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Students graduate from NYU with big plans for the future. They want to innovate, open doors, create ideas, and change the world. Sometimes those big dreams require continued learning—and after several years of studying, they’re eager to get out there, flex their professional muscles, and start getting paid. For those students, the NYU x NYU/Stern program is a singular opportunity to advance their careers while staying connected to NYU. First, undergraduates from the College of Arts and Science; Tandon School of Engineering; Global Liberal Studies; Stern School of Business; and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development apply for deferred enrollment in NYU Stern’s prestigious two-year MBA program. After they graduate, they work for a few years. Then, they return to complete their NYU Stern MBA, gaining access to over 200 electives and a network of 110,000 accomplished alumni across the globe.

“This is a unique program for NYU alums,” says Adam Smith, director of MBA admissions and an NYU Stern MBA alumnus. “It allows you to start your career, explore your interests, and then return to school to accelerate your advancement or pivot into something new. Joining NYU Stern as an MBA student expands your options no matter where you want to make an impact.”

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Why It Matters

An MBA program is a huge undertaking. And the application process is no small feat either. There’s required work experience, standardized tests, application fees, and more. But the NYU x NYU/Stern program takes a lot of the stress out of applying, waiving both application fees and standardized testing requirements. Plus, once students are ready to enroll, they receive a $10,000 Early Advancement Award, which is applied to their tuition.

“The NYU x NYU program is an incredible pathway to one of the best business schools in the country,” affirms Sophie Kennedy. She graduated from the College of Arts and Science in 2019 and will receive her Stern MBA through NYU x NYU/Stern in spring 2023. “You have the flexibility to choose the right time to go to business school. When I worked at an early-stage startup, it was very time-consuming. As a result, I wouldn’t have taken the time to go through the standard application process, including the GMAT. Applying right out of college and getting accepted to the program gave me a feeling of security. It gave me confidence early in my career.”

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What You’ll Get

An NYU Stern education is a call to action to improve society and lead change. Here, students gain access to renowned professors, 27 specializations, and a plethora of on-campus recruiting opportunities with top-tier employers. Through the NYU x NYU/Stern program, students can fast-track their careers and gain experience with the knowledge that they’re working toward starting their MBA. Additionally, admitted students are eligible for other NYU Stern scholarships, including a specially designated one-year Berkley Early Advancement Fellowship. What’s more, they’ll have the opportunity to enroll in Stern’s one-year specialized MBA programs: the Andre Koo Technology & Entrepreneurship MBA or the Fashion & Luxury MBA.

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Where You’ll Go

In uncertain times, you can bet on a Stern education. In fact, the Stern MBA Class of 2022 achieved record-high compensation, including the highest median base salary and mean total compensation in the school’s history. Overall, three months after graduation, 94.1 percent of graduates had received and accepted an offer. And the impact doesn’t end once you’ve graduated.

Alumni have access to Stern’s Lifelong Learning benefits in perpetuity. “Even if you’re just thinking about an MBA, I would 100 percent apply to NYU x NYU,” concludes Sophie. “What’s the downside? You don’t know where your career will take you, and it’s better to have as many opportunities as possible. That way, when you need to make decisions about switching jobs or going to school, you have a lot more information to help you along the way.”