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Stanford University - GSB

Essay Questions for 2014-2015 / Class of 2017

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for Stanford University's GSB MBA Program. 

Round 1 Deadline: October 1, 2014
Round 2 Deadline: January 7, 2015
Round 3 Deadline: April 1, 2015

The Essays:

Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words)

  • The best examples of Essay 1 reflect the process of self-examination that you have undertaken to write them.
  • They give us a vivid and genuine image of who you are—and they also convey how you became the person you are.
  • They do not focus merely on what you've done or accomplished. Instead, they share with us the values, experiences, and lessons that have shaped your perspectives.
  • They are written from the heart and address not only a person, situation, or event, but also how that person, situation, or event has influenced your life. 

Essay 2: Why Stanford?  (350 words)

  • Please explain why Stanford is your first choice of MBA program, and how you will make use of the unique opportunities it provides.

Reapplicants should visit the reapplicants page.

Visit the Stanford GSB admissions website for more application information.

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.