Education

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

  • All undergraduate and graduate institutions you are attending or 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 of 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

Africa

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.

Asia-Pacific
  • India: The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • Oceania: Four-year bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s Degree (Honours). For French Polynesia, see the minimum qualifications for France.
  • Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine. Master’s degree in all other fields.
  • Philippines: Four-year bachelor’s degree.
  • Other Asian countries: University degree requiring four years of study.
Europe
  • Britain: British patterned education — bachelor’s degree with honors.
  • France: Diplôme d’Ingénieur from grandes écoles or completion of two years of classes préparatoires 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.
  • 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 European countries: University degree requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.
Latin America

Latin American countries: University degree requiring four years of study.

Middle East

Middle Eastern countries: University degree requiring four years of study.

North America

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

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Last Updated 16 Jun 2020