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Education

On your application, we will ask you to provide the following information about your educational background:

  • All postsecondary and graduate institutions you have attended
  • Academic degree(s) pursued and/or received
  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Transcript of courses
  • Language proficiency

Academic Degrees

There is no preferred curriculum for undergraduate study. Instead, we look at how you have challenged yourself throughout your academic career and how you have performed. If you have earned academic honors, we give you the opportunity to list them in the application.

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required for admission to the Stanford MBA Program.
  • Degrees from international universities offering only three-year baccalaureate degrees are valid equivalents.

International Degree Equivalents

Britain: British patterned education – bachelor’s degree with honors.

France: La maîtrise universitaire or completion of three-year diplôme d’ingénieur from grandes écoles. The gradue (graduate certificate) does not meet the minimum requirement. Three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.

Germany: The Diplom, Magister Artium (M.A.) or Staatsexamen. Three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.

Russian Federation: University diploma requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degree accepted (requires the Diploma Supplement issued in accordance with the Bologna Declaration).

Other European countries: University degree requiring four years of study.

Middle East: University degree requiring four years of study.

Africa: Three-year bachelor’s degree from university systems based on the British or French model. Four-year bachelor’s degree from all others.

Canada: Three-year bachelor’s degree from Quebec, four-year bachelor’s degree from other provinces.

Latin America: University degree requiring four years of study.

Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine; master’s degree in all other fields.

India: The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required.

Philippines: Four-year bachelor’s degree.

Other Asian countries: University degree requiring four years of study.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Many applicants worry that we may not know that lower grades in one concentration, university, or educational system may be equivalent to the strongest at another. We do. A grade point average (or rank in class, or actual grade) without context, however, is not of greatest importance to us.

By focusing on your achievements in context, we evaluate how you have excelled within your individual academic environment and how you have taken advantage of the opportunities available to you in your school and community.

Report your undergraduate grade point average and the scale used by your institution. Only courses for credit toward your first bachelor’s degree count in your GPA. Report/calculate your GPA to the best of your ability even if your institution does not list it on your transcript. Do not convert your college/university’s scale. If necessary, you may explain how you calculate your GPA in the “Additional Information” section.

No minimum GPA is required for admission to the Stanford MBA Program.

Transcripts

We require you to upload a copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We will ask you to provide your official transcript(s) only after you have been admitted. Any discrepancy between your unofficial and official transcripts could result in the withdrawal of your offer of admission.

Transcript Requirements

Submit an electronic transcript from each university you attended for at least one full academic year (two semesters or three quarters/trimesters), regardless of the number of credits received. Do not include transcripts from secondary school (high school).

You do not need to submit transcripts for units transferred from a previous institution — or for year-abroad programs — if course, grade, and units are included on your undergraduate transcript and you attend for less than one academic year.

Your transcript should include degree conferred and conferral date, if applicable.

Language Proficiency

Speaking a language other than English is not required for admission to the MBA Program. However, the value of foreign language proficiency for a global manager is clear. Language skills not only open up opportunities in business, but also expose you to new cultures, ideas, and values. They help you develop an appreciation for a world around you, as well as a fresh perspective on your own culture. In the application, you have the opportunity to indicate your proficiency in up to eight languages (excluding English). 

Last Updated 11 Jul 2014