Typically, students take four courses per quarter until the course requirements are completed. Students typically complete all coursework in 2-3 years. 

You’ll be required to complete a minimum of courses both in your chosen field and in various other disciplines. Depending on your chosen field, you may take as much as 50% of your coursework outside Stanford GSB. For example, it’s not unusual for students to enroll in a significant number of courses in the Departments of Economics, Engineering, and Sociology.

Because Stanford GSB is close to the center of the university and follows the university calendar, taking courses in other departments is convenient. Your advisor can help you choose such courses.

If you find you’re lacking any prerequisites, you may need to undertake additional preparation before or during your first year to ensure you’re on track to complete all requirements in a timely fashion. If you’ve completed commensurate coursework elsewhere (e.g., at a comparable doctoral program), you may request a waiver for certain coursework.