Pre-Doctoral Program

The Stern Pre-Doctoral program is intended to prepare select students to apply to PhD programs in Business, at Stern or elsewhere. The Stern Pre-Doctoral program seeks to promote a diverse, scholarly environment and encourage promising individuals from under-represented or non-typical backgrounds (personal, academic, or employment) to enter the academic profession.

The Program

The program will be quantitatively focused but individually designed to fit each student’s background. In the course of the program, each student should gain a thorough grounding in calculus, matrix algebra, basic and intermediate statistics, and basic and intermediate economics. Students may also have the opportunity to engage in faculty research.

In addition, the program would provide advisement for the PhD application process from the Doctoral Program office staff and Stern faculty. If the student demonstrates outstanding academic ability, s/he would be encouraged to apply for the Stern PhD program for the following year; otherwise, students would have Stern’s support in applying to other programs.  Full tuition scholarship is provided.  Some living stipend and student health insurance may also be provided on a case-by-case basis.

In order for program participants to apply to PhD programs by the following January, students need to begin the program by late May. The four-semester program includes two summer sessions, fall and spring.


This is a full-time, in-residence, non-degree program. Applicants must have a Bachelors degree (or will complete one by the time the program starts) and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible to apply.


The application process and required application materials are the same as for our regular doctoral program. Pre-doctoral program applicants must apply online using the same online application as for our PhD application. 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. In addition to the regular application essay topic, applicants to the pre-doctoral program must explain why they are applying to the pre-doctoral program specifically, and describe their background as it pertains to academic diversity. This can be incorporated in the main essay or included as an additional essay. The application deadline is December 31.

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Please direct any questions to the Doctoral Program office at (212) 998-0740 or