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Program Progress

To remain in good academic standing, Stern MBA students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete one course in the semester for which they are admitted; those who do not, must reapply for admission in a subsequent semester.
  • Satisfactorily complete at least 6 credits each academic year.
    • This requirement of at least 6 credits each academic year (and only this requirement) may be suspended in cases of multiple Leaves of Absence.
  • Satisfactorily complete at least 24 credits within the first three years.
  • Satisfactorily complete all requirements for the degree within the maximum of six years from initial enrollment in the program.

Students who are unable to maintain this pace are not permitted to continue in their degree program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To sustain satisfactory academic progress, students must maintain a minimum grade point average standards. Specifically, students must earn cumulative GPAs according to the criteria outlined below:

For graduation eligibility: 2.5 and above

To avoid Academic Probation: 2.3 and above

To avoid dismissal from NYU Stern: 2.1 and above

A 2.5 grade point average is required of all MBA program students to meet eligibility requirements for graduation.

If a student’s GPA falls below 2.3 at any point while matriculated in a degree program, he or she will be placed on Academic Probation.  Academic Probation signals that a student is not in good academic standing and that he or she is at risk of falling below the minimum program GPA requirements.   

While a student is on Academic Probation, the MBA Academic Policy Board will have the discretion to enforce program restrictions including: credit limits, eligibility for course registration, GPA requirement, student activities (clubs, treks, conferences, etc.), Study Abroad.

Regardless of GPA, students may also be placed on academic probation for earning a grade of “Incomplete” for multiple courses and/or failing to satisfactorily complete agreed upon program completion requirements.

If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.1, he or she is not eligible to graduate and will be dismissed from the program. Grade point averages include all coursework that appears on the Graduate Stern transcript, whether or not it actually fulfills program requirements.

Minimum Residency Requirement

Students must complete 75% of their academic program (45 credits) at Stern. All Core Courses must be completed at Stern. Students may take a maximum of 15 elective credits outside of Stern on IMP courses (Study Abroad), courses at other NYU divisions, or at other AACSB accredited schools.