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EQ Endorsements

Choosing Your Endorsers
  • You are required to submit two EQ Endorsements with your application. 
  • One EQ Endorsement must come from your current supervisor. If you cannot include an endorsement from your current supervisor, you must provide an explanation in the online application.
  • The second EQ Endorsement may come from someone who knows you professionally and/or personally.
  • EQ Endorsements should come from individuals who can objectively assess your potential for success in NYU Stern's MBA program and in your future career, and who can act as a persuasive advocate of your EQ strengths.
  • Immediate family members should not write your EQ endorsement.
  • Submitting more than two EQ endorsements is not encouraged but is allowed. Please carefully consider whether additional endorsements add significant value and a new and unique perspective to your application.

EQ Endorsement Questions
Your endorsers will be asked to rate you on a number of abilities and qualities, as well as provide an answer to these five 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 (if applicable)? 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.
  • 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. Please provide one specific and compelling example to demonstrate the applicant's emotional intelligence.
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?

Your endorsers may answer these questions in the endorsement form or by uploading a Word or PDF document.

EQ endorsements must be submitted online
  • If your endorser cannot submit an online endorsement, you must email sternmba@stern.nyu.edu to explain the circumstances and request approval for your endorser to submit a paper endorsement.
  • If your endorser cannot complete a endorsement in English, he or she will need to complete a paper endorsement, 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 endorsement, endorsed across the seal.