While we know that scores on standardized tests do not always portray your abilities accurately, they still play a helpful role as one piece of an application.
We consider your test scores within the context of factors such as the resources available to you, the educational procedures within your university and country, etc.
- The GMAT is required for admission. We will accept the GRE—including the GRE revised General Test—as an alternative.
- There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score for graduate study at Stanford University. Admitted candidates typically have performed well.
- GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years and must be taken before submitting your application. The scores must be valid on the deadline date of the round in which you apply. We recommend that you take the GMAT at least three weeks in advance of submitting your application.
- Use the GMAT-GRE Calculator to find out if your test scores will be valid for the application round in which you wish to apply.
- If your GMAT test scores are still valid, you do not need to take the Next Generation GMAT which will be offered beginning June 2012.
- If your GRE General Test scores are still valid you do not need to take the GRE revised General Test. Please see the note above regarding GRE dates.
- Self-report your scores on the Application Form. These are the scores we will consider in our initial evaluation of your application.
- If you do not have your official scores, list the unofficial scores.
- If your AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) and IR (Integrated Reasoning) scores are not available, leave these fields blank. We will retrieve these scores directly from Pearson VUE or ETS.
- The Stanford MBA Program school codes:
- For the GMAT, instruct Pearson VUE to send your official GMAT scores directly to the Stanford MBA Program (school code L9R-KW-09).
- For the GRE, instruct Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your official scores directly to Stanford University (school code 4704).
- If you have taken the GMAT more than once, report only the score from one examination that you wish us to consider while reviewing your application. We do not average scores. The scores you report must be from the same testing session.
- If you do not take the test prior to submission, your application will be reviewed as is.
- If you retake the GMAT after the application deadline, we will not be able to consider your new scores in our evaluation.
- We do not accept LSAT or MCAT scores in place of the GMAT.
updated 28 September 2012
Advice and encouragement from the Assistant Dean for Admissions
"I am delighted to learn of your interest in the Master of Business Administration Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
We recognize that the task of applying to business school may seem quite daunting. Before you begin the application process, we would like to offer you some advice, as well as some encouragement.
First comes the advice:
Our website is designed to answer questions and to help you make your application an effective one. It contains GSB practices, expectations and assumptions guiding the evaluation of applicants. Please read it thoroughly. Time spent understanding these will support your efforts to submit your best work.
Now for the encouragement:
We urge you to complete the Stanford application in a genuine manner. Too often applicants assume that the Committee on MBA Admissions holds a rather narrow view of what constitutes an acceptable candidate, and then shape your applications accordingly.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of Stanford’s selection process, however, is our belief that the demands and aims of the MBA Program can be met best through a broad range of backgrounds and aspirations.
Have confidence in what you have achieved. Be faithful to your passions. Trust in what you aspire to accomplish.
Approach the application process as a chance for structured reflection—a rare opportunity to explore your values, spark your enthusiasm, and envision your potential. If you do so, you will have the foundation for a strong application.
If you share our enthusiasm for the possibilities that await you at Stanford, we look forward to hearing from you."
Derrick Bolton, MBA 1998
Assistant Dean for MBA Admissions