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New York University Business School MBA Essay Questions, Topics and Sample Essay Response

ESSAY 1998-2001

Over the last four years the questions asked by NYU-Stern in its application have been the following – the first and third essay questions occur up every year, whereas the second essay question changes from one year to the next.

1. Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following: (2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

PAST: What choices have you made that led you to your current position?

PRESENT: Why is a Stern MBA necessary at this point in your life?

FUTURE: What is your desired position upon graduation from the Stern School?

2. Changed Essays (one of them for the past four years)

A.   Its August I the new century ad you have three years of experience with the company that hired you after you earned your MBA. Layoffs, mergers and acquistitions continutes to define the business climate. You have just leanred that your position will be eliminated. You don’t have the seniority required to severance pay or outplancement services but will receive your salary through September 15. What is your plan of action?

B.   As a graduate of the Stern MBA, you are a successful manager and responsible for hiring people inyour department. It now appears you may have made a mistake. An employee you selected six months ago is not performing at an accepatable level. You have confonted this personal reviewed performance expectations and given constructive suggestions for improvement. However, the employee’s performance has not improved and you’ve decided this cannot conitue. Hwo eill you handle the situation?

C.  Assume that you are planning to launch a new business venture. Write an executive summary of your business plan to present to potential investors.

3. Creatively describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use any method to convey your message: words, illustrations, etc. All submissions become part of the permanent records at the Stern School of Business and cannot be returned for any reason. We do not recommend submitting anything that must be viewed or played electronically. (2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

4. (Optional) Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current employer, please give your reason here.

 

ESSAY 2001-2002

1. Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following: (2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

PAST: What choices have you made that led you to your current position?

PRESENT: Why is a Stern MBA necessary at this point in your life?

FUTURE: What is your desired position upon graduation from the Stern School?

2. Please respond to one of the following questions, giving relevant reasons and/or examples from your personal experience to support your answer. (2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

A.   “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy. What was the most difficult constructive feedback you have received, and what did you do as a result of it?

B.   “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. In your professional experience, describe a situation where you demonstrated leadership, relating it to the quote above.

3. Creatively describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use any method to convey your message: words, illustrations, etc. All submissions become part of the permanent records at the Stern School of Business and cannot be returned for any reason. We do not recommend submitting anything that must be viewed or played electronically. (2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

4. (Optional) Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current employer, please give your reason here.

 

ESSAY 2002-2003

1. Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following: (2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

PAST: What choices have you made that led you to your current position?

PRESENT: Why is a Stern MBA necessary at this point in your life?

FUTURE: What is your desired position upon graduation from the Stern School?

2. Please respond to one of the following questions, giving relevant reasons and/or examples from your personal experience to support your answer. (2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

C.  “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy. What was the most difficult constructive feedback you have received, and what did you do as a result of it?

D.  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. In your professional experience, describe a situation where you demonstrated leadership, relating it to the quote above.

3. Creatively describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use any method to convey your message: words, illustrations, etc. All submissions become part of the permanent records at the Stern School of Business and cannot be returned for any reason. We do not recommend submitting anything that must be viewed or played electronically. (2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

4. (Optional) Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current employer, please give your reason here.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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