Deadlines for Applying to the MBA Program

2019–20 Deadlines Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Submit your application by1 12 Sep 2019 09 Jan 2020 08 Apr 2020
We will notify you2 12 Dec 2019 02 Apr 2020 21 May 2020
Your reply and deposit are due by 11 Feb 2020 29 Apr 2020 10 Jun 2020

1 2:00 pm Pacific Time, including your letters of reference and application fee payment. We cannot guarantee that we will review information sent to the MBA Admissions Office after the deadline of the round in which you apply.

2 See “Decision Notification” section below.

Selecting an Application Round

You may apply in any one of the three application rounds each year. You may apply only once per application year.

Do not rush your application, but there are some advantages to applying in either the first or second round, including:

  • The ability to receive a need-based financial aid award from the Financial Aid Office prior to the date by which you must respond to your offer of admission.
  • Ample time to complete recommended quantitative and/or English language coursework prior to arrival on campus.
  • Access to the on-campus housing lottery and/or housing at Stanford GSB Residences, Jack McDonald Hall and Schwab Residential Center.
  • Additional time to complete the visa application process (Bechtel International Center).
  • The opportunity to attend Admit Weekend (there is no Admit Weekend for Round 3).

If you and your significant other are both applying in the same year, we strongly recommend applying in the same round. If one of you applies in an earlier round and receives an offer of admission, that person would need to reply to his or her offer before decisions are released for the next round. In other words, one of you would need to accept your seat in the class without knowing if the other will be admitted.

If you want to use one application to apply for both the MBA and MSx programs, you must apply in Round 1 or 2. You may apply in Round 3 to both programs, but you would need to complete two separate applications.

Decision Notification

We will post your decision to your account on the notification date above for the round in which you applied. We will send an email to the address used to create your application profile to notify you when your decision is available.

We do not accommodate requests for an early decision, or for decision information to be provided via phone or in person.

Deferral Policy

If you are offered admission, you will be expected to enroll in the MBA or dual/joint-degree program in the year for which you are admitted — unless you meet the criteria for deferred enrollment. If you do not meet these criteria, we do not allow you to defer admission to a later year. Instead, we ask you to reapply. Only under rare and extraordinary circumstances (e.g., compulsory military service) will we consider exceptions to this policy. Visa processing delays do not meet the criteria for deferred enrollment for international students. Deferrals will not be granted for visa complications, but we would welcome you to reapply.

Last Updated 4 Dec 2019