The program offers other specializations as well: global management and public management. It also excels in entrepreneurship, non-profit management, and information technology management. Stanford places particular emphasis on the societal impact of a business school education.
Stanford’s program is the most selective in the world, accepting less than 10 percent of approximately 4,700 applicants per year. It is a mid-size program, with about 400 students enrolled in each class.
As a result, the school’s alumni network numbers about 17,000, but is known for its outsize power and impact. Stanford’s geographic proximity to Silicon Valley has led to excellent relationships and strong partnerships with the world’s leading high-tech community.
Stanford prides itself on involving students in a significant way in the school’s management. It boasts a relaxed and creative atmosphere, in part due to the school’s policy of grade non-disclosure. Stanford is open to candidates who lack a business background and who have limited work experience.
Notable Stanford GSB alumni include: Robert Scott (former CEO and president of Morgan Stanley), Ken Powell (Chairman and CEO of General Mills), Howard Leach (former U.S. Ambassador to France), Robert Fisher (a director at Gap. Inc.) and Jim Kolbe (U.S. Congressman).