The NYU Stern Executive MBA application process has three steps: the Pre-Application, Interview, and Formal Application.
Complete the Pre-Application to Start the Admissions Process
Submit a Pre-Application
This includes basic personal information and a current résumé/CV. There is no fee associated with the Pre-Application, it is free to submit.
We will contact you within five business days of submission of your pre-application to schedule an interview. The interview is evaluative and required for all applicants. Applicants may begin working on the Formal Application prior to completion of the Interview.
Submit a Formal Application
Once you have submitted a Pre-Application, you may move forward with the Formal Application.
Formal Application Components
- Intended Program Start and Prerequisites
- Personal Information
- Academic Background
- Employment Information
- Organization Sponsorship Form
- Required Recommendations
- Optional Official GMAT or GRE Test Scores
- Online Application Fee
Prerequisites include holding a Bachelor’s degree and having a minimum of 6 years of full-time work experience.
Name, address and contact information
Prior education information.
Includes a history of your previous employers, titles, salaries and current résumé / CV, which should be uploaded in the Employment section of the online Formal Application. This information is considered highly confidential and is for internal use only.
Applicants may use this section to indicate any activities in which they participate, along with years of participation and contributions made.
Applicants are required to respond to essay prompts 1 and 2. The following essay questions give you the opportunity to more fully present yourself to the Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes. Your essays should be written entirely by you.
Adhere to the essay word limits provided for each question. Word limits apply to the total essay question. For example, your response to Essay 2 should answer all of parts (a), (b), and (c).
Essay 3 is an optional essay.
1. Describe your short- and long-term career goals and how the NYU Stern Executive MBA program will help you accomplish them. (approximately 500 words, double-spaced)
2. NYU Stern is committed to helping students develop a deeper set of professional skills, and a broader perspective of the role of business in the world. (approximately 500 words, double-spaced)
a) What is a significant contemporary issue on which you, as a business leader, would like to have an impact?
b) Why is it important to you?
c) How could you leverage your skills and resources to address the issue?
3. Optional Additional Information Essay
Provide any additional information for the Admissions Committee. This may include additional details on your academic/quantitative preparation for MBA coursework through educational or professional experience, further explanation of academic history, current or past gaps in employment, or any other information relevant to your application. (500 word limit, double-spaced)
Transcripts are required for all institutions from which the applicant has earned a degree (undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., M.D., J.D., etc.). Use this section of the application to self-report academic transcripts for every undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended, full-time or part-time. Transcripts are not required for non-degree coursework. However, transcripts from non-degree courses should be submitted if you would like the Admissions Committee to consider the coursework when reviewing your candidacy.
To provide your transcript(s), you have two options:
- Mail an official copy of each transcript directly to the Executive MBA Admissions office (see detailed instructions below).
- Scan and upload a copy of each transcript in the online formal application (see detailed instructions below). Please note, if you are admitted to the Executive MBA program, you must submit official transcripts prior to the start of the program.
All admitted and enrolled students will be required to submit a sealed, official transcript from each academic institution at which they earned a degree. We follow rolling admissions and encourage applicants to request these documents as soon as possible.
Your official and self-reported transcripts may be verified. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission at any time, prior to or after enrolling, if there is any discrepancy between the unofficial transcript and the official transcript.
Applicants may submit scanned copies of official transcripts through our online application. Each transcript must contain a list of courses taken, grades, or marks earned, and name of degree earned. All transcripts must be accompanied by proof of degree conferral. The degree conferral must indicate the:
- type of degree conferred
- month and year the degree was conferred
- institution and location from which you received the degree
If this information is reflected on your transcript, then you do not need to provide additional degree conferral documentation. In many cases, an uploaded scan of your diploma provides proof of degree conferral, but you should confirm with the institution attended.
Please note that documents showing completion of a curriculum or courses are not sufficient on a stand-alone basis. You must submit an uploaded scan of your degree conferral/diploma.
All admitted and enrolled students will be required to submit a sealed, official transcript from each academic institution at which they earned a degree.
- If your transcript is not in English, please scan and upload the original transcript and an English translation.
- Please preview your uploaded documents. Make sure scanned documents are clearly legible and will print on standard U.S. 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Illegible documents will not be accepted and your application may be incomplete.
- Please scan at the lowest dpi (dots per inch) that results in a legible document (we recommend 72 dpi whenever possible).
- We recommend saving the scanned object as a .pdf file or converting your image to .pdf, if possible.
- If you cannot save as a .pdf file or convert to .pdf from your software, please save the file as a .jpg file and follow the instructions below.
- Close the .jpg file.
- Open Microsoft Word or similar word processing program.
- Click on the insert tab, and select "Insert from file or picture."
- Browse to your saved .jpg file. Insert file.
- Save word document in .doc format.
- If your transcript is double-sided, please be sure to scan the front and back of each page.
- Check the size of your file. It should not exceed 600kb.
If an original transcript and/or diploma/degree conferral is not in English, the applicant is required to upload the official transcript and/or diploma/degree conferral and their English translations.
Official transcripts may be submitted at any time during the application process. All admitted and enrolled students will be required to submit a sealed, official transcript from each academic institution at which they earned a degree. Please note, we follow rolling admissions and encourage applicants to request these documents as soon as possible.
Please mail official transcripts to:NYU Stern School of Business
Executive MBA Program
44 West 4th Street, Suite 4-100
New York, NY 10012-1126
If it is helpful, applicants may use the Transcript Request Form provided in the Downloadable Forms section of the online application.
All official academic transcripts must be original documents bearing the institutional seal and signature of the institution’s registrar. They must be submitted in the original, sealed envelope from the institution or the embassy or consulate providing verification of authenticity.
If you cannot obtain transcripts directly from the institution but you possess an original transcript, you may submit photocopies that have been verified by the embassy or consulate of the institution’s country. Certifications by a Notary Public are not acceptable.
Each transcript must contain a list of courses taken, grades or marks earned, and name of degree earned.
All transcripts must be accompanied by proof of degree conferral. The degree conferral must indicate the:
- type of degree conferred
- month and year the degree was conferred
- institution and location from which you received the degree
If this information is reflected on your transcript, then you do not need to provide additional degree conferral documentation. In many cases, a copy of your diploma provides proof of degree conferral, but you should confirm with the institution attended.
Please note that documents showing completion of a curriculum or courses are not sufficient on a stand-alone basis. You must submit a photocopy of your degree conferral/diploma.
If an original transcript is not in English, the applicant is required to submit both the official transcript and its English translation. Both the official transcript and the translation should be submitted in one sealed envelope. If the institution attended does not provide an English translation with the official transcript, a certified English translation through a translating service must be obtained and submitted in a sealed envelope, endorsed across the seal by the translating service. Stern does not have preferred translating services. Certifications by a Notary Public are not acceptable.
If a diploma/degree conferral is not in English, the applicant is required to submit a photocopy of the original and its English translation, following the guidelines above for transcripts not in English.
Important Notes about Transcripts
Stern does not accept notarized or personal copies of transcripts.
All transcripts submitted as part of the Executive MBA application process are considered property of Executive MBA Admissions. They will not be returned, transferred or forwarded to other institutions or other programs or schools at NYU. Please do not submit the original copy of an academic transcript that cannot be replaced. These transcripts will not be returned to you.
The Organization Sponsorship form is a required portion of the application and must be downloaded, printed, signed, and provided to the NYU Stern Executive MBA program. The Organization Sponsorship form is provided below or can be downloaded in the Formal Application.Executive MBA in NY Sponsorship Form for students beginning in August 2018
Executive MBA in NY Sponsorship Form for students beginning in January 2019
To provide your Organization Sponsorship form, you have three options:
- Upload the completed and signed Organization Sponsorship form to the application system prior to submission of the Formal Application.
- Mail the completed and signed Organization Sponsorship form to the Executive MBA Admissions Office.
- Email or fax a completed and signed Organization Sponsorship form.
Please note that the Organization Sponsorship form is a required component of the application for all applicants. If you are self-employed, please fill out the form as an acknowledgement of the time and financial commitments required to complete the program.
The Admissions Committee will not review an application until the signed Organization Sponsorship form is received.
Two recommendations are required. One should be completed by your current or most recent immediate supervisor and one should come from another current or previous supervisor.
Recommendations should only be submitted online.
Please note: Professional recommendations are strongly preferred over academic recommendations. If a recommendation from your current supervisor cannot be included, you must provide an explanation in optional Essay 3.
Optional Official GMAT or GRE Score Reports
The NYU Stern Executive MBA program does not require GMAT or GRE scores to complete the Formal Application. However, if elsewhere you have not demonstrated sufficient academic or quantitative ability, you may wish to consider submitting GMAT or GRE scores.
If you choose to submit GMAT or GRE scores, they must be dated within five years of the final application deadline of the desired program entry date.
You are responsible for ensuring that Pearson VUE or Educational Testing Services is able to release and send your official score report to the NYU Stern Executive MBA program by the application deadline. To send your official scores to the NYU Stern Executive MBA program, you will need to provide each testing service with Stern’s Executive MBA reporting code. Stern’s Executive MBA GMAT reporting code is 5TF-HW-50. Stern’s Executive MBA GRE reporting code is 4894.
$175 processing fee payable online by credit card.
Members of the U.S. military and U.S. military veterans who have served on active duty are eligible for an application fee waiver. Email your request for a fee waiver to firstname.lastname@example.org and include documentation of service. You will receive an email confirmation of your application fee waiver within 5 business days of submission. Please do not submit your formal application until you receive this confirmation from our office.
If you are experiencing severe economic hardship and would like to request an application fee waiver, please email email@example.com. Requests should include a detailed rationale for the application fee waiver and will be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis.