” x 12” x 3”
Cylindrical tube
8cm x 91cm
3” x 36”
Triangular tube
97cm x 16cm x 16 cm x 16 cm
38” x 6” x 6” x 6”

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.

Once again, do confirm all information directly on the school's own admissions pages.  This information can change from time to time, and so it is important that you access the topics from the school's own site.

John Couke