A quick glance at Stanford Graduate School of Business: currently ties in first place (with Harvard Business School) as the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It was ranked #2 for management.
6618 people applied to Stanford GSB in 2011; 7% were admitted and approximately 400 are currently in the class of 2013.
Stanford’s class of 2013 students has median work experience of four years. The average GMAT score for the class of 2013 was 730.
Previous industry experience: 17% entered Stanford with consulting experience; an equal percentage come from private equity/venture capital. 12% had worked in financial services.
Stanford Academics Related to Management
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 management-related required courses are:
- Ethics in Management
- Managerial Skills
- Managing in the Global Context
- Managing Groups and Teams
- Human Resource Management
- Information Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Managerial Finance
Other management courses include:
- MGTECON 200. Managerial Economics, 4 Units
- MGTECON 203. Managerial Economics – Accelerated, 4 Units
- MGTECON 591. Management Practices in Europe, the US and Emerging Markets, 1 Unit
- FINANCE 201. Managerial Finance, 4 Units
- FINANCE 321. Investment Management and Entrepreneurial Finance, 3 Units
- FINANCE 330. Investment Management: Asset Allocation and Asset/Manager Selection, 4 Units
- FINANCE 341. Modeling for Investment Management, 3 Units
- GSBGEN 208. Ethics in Management, 2 Units
- GSBGEN 334. Family Business, 3 Units
- GSBGEN 360. Sports Business Management, 4 Units
- GSBGEN 521. Managing Under Uncertainty, 2 Units
- GSBGEN 551. Innovation and Management in Health Care Businesses, 2 Units
- GSBGEN 568. Managing Difficult Conversations, 2 Units
- GSBGEN 569. Online Financial Training for Managers and Entrepreneurs in Developing Economies, 2 Units.
- GSBGEN 580. Management of Real Estate Investment Portfolios, 2 Units
- HRMGT 280. Human Resource Management, 2 Units
- OIT 655. Foundations of Supply Chain Management, 3 Units
- STRAMGT 110Q. Making Sense of Strategy, 3 Units
- STRAMGT 207. Strategic Leadership. 4 Units
- STRAMGT 209. Leadership Laboratory. 1 Units
- STRAMGT 210. Managerial Skills. 1 Units
- STRAMGT 321. Create a New Venture: From Idea to Launch I. 4 Units
- STRAMGT 341. Achieving Social Impact. 4 Units
- STRAMGT 348. Creating and Managing Very Early Stage Ventures, 4 Units
- STRAMGT 350. Global Value Chain Strategies. 4 Units
- STRAMGT 351. Building and Managing Professional Sales Organizations, 4 Units
- STRAMGT 355. Managing Growing Enterprises, 4 Units
- STRAMGT 365. Strategic Decision Making. 4 Units
- STRAMGT 368. Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Ventures, 4 Units
- STRAMGT 371. Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, 4 Units
- STRAMGT 587. Strategy and Management in Developing Economies, 1 Unit
Students may also pursue a Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation. To receive this certificate, students must take 16 units of PMP electives, 8 of which must be at the GSB. There are also Program Practicums, study trips, and experiential learning opportunities for PMP students. See the Public Management Program page for more details.
Internships and International Experiences for Management Students
- Global Management Immersion Experience
- Global Study Trips
- Summer Institute for General Management
- Stanford Management Internship Fund (SMIF)
Research Centers for Management at Stanford
- The Knight Management Center
- Center for Leadership Development and Research
- Corporate Governance Research Program
- Global Supply Chain Management Forum
- Center for Social Innovation – Public Management and Social Innovation Program for MBA/Sloan Students
- Management Consulting Club
- Sports Management Club
- Travel and Hospitality Club
- Women in Management (WIM)
- Arts, Media and Entertainment (AME)
- Public Management Initiative (PMI)
- Family Business Club
8% of the class of 2011 graduates secured jobs with a general management function, 25% went into management consulting.
For internships, 7% of class of 2012 students obtained general management positions and 12% interned with management consulting firms. .
To see the broad array of companies recruiting at Stanford, please see Recruiting Organizations 2010-2011.