NYU Stern

MBA Courses


Professional Responsibility
COR2-GB.3101, 1.5 credits

A second-year MBA course taken after students have completed all other courses in the MBA core. This interdisciplinary capstone course is designed to build the student's awareness of the interplay among a society's laws, ethical norms, and markets. In addition, through case analysis, lectures, and guest speakers, the course provides students with a chance to develop their ethical judgment in business situations.


Corporate Governance

MGMT-GB.2176, 1.5 credits

This MBA elective examines the key concepts, structures, and dynamics of modern corporate governance. The course explores three questions: 1) how is the control of publicly traded corporations exercised, 2) how are managers in control kept accountable, and 3) will recent regulatory changes improve corporate governance or simply add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy? The course gives students the tools needed to recognize an effective corporate governance system and manage corporate governance within the context of our legal system, product distribution, labor structure and financial markets.

Corporate Transformation and Leadership in Law & Business

INTA-GB.3150, 1.5 credits

This course examines the opportunity for transformation change emanating from a corporate crisis. We explore the following questions: how does senior level management effectively change an organization in response to dramatic changes in circumstances? All too often, managers and corporate boards fail to recognize factors that threaten the firm’s business until its very survival is in doubt. In such cases, the board of directors and management may need to implement drastic and sudden changes in several aspects of the firm.

Evolution, Human Behavior & Business

GB.2170.30, 1.5 credits

Companies are made out of people, so if you understand how human nature evolved and how we came to be so good at both cooperation and competition, you'll understand why some organizations bring out the best in people, while others depend only on self-interest. In this course we'll look at business using the most recent and exciting developments in the social sciences. We'll examine how cultures evolve, and how to improve any organization's culture. We'll look at norms, reputation, prestige, and other constructs crucial to organizational health and success. We'll examine innovation, and what makes new ideas and inventions spread.

Real Estate Transactions

BSPA-GB.2300.30, 3 credits

This course examines the legal and financial aspects of each phase of commercial real estate transactions from the acquisition through the disposition of the property, including all components of real estate development and real estate finance. The main topics covered will include property acquisition; entity selection and structure; tax considerations; construction and permanent financing; mortgage securitization; leasing; workouts and other exit strategies; as well as current legal and financial transactions. This course will prepare the student to become sensitive to the wide variety of legal and financial issues and topics encountered in commercial real estate transactions from the perspective of a business professional.

Law, Business & Human Rights

BSPA-GB.2331.30, 3 credits

Increasingly businesses are confronted with human rights challenges, whether in managing global manufacturing supply chains, addressing privacy issues in the information technology industry, security issues in the extractive industries, or confronting child and forced labor in agriculture. We will examine the origins and content of international human rights standards; the effects of globalization and the increasing imperative for global businesses to address human rights challenges in their core business operations; and, the responsibility of businesses to respect human rights. We will take a case study approach, examining how business and human rights issues manifest themselves in global manufacturing, the extractive industries, information and communication technology companies, and in agriculture. We also will explore how the investment community is addressing these issues. Finally we will look ahead and anticipate where the field of business and human rights is headed and how corporate leaders and lawyers can help develop models of sustainability for businesses in the human rights realm.

Ethical and Legal Challenges of the Modern Corporation in Law & Business

BSPA-GB.3101.30  - 1.5 credits

This new course includes faculty and students from both the Stern School of Business and New York University School of Law. The emphasis is on the individual’s legal and ethical responsibilities in interacting with the corporation and navigating real-world market pressures. The course addresses these challenges by considering moral and social psychology, ethical norms, and legal imperatives and from an institutional perspective. Students will be asked to consider the role, design, and institutionalization of ethics and compliance cultures in global business. The objective is to facilitate professional interaction and joint work between students from both schools.

Work, Wisdom, and Happiness

BSPA-GB.3110.30 – 1.5 credits

For centuries, work was regarded as nothing but toil – a requirement for earning one's daily bread. But in recent decades, expectations about work have been transformed as has its very nature. While it still provides one’s daily bread, it is also regarded as a major opportunity for people to find purpose, meaning, and happiness in their lives. In this course, students study the latest research on what makes people happy at work, on how happiness at work improves the quality of work, on how people and organizations develop wisdom, and on what makes a career not just successful but meaningful. We will also discuss some of the impediments – both individual and organizational to doing meaningful and satisfying work. Students will develop their own visions of their ideal career, and of the ideal company they’d like to lead or work for.

Cuba Sanctions, Reform, and Opportunity

BSPA-GB.2313.0A – 3 credits

Cuba is one of the United States’ closest foreign neighbors, but for many in the U.S., Cuba remains shrouded in mystery because of long standing U.S. economic sanctions and travel restrictions. The purpose of this course is to provide Stern MBA students with a realistic and personal appreciation of the challenges of doing business in Cuba as well as potential opportunities arising from ongoing Cuban economic and political reform and changing U.S.–Cuban relations. The course seeks to maximize the learning experience of participating Stern MBA students by offering academically challenging course content in a realistic Cuban context. The program will include lectures by Cuban professors, field trips, and talks by Cuban economists, subject matter experts, industry leaders, and political officials.

Fashion, Law & Business

INTA-GB.3344.30 – 3 credits

This course will teach students to develop effective synergies between strategic and legal perspectives in the growth of a fashion company. Students will practice analyzing business issues from a legal perspective – and legal issues from a business perspective – throughout the life cycle of a fashion company. The course will address the key challenges faced by companies as they move from entrepreneurship through domestic growth, brand extension through licensing, and international expansion via sourcing and distribution. Although it has much in common with other consumer goods industries, the fashion complex faces a set of unique issues. No other industry has to design, generate and manufacture such a multiplicity of concepts every season and deliver them so rapidly and efficiently to global markets. Fashion’s ability to create iconic brand status while profitably mastering a complex supply chain involves a range of capabilities that other business sectors are eager to imitate.

Social Problem-based Entrepreneurship


The objective of this course is to help students incubate social businesses through the course of the Spring semester, kick-starting with a "deep-dive" trip to India in January.  Below is the link for the syllabus and application:


Social Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Food Business


The objective of this course is to help students incubate food businesses that have a positive impact on consumer health.  Attached is the syllabus for this course.  This is a Fall semester course and will next be offered in Fall 2015.


Law & Business

A specialization in Law and Business provides learning and research opportunities for students in places where the fields of law, finance and economics intersect. This area of study is led by the Pollack Center for Law & Business, which offers seminars and conferences, and produces research. Students also can pursue a JD/MBA dual degree, offered by Stern and NYU School of Law.

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Social Innovation and Impact

Courses in the Social Innovation and Impact specialization blend social and environmental perspectives with the more traditional economic perspective. They provide innovative conceptual frameworks, strategies and implementation skills necessary to create substantial social as well as economic value in for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors.

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