How to Get into NYU Stern School of Business

NYU Stern School of Business

Program Overview

NYU Stern is a leading business school located right in the heart of Manhattan in New York City. Along with its full-time MBA program, the school also offers part-time and Executive MBA options. Stern is widely recognized for its collaborative student community and emphasis on developing students’ academic and emotional intelligence, as well as for its large menu of elective course offerings. In addition, Stern’s New York City location helps position it as a popular business school for students aiming to secure post-MBA positions in finance.

What sets “Sternies” apart is their emphasis on emotional intelligence. The Stern community is filled with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths – those who develop great ideas, can turn those ideas into action and inspire those around them.

NYU Stern School of Business seeks students who best exemplify Stern’s core value: IQ+EQ. Stern’s admissions committee prefers candidates who demonstrate strong intellectual ability, superior interpersonal skills, and a desire to create value for business and society. Your intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from your GMAT or GRE designed to assess intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EQ)is distinct from IQ. “Your EQ is the level of your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them,” Harvard education professor Howard Gardner explains.


MBA students at the Stern School of Business are grouped in blocks of about 60 before starting school, and this grouping will shape their two years of graduate school education. Students in a block take core courses together, eat lunches on Mondays and even compete in the annual Block Olympics.

All Stern students graduate with an MBA in General Management and can select up to three specializations or choose not to specialize at all. Stern offer’s one of the largest selections of elective courses among top business schools.

The variety of choices and combinations of specializations enables you to define your educational objectives as narrowly or broadly as you like.

YEAR 1 – Required Core:
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Statistics & Data Analysis
 Menu Core – Choose at least 5:
  • Firms & Markets
  • Foundations of Finance
  • The Global Economy
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Strategy
YEAR 2 – Electives and Specializations:
  • Select up to three specializations
  • Choose from 200+ electives
  • Take electives during the day or evening
  • Take up to 25% of your courses (5 courses) at other NYU graduate schools
  •  Leverage Stern’s 47 partner schools in 30 countries through a semester exchange
  •  Participate in a Doing Business In (DBi) course in over 10 locations worldwide
  • Tackle real world issues in real time through Stern Solutions experiential learning opportunites.

Extra Curriculars

There are about 40 student organizations to check out, and the school’s location in New York City gives students plenty of job opportunities. Stern students can live in university housing near campus or in Manhattan. Students looking for a break from campus can take advantage of week- or semester-long study abroad trips offered through the school.


Class Profile

Class Size: 370

Average Age: 28

Average Work Experience: 5 years

Women: 35%

Underrepresented Minority: 29%

International Citizenship: 39%

Median GMAT: 720

80% GMAT Range: 660-760

Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.45

Career Placement

  • Consulting: 13%
  • Consumer Products: 6%
  • Entertainment/Media: 7%
  • Financial Services: 25%
  • Healthcare: 5%
  • Manufacturing: 3%
  • Nonprofit/Government: 7%
  • Retail/Trading: 3%
  • Services: 4%
  • Technology: 9%


  • Outside US: 29%
  • Mid-Atlantic: 5%
  • Midwest: 5%
  • Northeast: 43%
  • South: 3%
  • Southwest: 5%
  • West: 10%

Counselors with NYU Experience

Blogs about NYU

NYU Stern: Tips to Making it to the Village

Related Post MBAnalysis Blog: Last Minute MBA Application? 8 Cr… MBA March Madness 6 Keys to Successful MBA Application Essay How to Respond to the Stanford MBA Essay Prompts

MBAnalysis Blog: NYU Stern – An Embarrassment of Choices

Related Post Things to Keep in Mind for the 2018-2019 Kellogg E… MBAnalysis Blog: Business School Career Centers Pa… Six Tips for MBA Application Preparation in June La La Land: More than a Movie…Tips to get you to U…

MBAnalysis Blog: NYC, Fashion, and One-Year MBAs

Related Post How to Get into Berkeley-Haas Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things: Do’s and Don&#8… The 3 C’s of Kelley – Collaboration, Culture, and … Poets & Quants: Top MBA Schools Are On Sale

Related Post