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Formal Application

Online Formal Application Instructions

You MUST submit the online Pre-Application BEFORE submitting the online Formal Application.

Complete the following to submit the online Formal Application:

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. GMAT or GRE scores that are older than five years are not considered valid and will not be accepted.

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.

For more information about the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), including exam registration:
Tel: (952) 681-3680, (800) 717-4628
Fax: (952) 681-3681
Email: GMATCandidateServicesAmericas@pearson.com
Web: http://www.mba.com
NYU Stern Executive MBA Reporting Code: 5TF-HW-50

Note: This contact information is for test-takers in the Americas. For contact information in other regions, please refer to the International GMAT list.

For more information about the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including exam registration:

Tel: (609) 771-7670
Fax: (610) 290-8975
Email: GREBusiness@ets.org
Web: http://www.takethegre.com
NYU Stern Executive MBA Reporting Code: 4894

Employment Information

Includes current résumé / CV, which should be uploaded in the Employment section of the online Formal Application.

Employment and Salary History

Includes a history of your previous employers, titles and salaries. 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. Please note the following:

Please 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 both part (a), part (b), and part (c) with a maximum of 750 words.

1. Describe your short- and long-term career goals and how the NYU Stern Executive MBA program will help you accomplish them. (500-750 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. (500-750 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?

Optional Essays

Optional Additional Information Essay
Please provide any additional information of which you would like the Admissions Committee to be aware. This may include additional details on your academic/quantitative preparedness 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)

Optional Scholarship Essay
The NYU Stern Executive MBA program offers a limited number of scholarships each year to applicants receiving minimal or no financial sponsorship. There are many more qualified candidates than there are scholarships available. Scholarships are determined at the time of admission and communicated in the letter of admission if awarded. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please respond to the following:

Why should the Admissions Committee invest in you as a business leader? (500 word limit, double-spaced)

OFFICIAL University Transcripts


Transcripts are required for all institutions from which the applicant has earned a degree (bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., M.D., J.D., etc.) for an application to be considered complete.

Transcripts are not required for non-degree coursework. However, transcripts from non-degree courses are required if you would like the Admissions Committee to consider the coursework when reviewing your candidacy.

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.

Additional Requirements for Transcripts not in English:

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.

Organization Sponsorship Form 

The Organization Sponsorship form can be downloaded from the online Formal Application. It should be completed, signed and mailed to the NYU Stern Executive MBA office. Alternatively, a copy can be faxed or emailed to ensure immediate receipt; however, the NYU Stern Executive MBA office will need the original signed copy prior to enrollment.

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.

Required Recommendations

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 be submitted online only. A maximum of two recommendations will be accepted.

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 the optional supplementary essay.

Online Application Fee

$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 executive@stern.nyu.edu 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.