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All students graduate with a Stern MBA in General Management. In addition, you can elect as many as three nine-credit specializations from the list on the left. Or you may choose not to specialize at all, but to complete the 60-credit MBA requirement by picking and choosing from a menu of more than 150 elective courses. The choice is yours: to specialize in up to three areas, or to create your own path of study geared to your specific interests and goals.

The specialization tabs on the left demonstrate which courses count towards each specialization.  

To see which of the courses are currently being offered, please visit the Records and Registration website.

Note that students taking classes exclusively on weekends may specialize in Finance and Management only.

How the Specialization courses are determined:

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, a student may request to add a course to a specialization by sending a message to the Vice Dean for MBA Programs at MBASpecRequest@stern.nyu.edu; 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.