Education

On your application, we require you to provide the following information about your education:

  • All undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended after high school (postsecondary school)
  • Academic degree(s) pursued and/or received
  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Transcript of courses
  • Language proficiency

Academic Degrees

We do not prefer a particular curriculum for undergraduate study. Instead, we look at how you have challenged yourself throughout your academic career and how you have performed.

A U.S. bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required for admission to the Stanford MBA Program. Only under rare circumstances will we consider exceptions to this policy.

International Degree Equivalents

African countries: Three-year bachelor’s degree from university systems based on the British or French model. Four-year bachelor’s degree from all others.

Britain: British patterned education – bachelor’s degree with honors.

France: Diplôme d’Ingénieur from grandes écoles or completion of two years of classes pré paratoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE) and two years of course work toward the Diplôme d’Ingénieur degree. Maitrise from universities.

Germany: The diplom, Magister Artium (M.A.) or staatsexamen. Three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.

Other European countries: University degree requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.

Middle East: University degree requiring four years of study.

Canada: Three-year bachelor’s degree from Quebec, four-year bachelor’s degree from other provinces.

Latin America: University degree requiring four years of study.

India: The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required.

Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine; master’s degree in all other fields.

Philippines: Four-year bachelor’s degree.

Russian republics: University diploma requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degree accepted (requires the Diploma Supplement issued in accordance to the Bologna Declaration).

Other Asian countries: University degree requiring four years of study.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

We review your academic performance in the context of your concentration, university, and educational system.

By focusing on your achievements in context, we evaluate how you have excelled within your individual academic environment and how you have taken advantage of the opportunities available to you in your school and community.

Report your undergraduate grade point average and the scale used by your institution. Only courses for credit toward your first bachelor’s degree count in your GPA. Report/calculate your GPA to the best of your ability even if your institution does not list it on your transcript. Do not convert your college/university’s scale. If necessary, you may explain how you calculate your GPA in the “Additional Information” section.

No minimum GPA is required for admission to the Stanford MBA Program.

Transcripts

We require you to upload a copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We will ask you to provide your official transcript(s) only after you have been admitted. Any discrepancy between your unofficial and official transcripts could result in the withdrawal of your offer of admission.

Transcript Requirements

Submit an electronic transcript from each university you attended for at least one full academic year (two semesters or three quarters/trimesters), regardless of the number of credits received. Do not include transcripts from secondary school (high school).

You do not need to submit transcripts for units transferred from a previous institution — or for year-abroad programs — if course, grade, and units are included on your undergraduate transcript and you attend for less than one academic year.

Your transcript should include degree conferred and conferral date, if applicable.

Language Proficiency

Since the Stanford community uses English as its primary language, and all courses at Stanford GSB are taught in English, you must demonstrate proficiency in English. Learn more about our English language requirement. Speaking a language other than English is not required for admission to the MBA Program. If you do speak other languages, however, you can indicate your proficiency in up to eight languages (excluding English) in your application.

Quantitative Proficiency

In assessing your readiness for the MBA Program, the Admissions Office will review your university transcripts, any additional coursework you’ve taken, your GMAT or GRE scores, and your professional experience. If you have not already taken calculus or statistics, it will strengthen your candidacy to do so before you apply. You can take whatever course is most convenient for you.

Last Updated 2 Jul 2018