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.

NYU Stern offers a range of MBA programs tailored to meet your specific academic and professional goals.

  • Full-Time MBA
  • Tech MBA – Designed for students who have a passion for and are committed to business careers in technology. One year-program.
  • Fashion & Luxury MBA – Designed for students who are committed to business careers in fashion & luxury. One year-program.
  • Dual Degrees – MD/MBA, JD/MBA, MBA/MFA, MBA/MPA
  • Part-time MBA: Manhattan
  • Part-time MBA: Westchester

Extra Curriculars

NYU Stern offers countless opportunities for students to take the reins and further develop their leadership capabilities. Professional clubs provide forums for students to hear from business leaders and offer opportunities that leverage Stern’s New York City location and NYU’s global network. Affinity clubs serve as professional, educational, and social forums and celebrate the student body’s diversity, cultural backgrounds, and experiences. Special Interest clubs foster community at Stern through events that combine educational & social engagement. Sports Clubs leverage the NYU Stern pride in a fun and competitive manner through intramural activities. Below please find a sampling of some of the clubs.

Emerging Markets Association examines economic, political and financial issues in developing countries.

Entrepreneurship and Startup Association helps students, alumni, and affiliated entrepreneurs achieve entrepreneurial success and career goals.

Graduate Finance Association educates and prepares students for their careers in finance.

Graduate Marketing Association explores the marketing of products and services across a wide variety of businesses and industries.

Luxury & Retail Club informs and guides those interested in the luxury and retail industries.

Management Consulting Association provides students with the knowledge, skills, and networking opportunities for consulting careers.

Entertainment Media and Sports Association explores opportunities in the media, entertainment, and sports industries.

Stern Technology Association explores opportunities in the tech industry.

Real Estate Club provides a forum for students interested in all aspects of real estate.

Stern Business Analytics Club provides students the opportunity to develop core skills in Business Analytics across industries through training and educational events.

Stern Energy & Infrastructure Club focuses on careers in traditional and alternative energy.

Stern FinTech Association helps students navigate the broad scope of careers in Financial Technology and prepares them through education, networking opportunities, and special events.

Stern Investment Management & Research educates and prepares students pursuing careers across a broad array of investment management related functions including: alternative investments, buy and sell side research, private wealth management, and sales and trading.

Social Impact and Sustainability Association serves as a resource and conduit for students who desire to use their business skills for social good in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors.

Stern Management & Strategy Club promotes internal strategy and operations management careers in the Stern community.

Stern Healthcare Association presents the issues and challenges facing the healthcare industry and provides networking opportunities.

Stern Private Equity Club educates and prepares students for careers in private equity and venture capital finance.

Asian Business Society assists students in understanding Asian cultures, regions, networks, business environments, and job opportunities.

Association of Hispanic & Black Business Students serves all students interested in business and social programs related to Black and Latino cultures.

European Business Society facilitates European-business related events and attempts to increase understanding of these issues.

Jewish Student Association provides a forum for Jewish MBA students to participate in Jewish cultural events while they further their careers.

Latin American Business Association acts as a liaison between Latin America and the Stern community at an academic, corporate and social level.

Military Veterans Club provides networking and social opportunities for students with a military background.

OutClass addresses sexual orientation and identity issues to help gay and lesbian students understand and manage workplace diversity.

South Asian Business Association at Stern serves all students interested in business opportunities, social programs, and networking events related to South Asia.

Stern Follies creates and presents a one-night-only parody performance in the spring by collaborating with students throughout the year to write and produce a live musical theater show and a variety of comedic video sketches.

Stern in Africa serves all students interested in business opportunities, social programming, and networking events related to Africa.

Stern Women in Business promotes female students’ personal and professional development by providing networking and social interaction opportunities.


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

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