Application Process for the Stanford Executive Program

The Stanford Executive Program is a six-week 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.

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 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.

Required Materials

Online Application

You will need to complete an online application. The application includes biographical information, information on your professional background, contact information for your letter of recommendation, and essay questions.

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.

Your application will be considered completed once the online application and professional recommendation are submitted.

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 one of the three application rounds each year. 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.