A Stanford MSx student

Career Advancement

Are you looking to advance in your current profession? Perhaps you want to establish yourself as an expert in your industry or are looking to grow within your field. 

If this is your goal, you might aim to:

  • Expand your knowledge of business fundamentals
  • Deepen your leadership perspective 
  • Enhance your strategic management skills
  • Refine your interpersonal skills

At the end of your year in the program, you’ll be a more impactful leader who can make sound strategic decisions with incomplete information. You will develop more productive, professional relationships and inspire and mobilize others to accomplish your organization’s vision.

MSx Alumni: Portraits of Career Advancement

Stanford MSx (Master of Science in Management) Sample Electives

Below are courses you might consider if you are focused on how to get promoted in a specific industry:

Corporate Financial Modeling Put theory into practice by developing financial models to analyze major corporate transactions including venture capital funding, mergers and acquisitions, and leveraging buyouts.
Interpersonal Dynamics The iconic and intensive “Touchy-Feely” course that many students call “the most important class in business school.” It invites students to tap into heightened self-awareness and experience personal and professional evolution, thereby helping build and maintain better relationships and inspire teams (which is key for successful leaders).
Strategic Communications Business leaders have marketing strategies, expansion strategies, finance strategies, even exit strategies. Successful leaders, however, also have communication strategies. Learn why ideas, data, and advocacy are essential for professional, persuasive presentations.
Paths to Power Power and influence are key aspects of organizations, and business leaders need to understand how they manifest and decline. Topics include the sources of power, dealing with resistance and conflict, how and why power is lost, and preparing oneself to obtain and exercise power.

*Based on 2023–2024 course offerings and subject to change. 

Featured Faculty

Raphael Lee
Alumni Spotlight
MS '24

"Coming from an engineering background, the GSB classes gave me the tools and frameworks I needed to make sense out of my previous experiences in industry. I feel more prepared than ever to tackle new problems."