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MBA/MFA

Bridging the gap between the “creatives” and the “suits", the MBA/MFA dual degree program gives aspiring film producers the knowledge to navigate the fast-changing landscape of film financing and filmmaking today.

The program is a partnership between NYU Stern and the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at the Tisch School of the Arts. Designed to be the most comprehensive of its kind, harnessing the top faculty and resources of each school, the dual degree program produces highly employable individuals sought by major film studios, independent production companies and major television studios and networks.

The MBA/MFA program is designed to be completed over the course of three years, instead of the approximately four years that it would take to complete the MBA and MFA degrees independently. The first year of the program is spent at NYU Stern, the second year is spent at Kanbar, and the third year is split between the two programs.


Admission to the MBA/MFA Program

To apply for the MBA/MFA program, candidates must complete a separate application for each program. While no additional admissions standards are applied to applications at either school, students qualify for the MBA/MFA program only upon admission to both schools. Please note that it is possible to be admitted to both programs, only one program, or neither program in this process.

Students who are already enrolled at NYU Stern may apply to the MBA/MFA program and will be considered on a space-available basis. Availability depends on the number of admitted students from the year prior who choose to enroll and remain in the MBA/MFA dual degree program. To apply, interested first-year MBA students must submit a complete application to Kanbar during their first semester.

MBA/MFA dual degree applicants cannot apply to NYU Stern using the Consortium application.

View application deadlines and learn more about the MBA/MFA application process.

Program Structure

The MBA/MFA program takes three years to complete, including two summers. Students spend the first year at Stern, the second year at Kanbar and the third year is split between the two schools. Both summers are spent completing degree requirements at Kanbar. To view a sample schedule, visit the Academic Affairs website.

MBA/MFA students register with either Kanbar or NYU Stern depending on where they are taking the majority of their credits in a particular semester.

Tuition & Financial Aid

MBA/MFA students pay full tuition and fees at the school through which they are registered each semester. If a student exceeds the maximum number of per-semester credits and/or courses permitted by the program in which she/he is registered, the tuition and fees for the additional credits must be paid to that program.

All applicants admitted to Stern are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships to the Kanbar Institute are awarded on a competitive basis and may reflect academic merit as well as demonstrated financial need.

View information on Stern MBA financial aid and Tisch financial aid.

Career Services

Students are encouraged to take advantage of all career counseling and placement services at both NYU Stern and Tisch throughout the dual degree program. However, please note that students pursuing careers in the entertainment sector typically follow a primarily self-directed career search, as media and entertainment firms have not traditionally recruited on campus.

In their first year, MBA/MFA students have access to Stern's Ignite program. Ignite consists of required and optional workshops, panel discussions, mini-courses, Q&A sessions, mock interviews, résumé critiques and functionally-specific strategy groups. In the second year, students have access to career counseling and online tools at Stern. In their third year, students can participate in the on-campus recruiting program at Stern. It should be noted that since both summers are spent completing academic requirements at Kanbar, MBA/MFA students are not expected to pursue a summer internship.

Learn more about career resources at Stern and Tisch.

Student Life

MBA/MFA students are encouraged to become active in campus life at both schools. There are dozens of student clubs and organizations at both Stern and the Tisch School of the Arts.

Alumni Profiles

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Jacob Robinson, MBA/MFA 2011
VP, Development, De Line Pictures; Founder/Producer, Brooklyn Abridged Films

"I use my MFA every day when working with writers and directors, or when developing..." read more

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Ryan Heller, MBA/MFA 2011
Senior Manager, Digital Media, Starz Entertainment

"It was an incredible transition platform. It allowed me to build networks on both the creative and business sides..." read more