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Application Requirements Overview

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Unofficial transcripts

Students entering the MSQM program are required to hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from a foreign country. Please upload transcripts (and English translation if applicable) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions from which you have received a degree.

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GMAT, GMAT Focus Edition, GRE, or GMAC Executive Assessment scores (optional)

While the GMAT, GMAT Focus Edition, GRE, or GMAC Executive Assessment exams are optional for the MSQM program, we encourage applicants to submit scores if they believe it will strengthen their applications or their academic and professional records do not provide sufficient evidence of their quantitative, verbal, and reasoning abilities. If you will not be submitting a test score, please provide Essay 2, listed below.

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Stern essay questions give you the opportunity to present yourself more fully to the Admissions Committee. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and use a 12-point font. While there is no minimum length, each essay should be a maximum of two pages and thoroughly answer the questions below:

  • Essay 1 (Required for all)

Describe your personal and professional goals and how they align with your decision to pursue the MSQM program. How have your background and experiences prepared you for success in this program? Why do you feel that you are an ideal fit for the NYU Stern MSQM?

  • Essay 2 (Required for those who do not submit a GRE, GMAT, GMAT Focus Edition or GMAC Executive Assessment score)

Please describe how your academic background and professional experience provide evidence of your quantitative, verbal, and reasoning abilities. Be sure to include at least one specific example for each ability.

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Current resume

Please provide us with an up-to-date resume that includes your education and employment history. Post-college work experience is not required to apply. If you do not have post-college work experience, please include information on any internships and part-time employment in your resume and provide thorough answers to the application questions about activities and achievements.

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Two letters of recommendation

We strongly recommend that at least one of your recommendations is professional, ideally from your current or direct supervisor. If you are not currently employed, please use your most recent direct supervisor.

Recommender Ratings & Questions

Your recommender will be asked to rate you on the following abilities/qualities:

  • Analytical/Quantitative Ability 
  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Maturity
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism
  • Emotional Intelligence

Your recommender will be asked to answer the following:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization.
  • How does the applicant's performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles (if applicable)? Please provide specific examples. (e.g., what are the applicant's principal strengths?).
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?
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Application fee: $100 (non-refundable)

Prior to submitting your online application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable application fee. The application fee must be paid online by credit card when you submit your application. Your application is not complete until we receive payment of the application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and may not be applied toward any future applications at NYU Stern or other NYU programs.

If you are experiencing economic challenges and would like to request an application fee waiver, please submit the Application Fee Waiver Request Form. Requests should include a rationale for the application fee waiver and will be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis.

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TOEFL, IELTS, iTEP, or Duolingo scores (if required)

Mastery of English is required for NYU Stern programs. If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate your level of proficiency in English by taking a standardized test. Please review our English Proficiency requirements for more details.