Across its seven academic areas, Stanford GSB employs 125 tenured and tenure-track professors resulting in a six-to-one student-faculty ratio. In addition to teaching classes, these scholars and practitioners also help staff the school’s eight research centers and research programs, which cover topics from entrepreneurial studies to global supply chain management.
The full-time MBA program is designed to take place across six quarters of roughly 11 weeks apiece. Classes are held during the fall, winter, and spring, and students are encouraged to spend the summer between the first and second years completing an internship. Autumn Quarter of the first year of the MBA program typically begins in mid- September and ends in mid-December. Classes resume for Winter Quarter in early January and last until late March; Spring Quarter runs from early April through mid-June. The second year is structured very similarly, with the exception that Autumn Quarter courses begin a week later.
As at most MBA programs, professors at Stanford GSB use a mix of teaching methods, such as case studies, lecture and discussion, and team projects. Stanford GSB students spend the first year of their MBA studies completing core requirements. The first quarter is devoted to General Management Perspectives, a series of eight courses designed to help students think like a senior manager.
During Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter, first-year students follow the General Management Foundations curriculum, in which students must take one course in each of 10 business disciplines but are allowed to choose the level of those courses. In addition, each first-year student must fulfill a Global Experience Requirement by contributing to a project abroad. Students can meet this requirement by working abroad over the summer through the Global Management Immersion Experience, completing an exchange program with Tsinghua University in Beijing, or participating in a student-initiated service or study trip.
Prior to their second year, students can return to campus early to participate in small one- or two-week seminars called Compressed Courses. These courses explore focused topics such as Small Business Strategy and Crafting Effective Interpersonal Communication. Throughout the second year, students can take up to 18 courses total and are free to choose from over 100 elective courses across 10 academic departments. Students may also cross-register for courses at other Stanford University graduate schools. Stanford GSB does not offer any formal MBA majors, but students can earn a Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation.
Other MBA Degree Options
Along with its two-year MBA degree, Stanford GSB offers six joint degree programs with other schools within the university. The business school also has six dual degree programs that are offered in conjunction with other Stanford University schools and graduate schools at Harvard, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and Yale. Aspiring GSB students are free to design their own dual degree programs featuring an MBA and a degree in a different field from Stanford or another university. Beyond its MBA offerings, Stanford GSB is home to the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program, a one-year MS in Management program targeted at mid-career managers and executives.
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Core Courses at Stanford GSB
General Management Perspectives
- Ethics and Management
- Financial Accounting
- Leadership Labs
- Managerial Skills
- Optimization and Simulation Modeling
- Managing Groups and Teams
- Organizational Behavior
- Strategic Leadership
General Management Foundations
- Corporate Finance
- Data Analysis and Decision Making
- Human Resource Management
- Information Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Strategy Beyond Market
Global Experience Requirement (one)
- Global Management Immersion Experience
- Global Study Trip
- Social Innovation Study Trip
- Stanford-Tsinghua Exchange Program
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