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About Stanford GSB

Stanford Graduate School of Business has built a global reputation based on its unique and innovative management programs, including the two-year MBA; the one-year Master of Science Program for experienced leaders (MSx); the PhD Program; Stanford Ignite, a part-time program focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship; Executive Education programs that apply research-based knowledge to practical content.

Each program creates a transformative experience that empowers individuals to find new potential and pathways to change lives, change organizations, and change the world for the better.

Key Differentiators

Stanford GSB difference draws on the forward-looking intellectual vitality of its students and faculty, a commitment to principled and personal leadership, a culture of collaboration and innovation, a global orientation, and a tightly connected alumni network. Programs help students launch careers of meaning and impact.

Outstanding Students and Faculty

The Stanford MBA program, with an approximate 6% admission rate, enrolls the most selective class among business schools. Faculty includes Nobel laureates and pioneering thinkers in areas from economics to organizational behavior and operations. The school convenes a full panoply of CEO speakers, forums, and global leaders.


Stanford GSB’s collaborative culture supports cross-disciplinary programs and learning. Students have access to Stanford University’s seven world-class schools — business, earth sciences, education, engineering, law, medicine, and humanities and sciences — all in walking distance on one contiguous campus. Stanford GSB leverages this geographic advantage to create joint programs, classes, and initiatives for students across a broad range of interests. One in six MBAs pursues a joint or dual degree. Group projects help students develop team skills.

Strategically Small

The entering class size is typically is half that of other leading business schools and creates distinct advantages. It allows for a personal experience, seminars, and small-group leadership exercises and coaching. Students develop deep relationships with their classmates which stay with them into their careers and lives.

Innovation in Our DNA

Stanford University began with the pioneering spirit of Leland and Jane Stanford, who established the institution for the growing Western United States. Stanford grew into a research university with a reputation as a catalyst for change. Drawing on the energy of Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most dynamic economic centers, students learn not to be afraid of failure and try new ideas.

Global Orientation

Global problems are management problems. Through global study and social innovation trips, programs and internships, students view issues through an international lens in and out of class.

Alumni Network

The intimate size of programs means relationships are strong and alumni can rely on support from each other that endures beyond the campus experience. The culture of Stanford GSB fosters a sense of contributing expertise and mentoring to Stanford GSB beyond graduation.