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Why Stern?

Our formula for success includes having world renowned faculty, a supportive and collaborative community, and a location in the center of global business.

A Transformational Experience: Why Stern?

A number of business schools can boast of excellent Ph.D. programs. However, none has the collaborative culture that the Stern School’s has. Through the cultivation of individual student-faculty and student-student relationships, NYU Stern nurtures students’ innate curiosities while teaching them to use the research tools required to solve the problems they address. By the end of the program, students of the faculty have become colleagues of the faculty, transformed into fully trained scholars capable of doing research on the same level as that of the people who taught them.

NYU Stern’s doctoral students enter a highly select and motivated community of scholars, who thrive in an atmosphere of intellectual rigor and creative collaboration. The Ph.D. student body consists of approximately 110 full-time students across all departments and stages in the program. With over 200 full-time research faculty, the Stern Ph.D. program has one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios among top business schools. This results in a learning environment that is highly collaborative and collegial and in which close, one-on-one mentoring is the norm.

We invite you to explore our top reasons for "Why Stern?" below.

Upcoming Open House

One of the best ways to learn more about the Ph.D. Program at NYU Stern is to attend our virtual Open House. This event for prospective students provides an opportunity to meet with our faculty and current students, hear about our program, and learn specific information about one of our eight areas of study during a breakout information session. Questions about admissions and financial aid will also be answered. Please note our event takes place virtually.

Fall 2023 Open House
Friday, November 3, 2023
5:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m

Register for our Virtual Open House


  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 p.m.: The Stern Ph.D. Program, presented by Bryan Bollinger, Academic Director, Stern Doctoral Programs
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 p.m.: Virtual Information Sessions by Each Academic Area

This virtual event is open to the public, however advanced registration is required.

Why NYU Stern? Reason 1.

A Collaborative Community

Student develop collaborative and supportive relationships with faculty and one another. Over the course of the program, students become respected colleagues of the faculty and life-long friends and colleagues with their classmates.
Why NYU Stern? Reason 2.

A Global Hub

In the heart of NYC, our connection to global business creates the best opportunities for students to develop their research talents and to prepare for academic careers.
Why NYU Stern? Reason 3.


We are proud of the placement record of our Ph.D. graduates. Among U.S. business schools, Stern consistently ranks among the top in doctoral ratings both in the number of graduates and faculty placements at the top 50 business schools.
Why NYU Stern? Reason 4.

1-on-1 Access to Faculty

Our formula for success includes having a 2:1 faculty to student ratio. Our over 200 full-time research faculty gives you access to nearly any research question you want to explore.