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Our application deadline is December 31. Applications to our program are accepted for fall matriculation only.

Application Requirements

Each year, we welcome a select group of students to the NYU Stern Ph.D. Program. The following are the general requirements that every candidate should meet in order to apply to the NYU Stern Doctoral Program.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent;
  • Students from academic majors are eligible to apply. Having a strong foundation in the basic social sciences, math or engineering, depending on the discipline to which one applies, is preferred;
  • Previous graduate work and professional work experience are not admissions requirements.

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Statement of Purpose

Optional Essay

Education and Resume or CV

Two Letters of Recommendation

GMAT or GRE Score

TOEFL, if applicable

Uploaded Official Transcripts

Submitted Online Application

Application Fee

Deadlines

Pre-Doctoral Applicants


Application Materials

 

Statement of Purpose
You should write a brief and cohesive essay that addresses the following topics:
  • Why you have chosen the area of study for which you are applying?
  • What interests you most about this field, and how did your interests develop?
  • Your professional objectives and how your past experiences contributed to defining those objectives.
  • Possible areas of research you might pursue, including any faculty member's research that is of interest to you.
  • Any research projects that you have completed with faculty.

Optional Essay
You may upload an optional essay to bring to the Admissions Committee's attention any additional information of a personal or academic nature that should be known in order to ensure a complete and fair evaluation of your application (one page limit). Alternatively, you may upload an optional writing sample, such as a short research paper.

Education and Resume or CV
You should provide information for each college and university you have attended full-time for one year or more. You should not list any study abroad programs you have completed while enrolled at the home institution if grades for these programs are included on your transript.

Reporting Your GPA
Please make sure to report your GPA using a 4 point grading scale. If you attended a school that does not use a 4 point grading system, please use the below scale:
 
Grade GPA Grade GPA
A+ 4.0 C+ 2.3
A 4.0 C 2.0
A- 3.7 C- 1.7
B+ 3.3 D+ 1.3
B 3.0 D 1.0
B- 2.7 F 0.0
International applicants may opt to use the GPA Calculator provided by World Education Services (WES).

Prerequisite Coursework
In your application, please list how you have satisfied our prerequisite coursework, including calculus, matrix/linear algebra, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and probability and statistics.

Honors, Awards and Significant Contributions
In your application, please list any significant articles, books, research or other creative works you have produced, as well as professional organizations to which you belong. You may also list any awards, scholarships or other types of academic recognition you have received.

Resume or CV
Please upload your most recent resume or CV to the online application. The resume or CV can be used to summarize all of your qualifications, including your education, qualifications, honors, and interests.

Two Letters of Recommendation
You are required to submit two letters of recommendation with your application. Please make sure to choose letter writers who are able to evaluate your potential to succeed as a researcher.

Our admissions committee prefers that all letters be written by academics, however, if you have been out of school for some time, you may alternatively use non-academic letter writers.

Individuals writing your letters of recommendation are required to submit them through the online application. During the application process, you will have the opportunity to register your letter writer, and he or she will receive an email with further instructions.

All letters of reference must be received by the application deadline, December 31.

GMAT or GRE Score
All applicants are required to take either the GRE or GMAT. No exceptions will be granted. GRE and GMAT scores are valid for five years from the date taken. Expired test scores will not be considered. Please note we do not accept GRE subject tests.
 
Area of Study Preferred Test Accepted Test
Accounting GMAT GRE or GMAT
Economics GRE GRE or GMAT
Finance GRE GRE or GMAT
Information Systems GRE GRE or GMAT
Management GRE GRE or GMAT
Marketing GRE GRE or GMAT
Operations Management GRE GRE or GMAT
Statistics GRE GRE or GMAT
All applicants must submit hard copy official test scores to NYU Stern's Ph.D. Program Office using the code below. We do not accept electronic test scores. If you previously applied, you must ask the testing agency to resubmit your official test scores. If you applied to a different degree program at NYU, you must still submit your test scores to the Ph.D. Program Office.
 
Test Testing Agency School Code
GRE Educational Testing Service (ETS) 2582
GMAT Pearson Vue 5TF-HW-82
TOEFL, if applicable
You are required to submit TOEFL scores if your native language is not English. TOEFL scores must be within the last two years to be considered valid. We do not accept scores from the IELTS examination.

Exemptions
Applicants will be granted an exemption to the TOEFL requirement if they have earned a U.S. Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, or the international equivalent degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English. Applicants with degrees from the U.S., Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom are exempt from taking the TOEFL and do not need to request a TOEFL waiver from the NYU Stern Ph.D. Program Office.

Waivers
Applicants who have received degrees from colleges or universities in countries other than those listed above and in which English was the only language of instruction must contact the NYU Stern Ph.D. Program Office to request a TOEFL waiver. Waivers will not be granted if the courses were completed in a country where English is spoken but not all coursework was completed in English.
 
Test Testing Agency School Code
TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS) 2586
Uploaded Official Transcripts
You are required to upload copies of your official transcript from each institution that you list in your online application. Your uploaded transcripts must be an official transcript issued by your college or university, and should include the front and back of each page of the transcript.

All transcripts must be legible, and should include the institution's name, degree conferred, and degree conferral date (if applicable).

If your transcript is in a language other than English, please include an English translation along with a copy of your uploaded official transcript.

Do not:
  • Upload an unofficial transcript;
  • Mail a hard copy of your official transcript to our office.
  • Provide separate transcripts for credits that were transferred from a previous institution if the credits and grades are included on the transcript you submit.

If you are admitted to the Ph.D. Program, you will be required to mail a hard copy transcript to our offices. Any discrepency between the uploaded transcript and official hard copy transcript may result in the denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission.

Submitted Online Application
All applicants must apply through our online application.

Application Fee
All applicants must pay our $100 application fee. Application waivers are granted in the following circumstances:
  • U.S. military members or U.S. veterans who have served active duty are eligible for application fee waivers. Just prior to submitting your application, email your request for an application fee waiver to phd@stern.nyu.edu and include documentation of service.
  • If you are experiencing severe economic hardship and would like to request an application fee waiver, please email phd@stern.nyu.edu. 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. Once an application fee is paid by an applicant, it is non-refundable. Please be sure to contact phd@stern.nyu.edu prior to paying your application fee.

Deadlines
All application materials must be submitted by our December 31 deadline.

Pre-Doctoral Applicants
Pre-Doctoral Program applicants must apply online using the same online application as applicants to the Ph.D. Program. In the application, select “Pre-Doctoral” under “Intended Area of Study.” If you know which department you are interested in (e.g., finance), please indicate that in the “Second Choice Major” question. The application deadline is December 31.