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Acceleration (Langone Program Students only)

Langone Program students may register for a maximum of nine total credits in each Fall and Spring term and a maximum of six credits in each of the Summer modules: Summer 1 and Summer 2. Additionally, they may take up to 4.5 credits in each of the Intensive modules: Winter and Late Summer.  Please note that due to course schedules, taking 4.5 credits during an Intensive module is often difficult and never guaranteed.

On occasion, Langone students face personal or professional circumstances that justify accelerating the pace of program completion once they have finished their Core courses. Students who feel they are in such a situation should meet with an academic advisor and may then petition the MBA Academic Policy Board in writing to accelerate their programs. In exceptional cases, students will be granted to take more than 9 credits, up to a maximum of 15, in one or more Fall or Spring semesters towards completion of their program of study at Stern. In rare circumstances, students may be permitted to accelerate during the Summer I or II modules.  Accelerations in these modules are, generally, unnecessary (since students may already take 6 credits in 6 weeks) and not advisable due to the demands of these intensive modules.

Application Procedure

To be considered for an acceleration, the student must:

1) Have completed all Stern Core courses prior to applying
a)  Stern Core does not include the Langone Core or Professional Responsibility
b)  Core courses may not be taken as part of the acceleration.
2) Submit a formal "Application to Accelerate the Langone MBA Program"
3) Apply for the upcoming Fall or Spring semester
a)  Applications are only considered for the upcoming semester
b)  Multiple or future accelerations are not considered or approved


The application must include the following information:

  1. A statement of the circumstances prompting the request.
  2. Current GPA and why it will not be compromised by acceleration.
  3. An explanation as to how the student will be able to devote the appropriate amount of time needed to accomplish the additional credit load.
  4. A detailed plan of study for completion of the remainder of the program, including the number of credits proposed for each term, not to exceed 15 in any Fall or Spring semester.
  5. A Career Development Plan that includes short term (during the remainder of the program) and long term (post graduation) career goals, and a detailed plan for achieving them.
  6. A statement of understanding that if the acceleration is approved:
    1. the school is making an exception due to a change in circumstances;
    2. student status does not change (Langone students remain in the Langone program despite taking a full credit load for one semester);
    3. the standard tuition refund and scholastic standing policies continue to apply;
    4. tuition will be charged at the per credit rate indicated on the Tuition & Fee Schedule.

The application is submitted to the MBA Academic Policy Board in writing via the online application, preferably one month prior to the beginning of the semester for which acceleration is requested.

Accelerations are considered and approved for the current or next semester, only.  If a student is interested in taking an acceleration for any semester beyond the immediately upcoming semester, they must wait until that designated application period. 

Note that applications are considered for a single term only. A new application must be submitted prior to any subsequent terms for which you wish to request acceleration.