Stanford has recently published its deadlines for the 2019-2020 MBA application season, so be sure to memorize them if you’re planning on applying. You can also find expert advice on Stanford GSB’s MBA essays in our in-depth article.
Autumn 2020 Intake (MBA Class of 2022)
Round 1: 12 September 2019
Round 2: 09 January 2020
Round 3: 08 April 2020
Stanford provides a bit of additional guidance concerning selecting an application deadline:
You may apply in any one of the three application rounds each year. You may apply only once per application year.
Do not rush your application, but there are some advantages to applying in either the first or second round, including:
The ability to receive a need-based financial aid award from the Financial Aid Office prior to the date by which you must respond to your offer of admission.
Ample time to complete recommended quantitative and/or English language coursework prior to arrival on campus.
Additional time to complete the visa application process (Bechtel International Center).
The opportunity to attend Admit Weekend (there is no Admit Weekend for Round 3).
If you and your significant other are both applying in the same year, we strongly recommend applying in the same round. If one of you applies in an earlier round and receives an offer of admission, that person would need to reply to his or her offer before decisions are released for the next round. In other words, one of you would need to accept your seat in the class without knowing if the other will be admitted.
If you want to use one application to apply for both the MBA and MSx programs, you must apply in Round 1 or 2. You may apply in Round 3 to both programs, but you would need to complete two separate applications.