Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has built an international reputation based on its innovative programs, which include:

* Two-year MBA Program, designed to educate business leaders
* One-year Stanford Sloan Master’s Program for mid-career executives
* PhD Program for future academics
* Executive Education programs for experienced managers
* Faculty research program

A highly collaborative culture, combined with a small student body creates a vigorous intellectual environment and compelling learning experience. In 2007 the School completed a transformational revision of its curriculum that not only improves the way we prepare future business leaders but also serves as a model of thought leadership in the management education industry. Students and staff begin moving into the new Knight Management Center in January 2010, a facility with eight buildings offering resources to support the school’s rich, engaging curriculum and other programs.


* The GMAT is required for admission. (We will accept the GRE as an alternative).
* There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score for graduate study at Stanford University. Admitted candidates typically have performed well.
* GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years and must be taken before submitting your application. The scores must be valid on the deadline date of the round in which you apply.
o Use the GMAT-GRE Calculator to find out if your test scores will be valid for the application round in which you wish to apply.
* Self-report your scores on the Application Form. These are the scores we will consider in our initial evaluation of your application.
o If you do not have your official scores, list the unofficial scores.
o If your AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) score is not available, enter zeros. We will retrieve these scores directly from Pearson VUE or ETS.
* The Stanford MBA Program school codes:
o For the GMAT, instruct Pearson VUE to send your official GMAT scores directly to the Stanford MBA Program (school code L9R-KW-09).
o For the GRE, instruct Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your official scores directly to the Stanford MBA Program (school code 4704).
* If you have taken the GMAT more than once, report only the score from one examination that you wish us to consider while reviewing your application. We do not average scores. The scores you report must be from the same testing session.
* If you do not take the test prior to submission, your application will be reviewed as is.
* If you retake the GMAT after the application deadline, we will not be able to consider your new scores in our evaluation.
* We do not accept LSAT or MCAT scores in place of the GMAT.


Application Deadlines for Class of 2013

It is important that you apply only when you feel your application is as strong as it can be.

* We offer 3 application rounds.
* If you are considering applying in either Round 1 or Round 2, we strongly encourage you to consider Round 1. Over the past few years, we’ve noticed more applicants applying in Round 2 and, as a result, this round has become bigger and a bit more competitive. You should never rush your application. But, on the margin, earlier is better.
* While we admit outstanding individuals in all three rounds, there are some advantages to applying in either the first or second round.
o The ability to receive an aid award from the Financial Aid Office prior to the date by which you must respond to your offer of admission.
o Ample time to complete preliminary quantitative and/or language coursework prior to arrival on campus.
o Access to the on-campus housing lottery and/or Schwab Residential Center housing.
o Sufficient time to complete the visa application process (international students).

Application Deadlines for Class of 2013
(Entering Fall 2011)
Application Round     Submit your application by     We will notify you on     Your reply & deposit are due by
Round 1     06 Oct 2010*     15 Dec 2010**     03 Mar 2011
Round 2     06 Jan 2011*     30 Mar 2011**     05 May 2011
Round 3     06 Apr 2011*     18 May 2011**     02 Jun 2011

* Applications and Letters of Reference are due by 5:00 PM, Pacific Time
Decision Notification**

* We will post decisions to your ApplyYourself account by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on the decision date for the round in which you applied.
* Under no circumstances can we provide decisions earlier.
* Provide an email address on your application form to which you will have access through the decision date. You are given the option to report a second email address.
* We do not release admission decisions via telephone or in person.

Admit Weekend Dates for Class of 2013
Round 1
Admit Weekend     27-28 February 2011
Round 2
Admit Weekend     01-02 May 2011
Round 3
Admit Weekend     no Admit Weekend is held for Round 3
Application Fee

* The non-refundable MBA Program application fee is $265.
* You may pay via credit card as part of the online application.
* If you pay by check or money order, please make your payment in U.S. currency and payable through a U.S. bank. Submit the payment so that we receive it before 5:00 PM Pacific Time on the appropriate deadline.
o If someone else writes the check or money order for you, please ensure that your name appears on the front.
o Please make the check or money order payable to the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
* Fee waivers are granted only to university/college seniors receiving need-based financial aid.
* We do not grant other fee waivers.
* If you are requesting a waiver, please upload a copy of your school’s financial aid award letter in the Additional Information section of your online application.
* If you do not pay the application fee, we will not evaluate your application or release your decision.

updated 9 Nov 2010

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