The Stanford MBA deadlines for the 2020-2021 admissions season are presented in the table below.
The Stanford Graduate School of Business is conducting its application process over three rounds this season. Candidates should note that their application materials, recommendation letters, and application fee payment must be submitted by 4:00 PM Pacific Time on the date of each deadline.
|Round||Application Deadline||Decision Notification|
|Round 1||September 15, 2020||December 10, 2021|
|Round 2||January 6, 2021||April 1, 2021|
|Round 3||April 6, 2021||May 20, 2021|
In order for an application to be considered complete for a given deadline, applicants must submit responses to the school’s online application data form, unofficial transcripts from all universities attended (official transcripts are required after admission), GMAT or GRE scores, a one-page resume, essay question responses, two letters of reference from current or former professional supervisors, and the school’s $275 application fee.
If an applicant attended a college or university where English was not the exclusive language of instruction, he or she must also submit evidence of English language proficiency. Stanford GSB accepts the TOEFL, the IETLS, and the PTE.
When to Submit
The Stanford GSB admissions committee encourages applicants to submit during Round 1 or Round 2 (with the caveat that candidates should submit a polished application rather than rushing). The committee lists a number of advantages for applying in the first two MBA deadline rounds, including
- allowing ample time for visa processing for international students
- having time to complete additional pre-matriculation coursework recommended by the admissions committee
- getting access to on-campus housing via the school’s lottery, and
- being able to attend a Welcome Weekend (as there is no event for Round 3 admits).
The admissions committee strongly encourages partnered applicants to apply in the same round.
When Does Stanford Issue MBA Interview Invitations?
Stanford GSB conducts MBA interviews by invitation only. The admissions committee does not publish a date by which candidates can expect an invitation. They do, however, share some information on when interviews will be conducted.
- Round 1: mid-October to late November
- Round 2: early February to mid-March
- Round 3: mid-April to early May
We can also make some inferences about invitation timing based on user posts to our MBA Livewire tool. Looking at Stanford interview invitation reports from the past two admissions season, the first reports of Round 1 invitations fall squarely in the middle of October, with the last reports coming in early December. Meanwhile, the earliest Round 2 interview invitation reports come through LiveWire in early February and continue into mid-to-late March.