Stanford University - GSB

Essay Questions for 2018-2019 / Class of 2021

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


2018–19 Deadlines Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Submit your application by1 18 Sep 2018 10 Jan 2019 03 Apr 2019
We will notify you2 13 Dec 2018 28 Mar 2019 16 May 2019
Your reply and deposit are due by early Feb 2019 early May 2019 late May 2019

The Essays:

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

For this essay, we would like you to:

Do some deep self-examination, so you can genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.
Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 words, or 450 words if applying to both the MBA and MSx programs)

Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.

Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.
If you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs, use Essay B to address your interest in both programs.


Tell us about a time within the last two years when your background influenced your participation at work or school. (1200 Characters)

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.  Photo by Kazuhiza Otsubo.