The Stanford MSx Program is academically rigorous and time-intensive. Demonstrated intellectual aptitude and capability are necessary to succeed.

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, received, or in progress
  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Transcript of courses
  • Translated copies of transcripts, if not in English
  • 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.  Your education and academic history are evaluated in context, taking into consideration the rigors of your courses, GPA, outside activities, and demonstrated leadership. We are interested in your whole course of study, not just your final GPA.

A U.S. bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required for admission to the Stanford MSx Program. If you attended a college or university outside the U.S., refer to the International Applicant guidelines to learn more about Stanford’s degree requirements.


You must submit unofficial electronic transcript(s) with your application.

  • Include the front and back from each university you attended
  • English translation is required

Official transcripts are required after you have been admitted to the program. Discrepancies between the unofficial and official versions may impact your admission status.

Grade Point Average

Report your undergraduate grade point average and the scale used by your institution. Only courses for credit toward your 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. If necessary, you may explain how you calculated your GPA in the “Additional Information” section. There is no need to convert your grades into a U.S.-based equivalent.

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

Language Proficiency

Since all Stanford GSB courses are taught in English and class participation is essential, you must demonstrate proficiency in English. Speaking a language other than English is not required for admission to the MSx 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 MSx Program, the admissions office will review your university transcripts, any additional coursework you’ve taken, your GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment 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.