Stanford Graduate School of Business Overview

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) offers a general management MBA degree and does not offer degrees in specialized areas such as finance or marketing, although it does offer certificate programs in public management and global management. The school also offers the Sloan Master's Program, a full-time ten-month MS in Management for accomplished mid-career executives and entrepreneurs, in addition to a Ph.D. program.

Snapshot of Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program

Stanford is highly entrepreneurial in its focus, being linked intimately with Silicon Valley. Stanford GSB does not offer majors; it offers certificates in public management and global management. The Public Management Program’s course offering are oriented to prepare students in the social sector and the Global Management Program’s offerings prepare students for work on a global level. Between 1/3 and 2/3 of students pursue these certificates.

Stanford’s model may not emphasize teamwork as much as those of some schools like Kellogg or Tuck, but it remains an important part of the curriculum. During the first quarter students are assigned to groups of four or five that work together daily.

Round 1 - Early October
Round 2 - Early January
Round 3 - Early April


MBA Application Elements - Stanford Graduate School of Business

o    Stanford accepts either the GMAT or the GRE.
o    For the class entering in Fall 2012, scores of students in the 90% range were between 680 and 770, with an average GMAT score of 730.

The primary interview questions revolve around behaviors, skills, and attitudes that are key to good citizenship and high-impact leadership post-MBA. If you are invited to interview, the interview will occur during the application round in which you applied. You will be contacted by the MBA Admissions Office to schedule an interview; then you and your interviewer will set up a mutually convenient date and time to meet. The admissions interviews are conducted almost exclusively by Stanford MBA alumni. On occasion, you may be invited to interview with an MBA Admissions Officer.

Stanford requires two professional recommendation letters and one letter from a peer. Recommendations are used to evaluate your leadership capacity and ability to work as part of a team. Generic letters are to be avoided.

Discussing your entrepreneurial side in your Stanford application essays is essential, but it should be recognized that all applicants will do so as well. Thus in order to differentiate yourself it will be necessary to be specific about your actions and ideas and how they stand to impact society. Also, be sure to describe in detail particular instances you have had to work with a team in both extracurricular and professional settings.

It is also extremely important to demonstrate how you will contribute to the diversity that exists at Stanford. Many qualified students are denied admission because they fail to do this despite being competitive in all other respects. So take advantage of the lack of a word limit to your essays and tell your story in a logical and clear manner, making clear your interests and unique experience.

Examples of essay prompts previously used by Stanford SBS:

1.    What matters most to you, and why? (3 pages, double-spaced)
2.    What are your aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them? (2 pages, double-spaced)
3.    Short Essays. Answer two of the questions below. (1 page, double-spaced for each answer)
a.    Tell us about a time when you empowered others.
b.    Tell us about a time when you had a significant impact on a person, group or organization.
c.    Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or complete a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating.
d.    Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.
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Stanford MBA Program - Key Statistics & Information

o    Full-Time Enrollment: 803
o    Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.70
o    Average GMAT Score: 730
o    Acceptance Rate: 7%
o    Average Starting Salary and Bonus: $140,972
o    Full-Time Graduates Employed at Graduation: 75/6%
o    Average Work Experience: Approximately 4 years
o    Tuition for the 2011-2012 Academic Year: $55,200. In order to assist with your financial planning, your tuition is guaranteed for two years based on your starting rate.
o    Average class size: Approximately 390 students
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