It is important that you apply only when you feel your application is as strong as it can be.
- You may apply in any one of the 3 application rounds each year.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ample time to complete preliminary quantitative and/or language coursework prior to arrival on campus.
- Access to the on-campus housing lottery and/or Schwab Residential Center housing.
- Sufficient time to complete the visa application process (international students).
- Enables attendance at Admit Weekend. (There is no Admit Weekend for third round admits.)
Application Deadlines for Class of 2016
(Entering Fall 2014)
|Application Round||Submit your application by||We will notify you on||Your reply & deposit are due by|
|Round 1||2 Oct 2013*||11 Dec 2013**||TBD|
|Round 2||8 Jan 2014*||26 Mar 2014**||TBD|
|Round 3||2 Apr 2014*||7 May 2014**||TBD|
* Applications and Letters of Reference are due by 5:00 PM, Pacific Time
Deadlines are strictly enforced.
- 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 may report a second email address, too.
- We do not release admission decisions via telephone or in person.
- If you are offered admission, we want you to make an informed decision; for this reason, we may share limited information with GSB alumni and/or current students who may contact you to welcome you to the Stanford community and answer any questions you have about the GSB.
- 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.
- If someone else writes the check or money order for you, please ensure that your name appears on the front.
- Please make the check or money order payable to the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Fee waivers are granted only to university/college seniors who receive 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 14 November 2012
Before you begin your online application, you must:
- Adjust your junk/spam email filters to accept all emails from:
- Check system requirements:
- Your web browser must be Internet Explorer 5 and above; Netscape 6 and above; Safari (for Mac users), or Mozilla/Firefox.
- You should not use AOL's internal browser
- You should disable pop-up blockers.
"I came to Stanford because even though I was happy as a consultant in China, I felt there could be things I'd love even more.
I was right.
What really helped me clarify my goals and objectives were the many face-to-face conversations with entrepreneurs in Joel Peterson's Managing Growing Enterprises course, the numerous discussions with business leaders on campus, and the insights offered by senior executives in the "View from the Top" speaker series.
These interactions helped me a great deal, and I became confident about the idea of starting a company.
Together with my business partner--classmate Ming Lei, MBA 2005--we founded our own company, Yeelion, right after school.
Yeelion provides software and online digital music services for internet users in China.
As COO, I'm responsible for everything from business development and marketing to government relations.
As a result of my MBA education, I feel confident about leading, being led, and working with teams.
During my two years at Stanford, I gained a wealth of skills for managing a growing enterprise, including critical challenges like how to hire and fire, manage, and inspire people.
Leading a company is all about people--something I learned at Stanford.
I regularly use my training from Interpersonal Dynamics--an experiential course in which 12 classmates and I discussed and practiced difficult communication issues in a risk-free environment--to understand my employees' demands, give feedback, communicate with my partner, and maintain group morale.
I also keep in mind the most important lesson I learned at Stanford: don't try to please everyone; you can't. This helps me relax on really tough days.
Working with a wonderful group of students from all over the world while at the GSB was the best part of all.
My advice to any new student is: get to know people you wouldn't ordinarily meet."
Chelsea Qi Huai, MBA 2005
Founder & President, Yeelion, Inc.