Each year, we welcome a select group of exceptional individuals to the PhD program. All students bring a readiness to commit to the most rigorous, rewarding experience of their academic careers.
The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications for Fall 2024 will be available in September.
1. Get to Know Us
We offer a range of resources and events that can help you determine if the program is right for you.
- Learn more about the Stanford GSB experience.
- Learn about our PhD program.
- Find out what we look for in a candidate.
- Attend a PhD recruiting event.
2. Apply to Our Program
Once you’ve decided to apply, take time to familiarize yourself with the application requirements.
- Learn about the application requirements.
- Complete your online application.
All applicants are carefully considered for their academic preparation and performance, and their potential to be outstanding researchers. We consider the strength of recommendation letters, standardized test scores, rigor of academic preparation, and alignment of research interests between students and faculty, among other areas.
Applicants may apply to the Stanford GSB PhD Program and another program at Stanford University.
See What’s Required for Your Application
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
Join dozens of Stanford Graduate School of Business students who gain valuable leadership skills in a multidisciplinary, multicultural community as Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS).
KHS admits up to 100 select applicants each year from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders ready to address complex global challenges. As a scholar, you join a distinguished cohort, participate in up to three years of leadership programming, and receive full funding for up to three years of your PhD studies at Stanford.
Candidates of any country may apply. KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years, and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to KHS. Stanford PhD students may also apply to KHS during their first year of PhD enrollment.
If you aspire to be a leader in your field, we invite you to apply. The KHS application deadline is October 12, 2022. Learn more about KHS admission.