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Full-time MBA Program Structure


MBA Program Structure

MBA Program General Requirements

  • You must complete 60 credits for the MBA degree.
  • You must complete (or establish proficiency in) the Required Core (6 Credits, see chart below).
  • You must complete (or establish proficiency in) at least 5 of the 7 Menu Core courses during your first year (up to 21 credits, see chart below).
  • You must complete Professional Responsibility, the Capstone Core course, in your second year (1.5 credits).
  • Your remaining credits will be electives.
Required and Menu Core Course Overview and Offerings
Required Core Offerings Fall Semester Spring Semester
Financial Accounting & Reporting - taken with your block Yes Not Offered
Statistics & Data Analysis - taken with your block* Yes Not Offered
     
Menu Core Offerings Fall Semester Spring Semester
Strategy - taken with your block Yes Not Offered
Firms & Markets - taken with your block Yes Not Offered
Foundations of Finance - take any section Yes Yes
Marketing - take any section Yes Yes
Operations Management - take any section Yes Yes
The Global Economy - take any section Not Offered Yes
Leadership in Organizations - take any section Not Offered Yes

*Please note the following:
  • Summer Start students complete Statistics & Data Analysis in the summer semester
  • For students who wish to take more than the required 5 Menu Core courses, these courses may be taken on a space available basis along with students in the Langone Program during their second year.
  • Most electives have Core courses as pre- or co-requisites. If you wish to take an elective for which a certain Core course is a pre- or co-requisite, you will need to take or to establish proficiency in that Core course.
  • Your entering class is divided into six Blocks – the cohorts of students with whom you will take many of your Fall Core courses and participate in a variety of other community activities.

Summer Start ​Two-Year Registration Overview

Your 1st Year - Satisfying Core Requirements
Semester # of Credits Necessary Registration
Summer Semester 6 Credits Register for Your Required Courses:
  • Statistics and Data Analysis (3 credits, Required Core)
  • Management Communication (1.5 credits, Required)
  • Collaboration, Conflict and Negotiation (1.5 credits, Required)
1st Semester 12 Credits Register for Your Remaining Core Requirements
  • 3 Credits: Required Core
  • 9 Credits: Menu Core and/or 1st Semester Elective
    • Select your remaining three courses from the Menu Core offerings.
    • Or, on a space-available basis you may choose to take up to 3 credits of electives in your first semester, in place of one Menu Core course. Please see the First Semester Elective dropdown below.
2nd Semester 15 Credits Complete the Menu Core and Start on Electives
  • In your second semester, you will take your remaining Menu Core courses (for a total of at least five) and elective courses. 
  • Register for electives with remaining available credits (please note the number of credits vary based on established proficiency in the Menu Core). 
 
Your 2nd Year - Electives & Specializations
3rd and 4th Semesters 15 Credits each*
  • Complete Capstone Core Requirement - Professional Responsibility (1.5 Credits)
  • Fill open schedule with electives:
    • Build your specialization(s). See notes below on Specializations in the drop down below
    • Study abroad or go on DBi’s (Doing Business In...).
    • Take classes at other NYU graduate schools.
Note: Plan ahead to make sure you satisfy the pre-requisites for electives you wish to take.  

*Summer Start students have the option of taking 12 credits in either semester. 

Fall Start ​Two-Year Registration Overview

Your 1st Year - Satisfying Core Requirements
Semester # of Credits Necessary Registration
1st Semester 15 Credits Satisfying Your Core Requirements
  • 6 Credits: Required Core
  • 9 Credits: Menu Core and/or 1st Semester Elective
    • Select your remaining three courses from the Menu Core offerings.
    • Or, on a space-available basis you may choose to take up to 3 credits of electives in your first semester, in place of one Menu Core course. Please see the First Semester Elective dropdown below.
2nd Semester 15 Credits Complete the Menu Core and Start on Electives
  • In your second semester, you will take your remaining Menu Core courses (for a total of at least five) and elective courses. 
  • Register for electives with remaining available credits (please note the number of credits vary based on established proficiency in the Menu Core). 
 
Your 2nd Year - Electives & Specializations
3rd and 4th Semesters 15 Credits each
  • Complete Capstone Core Requirement - Professional Responsibility (1.5 Credits)
  • Fill open schedule with electives:
    • Build your specialization(s). See notes below on Specializations in the drop down below
    • Study abroad or go on DBi’s (Doing Business In...).
    • Take classes at other NYU graduate schools.
Note: Plan ahead to make sure you satisfy the pre-requisites for electives you wish to take.  

First Semester Electives

On a space available basis, you may take up to 3 credits of electives during your first semester. Please note the following:
  • Most elective courses have pre- or co-requisites. If an elective has a pre-requisite, you must have already taken or established proficiency in the pre-requisite course. If a course has a co-requisite, you must take the co-requisite course concurrently or have previously taken or established proficiency in the co-requisite.
  • An elective course that is scheduled during the day will generally not conflict with other school related events. An elective course taken during the evening may have class sessions that conflict with some school related events such as corporate presentations and other career development activities. For a conflict, academic work and course attendance is the top priority.
  • If the elective you choose requires a pre-requisite, you will need to review the methods of establishing proficiency and complete the required form on the Core Course Proficiency site.

Specializations

General Management Major

All Stern students graduate with an MBA in General Management. In addition, you may elect as many as three nine-credit specializations. Or, you may choose not to specialize in any of the areas and instead customize your elective choices to your unique interests and goals.
 

Opting to Declare a Specialization

By default, the specialization listed for you on the advising and registration system is the one you indicated on your application for admission. However, you may change it at any time prior to your graduation deadline.

You don't need to commit to a specialization in the first semester. However, keep in mind what electives you are likely to want to take later in the program, so that you choose your Menu Core courses accordingly. Core courses do not count toward specializations.