MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California, US

How long?
The MBA programme is a two-year, full-time residential course with three periods of study each year in the autumn, winter and spring. In addition, before starting the course in the autumn, students take a pre-term course – an academic cornerstone – programme, which they must pass.

Entry qualifications
Stanford does not specify formal qualification requirements from applicants. Instead, it will evaluate applicants according to their demonstrated leadership potential and strong academic aptitude. The school also seeks diversity among its students in professional backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.

The course is divided into two parts, including the core, which is taken in the first year, and electives, which are taken in the second year. The core covers basic management disciplines including: HRM, strategy, accounting, finance, management information systems, marketing, and operations. In the second year, students choose about 14 electives from a choice of around 100, including HRM, leadership, global management, strategic management and organisational behaviour.

Career opportunities
This MBA course offers students plenty of opportunity to focus on honing their HRM skills. Stanford also offers an impressive list of top employers, covering every sector from consulting and entertainment to financial services and industry.

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