Deferred Enrollment

If you are interested in having an impact, we are interested in you.

We are looking for students from all studies and majors, including STEM, humanities and business. Join future change-makers by taking the first step on your MBA journey. Believe in yourself — we believe in you.

Stanford GSB builds an MBA class with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Deferred enrollment is designed for students without full-time work experience.

Criteria for Deferred Enrollment

You are eligible for deferred enrollment if you meet one of the following criteria:

You are in your final year of a bachelor’s degree or a joint bachelor/graduate program, and your degree will be conferred between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022.

You are currently enrolled in a graduate program that you began immediately following an undergraduate or undergraduate/graduate program.

Deferred Enrollment at Stanford GSB
Deferred Enrollment at Stanford GSB
Learn more about deferred enrollment from an admissions officer as well as a panel of students and alumni.
MBA 2021

“As a deferred admit, even though you haven’t yet arrived on campus, you’re already part of the Stanford community. Take advantage of that! Reach out to alumni and current students during your deferral period — learn about their experiences and passions, and use those learnings to refine your own goals. Optimize for learning during your time before Stanford; when you arrive on campus, you’ll have a better idea of how to shape your own Stanford experience and set yourself up for your goals.”

MBA 2020

“Deferred admission is a great way to extend your MBA experience. During this period, I became friends with many of the other deferred admits, had access to a Stanford email address to reach out to people with, and attended several Stanford events with current GSB students. Through this network, my startup began to pull in revenue and I [later] landed a new job that doubled my salary. The pre-MBA years were as impactful as the program itself; I had a positive ROI from my GSB MBA before I even matriculated!”

MBA 2020

“The deferral period could truly be game-changing for you. Make sure that you explore your different interests, take risks that you otherwise wouldn't normally take in your career and start building your network of GSB students and alums. The years before you begin at the GSB provide some of the most formative years of self-reflection and introspection. Start to figure out what you want out of your GSB experience, what skills and interests you want to develop and how you're going to make sure that you achieve your goals.”