NYU Stern is one of the premier MBA programs in the country, and for good reason. Its innovative curriculum and terrific location make it one of the first schools that many MBA applicants consider, particularly those who are interested in pursuing careers on Wall Street. If you’re gunning for a top-tier MBA, chances are that you’ve at least considered sending an application to Stern. But, besides knowing that it’s a top-ranked school with strong ties to the banking sector, how well do you really know Stern? How do you know if it’s a good fit for you? And, perhaps more importantly, how do you know if the admissions committee will decide you’re a good fit for Stern?
Today we look at six things that might make NYU Stern a perfect fit for you:
You’re a little further along in your career.
Stern prefers candidates to have significant work experience to make the most out of the MBA and to be able to contribute to their peers. While work experience is not actually required to apply to either the full-time or the part-time MBA programs, it can be difficult to get an offer from Stern unless you’re able to demonstrate how your background has prepared you for the challenging environment.
You’re in New York and you want to keep your job.
While working full time and doing business school on the side makes for a very hectic and sometimes stressful life, Stern does have a flexible program designed for working professionals who are ready to advance their careers but not willing to step outside of their industry for two years to do so.
You’re interested in non-profit.
Stern has an active and growing presence into the non-profit world in New York City and beyond with a strong social enterprise curriculum. New programs include the Stern Fellows (appoints second-year students to serve as non-voting members on the boards of local charities) and classes such as Examining the Nonprofit Capital Market which teaches students how to apply best practices in business to the challenges of a nonprofit model.
You want to work in luxury goods.
Very few top business schools have specialized offerings in luxury retail and brand management, and Stern is one of them (the others include ESSEC in France and perhaps Harvard, along with some lesser-known programs in Europe such as Bocconi).
You want to go into media and entertainment.
If you want to pursue a career in media, you probably need to be in New York or Los Angeles. Columbia, UCLA, USC, and NYU are the best choices for anyone looking to do something in the entertainment industry, the music business, sports, publishing, or broadcasting, and Stern has a specific program designed to support students and graduates. In fact, the number of students coming to Stern from entertainment or media jobs doubled recently, to 16% of the entire class.
You want to go into sales and trading.
Stern is, after all, a finance school, and those interested in pursuing even specialized finance careers can find support here. At any school, there are generally fewer jobs available in S&T through on-campus recruiting when compared to investment banking, so if you’re interested in trading, you’ll want to go to a school that has the relationships in place to facilitate your career switch. Stern is one of the few schools (along with others like Wharton, Columbia, Booth, and LBS) that reports placements into sales and trading every year, and Stern has the right electives for those interested in this career.
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