Frequently Asked Questions
How rigorous is the class schedule?
Days typically begin with three to four class sessions until the early afternoon. Later in the day, participants engage in professional development workshops and attend presentations from leading companies.
Is class attendance is mandatory?
Yes, class attendance is mandatory.
Will there be exams or tests?
No, participants will not have exams or tests. However, participants are expected to complete reading assignments and meet with their study groups to work on problem sets and projects.
How much work is done outside of class?
Participants spend approximately 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.
Will I have free time to work or manage other projects during the program?
No. SIGM requires all participants make a full-time commitment for the duration of the program. Participants are expected to actively collaborate with their study groups outside of class and contribute to their team’s final project.
Will I receive grades or course credit?
The Stanford Graduate School of Business does not provide participants academic credit or grades for completing the Summer Institute for General Management. 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 faculty director. Participants wishing to receive academic credit may petition their undergraduate institutions after completing the program.
Will participating in SIGM help me get into Stanford's MBA 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.