The NYU Stern Executive MBA application process has three steps: the Pre-Application, Interview, and Formal Application.

Complete the Pre-Application Components to Start the Admissions Process

Submit a Pre-Application

This includes basic personal information and a current résumé/CV. There is no fee associated with the Pre-Application, it is free to submit. 

Interview

An admissions representative will contact you within five business days of submission to schedule an interview with an admissions director. The interview is evaluative and required for all applicants.  Applicants may begin working on the Formal Application prior to completion of the Interview. 

Submit a Formal Application

Once you have submitted a Pre-Application, you may move forward with the Formal Application.

Formal Application Components


Intended Program Start and Prerequisites

Prerequisites include holding a Bachelor’s degree and having a minimum of 6 years of full-time work experience. 

Personal Information 

Name, address and contact information

Academic Background 

Prior education information.

Optional Official GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment Score Reports 

The NYU Stern Executive MBA program does not require GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment 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, GRE or Executive Assessment scores.

If you choose to submit GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment scores, they must be dated within five years of the final application deadline of the desired program entry date.

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 and Executive Assessment reporting code is 5TF-HW-50. Stern’s Executive MBA GRE reporting code is 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.

Activities

Applicants may use this section to indicate any activities in which they participate, along with years of participation and contributions made.

Essays

Applicants are required to respond to essay prompts 1 and 2. The 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. There is an optional essay if you wish to provide additional information.

All essays have a 500 word limit, double spaced. Word limits apply to the total essay question. For example, your response to Essay 2 should answer all parts.

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

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. 

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?

3. Additional Information (Optional) - Provide any additional information for the Admissions Committee. This may include additional details on your academic/quantitative preparation for MBA coursework through educational or professional experience, further explanation of academic history, current or past gaps in employment, or any other information relevant to your application. 

Transcript(s)

Transcripts are required for all institutions from which the applicant has earned a degree (undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., M.D., J.D., etc.). Use this section of the application to self-report academic transcripts for every undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended, full-time or part-time. Transcripts are not required for non-degree coursework. However, transcripts from non-degree courses should be submitted if you would like the Admissions Committee to consider the coursework when reviewing your candidacy.

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, an uploaded scan of your diploma provides proof of degree conferral.

To provide your transcript(s), you have two options:

  1. Mail an official copy of each transcript directly to the Executive MBA Admissions office
  2. Scan and upload a copy of each transcript in the online formal application

All enrolled students will be required to submit a sealed, official transcript from each academic institution at which they earned a degree. We follow rolling admissions and encourage applicants to request these documents as soon as possible.

Your official and self-reported transcripts may be verified. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission at any time, prior to or after enrolling, if there is any discrepancy between the unofficial transcript and the official transcript.

Official Transcript Requirements 

Official transcripts may be submitted at any time during the application process. Please mail official transcripts to:

NYU Stern School of Business
Executive MBA Program
44 West 4th Street, Suite 4-100
New York, NY 10012-1126

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.

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 is an optional component of the application, which means it is not required to submit with your formal application. The form summarizes the time commitment required for the program, so it may be used as a tool to have a conversation with your employer around time and financial sponsorship.

Download the Organization Sponsorship Form below:

Executive MBA in DC Sponsorship Form

If you would like to submit the Organization Sponsorship Form with your application, you may upload it in the application or email it to the Admissions Office.

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 only be submitted online. 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 optional Essay 3.

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.

If you are experiencing severe economic hardship and would like to request an application fee waiver, please email executive@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.