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    Hello, Stanford MBA Admissions? 1995 is calling and it wants its blog back.

    October 30th, 2014

    Social media: You love it, we love it. In fact, over the years, so many new ways of communicating with you have developed, that our blog has begun to resemble a Tesla at a gas station. So in keeping with the GSB tradition of continual improvement, and with a mixture of glee and sadness, we say goodbye to our blog. Although this is our final post, all blog content will remain accessible here until 19 December 2014, at which point we will redirect you elsewhere.

    For those of you still reading this blog, we thank you. Here’s how you can make sure you don’t miss out on any of our updates:

    • Complete the Stay in Touch form. This is the best way to stay connected to us, because we will email you event invitations, important updates, and other good stuff.
    • Learn more about us on social media, in particular: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and the MBA Admissions YouTube playlist.
    • Give our website a thorough read. It houses all of the most updated admission information and advice, as well as timely announcements on the homepage.

    Onward to 2015!

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    Apply for Fall 2015 Admission

    July 1st, 2014

    We just began accepting applications for entry in Fall 2015. We hope you plan to apply.

    Application deadlines are:
    Round 1 01 October 2014, 5:00 PM
    Round 2 07 January 2015, 5:00 PM
    Round 3 01 April 2015, 5:00 PM

    It’s never too early to start planning. For information and advice about the application process, visit the Admission section of the website.

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    Experience a Week in the Life of a Stanford MBA Student

    June 14th, 2014

    What’s it like to be an MBA student at the Graduate School of Business? Depends who you ask. Colin, a former US Naval Officer, makes quick trips home to change his newborn’s diaper. Amanda and her classmates learn about the capital asset pricing model and the Modigliani-Miller theorum from her finance professor’s M&Ms. Jennifer wakes up just in time to make it to her Career Life and Vision group meeting.

    See the day-to-day experiences of nine students from the Class of 2015 in our new Week in the Life profiles. You’ll learn what life is like at the GSB as these students share their favorite memories, post-graduation goals, and more.

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    Register for a Spring Quarter Campus Visit

    June 6th, 2014

    Planning to apply to the Stanford MBA Program this fall? If you’d like to sit in on a class before the Round 1 deadline in October, now is the time. Because of our academic calendar, we typically aren’t able to offer class visits in the fall prior to the Round 1 deadline in October.

    For those applying for the Round 3 deadline (don’t forget it’s April 2!), spring is a great time to visit us if you’ve never been to campus before. Besides classes being in session, MBA students will be on hand for Q&A at info sessions and to lead campus tours. And the weather is unbeatable.

    On-campus events include:

    • Information sessions: Get a detailed overview of the MBA Program and admission process, and ask your questions. Offered on Mondays and Fridays year-round. Advance registration is required.
    • Class Visits: Observe the Stanford GSB academic experience in real time. Offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays only when classes are in session. Advance registration is required.
    • Knight Management Center Tours: 30-minute tours led by an MBA student. Offered Mondays and Fridays when class visits are in session. No registration is required.

    Out of fairness to all applicants, we do not give preferential treatment in the admission process to those who have visited the GSB. Throughout the summer and fall, the MBA Admissions Office also holds information sessions all over the world. Complete the Stay in Touch form and we’ll contact you in the coming months with information about events in your area.

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    Two Masters Degree Options: Which is Right for You?

    June 6th, 2014

    Stanford GSB offers two different masters degrees focused on general management. Since you’re reading this MBA Admissions blog, you’re probably already pretty familiar with the MBA Program, which is a two-year, full-time program with no minimum or maximum number of years of work experience required for admission.

    But did you know that Stanford GSB also offers a one-year, full-time program for experienced leaders? The MSx Program offers a Master of Science in Management degree to professionals who have at least eight years of work experience.

    The two degrees share several similarities, but are also distinct in important ways.

    What’s the same?
    Both the MSx and MBA Programs are full-time and focus on general management. They both feature Stanford GSB faculty and elective course offerings. They both provide the same access to Stanford resources like the GSB’s centers, courses throughout Stanford, and university-wide institutes like the MSx students and MBAs both have the same opportunities to join clubs, attend events, and engage in the social activities of the GSB.

    What’s different?
    On the other hand, the MSx core curriculum is tailored to more experienced managers. For instance, leadership coursework focuses on executive management development. Similarly, there is a specialized team in the GSB’s Career Management Center that supports students who are further along in their careers and have honed their professional focus. The cohort of mid-career fellows in the MSx Program is around 83 while the MBA class size is around 408 students each year.

    What about admission?
    Both programs look for intellectual vitality, reflected in your aptitude and attitude toward learning. Both programs also consider demonstrated leadership potential. However, the MSx Program places greater emphasis on the amount of experience you’ve had (at least 8 years required). The MBA Program does not require any minimum number of years of experience, and looks at demonstrated leadership potential more broadly.

    The MSx Program also considers your clarity of purpose as a criteria for admission. Clarity of purpose is reflected in a focused sense of professional direction, ambitious goals, and strong self-awareness. The MBA Program considers your personal qualities and contributions that add to the class. Personal qualities and contributions may include your experiences, beliefs, passions, dreams, and goals.

    What program is right for me?
    Deciding which program is right for you is a highly personal choice rooted in your own background and aspirations.

    Stanford MSx Program Stanford MBA Program
    Full-time, 12 months (4 academic quarters) Full-time, 21 months (6 academic quarters)
    No summer internship Opportunity for summer internship
    Global experiences optional Global experience graduation requirement
    64 units to graduate (up to 10 non-GSB) 105 units to graduate (up to 12 non-GSB)
    Admission Criteria: Intellectual Vitality, Demonstrated Leadership Potential, Clarity of Purpose Admission Criteria: Intellectual Vitality, Demonstrated Leadership Potential, Personal Qualities and Contributions
    Awards MS in Management degree Awards MBA degree
    Stanford MSx Class Profile* Stanford MBA Class Profile**
    83 fellows 406 students
    67% international students 41% international students
    Work experience: 12-year average, 8-year minimum required (8-25 year historical range) Work experience: 4-year average, no minimum or maximum (0-21 year historical range)
    47% previous advanced degrees 15% previous advanced degrees
    20% women 36% women

    How do I find out more?
    Both the MBA and MSx programs host admissions events online. The MBA program also conducts worldwide off-campus information sessions. To hear about upcoming events and other admissions related updates, sign up to stay in touch with MSx here, and stay in touch with MBA admissions here.

    *Class of 2014
    **Class of 2015

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    Inspiring Change with LOWkey Notes

    June 6th, 2014

    You’ve probably heard our motto, “Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world.” But how do Stanford MBA students embody this through their actions, behaviors, and words? One way is through the LOWkeynotes program, which challenges students to share ideas they believe will inspire others and make a positive difference in the world.

    In LOWkeynotes, students work all quarter long to develop and practice powerful nine-minute keynote-style presentations in partnership with communication coaches, faculty and alumni. LOWkeynotes provides students the opportunity to grapple with some of the challenges that leaders face as communicators, and to learn what it takes to go from being just a good presenter to being an effective leader.

    Last month, a group of 28 students delivered presentations that covered a wide variety of subjects.

    Marissa Duswalt, a first-year MBA who formerly worked for First Lady Michelle Obama on her “Let’s Move” campaign, encouraged us to be conscious consumers who are empowered to make healthy choices. She shared a story of her own struggles with weight, and how making more informed decisions about food changed her life.

    Natalie Domond, a second-year MBA, described the power of “tipa tipa,” or the wisdom of “step by step,” a mindset and philosophy she adopted after surviving the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and witnessing the power of slow but steady incremental change.

    Adnan Iqbal, an MSx Fellow, offered a presentation on the advantages of choosing to respond, rather than react, when confronted with tense or difficult situations. By taking the time to deliberate and be intentional when responding, he argued, we all have a chance to engage with others more authentically and leave a positive impression.

    To watch for yourself, check out the 2014 LOWkeynote presentations.

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    Get Ready to Apply for Fall 2015

    June 6th, 2014

    We’re gearing up for a new application season and we hope you are, too. We’ve made some changes to this year’s application. To help you prepare, whether you’re a first-time applicant or are reapplying, here’s a sneak peek at what’s new when the application launches in early July.

    Letters of Reference

    This year, we are asking for two references. One reference must come from your direct supervisor (or next best alternative) at work. Your second reference may come from either someone senior to you (i.e.,who has observed your performance) or a peer. This recommender may be someone from your work, or not. For example, someone senior to you could be a client or previous work supervisor or board member. A peer could be a work teammate or a colleague in an extracurricular activity. You get to choose.

    With choice comes responsibility. You’ll need to decide what works best in your situation. Do you have a former direct supervisor that knows your work exceptionally well? Then a second professional reference is probably in your best interest. Have you worked on a significant project with peers outside your workplace? You might want your second reference to come from a peer.

    The most important consideration is, choose recommenders who can best express your abilities and potential–people who know you and believe in you.


    We streamlined here, as well. This year we will ask two essay questions, instead of three. “What matters most to you and why?” remains the primary essay prompt (750 words). The second question, “Why Stanford?” (350 words), asks you to explain how the Stanford MBA Program, specifically, will help you get where you’re trying to go. Tell us how the Stanford experience will help you become the individual you aspire to be professionally and personally.


    Luckily, some things don’t change. There are three application rounds for admission in fall 2015; you may apply in one of them.

    Round 1: 1 October 2014
    Round 2: 7 January 2015
    Round 3: 1 April 2015

    As always, you can find complete information about the application process, including tips, in the Admission section of the website. Here’s to your journey toward business school!

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    Coming to a City Near You

    June 6th, 2014

    If you haven’t gotten a chance to attend a Stanford MBA information session, this is a great time to do so. We just posted the cities we’ll be visiting over the next few months, and there’s likely to be a session near you. Or, if you’ll be traveling, you can meet up with us along the way.

    Dates and venues for worldwide events are being finalized and will be added to the calendar as they are confirmed. To get invitations to events in your region, fill out our Stay in Touch form.

    We hope to meet you soon.

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    New Electrical Engineering/MBA Joint Degree Program

    June 6th, 2014

    Beginning this fall, graduate students can apply for admission to a new joint degree program in electrical engineering and business. The joint degree will require three years of study instead of the usual four years needed to complete each program individually. Students must apply separately to, and be accepted by, both the Stanford MBA Program and the Electrical Engineering MS Program.

    The new joint degree links two of Stanford University’s world-class schools—the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford School of Engineering. The program equips students to take new technologies from basic research to commercial products and drive future innovations.

    Stanford MBA students increasingly have sought second degrees in recent years as the opportunities for cross-sector leadership in the workplace have grown. Approximately 1 in 6 students pursues joint or dual degree studies. The new joint degree in electrical engineering joins the other Stanford MBA joint degree options: JD/MBA, MA Education/MBA, MPP/MBA, MS/Computer Science, and MS Environment & Resources/MBA.

    Learn more:
    MS in Electrical Engineering/MBA requirements
    Press release

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    Visit Stanford GSB This Winter

    June 6th, 2014

    On-campus events for 2013 are winding to a close, but registration for Winter Quarter on-campus events has just opened, including:

    • Information sessions: Offered on most Mondays and Fridays throughout the year when classes are in session.
    • Class Visits: Offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at various times, beginning 13 January 2014.
    • Knight Management Center Tours: 30-minute tours led by an MBA student. Offered Mondays and Fridays, beginning 13 January 2014.

    While visiting Stanford GSB is a great way to get to know our program better, a campus visit is neither required nor expected. Out of fairness to all applicants, we do not give preferential treatment in the admission process to those who have visited the GSB.

    Find out more about Admission events on our website. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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