Business school profiles

Explore our insights on what each MBA program
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About The School

“The majority of people who go to GSB do extraordinary things in ordinary jobs.”

Stanford’s MBA Program is the most selective in the world. It has maintained the highest ratio of applicants to available seats of any business school in the U.S. for the last decade. It has also had the lowest acceptance rates of any major business school in the world. Accepting only 7% of those who apply for admission, yield is 86%.

The Stanford MBA class size is less than half the size of Harvard, and lends itself to an intimate and close-knit community environment and pretty much guarantees that almost every student knows each other. And with Silicon Valley in its back yard, a growing number of tech and engineering applicants are choosing the GSB over their East coast rival. The dean estimates that Stanford is the preferred choice for 3 out of every 4 applicants admitted to both HBS and the GSB. With the highest total compensation five years after school – estimated by Forbes at an average of $255,000 – and the pick of the hiring options from Google, McKinsey and a thriving Silicon Valley, the school and it’s graduates are clearly in the right place at the right time.

Strengths And Specializations

As you might expect from one of the world’s top business schools, Stanford’s MBA program is known for its strengths across many areas, in particular entrepreneurship, innovation, general management and social enterprise.

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants: 7,324

MBA Class Size: 436

Tuition: $149,412

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Technology 28%; Financial Services 34%; Starting Own Business 18%; Consulting 15%

Avg Base Salary: $156,000

Salary Increase: 117%

Employment in 3 months: 91%

MBA Rankings 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
BusinessWeek 4 4 7 2 5 1
Financial Times 1 2 2 4 2 4 1
Forbes 1 1 2
The Economist 8 9 9 13 5 5 5
US News 1 1 1 1 2 4 -4


Avg. Work Exp.: 4.7 yrs

Avg. GMAT: 733

Int’l Students: 35%

Female Students: 47%

Deadlines for 2021-2022: R1: Sep 9, 2021, R2: Jan 05, 2022, R3: TBA

Sources: Stanford GSB, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News, MBA50


A. What matters most to you, and why? (approx. 650 words)

B. Why Stanford? Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions. (approx. 400 words)

Short Answer Questions:

Optional Question A: Think about times you’ve created a positive impact, whether in professional, extracurricular, academic, or other settings. What was your impact? What made it significant to you or to others? (200 w)

Optional Question B: Tell us about a time within the last three years when your background influenced your participation in a situation, interaction, or project. (200 w)

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