Standardized Tests

If your ability to take the standardized test has been impacted due to the current global health crisis, please click here to learn more about the standardized test waiver due to the pandemic. 

GMAT or GRE Waiver

Applicants who meet certain criteria are eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE requirements for the MS in Accounting program without any pre approval from the Admissions Committee. Candidates wishing to waive the GMAT/GRE must meet the following conditions: 
  • Have an undergraduate degree conferral by a US four-year accredited undergraduate institution
  • Have earned a final undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a four-point scale at the time of degree conferral. Degrees from undergraduate institutions that do not grade on a 4.0 scale are not eligible for the waiver. GPAs below 3.00 may not be rounded up to 3.00.
  • Have majored in:
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Business (see detailed list of eligible business majors below)
      • Advertising
      • Business
      • Business Administration
      • Business Economics
      • Business Management
      • Commerce
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Information Systems
      • Information Technology
      • International Business
      • Management
      • Management and Entrepreneurship
      • Marketing
      • Supply Chain and Operations

If you check one of the two boxes in the GMAT/GRE Test Waiver form of the application and meet the eligibility criteria, the Admissions Committee will waive the standardized test requirement for your application.

Important Notes 
Applicants who are applying prior to the completion of their undergraduate degree must have earned the required GPA at the time of application to be eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE. Applicants must maintain the required minimum GPA through the completion of their undergraduate degree. 

Your transcript must specifically indicate that you are designated as one of the four majors. For example, students with an international affairs and economics major may not be eligible. 

The final cumulative GPA must meet the minimum requirement without rounding up. 

In any case outside of these parameters where the applicant wishes to make a case for receiving a waiver, please submit the MS in Accounting Test Waiver Request form. Requests must be made no later than 15 days prior to the application deadline. 
 

GMAT or GRE


Before submitting an application you must take the GMAT, administered by Pearson VUE, or the GRE, administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS). 

Stern has no preference for the GMAT or GRE, feel free to take either test. 

Scores are valid for five years from the date that you took the test and must be valid at the time that you submit your application. You are responsible for including your test score on the online application and ensuring that Pearson VUE or ETS is able to release and send your official score report to NYU Stern. Stern's GMAT reporting code is 5TF-HW-30. Stern's GRE reporting code is 1695. While an official test score is required for a final decision, the Admissions Committee can begin the review of your application with an unofficial test score.

​If you plan to retake the GMAT or GRE after applying, you must inform the Admissions Committee of the date you intend to take the test in the optional essay or via email to msaccounting@stern.nyu.edu. The Admissions Committee will proceed with the evaluation of your application using your submitted score and may issue a decision prior to receiving additional test scores.

NYU Stern has no minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement. For applicants who took the test more than once, the Admissions Committee will consider only the test with the highest total score.
 

TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test


Mastery of English is required for NYU Stern.

Your level of proficiency in English must be demonstrated in at least one of the following three ways:
  • Your native language is English
  • Your undergraduate or graduate degree was taught in English
  • Your test results from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test

Scores are valid for two years from the date that you took the test and must be valid at the time that you submit your application. You are responsible for including your TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test score on the online application and ensuring that your official score report can be released and sent to NYU Stern. While an official test score is required for a final decision, the Admissions Committee can begin the review of your application with an unofficial test score.  In order to be eligible to apply, all applicants must receive a TOEFL score of at least 100, a IELTS score of at least 7, or a Duolingo English Test score of at least 120. For applicants who took the test more than once, the Admissions Committee will consider only the test with the highest total score taken within two years from the application deadline for which you apply. 

If you plan to retake the TOEFL, or IELTS or Duolingo English Test after applying, please inform the Admissions Committee of the date you intend to take the test in the optional essay. The Admissions Committee will proceed with the evaluation of your application using your submitted score, and may issue a decision prior to receiving additional test scores. 

The TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo English Test reporting codes:
 Test   Reporting Code 
 TOEFL   2582 
 IELTS   New York University - MBA and Graduate Admissions 
 Duolingo English Test                NYU Stern, MBA & Graduate Admissions 

Standardized Test Waiver due to the Pandemic
All applicants to the MS in Accounting program who do not qualify for a test score waiver are required to submit a standardized test with their application. However, given the current global public health environment, we understand that in-person testing is still limited and as things change rapidly, testing access may vary. If you have made a good faith effort to secure a standardized test appointment and are having difficulties that are outside of your control, the Admissions Committee will consider requests for a standardized test waiver on a case by case basis. Should you be approved for a standardized test waiver, we will work with you on next steps to submit your completed application based on your specific circumstances.  Requests should be submitted via this form at least 15 days prior to the application deadline, and must include a detailed explanation of your circumstances. The Admissions Committee may follow up with additional requests for information as needed.