Overview

Applicants
7,797
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.70
Years Work Experience
4.4

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
-
GPA
-

Deadlines


Round 1
September 12

Round 2
January 9

Round 3
April 8

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
306

52
Part-time
48
Full-time
22
Female
3.6
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business offers a selective, top-ranked MBA program in close proximity to the hub of technology and venture capital sectors. So it’s no surprise that many professors are “actively involved in the Silicon Valley business community…[and] bring…practical experience into the classroom.” And perhaps that’s why you hear Stanford’s students throwing out terms like “cutting edge” and “innovation hub” to describe its academics. Yet it’s Stanford’s “unusual” culture that ends up selling Stanford’s competitive and “mission-oriented” cohort on the program. Administration and faculty together promote an “effective” and “unparalleled culture of vulnerability and growth,” amid an academic experience “characterized by personal discovery…and other soft-skill development.” Like other brand-name MBA programs in the country, Stanford has a policy of grade non-disclosure to recruiters, which some students say encourages them “to truly experiment” during their tenure. This is also facilitated by GSBs flexible curriculum, which lets first-year students take any number of electives, in contrast with other business-school models that emphasize a more rigid foundation. Yet some students have commented on the “foundation[al] curriculum” being “satisfactory but…not great,” and “less rigorous quantitatively or in terms of student preparation for the required curriculum as some peer schools.” That being said, the “elective classes are unbelievably well-taught and incredibly interesting.”

Concentrations

JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
MD/MBA - Dual Degree
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration

Specialized Masters

Business Administration
Leadership/Management

Certificate Programs

Non-Profit Management/Public Administration

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Information Systems/Information Technology
Leadership/Management
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Stanford GSB collaborates with the world-renowned Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences (https://earth.stanford.edu/) to offer a rich menu of courses across such departments as Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Energy Resources Engineering, and Earth System Science. In fact, MBA students exploring the intersection of business and the environment can pursue the joint MBA/MS degree through the school?s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER, https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/stanford-gsb-experience/news-history/encouraging-collaboration-through-multidisciplinary-fellowships). There are about 7 tenure-line faculty and 8 lecturer-practitioners teaching courses in sustainability at the GSB; however, Stanford business students have access to the full complement of more than 70 leading scholars, faculty, and best practice experts teaching at Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Key GSB faculty researching topics related to sustainability include Erica Plambeck (Operations and Information Technology, Faculty Co-Director of the Sustainable Sourcing Initiative), Hau Lee (Operations and Information Technology), Stefan Reichelstein (Accounting). Relevant staffed research initiatives include the Value Chain Innovation Initiative (with a Sustainable Supply Chain sub-focus), the Sustainable Energy Initiative, the Steyer Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance (co-housed with Stanford Law School), and the new Corporations and Society Program, which is expanding its scope to include sustainability.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Joint degree MBA/MS in Environment and Resources, offered since 2010 (https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/stanford-gsb-experience/news-history/encouraging-collaboration-through-multidisciplinary-fellowships)

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Sustainable Energy Initiative advances the understanding of the economic, investment, and policy impacts associated with the deployment of low carbon energy solutions. https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/centers-initiatives/sei

School's environmental commitment 3:
--Value Chain Innovation Initiative (VCII) research and case studies https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/centers-initiatives/vcii/research --Responsible supply chains research http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/value-chain-innovation/research/responsible-supply-chains

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$145,559
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
88%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
45%
Graduate Facilitated
33%
School Facilitiated
22%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
53%
School Facilitiated
39%
Graduate Facilitiated
8%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

30%
Finance/Accounting
28%
Marketing
24%
Consulting
13%
General Management
3%
Operations/Logistics
3%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

68%
West
15%
Northeast
11%
International
3%
Midwest
3%
Southwest
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Students Say

While Stanford’s Career Management Center (CMC) is comprehensive, the offices tell students that “[i]t’s not about finding a job; it’s about realizing your potential. We’ll work with you closely as you build the skills you need to live the life you imagine.” The center emphasizes “self-assessment” and “career and life design,” but does provide students with traditional networking opportunities, like their “Fewer Than 300” Networking events, where students “connect with small- and medium-sized companies.” Students, however, emphasize that while there are many companies in the area, “most people source work through their classmates, alumni, faculty and personal networks,” and “very few students do structured on-campus recruiting.” The “best jobs are usually not posted.” The GSB’s “recruitment process and resources are one of the biggest differentiators between it and its peers.” It emphasizes “meeting personalized student need” instead of “just bringing lots of large corporations on campus to pick among generally fungible MBA students.” Yet students don’t seem to have any problem getting hired by many of these corporations, which in recent years include Amazon, Apple, Bain & Company, Booz & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Cisco Systems, Dell, Education Pioneers, Genentech, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Google, Hulu, Nike, VMware, Warner Bros., and others.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 30% $150,000 $159,397 $48,000 $300,000
Marketing / Sales 28% $140,000 $138,863 $70,000 $210,000
Consulting 24% $149,000 $142,151 $65,000 $188,000
General Management 13% $130,000 $137,578 $67,500 $200,000
Operations / Logistics 3% $130,000 $132,143 $90,000 $165,000
Other 3% $150,000 $151,667 $120,000 $190,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 33% $135,000 $135,643 $70,000 $200,000
Financial Services 31% $157,500 $167,197 $60,000 $300,000
Consulting 18% $151,400 $145,692 $97,404 $188,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 5% $130,000 $129,417 $118,000 $150,000
Non-profit 4%
Media / Entertainment 3% $137,500 $124,500 $48,000 $175,000
Other 3% $142,000 $140,667 $120,000 $150,000
Consumer Products 2% $135,000 $133,333 $120,000 $140,000
Petroleum / Energy 1% $125,000 $133,333 $120,000 $155,000
Real Estate 1% $115,000 $118,333 $100,000 $140,000

Prominent Alumni

Phil Knight
Founder and Chairman, Nike Inc.

Mary Barra
Chairman and CEO, General Motors

Charles Schwab
Founder and Chairman, Charles Schwab & Co.

Jacqueline Novogratz
Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund

Jeff Skoll
Founder/owner/chairman, Participant Media

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$85,426

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$38,536

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
57%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
52%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
56%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
50%

New Students Receiving Loans
31%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$70,590
Tuition (Out-State)
$70,590
Fees (In-State)
$489
Fees (Out-State)
$489

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$35,586
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$36,819
Academic Expenses
$2,715

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
852
Part Time
0%

Foreign Countries Represented
80

Demographics

28.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
32.00%
International

41% female
59% male

Campus Life

Students Say

You won’t find the “generic” MBA student at Stanford “(i.e. 2 years in investment banking followed by 2 years in Private Equity).” This group of business students “want to help people.” They are “laid-back” but “driven,” “self-aware,” “ethical,” and “immensely determined to change the world through the organizations they are compelled to lead.” Says one fulfilled student, “My fellow students are the best part about th[e Marriott] experience—which is saying a lot!” Another says, “life at Stanford is a dream,” on a “beautiful” campus, with “consistently good” weather and “amazing quality of life for families.” The energy is “infectious and inspiring,” with “access to the most cutting edge thought leaders” and a “close-knit collaborative environment among the students and the devotion to giving back among alumni.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
17%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kirsten Moss
Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-7298
United States

Phone
650-723-2766

Fax
650-725-7831

Email
mba_admissions@gsb.stanford.edu


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