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Stanford GSB MBA Application Deadlines for the Class of 2021(Entering Fall 2019) has been announced.There are three rounds of deadlines spread across September, January and April.



Application Deadlines for Class of 2021 (Entering Fall 2019)


                   Deadline           Decision         
Round 1    18 Sep 2018     13 Dec 2018      
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It is not easy to answer "What matters most to you, and why" for Stanford MBA Essays. You have to think holistically and organize your life events to answer this question.

Essay A requires a more in-depth analysis of your personality. Most of you might not have done that and self-reflection can lead to a biased interpretation of your life. That is why we have demonstrated how to use the Big Five Model. We are never one personality type but taking the test we have covered in the Essay Guide will give you plenty of starting points to write the "What Matters most to you" essay.

Additionally, we have included a 740-word Sample Essay.

Essay B
connects your motivation and personality type (captured in Essay A) to ideal post-MBA career. With Stanford MBA's Curriculum, Experiential Learning and Entrepreneurial eco-system, no goals are far-off. Read our Curriculum Analysis. We are providing numerous perspectives on how each course will be valuable for your career. Quote them but rephrase the analysis.

What you can expect from the Stanford MBA Essay Guide

1) The Essay Guide will also help you brainstorm events and achievements that are relevant for Stanford GSB MBA Admission
2) The Guide will also analyze the qualities that Stanford Business School is seeking and help you present...


Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 Words)

When 16% of the latest graduating MBA class is planning to start a new Business, but more affirmatively, not actively searching for a job where the compensation is as high as $300,000, you have to realize that it is not just the idea that is driving this group towards Entrepreneurship.

Since the 1930s, Stanford Entrepreneurs have founded companies that generated revenues of $2.7 trillion annually while creating 5.4 million jobs. 55% of the entrepreneurs chose Stanford because of its entrepreneurial environment.

Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco Systems are among the 39,900 companies that originated from Stanford. If we combine them as a country, it will be the #10 economy in the world.

Read our analysis of Stanford MBA Curriculum for Entrepreneurship (Stanford Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship Network, Stanford Venture Studio, StartX, Stanford Technology...


Essay B: Why Stanford?

Why Stanford Essay Section 1: You have to explain the tradeoff in the number of years to gain leadership experience vs. the 2-year MBA, and preferably quote the example of one of the Alumni, who made the transition, with the Stanford MBA program.

Why Stanford Essay Section 2: Go to the specifics by quoting Stanford MBA core courses. Mention one of the courses: Leadership Labs, Managing Groups and Teams and Strategic Leadership - and explain how it will help you acquire a new life skill.

Why Stanford Essay Section 3: Cover the experiential learning program in Stanford MBA. Explain how you will leverage the Global Management Immersion Experience (GMIX) experience to work in one of the industries as diverse as energy, international development, finance, healthcare, consumer products, media and entertainment, technology, and telecommunications, and broaden your understanding of how government, non-profits, and corporates operate.


Why Stanford Essay Section 4: Conclude by explaining your interest in Stanford GSB Clubs. Highlight one hobby-based...

Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 Words) (Career Switchers Sample Essay)

Joining Stanford MBA program does not immediately guarantee smooth sailing for career switchers. In fact, Employers expect much more from Stanford MBA candidates even if they don’t have any pre-MBA experience in the new industry. Admission team wants to understand whether you are up for the challenge.


In this example, we consider a fictitious profile – an Investment Banking analyst, who is working on blockchain technology. During weekends, the applicant is involved in a role that requires extroversion rather than the ‘stare at the screen’ synchronicity with the computer. The encounter with the Founder of a green energy non-profit company sparks a mission to develop a multi-dimensional perspective on Business and green technology.

First Section Why Stanford MBA Essay: The applicant starts with an introduction of his work and the challenges of his day to day responsibilities.


Second Section: The applicant highlights his volunteering on the weekend and the encounter with the non-profit founder as a triggering event for an MBA...

The first thing that an MBA aspirant has to do as part of research is to list the acceptance rate of the shortlisted Business Schools. The acceptance rate of top 10 Business schools are much lower (10-12%), not just because of the high standards but because most applicants will apply to top schools as part of the dream school application strategy.

Applicants with 550 – 680 GMAT scores are also not behind this process, as most of these applicants will apply to Harvard, Booth, Stanford, Wharton or Columbia. This has a dramatic impact on the total number of applications.

Another reason for the volume is the global recognition that Stanford earned and the reputation that the school favors Entrepreneurs of all nature (aspiring, in the middle of transition and established). The truth is that there is a subtle difference in who the admission team accepts and there is no hard and fast rule that only one type of Entrepreneurs is accepted. A big part of improving your chance for acceptance is to articulate a consistent story and break down your motivation. Truth travels through the clutter if you know how to remove unnecessary adjectives and articulate a clear motivating story.

If you look at the applicants for Stanford...


Finance and Consulting were the two favorite industries before the 2008 crisis. Following the meltdown, recruiters from Technology began poaching MBA candidates from Finance background. The emergence of FinTech helped companies find talents in the intersection of the two industries. As applicants, it comes down to who offers the best base salary and guaranteed compensation. The total guaranteed compensation determines your ROI while the incoming class and the brand reputation among recruiters influence the number of offers.

Post-MBA Salary

Industry (Harvard MBA)

Harvard MBA program is known for the high median base salary. The latest class received $135,000 with 66% of them earning a median signing bonus of $25,000.

Consulting, Consumer Products, Investment Banking, and Consumer Electronics were particularly generous in offering signing bonus with the majority of candidates receiving guaranteed compensation in the range of $25,000 to $50,000.

Venture Capital/Leverage Buy Out/Private Equity
- the most popular sub-industry in Finance only offered 37% of its candidates a signing bonus. However, the Base Salary of $152,000 beats the Consulting median Base Salary, encouraging 41% of applicants to choose Financial Services...




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