Leave of Absence

Degree candidates must maintain continuous matriculation throughout the duration of the program.

Students may maintain matriculation by registering for courses or requesting a Leave of Absence during each fall and spring semester in which they are enrolled in the MBA program. Students who are unable to enroll during a fall or spring semester, or  who drop or withdraw from all courses must request a leave of absence. 

  • Students do not need to register or request a Leave of Absence during the Summer Sessions (Summer I, Summer II and Summer Intensive). 
  • The Winter Intensive is considered part of the spring semester. Students who take courses in the Winter Intensive period but not the proper spring semester are maintaining matriculation for the spring and do not need to request a leave of absence for that semester. 
  • The Fall Intensive is considered part of the fall semester. Students who take courses in the Fall Intensive period but not the proper fall semester are maintaining matriculation for the fall and do not need to request a leave of absence for that semester. 

Maintaining matriculation:

  • reserves a student's place in the degree program as a continuing student.
  • ensures that the student will continue to receive registration materials and any other communications to enrolled students.

Graduation Requirements

Students must graduate the semester that they earn 60 credits and fulfill their degree requirements. 

Semester in Which Degree
Requirements are Completed
Graduation Date on Transcript
Fall term January graduate
Spring term (which includes Winter Intensive) May graduate
Summer term (which includes Summer Intensive) September graduate

To be considered eligible for graduation, all students must fulfill the following requirements.

Application for Degree Candidacy

Full-time MBA Candidates

All MBA and MS students planning to graduate must file an Application for Degree Form with the Office of Records and Registration. Ph.D. candidates should file their application with the Doctoral Office.

Langone Part-time MBA Candidates

Langone Part-time MBA Candidates who wish to have their employers notified of their graduation should file an Employer Notification of Graduation Request Form with the Office of Records and Registration along with their Application for Degree Form.

Business Writing Requirement

All MBA degree candidates must satisfy the Business Writing Proficiency requirement in order to qualify for graduation.

Continuous Matriculation

All degree and certificate candidates must maintain continuous matriculation during their entire program. This is normally done by completing relevant course work during each Fall and Spring semester. Students in good standing who are making satisfactory progress towards completion of their program but must be away for a Fall and/or Spring semester must request a Leave of Absence and maintain matriculation by paying a fee. Ph.D. candidates must receive approval from the Doctoral Office in order to maintain matriculation by fee.

Also, students permitted to complete a portion of their program at another accredited university must pay the matriculation fee for each Fall and/or Spring semester they are away from Stern.

Incomplete Grades

All courses with incomplete grades (IP or IF) must be completed in order for a degree candidate to be eligible for graduation. For students graduating in May, all courses with incomplete grades must be completed and graded by the first Friday of May. For students graduating in January or September, all courses with incomplete grades must be completed and graded by the third Monday of the month in which they filed to graduate (ie: January or September).

Incompletes not made up by this deadline will lapse to N in the case of an IP (Incomplete Passing) and F in the case of an IF (Incomplete Failing).

Semester and Short-term Summer Study Abroad Courses

All candidates for graduation must have their study abroad transcripts submitted to the Office of Records and Registration by the second Friday of the month in which they plan to graduate. Stern students who participate in study abroad programs must receive passing grades in their courses at the partner school in order to receive academic credit at Stern. The course is recorded as a "P" for Pass on the Stern transcript.  The passing grade received abroad is not factored into the Stern GPA.  

Scholastic Requirements

All MBA candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in order to graduate.

Transfer Credits

Candidates for graduation who are granted permission to complete a portion of their program at another accredited institution must have their transcript forwarded to the Office of Records and Registration by the second Friday of the month in which they plan to graduate. They must receive grades of B or better in the approved courses in order to receive transfer credit. Those who are away from Stern for a Fall and/or Spring semester must maintain matriculation by paying the appropriate fee.

Tuition and Fees

All financial obligations (including tuition and fees, library fines and books, housing charges) must be met before a student will be allowed to graduate. In addition, the University reserves the right to withhold all information regarding the record of any student in arrears in paying tuition, fees, loans, or other charges.

Program Progress

To remain in good academic standing, Stern MBA students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete one course in the semester for which they are admitted; those who do not, must reapply for admission in a subsequent semester.
  • Satisfactorily complete at least 6 credits each academic year.
    • This requirement of at least 6 credits each academic year (and only this requirement) may be suspended in cases of multiple Leaves of Absence
  • Satisfactorily complete at least 24 credits within the first three years.
  • Satisfactorily complete all requirements for the degree within a maximum of six years from initial enrollment in the program.
Students who are unable to maintain this pace will not be permitted to continue in their degree program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must maintain minimum grade point average standards. Specifically, students must earn cumulative GPAs according to the criteria outlined below:

For graduation eligibility: 2.5000 and above
To avoid Academic Probation: 2.3000 and above
To avoid dismissal from NYU Stern: 2.1000 and above

Grade point averages include all coursework that appears on the Graduate Stern transcript, whether or not it actually fulfills program requirements.

A 2.5000 grade point average is required of all MBA program students to meet eligibility requirements for graduation.

If a student’s GPA falls below 2.3000 at any point while matriculated in a degree program, he or she will be placed on Academic Probation.  Academic Probation signals that a student is not in good academic standing and that he or she is at risk of falling below the minimum program GPA requirements.

While a student is on Academic Probation, the Academic Policy Board will have the discretion to enforce program restrictions including: credit limits, eligibility for course registration, GPA requirement, student activities (clubs, treks, conferences, etc.), Study Abroad.

Regardless of GPA, students may also be placed on academic probation for earning a grade of “Incomplete” for multiple courses and/or failing to satisfactorily complete agreed upon program completion requirements.

If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.1000, he or she will be dismissed from the program. 

Academic Progress

For more information on grading requirements and policies to maintain satisfactory academic progress in your program, please visit: https://www.stern.nyu.edu/portal-partners/registrar/policies-procedures/...

Minimum Residency Requirement

Students must complete 75% of their academic program (45 credits) at Stern. All Core Courses must be completed at Stern. Students may take a maximum of 15 elective credits outside of Stern on IMP courses (Study Abroad), courses at other NYU divisions, or at other AACSB accredited schools.

Full-time Student Employment Policy

Full-time students who have completed fewer than 15 credits are strongly discouraged from taking on any type of employment that interferes with their full participation in the MBA program. Any outside employment commitment that negatively impacts the students' academic, community, or career experience at Stern could be subject to Academic Policy Board review. Students who have completed more than 15 credits and have a GPA of at least 3.0000 are pre-approved to work part-time or to intern for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Students are never encouraged to accept full-time employment while enrolled in the Full-time MBA program.

Program Prerequisites


Before beginning the MBA program, students are expected to possess knowledge in the math topics below:

  • Data Relations (equalities and inequalities, absolute value, ratios, fractions, summation notation)
  • Functions & Graphs (linear functions, nonlinear functions, summation notation)
  • Systems of Equations
  • Exponents (the law of exponents, quadratic formula)
  • Logarithms (compound interest and e, exponential growth, natural logarithms)
  • Familiarity with basic calculus (at the level of taking derivatives of polynomial expressions and using first-order conditions to determine maxima and minima)

Business Writing Proficiency

  1. Earning a score of 4.0 or better on the analytical writing component (AWA) of a valid GMAT or GRE exam reviewed by the Office of MBA Admissions*
  2. Showing proof of having taken and passed an approved business writing course after the GMAT or GRE test date, or
  3. Passing a non-credit online Business Writing Workshop at Stern before the end of the first semester for Full-time students and before the end of the first year for Langone Part-time MBA students.
*JD/MBA students are waived from the Business Writing Proficiency Requirement by merit of having demonstrated the necessary writing skills through successfully completing the first two years of the intensely written nature of the JD curriculum.
Because writing skills are vital to success in business, students must demonstrate proficiency in business writing within their first year in the program. 
Students who did not demonstrate business writing proficiency on the GMAT or GRE and who have not shown proof of having taken and passed an approved business writing course after taking the GMAT must satisfactorily complete a four-week, online non-credit workshop in Business Writing (NOCR-GB.2099).   These workshops are graded Pass/Fail.  A passing grade fulfills Stern's requirement to show proficiency in business writing.  Writing workshops have a maximum enrollment of 15 students and offer individualized attention, enabling students to refine their business writing skills.  
Students will automatically be registered for the workshop if it is determined necessary, based on the above criteria.  A non-refundable $400 fee will be charged for the Business Writing Workshop.  Students who have been enrolled in the workshop but believe they have satisfied the proficiency requirement should contact Academic Affairs and Advising as soon as possible.
Students who do not satisfy this requirement within the allotted time will be placed on academic "hold", which will prevent them from being able to register for courses the following semester. Students will not be permitted to graduate without satisfying this requirement.  Students who have been enrolled in the workshop but do not pass will be re-enrolled in the workshop and will be charged an additional non-refundable fee.

Withdrawing from the Program

In rare cases, students may need to withdraw from the Stern MBA program. Students must meet with Academic Affairs and Advising first and then follow the procedure outlined below.


  1. Meet with Academic Affairs and Advising to discuss your circumstances and options.
  2. Meet with the Dean of Academic Affairs and Advising or the Director of Academic Affairs and Advising if necessary.
  3. Submit a formal written notification of withdrawal to Academic Affairs and Advising (via email is acceptable).
  4. Academic Affairs and Advising will send a letter of confirmation of withdrawal to you and copy the Office of Records & Registration, the Bursar, the Office of Financial Aid, and Admissions.
  5. You will be withdrawn from all of your courses.
  6. Direct any requests for tuition refunds to the Academic Policy Board.

First Semester Withdrawal

If a student withdraws in the first semester of study:

Practical Training for International Students

Full-time international students with valid F-1 visa status are able to pursue a U.S. summer internship during the MBA program (known as Curricular Practical Training, or CPT) and full-time employment for up to 12 months after completion of the MBA program (known as Optional Practical Training, or OPT).

Applying for Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training

Before students can apply for either type of work permission, both of the following requirements must first be met:
  • Students must have valid F-1 visa status for at least nine months.
  • Employment must be directly related to the field of study.

Students interested in either type of practical training must attend a mandatory workshop conducted by the Office of Global Services (OGS) before their applications will be processed. Information (dates and times) of these workshops will be emailed to international students by the Academic Affairs and Advising Office.

See the adjacent tabs for the authorization procedures for:
  • Curricular Practical Training (Summer Internship)
  • Optional Practical Training (Full-Time Position after Graduation)
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