Standardized Tests

Stern has no minimum standardized test score requirements. In addition to the GMAT and GRE, NYU Stern also accepts the Executive Assessment Test (EA), MCAT, LSAT, and DAT. Read more below. We consider only your highest overall scores. Therefore, feel free to re-take a test if you believe you can improve your performance. A valid standardized test score is required for all MBA applicants to the Full-time, Fashion and Luxury, and Tech MBA.


Before submitting an application you must take a standardized test. NYU Stern accepts:
  • GMAT or Executive Assessment administered by Pearson VUE
  • GRE, administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS)
  • LSAT, administered by the Law School Admission Council
  • MCAT, administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • DAT, administered by the American Dental Association
Stern has no preference for which test applicants include with their application. Applicants who submit an LSAT, MCAT, or DAT may not apply to Stern using the Consortium application.

Scores must be valid at the time that you submit your application. Please confirm your scores are valid prior to submitting your application. You are responsible for including your test score on the online application and ensuring that the respective testing agency is able to release and send your official score report 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.

Applicants that would like to submit their application with a GMAT test score that is between five and ten years old may request an exception to submit that score. Exception requests should be sent to admchair@stern.nyu.edu, and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. To satisfy the standardized test requirement for the MBA application, the Admissions Committee must be able to verify any GMAT score with GMAC (the test agency). Please note that the score verification process may cause delays in the admission review and/or timing of decisions. GRE test scores are not able to be verified after the five year mark.

‚ÄčIf you plan to retake a test 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 admchair@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.

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 (submitted with this application or previously sent to Stern), we will consider the standardized test score if it aids your candidacy.

Test reporting codes:
 
Test Reporting Code
GMAT & Executive Assessment 5TF-HW-35 (Full-time 2-year MBA)
5TF-HW-29 (Fashion & Luxury MBA)
5TF-HW-71(Tech MBA)
GRE 4455 (Full-time 2-year MBA)
2245 (Fashion & Luxury MBA)
2246 (Tech MBA)
LSAT Pending
MCAT Contact AAMC
DAT Contact ADA

Standardized Test Waiver
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 MBA. 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 Full-Time and Focused MBA 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 Full-Time Two-Year, Andre Koo Tech and Entrepreneurship or Fashion and Luxury MBA, applicants will be asked to submit the request form and upload the required documents. Please note that those applying through the Consortium are eligible to request a standardized test waiver. Dual degree applicants are not eligible to request a standardized test waiver. 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/EA/LSAT/MCAT/DAT) 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 (e.g., 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 MBA 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 Deadlines 
Program  Application Deadline Waiver Request Deadline
Full-time MBA  9/15/21
10/15/21
 
8/1/21
1/15/22*
3/15/22
*includes Consortium
deadline of 1/5/22
11/15/21
Tech and Fashion & Luxury MBA  9/15/21
11/15/21 
8/1/21
1/15/22
2/15/22 (US/PR applicants only)
11/15/21


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. For applicants who took the test more than once, the Admissions Committee will consider only the test with the highest total score (MyBest TOEFL scores will not be considered). 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. 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. Please note that students who completed a university degree in India are not required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores. 

If you plan to retake the TOEFL, 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