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Business Writing

The business writing proficiency requirement may be satisfied in any of three ways:

1.Earning a score of 4.0 or better on the analytical writing component (AWA) of the GMAT or GRE exam reviewed by the Office of MBA Admissions,
2.Showing proof of having taken and passed an approved business writing course after the GMAT or GRE test date, or
3.Passing a non-credit online Business Writing Workshop at Stern before the end of the first year for Langone Part-time MBA students.

Because writing skills are vital to success in business, students must demonstrate proficiency in business writing within their first year in the program. 

Students who did not demonstrate writing proficiency on the GMAT or GRE that was used to determine admission and who have not shown proof of having taken and passed an approved business writing course after taking the GMAT or GRE must satisfactorily complete a four-week, online non-credit workshop in Business Writing (NOCR-GB.2099). These workshops are graded Pass/Fail. A passing grade fulfills Stern's requirement to show proficiency in business writing. Writing workshops have a maximum enrollment of 15 students and offer individualized attention, enabling students to refine their business writing skills.

Students will be automatically registered for the workshop if it is determined necessary, based on the above criteria. A non-refundable $380 fee will be charged for the Business Writing Workshop. Students who have notified that they have been enrolled in the workshop but nevertheless believe they have satisfied the proficiency requirement should contact Academic Affairs and Advising office as soon as possible at

Students who do not satisfy this requirement within the first year of their program will be placed on academic "hold" which will prevent them from registering for courses for the following semester. Students will not be permitted to graduate without satisfying this requirement. Students who have been enrolled in the workshop but do not pass will be re-enrolled in the workshop and will be charged an additional non-refundable fee.