MSx students walking up the stairs in the Bass Center

Admission to the Stanford MSx Program

Inspired to take your career to the next level and achieve your goals with the Stanford MSx Program?

You will find everything you need to know to successfully submit an application to the one year masters program (plus a few tips from the Admission Office and former students).

Applying to business masters degrees takes preparation and forethought. We invite you to:

  • Reflect on your career and life thus far
  • Envision where you would like to go
  • Articulate how the Stanford MSx Program can uniquely help you get there, and what you will bring to the experience and community

Take the time to submit a thoughtful, well-crafted application.

The Process

The MSx program brings together a diverse cohort of highly talented leaders from around the world. We do this through a highly selective admission process.

Our application cycle is divided into various rounds. You can apply in any round of the cycle, and we encourage you to apply when you feel your application is the best it can be. Our program size is flexible, and we are committed to admitting all qualified candidates regardless of the round. You can submit only one application per year.* The process is competitive so it is important to submit your application when your resume, testing, essays, and recommendations are complete and reflect your best efforts.

*The Stanford MBA and Stanford MSx Programs use a common application portal and applicants to either program may only submit one application per admission cycle. Applicants that would like to apply to both programs may do so in any of the joint application rounds. The Stanford MBA Program does not accept the Executive Assessment. If you are submitting a joint application to the MBA and MSx Programs you will need to submit a valid GMAT or GRE score with your application. 

Stanford GSB Deferral Policy

If you are offered admission, you will be expected to enroll in the MSx program in the year for which you are admitted. 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.

Rounds and Deadlines

Your completed application, including your letters of reference and application fee payment on the deadline date for the round in which you apply.

We cannot guarantee that we will review any new information sent to the MSx admissions office after the deadline of the round in which you apply.

2023–24 Deadlines
Application Round Submit your application by … We will notify you on …
Round 1 - Joint with MBA 12 Sep 2023 07 Dec 2023
Round 1 - MSx Only 12 Oct 2023 07 Dec 2023
Round 2 - MSx Only 04 Jan 2024 28 Mar 2024
Round 2 - Joint with MBA 04 Jan 2024 28 Mar 2024
Round 3 - MSx Only 15 Feb 2024 28 Mar 2024

Application Requirements

The application is made up of four main components, all of which help us learn about who you are, what you have accomplished, and how you have positively impacted your organization and the people around you.

Application Fee


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A Cohort of Accomplished Leaders

Magnify your impact by connecting with inspiring leaders from a variety of industries. In the one year masters program, you will develop deep friendships and important connections in a collaborative environment.