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Recommendations

Please note that our application is undergoing annual updates. Deadlines and essay questions for Fall 2018 will be posted shortly.

You are required to submit two recommendations with your application. 
  • Professional recommendations are strongly preferred.
  • One recommendation must come from your current supervisor. If you cannot include a recommendation from your current supervisor, you must provide an explanation in the Professional section of the online application.
  • 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.
  • Submitting more than two recommendations is not encouraged but is allowed. Please carefully consider whether additional recommendations add value and a unique perspective to your application.

Your recommenders will be asked to rate you on a number of professional abilities and qualities, as well as provide an answer to these four questions: 
  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization.
  • 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?)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?
Your recommenders may answer these questions in the recommendation form or by uploading a Word or PDF document.

Recommendations must be submitted online

  • You will be prompted to enter your recommenders' information via the "Add Recommender" function in the Recommendations section of the application.
  • Once you enter a recommender's information, he or she will receive an email notification and instructions for completing the recommendation.
  • There are instructions in the application for sending reminders to your recommenders, if needed.

Exceptions to the online recommendation

  • If your recommender cannot submit an online recommendation, you must email sternmba@stern.nyu.edu to explain the circumstances and request approval for your recommender to submit a paper recommendation.
  • If your recommender cannot complete a recommendation in English, he or she will need to complete a paper recommendation, following the instructions above, and have it translated into English. A certified English translation through a translating service must be obtained and submitted in a sealed envelope with the original recommendation, endorsed across the seal.  

Admissions Tips

  • Ask your recommenders to begin your letters months before they are due. You want to give them ample time to write compelling recommendations on your behalf.
     
  • Consider providing your recommenders with materials on Stern and yourself (e.g., résumé and Essay 1) as background information.

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Recommendations