Business (MBA)

Program Description

The Fashion & Luxury MBA gives the tools of business to those pursuing careers in the fashion industry and luxury sector. A specialized core and elective courses complement built-in immersive opportunities. The specialized format allows students to complete a full-time MBA in one year. Students graduate with a focus in fashion or luxury, or both, through core coursework and experiential learning projects that are built into the 52-credit curriculum.

Stern Solutions

Students work on Stern Solutions projects each semester alongside their core coursework. Projects are required, for credit, and provide students with the opportunity to solve a range of real-world problems at the intersection of business and fashion or luxury or both. Projects are conducted in partnership with NYU Stern Fashion & Luxury Council companies, in addition to other top names in fashion, retail and luxury.

International Industry Immersion

Over two weeks in January, students will be exposed to the European markets and travel to a global hub for high fashion. Beginning in New York, students will learn in the classroom from expert professors and speakers and in the field through visits to designers, factories, and fashion companies.

NYC Immersion

The NYC Immersion is an active, hands-on, experiential introduction to the F&L ecosystem. The course will provide a broad context for the specific business functions in which students choose to work, through exposure to subject matter experts from industry and academia both on and off campus. Classes, speakers, and field trips will address such topics as the history of fashion and luxury, industry structures and roles, design, production and licensing, retail strategy, trend forecasting, branding, and the challenges and opportunities facing fashion and luxury companies today.

The course culminates with a deep dive into a project with an industry partner. The case will provide students with the opportunity to begin applying their knowledge and skill to solve a real client challenge, interact with the client and provide them with actionable recommendations. 

Note: The Fashion & Luxury MBA is a demanding full time program. As such, it is not possible to work full time while enrolled. While students may be able to have some limited part time employment or short duration internships while in the program, class schedules and other required program elements cannot be adjusted to accommodate such activities. The most common form of employment during the program would be working as a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Assistant.


NYU Stern's admissions process is holistic and selective. The Admissions Committee evaluates each candidate’s academic profile, professional achievements and aspirations, and personal characteristics.

Academic Profile: NYU Stern seeks students who will perform well in our academic program. We assess academic potential through the quality of and performance in prior academic program(s), as seen from academic transcripts, and general aptitude as measured by standardized tests (or meeting test waiver requirements).

Professional Achievements and Aspirations: Stern seeks students with a proven track record of success, demonstrated potential for future leadership, and a well-articulated plan to achieve their short- and long-term goals. Professional achievements and aspirations are primarily assessed by a candidate’s essays, résumé, employment history and internships, professional recommendation(s), and interview (by invitation only if required).

Personal Characteristics: NYU Stern values students with both intellectual and interpersonal strengths/ emotional intelligence (IQ + EQ). We seek students who embody Stern's values of mutual support and collaboration and who will be passionate, engaged participants in the Stern community. These personal characteristics are often evidenced in a candidate’s essays, professional recommendations, activities and achievements, and interviews (if required).

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