How to Apply

Please review carefully each step outlined below as you prepare to submit your application for the MCiM program.

  1. Review the required application requirements for MCiM; we recommend getting a jump start on requesting letters of recommendations in preparation of your application.

  2. Start your application by visiting the Stanford Graduate Admissions website. You will submit all required application materials via this portal, including transcripts, CV, essays, and the names and contact information of individuals who will provide your letters of recommendation.

  3. Please ensure all required application materials are submitted via the Stanford Graduate Admissions website by the admission round deadlines.  Please note this includes all letters of recommendation. 

  4. After you have submitted your application, you can check on your application status via your Stanford Graduate Admissions application account.

Application Requirements

  • Response to essay question (maximum 1000 characters) 
    • Stanford University regards the diversity of its graduate student body as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the university. We encourage you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as work and life experiences, special interests, culture, socioeconomic status, the quality of your early educational environment, gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity. Please discuss how such factors would contribute to the diversity of the entering class, and hence to the experience of your Stanford classmates.


  • Response to program-developed essay question (maximum 250 words, 12-point font and double spaced) to assess program readiness and career interest:
    • How will MCiM prepare you for your career aspirations? Do you intend to maintain, advance or perhaps switch roles with the skills you acquire through MCiM?


  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Statement of purpose (max 2 pages, 12-point font and double spaced), please describe:
    • Why do you believe MCiM is the correct program for you?
    • How have your educational and/or academic experiences prepared you for the program?
    • How are your personal and/or professional interests represented in this program?
    • As a working professional, how are you prepared for success in managing this program?
    • Are there any additional background and interests you want to share with the admissions committee?

  • Three letters of recommendation addressing work and/or educational experience highlighting the potential for success in MCiM
    At least one evaluation and letter should be from a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years). Learn more about policies regarding Letters of Recommendation at the Stanford Graduate Admissions website.


Learn more about policies regarding TOEFL scores at the Stanford Graduate Admissions website.

  • Optional GRE scores
Please note MCiM reserves the right to require such testing for admission in cases where academic preparation for the program is uncertain.
  • Optional letter of commitment 
Prospective applicants with internal Stanford departmental or external company support (tuition-assistance, flexible work schedule, etc) for their education are asked to include a letter of commitment from their corresponding department or company. Please submit this as "other" under additional information on the final document upload page through the Stanford graduate admissions application.

Select applicants will be invited to interview by phone or in person. 

Please note that MCiM does not have any required or recommended course prerequisites. Optional prepatory recommendations will be shared with accepted students prior to the start of the academic term to best prepare them for their learning experience.

Admission Rounds & Deadlines

Our program has concluded admissions for our 2021-22 cohort. 

If you applied during Round 1, decisions will be sent by March 15, 2021.

If you applied during Round 2, decisions will be sent by April 30, 2021



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MCiM applications must be submitted with all required supporting documents by the application round deadline. 

Find information regarding Stanford graduate admissions and application policies at the Stanford Graduate Admissions website.

Admission deferrals will be allowed under extraordinary circumstances under the discretion of the program director.