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Academic Distinction

Stern Scholar: Full-time students in the MBA program will be designated "Stern Scholar" at the completion of their first year in the program, and Langone students will be designated "Stern Scholar" in the term in which he or she completes at least 30 credits toward the Stern MBA (and only that term).  Regardless of program of study (full-time or Langone), to be designated a "Stern Scholar", a student must have no Incomplete grades (even if the number of credits completed exceeds 30) and a grade point average of 3.7000 or above.  A student is eligible to be designated a Stern Scholar only once.  GPAs are never rounded up (i.e. 3.695 is not sufficient).  Students receive a letter from the Dean and the designation appears on their transcript.

The below distinctions are computed for each graduation cycle of September, January and May. The candidate pool is comprised of all graduating full and part-time students.

Beta Gamma Sigma: The highest national honor a graduate management student can achieve is to be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society for business students.  Full-Time and Langone MBA students in the top 20 percent of their graduating class, as well as Ph.D. graduates, are eligible for induction and are sent a letter of invitation.

Graduation with Distinction: The School awards the MBA degree with distinction to Full-Time and Langone students in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.  Courses taken abroad in the Study Abroad Program (a.k.a. IMP), as well as courses accepted as transfer credits from other universities, are not included in the grade point average or in the calculation for distinction.

A listing of graduation awards and prizes may be found in the Stern Bulletin.