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MBA Spotlight: Stanford Graduate School of Business

Updated: Jul 12, 2020

In the first article of our new MBA Spotlight Series, where we provide a bird’s eye view of the top MBA programs in the world, we look at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and its exceptional MBA program.

Stanford GSB is one of the best business schools in the world.

The Basics


Spread across 8,180 acres, Stanford University is located in California, in close proximity to the cities of San Francisco and San Jose, and the dynamic Silicon Valley on the west coast. The MBA program at Stanford GSB is a two year program, with an average class size of 420 students.


The MBA program has three application rounds, typically in September, January, and April. Check out the latest deadlines here. The average full-time work experience of the incoming MBA batch is four years, with a median GMAT score of 734.


The program was ranked 1st and 3rd in the FT Global MBA rankings for 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Key Program Details


  • Collaborative Learning: Stanford encourages its MBA students to look beyond the borders of the Graduate School of Business, and take up courses in its other schools as well. Students have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of areas, and even opt for joint & dual degrees in law, education, public policy, computer science, electrical engineering, environment & resources, and medicine.

  • Faculty: The GSB has an exceptional faculty, from Nobel laureates to Board members of global companies. The smaller class size also allows greater interaction opportunities, with a 6-1 student to faculty ratio.

  • Global Outlook: Stanford prides itself on giving its students a truly global learning experience. Some of the ways it achieves this are through its Global Management Immersion Experience (GMIX), which involves an international summer project with sponsoring organizations, and intensive global study trips across the globe.


Admission Criteria


The MBA application consists of academic performance, test scores, professional experiences, essays and recommendations. While the content of these will vary greatly