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More than just an orientation, LAUNCH is a time to get inspired, take chances and rediscover what's possible for you.

About LAUNCH Highlights
LAUNCH is a two-week program that begins with an intellectual summit to explore the intersection of the World, Business and City. The intention: to inspire our students beginning on their first day at Stern to think of the major challenges facing the world, such as climate change, fiscal crises, energy and urbanization, and to expand their view of possibilities--what business can do, and what they can achieve--to create value.
A few activities from LAUNCH include:
  • NYC Harbor cruise & dinner on Ellis Island
  • Global financial markets panel featuring Stern Professors Nouriel Roubini and William Silber
  • Innovative speaker series titled "9" (nine ideas, nine speakers, nine minutes each) conceived by Professor Scott Galloway
  • Reception at the Rubin Museum of Art

NYU Stern's MBA program is 60 credits; more than half are electives. To ensure that you have a solid foundation in all areas of business, the majority of your first year is comprised of Stern core courses.

Block Experience Core Classes
Each class is divided into 6 blocks of 60-70.

Students run for block leadership positions in September. Blocks organize and participate in numerous events throughout their two years at Stern including:
  • Monday Block Lunches: On Mondays, block leaders facilitate discussions and hold meetings with special guests including the Dean and company CEOs.
  • The MBA Challenge: Designed to promote volunteerism, blocks earn points through service events and through donations to the annual Food Fight. The block earning the most points wins money towards their block social funds.
  • Block Olympics: Competing in events including basketball, speed relay, Taboo and volleyball, one block takes home the title of Block Olympic Champion each year.
Within your block, core course study groups of 5-6 students with diverse backgrounds are assigned. You may choose your own study groups for elective classes.
Required Core
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Statistics & Data Analysis
Menu Core - Choose at least 5
  • Firms & Markets
  • Foundations of Finance
  • The Global Economy
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Strategy
Students may be able to establish proficiency in a core course through prior degrees, a proficiency exam or a CPA.

The menu core allows you the flexibility to take elective courses as early as your first year.


During the summer between your first and second year, you will participate in a summer internship. The internship provides industry experience and vital networking connections that help you take your career to the next level.

Ignite Program
On Fridays during your first year, Stern offers a comprehensive career development program called Ignite that empowers you with the tools to excel in your career search. The program includes mandatory workshops in:
  • Refining career goals
  • Creating a targeted resume
  • Networking effectively
  • Preparing for corporate presentations and interviews
  • Developing job search strategies

Your second year is comprised almost entirely of elective courses. You will also take your final core course, Professional Responsibility.

Electives and Professional Responsibility
Stern students graduate with an MBA in General Management and may select up to three specializations. Each specialization is comprised of about three elective courses.

Stern offers the most elective courses of any top business school - more than 200 elective offerings are available over the course of your two years. 

All students are required to complete Professional Responsibility. 

During your second year, you can: 
  • Take electives during the day or evening
  • Take up to 25% of your courses (5 courses) at other NYU graduate schools, including the Wagner School of Public Service, the Tisch School of the Arts and the Schack Real Estate Institute
  • Leverage a variety of global program opportunities, including a semester exchange with more than 40 partner schools or a Doing Business In (DBi) course in more than 10 locations