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Insider’s Guide: What to Expect from the Stern MBA Curriculum in Abu Dhabi




Arnold Longboy

Pursuing an MBA is an important decision that demands careful planning and consideration. The Stern at NYUAD One-year Full-time MBA Program is an excellent choice for those seeking top-tier business education in a global context. Here’s what you can expect from our curriculum should you decide to pursue this accelerated one-year MBA program.

Program Overview: The Stern at NYUAD One-year Full-time MBA Program is designed to provide students with a transformative educational experience that integrates rigorous academics with real-world application. Leveraging the unique global perspective offered by its Abu Dhabi and New York City modules, the program equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the global business landscape.

Curriculum Overview and Structure: The MBA curriculum at Stern at NYU Abu Dhabi offers our students a solid foundation in business fundamentals while tailoring their education to align with their career goals.

To create future leaders equipped to positively impact society on an international scale, students must complete 54 credits, including core courses, elective courses, Experiential Internship courses in Abu Dhabi, and courses that focus on Doing Business in New York City. The MBA program is structured to provide students with an immersive and modular format to facilitate completion in one year.

Core Courses: The core courses, which comprise 24 credits out of the overall requirement of 54 credits, include:

  • Business Communication
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Firms & Markets
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Marketing
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Strategy
  • The Global Economy

The Experiential Internship courses take place in Abu Dhabi during modules 1, 2, 5, and 6 and comprise six credits. The Doing Business in NYC courses comprise three credits, the Flex Core courses comprise six credits, and electives comprise 15-18 total credits. For the electives, students can choose to specialize in:

  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Leadership, Management, and Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Summer in NYC: During the Doing Business in NYC coursework, students will be expected to participate in two courses highlighting New York City as a global business hub. This provides students with exposure to companies and industries in NYC. These courses allow students to gain in-depth knowledge about organizational culture and the issues, opportunities, and challenges local and international businesses face in the city. It allows students to meet notable representatives of innovative companies, learn from acclaimed business leaders, and visit iconic cultural landmarks.

NYU Stern Alumni: Besides a strong curriculum that facilitates bright career prospects, Stern at NYU Abu Dhabi enriches the student experience through its strong network, with over 110,000 alumni in over 130 countries. NYU Stern graduates can access alumni resources like lifelong learning opportunities, social networking, and events. Through affinity and regional groups as well as volunteer opportunities, NYU Stern keeps students connected long after they have left campus.

The Stern at NYUAD One-year Full-time MBA Program is fortified with a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum that prepares students for success in the ever-evolving business world. With its strong foundational coursework and the flexibility to explore specialized areas of interest, students can tailor their education to meet the demands of their chosen career paths. The program’s commitment to global perspectives and innovative thinking makes it an exceptional choice for students seeking a holistic MBA experience in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

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