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Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford, California, U.S.


The school was founded in 1925 when trustee Herbert Hoover formed a committee of Wallace Alexander, George Rolph, Paul Shoup, Thomas Gregory, and Milton Esberg to secure the needed funds for the school’s founding.[3] Willard Hotchkiss became first dean of Stanford GSB. The library was formally inaugurated on April 3, 1933. The collection was established with 1,000 volumes and assorted reports.[4] The school moved from Jordan Hall to new quarters in the History Corner of the Main Quad in 1937.[5] Jonathan Levin was appointed as the 10th dean of the school in September 2016.


Degree programs Stanford GSB has the traditional MBA program and the MSx program:[9][10] The school has approximately 400 students per year in its full-time two-year MBA program, which is considered the best in the world. In June 2006, the School announced a dramatic change to its curriculum model (“The Personalized MBA Education”). It aims to offer each student a highly customized experience by offering broader menus of course topics. The graduating class of 2009 was the first class having gone through the new curriculum.Full-time MBA program Current and past students include Fulbright Scholars, Marshall Scholars, Coro, Gardner, Soros, Rhodes, Rotary, and Truman fellows. Approximately 15% of the class entered the MBA program with other graduate or professional degrees; including medical doctors, lawyers, and Ph.Ds. Stanford GSB also offers a PhD in Management degree for those looking to pursue a career in academia. The students at the school have traditionally maintained a policy of grade non-disclosure whereby they do not release grades. Some annual academic distinctions do exist. Students graduating in the top ten percent of the class are designated “Arjay Miller Scholars”, named after the former dean, Arjay Miller (1969–79). The top student receives the Henry Ford II award at graduation. At the end of the first year five students are also designated Siebel Scholars based on a combination of academics and extracurriculars. Full-time MSx program The Stanford MSx Program[11] is a full-time, one-year master’s degree program for managers in mid-career. Fellows who successfully complete the academic program are awarded the degree of Master of Science in Management. The program’s principal objective is to help participants strengthen their capacity for organizational leadership. The ideal MSx candidate is a senior manager who has had or will soon be appointed to his or her first general management position. The Stanford MSx was previously called the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program, because students in the program are known as Stanford Sloan Fellows. The Stanford MSx is one of the three Sloan Fellows programs, sharing a similar format with the others at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the London Business School. These programs were initially supported by Alfred P. Sloan, Chairman of General Motors from 1937 to 1956, who envisioned the Sloan Fellowship in his alma mater of MIT in 1931. The degree distinguishes itself from the MBA by acknowledging the life experiences of fellows. Like the MBA program, the MSx program requires a set of core courses along with electives (normally mixed with MBAs), however, the MSx program has separate core courses, more tailored for the experience level of fellows. Academic partnerships Stanford GSB has a number of relationships with other leading business schools. It offers a number of Executive Education programs jointly with Harvard Business School. It also offers one of the three Sloan Fellows programs, coordinating with the others at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the London Business School.[12] Faculty and research The school works at the forefront of global business research and teaching. There are three winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on the faculty (William F. Sharpe 1990, Myron Scholes 1997, Michael Spence 2001), five recipients of the John Bates Clark Award, 19 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and four members of the National Academy of Sciences.[13] William F. Sharpe’s research interests focus on macro-investment analysis, equilibrium in capital markets and the provision of income in retirement.[14] Myron Scholes’ research has focused on understanding uncertainty and its effect on asset prices and the value of options, including flexibility options.[15] Michael Spence’s research interests focus on the study of economic growth and development, dynamic competition and the economics of information.

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Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Dean Jonathan Levin (since 2016)
    Doctoral 101 PhDs
    Postgraduates 816 MBAs, 83 MS
    Headquarters Stanford, California, U.S.
    Type Private
    Campus Suburban
    Established 1925