Stanford Graduate School of Business
The mission of the Stanford School of Business is to create ideas that deepen and advance the understanding of management and with those ideas develop innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change the world. With that mission in mind, Stanford's business school curriculum is made up of classes designed to transform students.
Foundations courses provide the groundwork for study. Perspectives courses, such as Ethics in Management and Strategic Leadership, give students a broad understanding of managerial issues. Collaboration is emphasized in the Stanford School of Business curriculum through interdisciplinary research projects. Joint courses like Design for Extreme Affordability and Biodesign Innovation allow graduate students to form teams with MBAs to solve problems.
Classes are held at the LEED-certified Knight Management Center, named after Nike founder and Stanford alumnus Phil Knight. Knight's $375 million donation to Stanford resulted in the eight building that comprise the Knight Management Center, which was completed in 2011.
Stanford's MBA class of 2012 is made up of 389 students from 53 different countries. Of those students, 50% were undergraduate humanities or sociology majors. 39% of students are women, 37% are international students and 23% were classified as US minorities. Most students worked in consumer products (32%) followed by investment management (26%) and consulting (20%). The median GMAT score among those admitted into the class of 2012 was 730.
All 2011 Stanford graduates had full-time jobs by September 20, 2011. The following is a small sampling of companies that hired Stanford MBA graduates through Career Management Center programs and events:
- American Airlines
- Anheuser-Busch InBev
- Cisco Systems
- Diane von Furstenberg
- Electronic Arts
Famous alumni include Steve Ballmer, Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Treasury Herbert M. Allison, First Republic Bank President & COO Katherine August deWilde and Time Warner President & CEO Jeffrey L. Bewkes.
Stanford's full-time MBA is a two-year full-time residential program.
Offered in conjunction with Stanford Law School, Stanford's JD/MBA program is for students who want to work in law or public service. The program is designed so that graduates can have the skills of both a general business manager and a lawyer.
Offered in conjunction with the School of Education, Stanford's MA Education/MBA joint degree program covers a wide variety of issues in education including education policy, education management and ways to apply technology to education. The program takes an average of 2 years to complete.
Offered in conjunction with the Policy Program at the Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences, the MPP/MBA program is designed for students who want to work in public policy or in a position that combines business and government.
Offered in conjunction with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) at the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford's MS MBA program is designed to for future environmental leaders.
Offered in conjunction with the Stanford School of Engineering, this dual degree allows you to pursue an MBA at the Graduate School of Business and an MS in Bioengineering.
Stanford's MD/MBA dual degree program allows you to get an MBA and an MD during 5 years of academic residence.