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NYU Stern School of Business Transforms its MBA Application for the 2017-18 Admissions Cycle

New EQ Endorsement, creative essay evolves to “Pick Six” visual expression and candidates may choose to apply to multiple MBA programs in a single application

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We believe these changes will help applicants more effectively communicate to the committee who they are as a person, which programs best suit their goals and how they demonstrate EQ.

Today, NYU Stern unveiled its new MBA application for the 2017-18 admissions season to enhance how the School will assess candidates on “fit” with its culture as well as program choice, given the range of degree options now available.  Last month NYU Stern introduced a Tech MBA and a Fashion & Luxury MBA, two new specialized one-year degree programs, adding to its MBA offerings that include the Full-time MBA and Langone Part-time MBA. 

Apply to multiple programs in one application:  Now, MBA applicants can be considered for multiple MBA programs at the same time using a single application.  Candidates will select a primary program – Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA, Tech MBA or Fashion & Luxury MBA – and may choose to select alternate programs for consideration.  Applicants can explain their program preferences and how they align with their goals through a complementary essay.

New EQ Endorsement:  NYU Stern already screens and selects students who possess both intellectual as well as emotional intelligence – what the School calls IQ + EQ.  The MBA application will now require an EQ endorsement – a testimonial provided by an advocate of the applicant that illustrates a specific example of demonstrated EQ to the Admissions Committee.  Unlike typical professional recommendations, which are frequently restricted to supervisors, the EQ endorsement might come from a team member, colleague or peer, for example, who can best attest to the emotional intelligence of the candidate.

Famous creative essay is now “Pick Six”: For more than 15 years Stern has featured a personal expression or “creative” essay in which applicants could use just about any means imagined to express who they are as a person to the Admissions Committee.  This year, in an effort to provide additional direction to applicants and create more consistency in the evaluation process without compromising expression, Stern is replacing it with “Pick Six.” Candidates will submit six images, such as pictures, charts, infographics and artwork, along with six short captions to best express who they are to the Admissions Committee.

According to Associate Dean of MBA Admissions Isser Gallogly, “We believe these changes will help applicants more effectively communicate to the committee who they are as a person, which programs best suit their goals and how they demonstrate EQ.  Additionally, these changes are much more in keeping with the ‘social media’ style of communication of today’s applicant.”  Adds Isser, “Applicants communicate with much more than words these days and visual elements now play a dominant role.”

NYU Stern has also announced its application deadlines for the upcoming season:

Full time MBA – October 15, January 15 and March 15 (there is no longer a November 15 deadline)

New Specialized MBAs (Fashion & Luxury MBA and Tech MBA) – September 15 and November 15

Part-time MBA (for Spring term) – September 15 and November 15

The NYU Stern MBA application includes:
  • Data form
  • Resume/CV
  • Work history form
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Academic transcript
  • Standardized test scores
  • Essay 1: Goals
  • Essay 2: Program fit
  • Essay 3: “Pick Six” visual essay
  • Essay 4: Optional essay
  • EQ Endorsement
About New York University Stern School of Business
New York University Stern School of Business, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of the nation’s premier management education schools and research centers. NYU Stern, whose faculty includes three Nobel Laureates in Economics, offers a broad portfolio of programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, all of them enriched by the dynamism, energy and deep resources of one of the world’s business capitals. Visit and follow NYU Stern on Twitter: @NYUStern.