Curriculum First Year
In your first year, you will dive into complex managerial issues, develop the foundation for your general management education, and gain valuable international experience.
General Management Perspectives
Your first quarter will begin with General Management Perspectives, a series of courses designed to give you insight into the perspective of a senior manager and leader.
Essential to Perspectives is the Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT) seminar, in which a senior faculty member and 16 to 18 students analyze, write about, and debate fundamental issues, questions, and phenomena that arise in many forms in management.
General Management Foundations
Toward the end of your first quarter, you will develop a personalized plan for your General Management Foundations courses, which will provide the base for your general management education.
In your second quarter, you will begin General Management Foundations. In most cases, you will complete these courses in your third quarter.
Global Experience Requirement
You will also enroll in one of several options for the program's mandatory Global Experience Requirement.
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"My Stanford GSB classes helped me to learn the basic economic frameworks that underpin modern business, and then challenged me to apply these frameworks across a broad swath of sectors and cases.
Some of the greatest teachers along the way turned out to be my classmates: caring, responsive, and incredibly talented.
They helped to ground conceptual business ideas with their own real-life experiences.
Who would have guessed that the largest mergers-and-acquisitions deals of the past 5 years would have been executed by a few of the friends seated around me?
Or that China's massive technological growth over the past decade would have been fueled, at least in part, by the entrepreneurial drive of several of my classmates?"
Coddy Johnson, MBA 2007
SVP/Chief of Staff