Stanford MBA - Class Profile, Fee, Salary & Curriculum

Stanford MBA Class ProfileStanford Full-time MBA is a 24-month program with the 2016 class setting a new record in the history of Stanford GSB for the largest class with 410 students. The diverse group of students for the latest class was chosen through a rigorous MBA Admission process that accepted applications from 7355 aspirants with an acceptance rate of 5.5%. The sparks of innovation that Stanford is known for has to do with the talented group of MBA candidates but the environment - the pleasant “The Knight Management Center Campus” in Bay Area, Northern California,  is the perfect fertile ground for new ideas. The vicinity to some of the best innovators in the world – Intel, Google, Facebook and Apple, lends an inspiring learning experience for MBA candidates.

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Stanford MBA Class profile

For the Class of 2016, Stanford Full-time MBA program received 7,355 applications, admitting only 410 students – a 5.5% acceptance rate. The entry criteria in terms of GMAT score is on the higher side with the class average at 732 and GPA at 3.73. Women and International students were represented at a much higher percentage compared to other top MBA programs at 42% and 44% respectively. Unlike other programs, Stanford has also maintained diversity in terms of pre-MBA employment, with the admission team, selecting candidates from a record 312 companies.

The 48% representation of MBAs with Humanities or Social Sciences background represents a trend in the selection pattern for the Stanford MBA program, with the range in the 46-51% over the past 5 years. Engineering, Math, or Natural Sciences representation has peaked at 38% for a 5-year time period, and MBA candidates with Business background is represented the least at 14%.

When you compare the pre-MBA experience from an industry point of view, a much-needed diversity is maintained for the class of 2016 with Consulting taking a slight upper hand with 20%, followed by a tied spot for Venture Capital/Private Equity (15%), and Government, Military, or Nonprofit (15%). The least represented Industry is manufacturing at 2%.

Stanford MBA Tuition

The cost for a Stanford Full-time MBA program varies depending on the number of co-dependents. The tuition Fee is $61875 for the first year adding up to a total cost of $206,870 for the 2-year program. This data is for MBA candidates without any co-dependents living on the campus. If you choose to stay outside the campus, you have to budget for an additional $9222. Married Stanford MBA candidate living off-campus bear the most cost with the total rising up to $249,068.

Stanford MBA Salary

Stanford MBA Class of 2014 earned a median base Salary of $125,000 with candidates joining the Energy industry earning the highest median salary ($150,000) while candidates joining Govt. sector earned the lowest ($88,000). Candidates joining the Consulting industry earned $135,000 compared to Finance industry’s $150,000. But one interesting data point is the discrepancy within the Finance industry.

Contrary to popular belief, Investment Banking fetched the lowest median base salary ($100,000) within the industry but the $45,000 signing Bonus, compensated for the low base salary. Private Equity is the most lucrative function within the Finance industry with professionals earning a median salary of $170,000 excluding the signing bonus of $40,000. The Entrepreneurial streak in Stanford MBA student is evident in the latest Employment report. 17% of Stanford MBA students were pursuing Entrepreneurship full-time with involvement in industries as diverse as Materials Science, Logistics, and Consumer Products. 

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