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Specializations

All students graduate with a Stern MBA in General Management. In addition, you may 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.

It is your choice. You may specialize in up to three areas, or 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 Specialization courses are determined

Each Specialization is overseen by a committee of faculty members. Once a year, each committee reviews and updates the elective courses that count toward each specialization. While there may be many courses that are of interest to students pursuing each specialization, only those courses that are sufficiently focused on the theory and methods central to the specialization count toward the specialization.

Between annual reviews, you 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 may be a decision that:

  • the course is of interest by not sufficiently focused, so it does not count, or 
  • the course is focused and does count, or 
  • the decision should be deferred to the annual review. 

Note: There are no approvals by exception--courses are not reviewed and decisions are not rendered based on individual student circumstance. A course will only be added to a Specialization if it is determined to be an important addition for all students within the MBA program.