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Stanford University Graduate School of Business


Founded in 1925 at the request of future U.S. President and Stanford alumnus Herbert Hoover, the Stanford Graduate School of Business was designed as a west coast alternative to eastern business schools. The Executive Development Program offered its first classes to business managers in 1952.

In 1994, the Global Management Program was created, and the Center for Global Business and the Economy was created a decade later in 2004. The Stanford Graduate School of Business formally broke ground on its new business school campus in 2008. Three years later, the school officially moved to the Knight Management Center in the east section of the Stanford main campus.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 2
• Bloomberg: 1
• Forbes: 2
• Financial Times: 3
• The Economist: 8


Situated just off El Camino Real, on the eastern side of Stanford University’s campus in Palo Alto, California, Stanford’s MBA program is known for its small size, which creates an intimate academic setting. Due in part to its close proximity to Silicon Valley, the school is also well recognized for its strengths in entrepreneurship and the high-tech industry.

The Knight Management Center is located around 20 miles away from the San Francisco International Airport.


Encompassing 8,100 acres, the Knight Management Center is situated within the greater Stanford campus. The complex incorporates classrooms, cafes, meeting places, student services, the Stanford Venture Studio for aspiring entrepreneurs, and more.

The center’s NGP CoLab space, without fixed desks, houses collaborative design-thinking classes that bring together medical, business, and engineering students. The 600-person CEMEX Auditorium in Zambrano Hall features university-wide programming to engage non-business students from across campus.


Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Faculty is composed of 111 tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

Featuring multiple Nobel Laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and many more impressive academic leaders, the Stanford MBA faculty shares with students their expansive range of experience, expertise, and insight.

Class Profile

Stanford University enrolls around 800 students in its MBA program at a given time. Most recently, 419 students enrolled in the Class of 2020.

MBA Degree Offerings

Stanford only offers a full-time, two-year residential MBA program.

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