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Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements Completed - Graduation Date on Transcript

  • Fall Term - January Graduate
  • Spring Term (which includes Winter Intensive) - May Graduate
  • Summer Term (which includes Summer Intensive) - September Graduate

Students must graduate the semester that they earn 60 credits and fulfill their degree requirements. To be considered eligible for graduation, all students must:

Application for Degree Candidacy - Full-Time MBA Candidate

All MBA and MS students planning to graduate must file an Application for Degree Form with the Office of Records and Registration. Ph.D. candidates should file their application with the Doctoral Office.

Application for Degree Candidacy - Langone MBA Candidates

Langone MBA Candidates who wish to have their employers notified of their graduation should file an Employer Notification of Graduation Request Form with the Office of Records and Registration along with their Application for Degree Form.

Business Writing Requirement

All MBA degree candidates must satisfy the Business Writing Proficiency requirement in order to qualify for graduation.

Continuous Matriculation

All degree and certificate candidates must maintain continuous matriculation during their entire program. This is normally done by completing relevant course work each Fall & Spring semester. Students in good standing who are making satisfactory progress towards completion of their program but must be away for a Fall and/or Spring semester, must maintain matriculation by paying a fee. Ph.D. candidates must receive approval from the Doctoral Office in order to maintain matriculation by fee.

Also, students permitted to complete a portion of their program at another accredited university must pay the matriculation fee for each Fall and/or Spring semester they are away from Stern.

Incomplete Grades

For students graduating in May, all courses with incomplete grades (IP or IF) must be completed and graded by the first Friday of May. For students graduating in January or September, all courses with incomplete grades must be completed and graded by the third Monday of the month in which they filed to graduate (ie: January or September).

Incompletes not made up by this deadline will lapse to N in the case of an IP (Incomplete Passing) and F in the case of an IF (Incomplete Failing).

Semester and Short-Term Summer Study Abroad Courses

Stern students who participate study abroad programs must receive passing grades in their courses at the partner school in order to receive academic credit at Stern. The course is recorded as a "P" for Pass on the Stern transcript.  The passing grade received abroad is not factored into the Stern GPA.  Candidates for graduation must have their study abroad transcripts submitted to the Office of Records and Registration by the second Friday of the month in which they plan to graduate.

"Doing Business in..." Program Courses

Students receive a letter grade from the partner school faculty according to the grading scale of the partner institution.  The letter grade is recorded on the student's Stern transcript and factored into the GPA. If the last course in your Stern studies is a DBi, please review the Last Semester of Study details.

Scholastic Requirements

All MBA candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in order to graduate.

Transfer Credits

Students granted permission to complete a portion of their program at another accredited institution must receive grades of B or better in the approved courses in order to receive transfer credit. Those who are away from Stern for a Fall and/or Spring semester must maintain matriculation by paying the appropriate fee. In addition, candidates for graduation must have their transcript forwarded to the Office of Records and Registration by the second Friday of the month in which they plan to graduate.

Tuition and Fees

All financial obligations (including tuition and fees, library fines and books, housing charges) must be met before a student will be allowed to graduate. In addition, the University reserves the right to withhold all information regarding the record of any student in arrears in paying tuition, fees, loans or other charges