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    Stanford Graduate School of Business: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Founded in 1925, The Stanford Graduate School of Business commonly called Stanford GSB or the GSB is one of four graduate schools in the Stanford academic facet. Located specifically at 655 Knight Way Stanford, California, the university is one of the coveted names in the US Education System that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

    The institute offers an array of diverse courses for its international applicants including 3 exceptionally brilliant programs namely MBA Program, Stanford MSx Program, and Ph.D. Program. The school comprises an unparalleled faculty comparing 3 Nobel laureates, 5 recipients of the John Bates Clark Medal in Economics, among others that ensure quality education for all the candidates seeking to study in the USA.

    Admissions at Stanford Graduate School of Business follows different application deadlines for its various programs but is mainly available in the month of September for fresh intakes. Candidates applying to an MBA program at the intute must deposit a nonrefundable fee of 275 USD. It is a highly selective school in the country with an acceptance rate of merely 6%.


    The institute is ranked by various surveys at the following positions:

    • 1st in the list of Best Business Schools by U.S. News and World Reports in 2020
    • 2nd in the list of Best U.S. Business Schools by Forbes in 2019
    • 1st on FT's list of World Best Business Schools in 2018


    Type of University Private
    Number of Postgraduate Seats 9297
    Percentage of International Students 42%
    Basic Tuition Fee, Graduate Canadian Students 95,367 CAD
    Basic Tuition Fee, Graduate International Students 73,062 USD
    Test Scores Accepted GMAT, GRE, TOEFL
    English language proficiency score TOEFL or equivalent
    Financial Aid Available as awards and scholarships

    Programs, Campus and Accommodation


    • Encompassing a useful area of 8,100 acres, the Stanford University campus houses the GSB.
    • The institute is cited within the Knight Management Center, which is located within the greater Stanford campus.
    • There are ten main buildings inside the Knight Management Center that serve the school’s structural purposes.
    • The institute incorporates the LEED Platinum-certified complex which offers classrooms, cafes, meeting places, student services, the Stanford Venture Studio for aspiring entrepreneurs, managers, and much more.
    • It also provides more than 50 student clubs and organizations for its students to be part of and participate in.

    Housing facilities/Residence

    • The institute offers five On-Campus residential facilities plus two off-campus housing and living community
    • Room features include a queen bed or single bed, desk and chair, dresser, mirror, nightstand, and bookcase. Living room features include; the coffee table, sofa, two chairs, and two to four dining chairs.
    • Amenities available include refrigerator, window coverings, computer labs, oven, wall-to-wall carpeting, telephone, WiFi, stove, garbage disposal, Cable TV, barbecue area, washer and dryer, laundry rooms, meeting rooms and volleyball, basketball and tennis courts.
    • House types range from a single room to 1-, 2- 3-, and 4- bedroom flats, condos, suites, and apartments.
    • Houses are available for single and married students.
    • There are also options for private Off-Campus housing.
    • Adequate housing provisions are made for LGTBQ students at the institute
    • Students with disabilities can apply for special housing at the school.


    • The institute offers various courses for international students including three main degree programs in three facets namely, MBA Program, Stanford MSx Program, and Ph.D. Program.
    • Moreover, the Stanford MSx Program is a full-time, one-year accelerated master’s program in business for mid-career experienced professionals at Stanford GSB.
    • It offers an online professional certificate program called Stanford LEAD.
    • The institute also provides the Seed Transformation Program which is a 12-month program that helps entrepreneurs in Africa and India to gain leadership training and networking support.
    • There are seven areas of study at the Ph.D. level at the organization and they are: Accounting, Economic Analysis & Policy, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Information & Technology, Organizational Behavior, and Political Economics
    • The school also offers the special Executive Education to students
    • Joint and dual programs are offered at the institute to students too
    • Popular programs at the school include Finance, Business, Management, Marketing, and Accounting.

    Stanford Graduate School of Business Application Process

    How to apply?

    Application portal:

    • MBA: The GSB online MBA application webpage
    • MSx: The GSB online MSx application webpage
    • Ph.D.: The GSB online Ph.D. application webpage

    Application fee:

    • MBA: 275 USD
    • MSx: 275 USD
    • Ph.D.: 125 USD

    Basic Admission Requirements

    The requirements for various programs at the institute varies according to the type of programs and for some of the popular programs are as compiled below.

    • MBA: Four years bachelor degree or its U.S. equivalent, transcripts, GMAT & GRE, TOEFL (iBT): 100 or IELTS: 7 or PTE: 68, professional experience, two letters of reference, personal information, activities and awards and essays
    • MSx: Four-year bachelor's degree or a U.S equivalent, transcripts, essay, GMAT or GRE, TOEFL (iBT): 100 or IELTS: 7.0 or PTE: 68, resume or CV, reference letters, work experience, and other personal information.
    • Ph.D.: Four-year bachelor's degree, statement of purpose, resume or CV, three letters of reference, GMAT or GRE score, TOEFL (iBT) score (if applicable with a minimum of 100) and unofficial transcripts

    Stanford Graduate School of Business Cost of Attendance

    For the prospective candidates of the school enrolling in the upcoming year, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been tabulated below

    Type of Fee MBA (USD) MSx (USD) Ph.D. (USD)
    Single Married Single Married Single Married
    Tuition 74,706 74,706 132,900 132,900 54,315 54,315
    Living Allowance 33,693 55,929 44,332 73,532 37,080 49,080
    Books and supplies 1,671 1,671 1,404 1,404 1,300 1,300
    Materials and program fee 900 900 250 250 - -
    Transportation 1,050 2,250 2,900 (plus study trips) 4,296 1,840 1,840
    Medical insurance 5,928 5,928 7,792 7,792 5,928 5,928
    Health fee 696 696 920 920 928 928
    Total 118,644 142,080 190,498 221,094 100,491 112,491
    • Ph.D. tuition is based on an 11-18 credit tuition and it's tuition for regular graduates. Tuition varies per specific program.
    • Living expenses for Ph.D. students consist of food, personal expenses, and living costs.

    Scholarships/Financial Aid

    About 68% of students at the institute receive financial aid in the form of grants, fellowships, student jobs, and scholarships for international students to study in the USA. Statistics revealed that 54% of students at student receive financial aids in forms of scholarships and grants

    Financial aids available to international students at the school are as follows:

    • OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) Scholarship: The stipend covers a full scholarship of academic fees and living costs for one year of master's degree study.
    • Social Management Immersion Fellowship with varying worth.
    • Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program: The scholarship is a 50% grant scholarship.

    Alumni Network

    Alumni benefits include:

    • Special discounted access to Stanford pools and gyms
    • 15% discount on open-enrollment programs excluding the Stanford Executive Program
    • Unique alumni access to the private Stanford Golf Course
    • Access to 15% discount per class on Stanford Continuing Studies courses

    Notable Alumni Include:

    • Jane Chen: Co-Founder of Embrace
    • Peter Fenton: General Partner, Benchmark
    • Koo Kwang-Mo: Chairman and C.E.O of LG


    According to PayScale, the average salary of GSB graduates is 155,00 USD. MBA graduates’ employment statistics at the school in 2019 includes 15% of the graduating class were entrepreneurs; Of the total graduates, 94% of graduates received a job offer within three months of graduation.

    The graduating class had a median base salary of 150,000 USD. Statistics showed that finance and technology were the top industries, attracting 33% and 24% of students respectively.

    $ 74,7061st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jan 06

    Application Deadline

    LOR | SOP

    ENTRY Requirement

    $ 129,7001st YEAR

    1 year

    Course Duration

    Mar 12

    Application Deadline


    5 years

    Course Duration

    Dec 02

    Application Deadline


    Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D] Finance

    full time | Thesis Based

    5 years

    Course Duration

    Dec 02

    Application Deadline


    5 years

    Course Duration

    Dec 02

    Application Deadline


    Stanford Graduate School of Business Overview

    Insitution type
    Stanford University
    Student Population
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $129,700 / Year

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    Admission & dates

    Round 1 Deadlines

    September 15

    Application deadline

    Round 2 Deadlines

    January 6

    Application deadline

    Round 3 Deadlines

    April 6

    Application deadline

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Post Graduate Program
    $129,700 / Year
    On Campus
    Transportation (Maried Student)
    $2,250 / Year
    Transportation (Single Student)
    $1,050 / Year
    Living allowance (Married Student)
    $55,929 / Year
    Living allowance (Single Student)
    $33,693 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Program wise accreditation
    Business Programs
    Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


    Times Higher Education logo

    Times Higher Education

    RANKED #1

    Economics (International)

    College Rating

    Based on 2 Students Rating

    8.7 out of 10
    8.5/10Social Life


    8.5 /10

    Stanford Graduate School of Business being one of the most Elite school in the whole USA. I had no Idea if I will ever get into it. I just applied it at the end of November last year without hoping much and submitted my acadmic transcript and evey document I was asked to in the official site.

    Course Curriculum :

    I have a very mixed review on my curriculum. Somedays are super packed and busy some are free and there are less classes overall the campus life just keeps pushing me to do good.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    8.8 /10

    Stanford is the best management school there is but most importantly I wanted to challenge my self and learn from the best in the world and Stanford gives me all of that. Working with one of the brightest minds and the competition really makes you work hard for it. I was required to pay $275 along with my online application form.

    Course Curriculum :

    There are basically two aspects of it that make it great for me first is the curriculum itself. It not only helps me gain perspective but also helps me develop my analytical reasoning with respect to different aspects and contests. Secondly, fellow batch mates and instructors are highly skilled and knowledgeable and their feedback provides a great learning experience.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

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    • Airport


    Palo Alto Airport of Santa Clara County5.47 km
    Moffett Federal Airfield10.12 km
    San Carlos Airport12.08 km
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport21.80 km
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