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Free Course

Students in their final semester of study (the semester in which they earn their 60th credit) may take up to 3 extra credits, free of charge, beyond the 60 credits required to complete the MBA program. 

Students may register for their free course at the end of the add/drop period. Because the free course is not necessary in order to fulfill the MBA program requirements, students are not permitted to register for the free course until all other students have had the opportunity to register for courses they may need to fulfill their MBA Program requirements. 

Procedure

Full-time MBA Students

Full-time students may add their free course through AIS during the add/drop period. If a Full-time student will exceed the 15 credit maximum for their last semester in order to take the Free Course, they must request approval through the Credit Overload site. Once the overload has been processed, the student may add the course on his or her own. Please note that the credit overload requests will not be processed until the lottery period has ended. All credit overload policies apply.

Dual Degree Students

In order to be eligible for the Free Course, Dual Degree students must be in residence at Stern at the time when they finish their outstanding Stern credits (60 credits, including the joint degree credit reduction). Dual Degree students who finish their Stern credits while in residence at their partner school are not eligible to take the Free Course. If a Dual Degree student attempts to take a Free Course while in residence at his or her partner school, that student will be required to pay for the course.

Langone Part-time MBA Students 

Langone Part-time MBA students may add the free course through AIS during the add/drop period. If a Langone Part-time MBA student will exceed the semester credit maximum in order to take the free course, they must request an Acceleration through the Academic Policy Board. After successfully adding the course, Langone Part-time MBA students must complete the Free Credit Request Form. Once the form is approved, the Bursar will remove the course charges.  Although the charges for the extra course will temporarily show on the student’s account, payment should not be made for these additional charges. However, students must pay the rest of their balance--tuition and fees for all other courses--by the Bursar deadlines.

Free Course Grades

  • Free courses are taken for a letter grade and will figure into a student's GPA.
  • Auditing is not permitted.
  • All grading policies and deadlines apply including drop and withdrawal deadlines.
  • Courses may be applied towards Specializations.

Free Course Eligibility

Full-time students that have withdrawn from a course may not be eligible for a free course. Although a grade of "W" has no credit value, it is included in attempted credits, the basis by which Stern determines Free Course eligibility. 

All program requirements must be met without using the free course (e.g., the free course may not be used to fulfill a Core requirement)

Course Selection

Stern courses, Study Abroad credits, and Pre-Approved Non-Stern (other NYU Division) courses may be counted toward the free course.

Bursar

Full-time students pay a flat fee for tuition and the free course is included within this flat fee.

Langone Part-time MBA students pay by point and will be charged tuition and fees for the free course. After the free course is approved, the Bursar will remove the charges.  Although the charges for the free course will temporarily show on the student’s account, payment should not be made for these additional charges. However, students must pay the rest of their balance--tuition and fees for all other courses--by the Bursar deadlines.

Financial Aid

The free course does not advance credit standing necessary for financial aid.  The free course is not required to satisfy the program requirements and, therefore, does not apply to the amount of credits needed per semester to qualify for financial aid.  Please check with the Office of Financial Aid with any questions on qualifying for financial aid in any given semester.