MBA Admissions: Stanford GSB & Finance

Stanford GSBA quick glance at Stanford Graduate School of Business: It currently ties in first place (with Harvard Business School) as the best business school, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It is ranked #6 for finance).

Stanford GSB Class of 2014 Class Profile: Finance

6716 people applied to Stanford GSB in 2012; 398 matriculated as new students this fall.

Students admitted this year have an average of 4.2 years of work experience. The average GMAT score for the class of 2014 is 729.

Previous industry experience related to finance: 12% entered Stanford with industry experience in financial services; and 17% reported private equity/venture capital work experience.

Stanford Academics Related to Financial Services

The Stanford GSB curriculum, which is based on the noble calling of management, is individually tailored according to work experience, background, and career goals. During the first year students choose from a menu of required courses (see detailed first year curriculum here) and during the second year students build their own curriculum of electives (see details on the second year curriculum here).

The finance-related required courses are:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Managerial Finance

Other finance courses include:

  • FINANCE201. Managerial Finance. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE204. Managerial Finance – Accelerated. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE211. Corporate Finance: Applications, Techniques, and Models. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE214. Accelerated Corporate Finance: Applications, Techniques, and Models. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE310. Managerial Finance – Advanced. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE319. Private Equity Investing Seminar. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE320. Debt Markets. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE321. Investment Management and Entrepreneurial Finance. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE322. Financial Intermediaries and Capital Markets. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE324. Practical Corporate Finance. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE326. Derivative Securities. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE327. Financial Markets. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE329. Investment Seminar. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE330. Investment Management: Asset Allocation and Asset/Manager Selection. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE331. Practical Corporate Finance. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE335. Corporate Valuation, Governance and Behavior. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE341. Modeling for Investment Management. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE345. History of Financial Crises. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE346. Institutional Money Management. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE350. Corporate Financial Modeling. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE351. Advanced Corporate Financial Modeling. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE361. Behavioral Finance. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE373. Entrepreneurial Finance. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE381. Private Equity in Frontier Markets: Creating a New Investible Asset Class. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE385. Angel and Venture Capital Financing and Decision Making. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE562. Financial Trading Strategies. 2 Units.
  • FINANCE587. Private Equity – Understanding the Deal. 2 Units.
  • FINANCE620. Financial Markets I. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE621. Financial Markets II. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE622. Dynamic Asset Pricing Theory. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE624. Corporate Finance Theory. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE625. Empirical Asset Pricing. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE626. Advanced Corporate Finance. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE628. Finance Pre-Seminar Reading Course. 1 Unit.
  • FINANCE630. Empirical Corporate Finance. 3 Units.
  • FINANCE632. Empirical Dynamic Asset Pricing. 4 Units.
  • FINANCE633. Advanced Empirical Corporate Finance. 4 Units.

Finance Research Centers at Stanford

Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

Clubs for Stanford Marketing Students

Finance and Investment Club

Private Equity Club (PE)

Venture Capital Club (VC)

Finance Hiring Stats at Stanford GSB

36% of the class of 2011 graduates secured jobs in the finance industry. See details below.

Industry Percent Median Base Salary ($) Median Signing Bonus ($)
Private Equity/LBO 14 150,000 25,000
Venture Capital 7 150,000 N/A
Hedge Funds 6 150,000 25,000
Investment Management 5 114,500 40,000
Investment Banking 4 100,000 40,000
Finance Other 2 107,500 40,000

38% of graduates received full-time jobs with a finance function:

Function Percent Median Base Salary ($) Median Signing Bonus ($)
Private Equity/Analyst 13 160,000 25,000
Analyst 6 125,000 25,000
Venture Capital 6 150,000 N/A
Investment/Portfolio Management 6 139,800 30,000
Investment Banker 4 100,000 40,000
Finance Other 4 100,000 40,000

For internships, 32% of class of 2012 students obtained positions in the finance industry. Details are as follows:

Industry Percent Median Monthly Base Salary ($)
Private Equity/LBO 8 8,000
Hedge Funds 6 10,000
Venture Capital 6 6,000
Investment Banking 5 8,333
Investment Management 5 9,000
Finance Other 2 5,600

34% of students reported summer internships with finance job functions.

Function Percent Median Monthly Base Salary ($)
Private Equity/Analyst 8 8,000
Analyst 7 9,000
Investment/Portfolio Management 7 9,000
Investment Banker 5 8,333
Venture Capitalist 4 5,598
Finance Other 3 6,000

To see the broad array of companies recruiting at Stanford, please see Recruiting Organizations 2011-2012.

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