Standardized Tests

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 earned a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. Please note that this must be a U.S. undergraduate institution; therefore, a degree from an institution outside of the U.S. does not qualify. Graduate degrees will also not qualify.
  • 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:
    • Accountancy
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Business (see detailed list of eligible business majors below)
      • Advertising (This major will only be approved if it was completed at a business school within your undergraduate college.)
      • Business
      • Business Administration
      • Business Economics
      • Business Management
      • Commerce
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Hospitality Management
      • Information Systems
      • Information Technology (This major will only be approved if it was completed at a business school within your undergraduate college.)
      • 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. For those that submit more than one test type, we will consider the standardized test score (submitted with this application or previously sent to Stern) for admission which aids your candidacy. For those who are eligible and submit their application with a standardized test waiver and who have or submit a standardized test score, we will consider the standardized test score if it aids your candidacy. 
 

Standardized Test Waiver due to the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has personally and professionally affected the lives of individuals all over the world. For some, this has meant delaying plans for the future, including applying for an MS in Accounting program. If the pandemic has impacted your ability to prepare for or take a standardized test, but you feel that you are able to demonstrate academic readiness, you can request a standardized test waiver.

The standardized test is a required part of the MS in Accounting program application and one of the tools we use to evaluate your academic profile. For most applicants, the standardized test is an essential way to establish academic readiness.

To request a standardized test waiver for the Fall 2022 MS in Accounting program, applicants will be asked to submit the request form and upload the required documents. Those who provide strong examples of academic readiness (eg: strong analytical or quantitative undergraduate or graduate majors, professional work experience, certifications etc.) may be more likely to receive a standardized test waiver.

If NYU Stern does not grant you a standardized test waiver, your application may still be competitive for admission; we would like to receive the standardized test as an additional data point in our review of your candidacy. The standardized test score is only one of many components of our holistic application process.

Items to submit in order to be considered for a standardized test (GMAT/GRE) waiver:
  • Completed request form
  • Updated Resume
  • Undergraduate transcript, showing all classes, grades and a final GPA and degree conferral for all institutions attended
  • Graduate transcript, if applicable
  • Any post-graduate coursework transcripts
  • Any Certifications (eg: CFA, CPA etc.)
  • Brief explanation for standardized test waiver request (300 words)
All waiver requests will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 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. All requests must be submitted with the necessary materials by the deadlines listed below. Applicants will only be able to submit one request during the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, and must select one program when submitting the request. Applicants who are not approved for the waiver will need to complete the standardized test score requirement to submit their application. If the information provided in your request differs from the information provided in your Admissions application, your waiver may be rescinded.

For a list of frequently asked questions about the standardized test waiver, please see here.
 
Waiver Deadline
Program Application Deadline Waiver Request Deadline
Fall 2022
 MS in Accounting Program 
11/15/21 9/15/21
2/15/22
4/15/22
6/1/22
11/15/21
*Please note applicants who are non-US citizens or do not hold US Permanent Residency at the time of submitting their request must make their request prior to the first waiver request deadline. 


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