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Stanford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business Full Time MBA

Stanford GSB empowers individuals to envision what is possible and make it happen through principled leadership and creative problem solving. The MBA and other programs engage the highest quality students with world-class faculty from across Stanford University's 7 schools, as well as alumni, Silicon Valley professionals, global executives, and the broader world community. The state-of-the-art Knight Management Center, built to the highest LEED Platinum environmental sustainability standards, offers flexible classroom spaces for hands-on learning, small group leadership labs, and team-based learning.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 408
Tuition (Total) $122,400
Average Starting Salary $125,592

Program Information

Stanford University Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program Says

Stanford GSB empowers individuals to envision what is possible and make it happen through principled leadership and creative problem solving. The MBA and other programs engage the highest quality students with world-class faculty from across Stanford University's 7 schools, as well as alumni, Silicon Valley professionals, global executives, and the broader world community. The state-of-the-art Knight Management Center, built to the highest LEED Platinum environmental sustainability standards, offers flexible classroom spaces for hands-on learning, small group leadership labs, and team-based learning.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#4 Businessweek Full Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#8 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants
#25 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#1 Best Career Prospects
#1 Toughest To Get Into
#2 Best Classroom Experience
#5 Best Campus Environment
#6 Best Green MBA
#6 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.69
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 729
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $265

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Admission to Stanford is selective. Prospective students are evaluated in three areas: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions. In short, Stanford is looking for outstanding candidates who will fit into the school's "innovative environment." With such subjective parameters (school officials...Admission to Stanford is selective. Prospective students are evaluated in three areas: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions. In short, Stanford is looking for outstanding candidates who will fit into the school's "innovative environment." With such subjective parameters (school officials say admissions is an art, not a science), it is not surprising that Stanford does not have any minimum GMAT score or GPA requirements. Current students have a GMAT range from 540-800, with a median score of 730.

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Important Dates

Round 1
April

2

Deadline
September

22

Start

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes
Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Technology 31% $117,408
Financial Services 26% $144,370
Consulting 19% $132,855
Pharma / Biotech / Healthcare 7% $111,864
Non Profit 5% $85,050
Consumer Products 4% $96,111
Petroleum / Energy 3% $132,167
Media / Entertainment 3% $127,500
Real Estate 2% $108,750

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 803
Percent International Students 42%
Total Full-Time Faculty 223
Full-Time Faculty 54%

Student Life

Community and networking is key at Stanford. “All students are there to learn from each other, help each other grown and not brag about their accomplishments.” While “there is undoubtedly diversity among student personalities within any given class,” at Stanford you have not only “the intelligence and incredible accomplishments of Stanford GSB students,” you have a group who “have consistently stood out as being unusually caring and supportive of others, even in difficult work environments and trying circum­stances.”Students tend to have an influence on one another here. As one student says, “Stanford is the only place where I felt I wanted to become more like the alumni and current stu­dents. So many of the people I’ve met are incredibly competent and self-possessed, yet also genuinely caring and interested in others.” The Northern California climate and atti­tude mean students here enjoy “mood-alteringly gorgeous weather” on a campus locat­ed a stone’s throw from Stanford’s world-class schools of law, medicine, engineering, education, and sciences. “Students really tend to customize their experiences, with some students focusing more heavily on schoolwork and others on start-ups, consulting proj­ects, and outdoor activities.”There is no question of enjoying yourself here. “Stanford is basically a paradise. The weather is beautiful, the vegetables in California are amazing, the people are wonder­ful.” It’s hard for most students not to be impressed. “Life at Stanford is amazing - aca­demic environment is challenging, quality of life in California is out of this world. I love studying and living here.” The “smart, humble, ambitious, down-to-earth, funny, well-traveled” students here will challenge you to be the best person you can be. “They take Stanford’s motto seriously, and they are investing in themselves with a goal to positive­ly change lives, change organizations, and change the world.”

Career

It should come as no surprise that career placement from Stanford is strong. With “acces­sibility to innovative companies” and “an alumni network that will respond to any out­reach effort (you) make,” plus “job opportunities in many sectors,” the prospects are broad and deep. This is helped by Stanford GSB’s robust Career Management Center, which offers personal career advising, resume and cover letter preparation, as well as alumni mentoring and networking opportunities, company presentations, career work­shops, and job fairs. Perhaps that’s why many consider it “the best business school in the country for a general management degree.”The list of organizations that recruit MBAs from Stanford is 2,100 strong, pulling from the pool via career fairs, job postings, and online resume services. The employers make up a laundry list of the best in their field: Amazon.com, Apple, Bain & Company, Booz & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Cisco Systems, Dell, Education Pioneers, Genentech, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Google, Hulu, IDEO, NBC Universal (GE), U.S. Government, Nike, VMware, Warner Bros., and many more. Salaries have been equally inviting, with the median base salary for graduating MBAs standing at $125,000, with a range between $20,000 and $260,000.

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Students Say

Stanford boasts one of the most sought after business programs in the country for a rea­son: “Alongside Harvard, it is the best business school in the world.” This is an environ­ment in which “you are surrounded by exceptionally smart and driven classmates, and the professors ensure that the rigorous courses are challenging.” Stanford’s “incredible curriculum” begins with Management Perspectives, a series of courses completed dur­ing the first year. After that, choices abound. Students can choose from over 100 electives within the business school alone, and they can even take classes in other graduate departments at Stanford. “At Stanford, students are encouraged to innovate and to take risks. The school is known for pushing you to dream and to develop your own audacious career goals.”While pursuing those goals, you will be supported by a staff and fellow students who will help you attain those goals. “Your classmates, professors, and academic advisors are available to you every step of the way to ensure that you are continuing to learn and grow.” Students find that “the administration cares about each student, and it is extreme­ly responsive to student needs.” Their goal is to make you “a better, more informed, more self-aware and thoughtful person.” This would be impossible were it not for the staff. “Everything is incredibly well-run, and professors are not only excellent at teaching but also have amazing backgrounds/experience.”In order to further its mission, Stanford has continued to evolve. In 2007 and in the years since, the MBA curriculum was redesigned and continues to change as the school strives to perfect its program. Indeed, “the administration knows the customers are the students. We learn about the centrality of the customer in class and the administration understands this.” Educators are “responsive to student needs,” as well as “obsessive about constant feedback and making quick adjustments,” ensuring they are adept at adapting on the fly to a changing world, business climate, and student population. It is “extremely easy to have lunch with a professor that you have not even taken a class with yet.” Perhaps this is because the profes­sors at Stanford are “very passionate about their courses, and they make classes extremely entertaining, engaging, and intellectually stimulating.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Stanford, Center for Leadership Development and Research, Center for Global Business and the Economy, Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Program in Healthcare Innovation, and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies--nicknamed SEED (http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/seed/).

  • International Student Support Groups:

    There is a dedicated international advisor in the Student Life Office and other staff in key areas such as the CMC and MBA Admissions that help students: obtain a study visa, change current visa status, obtain a U.S. Social Security Number, and adapt to U.S. classroom environments. http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/life_at_stanford/international_students.html Canadian Club, Global Management Program, Greater China Business Club, Europe Club, South Asian Students Association, International Development Club, Management Communications Program, Asian Society, African Business Club, Latin American Club and Student Association International Committee.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    GSB Pride http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/admissions/services/clubs.html

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Asian Society, Black Business Students Association (BBSA), Hispanic Business Students Association (HBSA), Jewish Business Students Association, Latin American Club http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/admissions/services/clubs.html

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    MBA2s (and MBA1s after mid terms) are invited to tutor in the required courses. By volunteering time, students help continue the culture of cooperation and teamwork that makes the GSB special.

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Stanford, Center for Leadership Development and Research, Center for Global Business and the Economy, Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Program in Healthcare Innovation, and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies--nicknamed SEED (http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/seed/).

  • Study Abroad:

    China (Tsinghua School of Management and Economics) exchange program; also in April 2012 Stanford University opened a research center at Peking University to facility collaborative research across disciplines including medicine, engineering, and business. The Stanford MBA program has a Global Experience Requirement which requires all students to have a global experience through a study trip, service learning trip, summer work project, or exchange program in a country they have not lived or worked in before. The school offers more than a dozen study or service trips a year to help accomplish this. 14 study trip destinations in 2012-2013 included Brazil, Australia, China, India, Kenya & Rwanda, Switzerland & Austria, Thailand & Vietnam, China & Taiwan, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain.

  • Women Support Groups

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Stanford University Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program include:

Jeffrey Bewkes - CEO and Chairman, Time Warner

Jacqueline Novogratz - Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund

Charles Schwab - Founder and Chairman, Charles Schwab & Co.

Miles White - CEO and Chairman, Abbott Laboratories

Phil Knight - Founder and Chairman, Nike Inc.

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $79,049

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 52% $131,452
Finance / Accounting 33% $153,022
Financial Services 32% $152,743
Technical 30% $126,167
Consulting 22% $129,015
Marketing / Sales 20% $113,977
Consulting 20% $130,636
Business 19% $130,788
General Management 13% $112,054
Other 8% $112,971
Operations / Logistics 3% $117,500
Non Profit 2% $91,875
Other 2% $114,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 71%
Three Month Employment 88%
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