Proficiency in English is critical for the success of in the Stanford MSx Program. Strong English reading skills will help you keep up with the volume of required course reading, and strong English verbal communication skills will help you participate in the dynamic classroom discussions.

If English is not the primary language of instruction at your undergraduate or graduate institution, we require that you take one of the following exams to demonstrate proficiency.

If the instruction for all of your courses at your undergraduate or graduate school was conducted in English, you are exempt from taking a proficiency test.

Reporting Your Score

Report your unofficial score on your application. If you took the paper-based test, leave the score question blank and enter the date (month and day) you took the exam.

Minimum Score Requirement

TOEFL* 100 for the internet-based test (iBT)
IELTS 7.0 overall band score
PTE Academic 68 overall score

* We ask that you take the iBT, which includes the “speaking” section. If it is necessary for you to take the revised paper-delivered test, which is scored from 0-30 on each of the three sections, we generally require a minimum total score of 75. We will accept paper-based tests with a minimum score of 600 only on a case by case basis. Contact the Stanford MSx Program Office for more information before applying.

Score Validity

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are valid for two years and must be taken before submitting your application. The scores must be valid on the deadline date of the round in which you apply.

If you are applying in … You must have taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE on or after …
Round 1 (12 Sep 2019) 12 Sep 2017
Round 2 (9 Jan 2020) 9 Jan 2018
Round 3 (12 Mar 2020) 12 Mar 2018

Score Reporting


Instruct the Educational Testing Service to send your official scores to “Stanford University.”

School code: 4704


Request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

Stanford Graduate School of Business - MSx Program.
Graduate School of Business
Knight Management Center
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305

We will not accept paper IELTS test report forms.

PTE Academic

Report your scores directly to the Stanford MSx Program.