New York, NY
You can get a cup of coffee and a bagel for $2 on the streets of NYC; same goes for a hot dog. But if you get accepted to NYU Stern, you should not get used to these bargain prices. Second to Stanford GSB, NYU is the most expensive MBA program in the world totally an astonishing $184,532. It is also one of the largest programs, with about 2100 students roaming its halls. While NYU Stern’s reputation in finance precedes it, there are more fields being developed every year as the school is dedicated to gaining a well-rounded reputation. In their recent years, Stern had just as much graduates go into consulting as they did finance. Moreover, in order to further deepen their grip on other fields, Stern has started many immersive programs such as “Tech in the City” to get students unmatched hands on experiences in real startups, as well as the “Center for Business and Human Rights” to delve into the fields of social and not for profit business. The NYU Stern application is unique in that it offers an essay that is a “personal expression” in which students are invited to send in anything they want, in any medium, as an expression of who they are. The admissions committee refrains from commenting on past submissions so as not to influence prospective students in their decisions to craft their entry. So keep in mind: NYU Stern wants your work to be reflective of you rather than a product of what you think they want to see.    At Ivy, our MBA admissions consulting team can help you get accepted to NYU Stern Business School.

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Important Dates

Early Round

Oct 15, 2017
Oct 15, 2017

Round 1

DeadlineNov 15, 2017
NotificationFeb 15, 2018

Round 2

DeadlineJan 15, 2018
NotificationApr 1, 2018

Round 3

DeadlineMar 15, 2018
NotificationJun 1, 2018



Application Requirements

Application Fee

$250 USD



Required Essays





Questions, Class of 2020:


Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
What are your short and long-term career goals?
How will the MBA help you achieve them?

Essay 2: Program Preferences
NYU Stern offers a portfolio of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of our applicants. Your program preferences are very important as you may be admitted to only one program. You cannot switch your program option after receiving your admissions decision.
A. Primary Program Preference (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
Please indicate the primary MBA program for which you would like to be considered, as indicated in the Primary Program Selection section of the application.
Explain why the program you have selected is the best program for you.
B. Alternative Program Preference(s) (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
Please indicate any alternative program(s) for which you would also like to be considered, as indicated in the Alternative Program Selection section of the application and why you would also like to be considered for this/these program(s).
An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate “N/A”.

Essay 3: Personal Expression (a.k.a. “Pick Six”)
Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:
A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).
Six images that help illustrate who you are.
A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.
Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

Essay 4: Additional Information (optional)
(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

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, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.



  • 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.EQ Endorsement
    The EQ Endorsement is a unique element of the NYU Stern application. 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. (250 word maximum)


When I prepared to select a company to help me fulfill the dream, I met with a competing local company and spoke with the manager of a leading U.S. company, but I did not feel that these were the people for the job.

A reference from a friend and a conversation with a former colleague studying MBA abroad led me to leave my contact details at Ivy’s web site. On that same day, Boaz called me from New York. Although I was only shopping around at the time, and I was one of many, Boaz already knew my resume in depth and was patient and attentive to all my questions (and believe me, I had a lot). I knew then that I was talking with a real pro and felt that these were the people to take me all the way. A meeting with Eli over coffee gave me the same strong feeling. We were on our way.

Interested in learning more about NYU Stern’s unique admissions requirements? Read this interview with NYU Stern’s very own Director of MBA Admissions, Lisa Rios, for the inside scoop.

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