Stanford Business School Profile

Posted by Chioma Isiadinso

The Stanford Business School graduate program is designed to offer world-class education to a diverse pool of students by focusing strongly on innovation and individuality.

Stanford GSB graduates go on to employment in finance, real estate, technology, government, healthcare, and other industries, aided by the program’s flexibility in tailoring their graduate experience to deliver maximum possible value.

Like many top-tier graduate business programs, Stanford GSB has a global studies requirement.

However, they give students multiple options to fulfill this requirement, including an exchange program with Tsinghua University in China, short-term Social Innovation Study Trips, and four-week Global Management Immersion Experience trips.

Students also have the option of creating their own self-directed or immersive global learning experience.

Along with the global studies program, Stanford offers graduate students a number of options to create a body of coursework that will leave them fully prepared to excel in the workforce or in post-graduate studies.

Students can choose from a slate of up 18 electives, take specialized two-week courses that allow them to delve deeply into a specific topic, and include Stanford classes from outside the Graduate School of Business to round out their coursework or support a dual degree.

Curriculum Overview

Stanford GSB describes itself as a school “fueled and surrounded by innovation and collaboration.”

The curriculum supports that identity through a first-year curriculum which gives students common ground to work from, and a second-year curriculum that allows for students to pursue the electives, seminars, and outside courses that interest them.

Important Dates & Application Deadlines

Applications for Stanford Business School are accepted in three rounds, typically in October, January, and April.

If possible, it’s better to apply earlier rather than later. While all students are considered in each round, later rounds tend to be more competitive, and applying earlier can give students more time to arrange financial aid, housing, recommended coursework, and visa paperwork for international students.

Tuition Cost

Stanford Business School’s yearly tuition is $61,875, plus a program support fee of $3,471.

Other fees, including student health services and insurance, room and board, utilities, and personal expenses range from $34,089 per year for a single student living on campus to $55,188 per year for a student living off campus with a spouse.

Employment Info

Of Stanford’s 2014 graduating class, 71% of graduates were actively seeking employment, and 94% of employment-seeking graduates received an offer within three months of graduation.

Median base salary for graduates was $125,000, with a median signing bonus of $25,000.

The pool of students not seeking employment was composed almost entirely of students who were planning to start a business and those who were already employed. 

School Address & Contact Info

MBA Admissions Office
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Knight Management Center/ McClelland Bldg.
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-7298
+1.650.723.2766

Date Founded

Founded in 1925 as the first graduate business school on the West Coast

Admissions Director

Derrick Bolton, Director of Admissions and Assistant Dean of Stanford Graduate Business School

Class Profile (Class of 2016)

Stanford’s MBA is their largest ever at 410 students.

Here are some fast facts about this class:

7,355 applicants for the 410 spots
42% women, 58% men
44% international students (including permanent residents and U.S. dual citizens)
23% U.S. minority students
48% of students had an undergraduate degree in a humanities or social sciences field,
38% held an undergraduate STEM degree,
14% had completed an undergraduate business degree

Average GMAT score was 732 

School Websites

Stanford Business School
Stanford MBA Program

Admissions Blog

As of Oct. 2014, Stanford GSB no longer maintains an admissions blog. They can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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