Personal Information

The strongest applications are transparent, self-aware, and embody an authentic voice and world view. You will start your application by telling us basic information about yourself.

Demographic Information

This includes:

  • Birthdate
  • Citizenship status
  • Social Security number (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
  • Contact information

Background and Perspective

Next, we ask you to tell us about a time when your background influenced your participation at work or school. Your answer should give us a bit of context about who you are and how your story has evolved.

This is a brief opportunity to reflect on one aspect of your background, such as your education, upbringing, skills, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or ethnicity, and how it influenced the way you participate in the world. Give us insight into the lens you would bring to Stanford GSB.

Career Aspiration

We ask you to provide a brief summary of what you aspire to do after graduating.

Many of our students use their year to:

  • Accelerate within a field where they have significant experience
  • Pursue an entrepreneurial or start-up venture
  • Build knowledge to pivot to a different industry, geography, or function

Your own exploration and vision will be more specific to your background and goals. And while your aspirations may evolve, we want to ensure you are realistic in how you envision using one year at Stanford to advance your goal. Whatever you are not able to capture in this short statement can be further described in your second essay.


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 and/or received
  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Transcript of courses
  • Language proficiency

Academic Degrees

We do not prefer a particular educational institution or curriculum of undergraduate study.  Your education and academic history are evaluated in context, taking into consideration the rigors of your courses, GPA, outside activities, and demonstrated leadership.

List all degrees you have earned or degrees in progress. A U.S. bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required to apply. No minimum GPA is required.  

It is important to review the International Applicant Credentials if you attended a college or university outside the U.S. 


You must submit unofficial electronic transcripts 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.


Activities provide insights into your personal and professional achievements and demonstrate your initiative to build knowledge and support others. In this section, detail the significant activities that are not included in your work history in order of their importance to you. These activities may include:

  • Athletics
  • Charitable giving
  • Civic duties
  • Volunteering for nonprofit or professional organizations

Awards and Honors

Share up to five honors or awards you have received that are related to academic, civic, or professional activities. List them in the order of importance to you, and for each, provide the basis of selection criteria.

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Student Tip: Use Your Performance Reviews

“Go back through your past performance reviews or calendar and take note of awards and honors you may have forgotten about. List the activities where you spent significant portions of your time.”

— Megan Goering, MS ’19