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Dual Degree Program With Business Administration (M.A./MBA)

By taking certain courses acceptable for joint credit, students enrolled in this program can complete the requirements for both degrees with a total of 79 points, rather than the 92 points required if both degrees were to be pursued independently.  Joint-degree students are required to complete three (rather than twelve) elective points at Stern, fulfilling the rest of their elective requirements through courses taken at the IFS.  The total number of M.B.A. credits is thus reduced to 51 (including one cross-listed course), and the Dual degree can be completed in two and a half rather than three years of full-time study

I. Admissions

Applicants must apply and be admitted to both schools, which means: requesting an application from the admissions offices of both Stern and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), meeting the admissions standards, and following the procedures for each school. Applicants must take the GRE, which is required of all IFS applicants. They may also provide Stern with their GMAT scores, but this is not required because Stern now accepts the GRE as well.

In a given semester, students may take courses from both schools.  Student enrolled in the Dual M.A./M.B.A. program must fulfill all requirements for the M.B.A. at Stern and take eight IFS or IFS-approved courses which must include:

• 19th Century French History (IFST-GA.1610)
• Topics in the French Economy (IFST-GA.2910)
• A course in 20th Century French History
• Five IFS elective courses chosen in consultation with the IFS advisor. 

A sample program is outlined below. Individualized program sequences can be arranged with advisors at both schools.

              French Studies                  Business Administration

Year 1:  0 points                               32.5 points
Year 2:  12 points                             19.5 points
          (includes French Economy, G46.2910/B50.2119)
Year 3:  20 points                             0 points

It is possible to enroll on a part-time basis, but all requirements for the joint degree must be completed within six years of initial enrollment.

Both IFS (through NYU in Paris) and the Stern School of Business offer summer classes, of which students are encouraged to take advantage.

III.  Semester in Paris

Students may qualify to take a semester in France at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) by applying for the International Management Program (IMP) offered at the Stern School of Business.  Students interested in applying to the program may arrange an appointment with the IMP coordinator at Stern by calling (212) 998-0924.  Course work taken in the IMP semester generally consists of non-major electives for the M.B.A. degree.  With the approval of an IFS advisor, course work completed at HEC may be partially credited towards the 32 French Studies points required for the Dual degree.