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Mentorship and Training

Pre-Doctoral Program

Preparing select students to apply to Ph.D. programs in Business.

The Pre-Doctoral Program at NYU Stern

The Stern Pre-Doctoral program is intended to prepare select students to apply to Ph.D. programs in Business, at Stern or elsewhere, and promotes a diverse, scholarly environment to encourage promising individuals from under-represented or non-typical backgrounds (personal, academic, or employment) to enter the academic profession.

In the course of the program, each student will gain a thorough grounding in calculus, matrix algebra, basic and intermediate statistics, and basic and intermediate economics, and/or other relevant coursework necessary to prepare for the Ph.D. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in research with faculty.

In addition, Pre-Doctoral students will receive advisement in the Ph.D. application process from the Doctoral Program and Stern faculty. Students demonstrating outstanding academic ability will be encouraged to apply for the Stern Ph.D. program for the following year; otherwise, students will have Stern’s support in applying to other programs. 

Full tuition scholarship, living stipend and student health insurance are provided.

The Pre-Doctoral Program is a full-time, in-residence, non-degree program. Applicants must have a Bachelors degree (or will complete one by the time the program starts) and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applicants should apply through the regular Ph.D. Program application. While encouraged, candidates applying to the Pre-Doctoral Program only do not need to submit GRE or GMAT test scores.

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