Application Process for the Stanford Executive Program

The Stanford Executive Program is a general management program, designed for senior-level executives who will use this opportunity to make an even greater difference in their legacies, their careers, and their organizations’ future.

Formats Offered

Immerse yourself in an intensive learning environment with 6 consecutive weeks of in-person sessions on campus at Stanford GSB.

Experience the program in a flexible format — designed with work-life demands in mind — with 10 weeks of live online sessions bookended by two, 2-week modules of in-person sessions.

What We Look For in Your Application

We seek uniqueness. Active and engaged participants who expect to be challenged and to grow. Individuals who desire the knowledge, Stanford GSB frameworks, and a continuing network that will accelerate their professional impact. From these personal characteristics and mindsets, we will shape a Stanford Executive Program class that will change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

As you prepare your application materials, be sure to include:

  • Your statement on why you believe the Stanford Executive Program experience will help you create a significant impact in the future.
  • Insight into what matters most to you in your work and why.
  • Evidence of how you have previously inspired and motivated your colleagues, creating a lasting impact on your organization and on your career.

English-Language Proficiency

Applicants must be proficient in the English language. All classes and discussions are conducted in English, and attendees are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program.

When to Apply

Applicants may apply in any of the following application rounds:

Application Deadlines
Program Format SEP Full-Time SEP Flex
Round 1 02 Dec 2022 28 Apr 2023
Final Round 17 Mar 2023 11 Aug 2023

Applying in an early admission round increases your chance of being accepted. Applicants in later rounds have a higher likelihood of being deferred or waitlisted.

Notification of Acceptance

Once we receive your application, you will hear back from us on the corresponding notification deadline below. If you submit your application after a program’s application deadline, your application will be considered on a space-available basis.

Notification Dates
Program Format SEP Full-Time SEP Flex
Round 1 18 Jan 2023 26 May 2023
Final Round 07 Apr 2023 08 Sep 2023

Required Materials

You will need to complete an online application. The application includes biographical information, information on your professional background, and essay questions. Optional Professional Recommendation: Using the online application system you will request a recommendation from either a manager or another stakeholder in your professional success. This must be submitted through the online link provided from the application system.

You may also request a recommendation from either a manager or another stakeholder in your professional success through the online application.