Stern MBA Academic Policies and Procedures
This site contains the academic policies and procedures that relate to Stern MBA students. The policies and procedures are listed to the left. Policies specific to either the Full-time or Langone programs due to differences in the programs are denoted. If not indicated otherwise, the policies apply equally to all MBA students.
The Academic Policy Board
The academic structure and supporting policies are designed by the Stern faculty to ensure the academic integrity of the MBA program. The school recognizes that, on occasion, a student may experience extenuating or unusual circumstances that may warrant an exception to one of the school's policies. If you have an unusual or extenuating situation that you feel may warrant a special exception to the academic policies of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, you may submit a petition to the Academic Policy Board
. The Board is comprised of faculty deans and senior administrators. The Board will meet to review your request and render a decision through this Academic Policy Board Petition site
You may submit a written petition to the Academic Policy Board via the online petition
. To submit a petition, log-in with your Stern NetID and password. The Academic Policy Board meets weekly to review petitions and responds to all petitions in a timely manner.
Issues not appropriate for the Academic Policy Board:
Grading and instructor issues are not within the purview of the Academic Policy Board.
If you have a concern with a particular course and/or a grade, your first step is to address this with the instructor of that course. If the issue is not resolved, you may next raise the issue to the chairperson of the academic department. After pursuing both avenues of resolution with the professor and then the department chair, the matter may be raised to Thomas Pugel, the Vice-Dean of MBA Programs.
Specializations are not within the purview of the Academic Policy Board.
For each specialization, a committee of faculty members oversees the specialization. Once a year, the committee reviews and updates the specialization and the elective courses that count toward the specialization. Deciding which courses count toward a specialization is a judgment call. Many courses will be of interest to a student pursuing a specialization; only those courses that are sufficiently focused on the theory, methods, and knowhow central to the specialization count toward the specialization.
Between yearly reviews, you may request to add a course to a specialization by sending a message to the Vice Dean for MBA Programs; the message should indicate the course, the specialization, and the basis for requesting that the course count toward the specialization. The outcome of the request could be a decision that the course is of interest by not sufficiently focused, so it does not count; or that the course is focused and does count; or that the decision should be deferred to the annual review. Note: There are no approvals by exception--the course counts or it does not.