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Curriculum

The SIGM curriculum combines a rigorous academic schedule, job-search and interview workshops, and networking opportunities with professionals from a wide range of industries.

Participants work on team projects and have small group discussions that promote a diversity of ideas.

All SIGM courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in Stanford’s MBA Program.

Professional Development

Participants attend workshops on resume writing, clarifying career goals, job search strategies, interviewing techniques, and public speaking. These workshops equip participants with the skills and information they need to get the jobs and internships they want.

Distinguished Speakers

SIGM offers participants the opportunity to engage with professionals from prominent Bay Area companies through the guest speaker series.

We draw from the diversity of the region to explore different industries, including investment banking and venture capital, consulting, nonprofit, retail, advertising, entrepreneurship, sports, and technology.

Time Commitment

You are expected to make a full-time commitment for the duration of the program, including actively collaborating with your study groups outside of class and contributing to your team’s final project.

Days typically begin with class sessions until the early afternoon, followed by professional development workshops and presentations from leading companies.

You can expect to spend two to three hours a day outside of class on homework and studying. Additional time is spent working in study groups and on group projects. Readings and case studies must be completed before group meetings.

Certificate of Completion

Stanford GSB does not provide participants with academic credit or grades for completing SIGM. Participants successfully complete the program by attending all classes, completing their assignments and group projects, and engaging with their fellow participants in community-building exercises.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate endorsed by the dean and the faculty director.

Academic Credit

Participants wishing to receive academic credit may petition their undergraduate institutions after completing the program.

While the program will provide participants with a strong understanding of business fundamentals and what to expect from an MBA education, SIGM participants do not receive any favored status when applying for Stanford’s MBA Program.