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New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: August 31, 2022.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $83,129

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $83,129

Acceptance Rate: 27%

Full-Time Enrollment: 671

Average GPA: 3.62

Median GMAT: 740

Median GRE: V: 161 / Q: 163

International: 32%

Minority: 21%

Female: 45%

Male: 55%

Average Age: 28

Application Deadlines: Round 1 - September 15, 2022 | Round 2 - October 15, 2022 | Round 3 - January 15, 2023 | Round 4 - March 15, 2023

The NYU Stern MBA: What You Need To Know

In a city like New York, it’s no wonder Stern has held a great reputation since graduating its first class in 1921. The school’s location allows it to use NYC as their classroom, where students are encouraged to take calculated risks and experiment with new ways of problem-solving in the community. As one of the largest business schools, it’s all about the people, with industry leaders and experts teaching the students.

Stern accepts on average 340 passionate, collaborative, and community-driven students into the MBA each year. “We are preparing students to be ready to anticipate, embrace, and drive the change happening all around them,” says Executive Director Lisa Rios. Students are evaluated across three dimensions: academic profile, professional achievements and aspirations, and personal characteristics. Admissions looks for those who possess the core values at Stern: IQ and EQ. Students with a strong EQ are those who revere diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging of all people and ideas.

To ensure that students have a solid foundation in all areas of business starting the 21-month program, the majority of the first year consists of Stern’s core courses such as Financial Accounting & Reporting, Statistics & Data Analysis, and a flex core made up of seven course options.

Students’ second year at Stern is focused on electives and specializations. They are able to choose up to three specializations from more than 20 options, and pick elective courses from an impressive 200+ selection.

Change: Studio exists to help students gain a better understanding of impacting and driving change, building on three foundational pillars — Leadership, Experiential, and Entrepreneurship programming. Students engage with Change: Studio from the moment they arrive on campus for MBA orientation and then self-select from a menu of options in each area throughout their MBA experience. Some of Rios’s favorite examples are the Doing Business in… (DBi) courses that give students the chance to study abroad for intensive immersions and the Endless Frontier Labs, a nine-month program focused on maximizing the potential of science and deep technology startups.

NYU Stern MBA Rankings Data

NYU Stern MBA Employment Stats

B-School SmackDown Reports:

Stern vs. Columbia Business School

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools:   ColumbiaDartmouthNorthwestern’s Kellogg School, MIT Sloan

Match Schools: BerkeleyDuke, VirginiaMichiganYaleCornell

Safe Schools: Carnegie MellonUCLANorth Carolina, Texas at Austin

Notes: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match, and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status.

Contact Information

Office of MBA Admissions Suite 6-70
44 West 4th St. (at Greene St.)
New York, NY 10012
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NYU Stern’s programs are deeply connected to industry, with our NYC location being an unmatched asset where the City serves as our classroom and the classroom as a magnet for business leaders. At Stern we are unbound by tradition, agile and bold innovators and frequently, first to market with the skill and will to introduce new ideas. We inspire our students to embrace change in a globally changing world by designing the student experience to be all about transformation, and as a School, we walk the talk. Stern offers three paths to the Full-time MBA: our Full-time, two-year MBA program, which includes a summer internship between the first and second year, is designed for students interested in enhancing their careers or making a career change; and our two Focused, one-year MBA programs are designed for students interested in technology and entrepreneurship or fashion and luxury, bringing together rigorous academics with Stern Solutions experiential learning to provide hands-on exposure to leading companies and organizations. All of our programs are taught by a faculty with wide ranging expertise in a community of inclusion, belonging, diversity and equity. NYU Stern is the place where you will learn to make change your ally.

In Fall 2020, Stern launched the Change: Studio, a new co-curricular program designed to help Full-time, two-year MBA students become adept at understanding, impacting and driving change and will include three pillars — Leadership Development, Experiential Learning and Entrepreneurship Programming. Engaged from the moment they arrive on campus, students then select from a Dare it. Dream it. Drive it. Curriculum.

Leveraging our unique NYC location and NYU’s global network, Stern students benefit from an unparalleled level of access to industry leading companies and emerging startups. We equip students with both the mindset and tools to excel in ambiguity and to embrace the change shaping today’s business world. Regardless of sector, we continue to graduate strategists who solve problems and drive results. This is reflected year over year in our strong...

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