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4+1 Partner Schools

NYU Stern has developed a unique 4+1 program agreement with partner universities.

Currently, NYU Stern has partnerships with the following programs:


  • NYU Abu Dhabi
  • NYU Shanghai
  • University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • SolBridge International School of Business, Korea


  • Franklin & Marshall College

Students participating in this program will ideally have interned with a professional accounting firm, preferably a Big 4 firm, in their junior and senior years (though not required) and hopefully secure a full time position offer upon graduating from one of these universities. They would then seek a one year deferment to complete the MSA program at Stern before starting a full time position with the firm.

As these programs are all taught in English, applicants from these universities will not be required to take the TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo English Test.

In addition, applicants from one of the 4+1 partner schools will have the GMAT/GRE test requirement waived regardless of their GPA.

Applicants as part of the partner school 4+1 programs will be given favorable consideration in the admissions process. In addition to being considered for the $10,000 or $20,000 MSA merit based scholarship, 4+1 applicants will also be considered for a special $5,000 4+1 merit based scholarship. Applicants may be awarded only one scholarship.

Applicants who are applying from one of our 4+1 program partner schools (NYU Abu Dhabi; NYU Shanghai; University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; SolBridge International School of Business, Korea; Franklin & Marshall College) are eligible for application fee waivers. Prior to submitting your application, please submit the Application Fee Waiver Request Form for application fee waiver consideration and include a scanned copy of your transcripts.

As always, applicants must also meet the pre-requirements prior to enrollment. The typical deadline for international applicants to submit their 2025 MSA application is November 15, 2024. If you are applying to the 4+1 program from the University of Bozen-Bolzano or SolBridge International School of Business, you may request permission to submit your application by March 15, 2025. Please email to make your request.

If you are applying via one of our 4+1 Programs, please indicate "I have been approved by the Admissions Committee to waive my GMAT/GRE test requirement" in the Standardized Tests section of the application, as well as note this in your optional essay. No other steps are required in the application process.