Are you interested in a business-related master’s program but questioning whether an MBA is the best option for you? An accelerated master’s degree program might be a good fit. The one-year Master of Science in Management (MSx) program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is best suited for professionals with a minimum of eight years of work experience.
The Stanford MSx is part of the larger Sloan Fellows program, which was established in 1930 at the MIT Sloan School of Management and expanded to include the GSB in 1957. The first incoming Sloan Fellows class at the GSB consisted of only 12 students, and the program has since grown to include approximately 100 students in each class. The Class of 2018 included 104 students representing 35 sub-industries, with an average of approximately 13 years of work experience among them.
The MSx program takes place from July to June in four terms and is described on the GSB website as “rigorous” and highly “customizable”—in fact, more than half of the curriculum consists of elective courses. Sloan Fellows begin their studies with such fundamental core courses as “Ethics,” “Organizational Design,” and “Economics,” and students can begin to customize their academic experience in the second term by choosing three electives, in addition to taking the core courses “Finance,” “Strategy,” and “Strategy Beyond Markets.” The third term features the final two core courses of the program, “Marketing” and “Operations,” and four electives, while the fourth term consists solely of elective courses. Such leadership and career planning activities as one-on-one coaching and leadership assessment reviews continue throughout the program, and students also have the option of taking study trips to selected global cities. The first term culminates in a mandatory study trip to New York City and Washington, DC, to visit companies and network.
The GSB website describes the MSx program as being “uniquely focused on ambitious, global leaders with a demonstrated record of accomplishment and intellectual curiosity.” Indeed, GSB Sloan Fellows have held such positions as the chairman and CEO of Pfizer, the director of the London School of Economics, the president and CEO of Kimberly-Clark, and the CEO of Yves Saint Laurent.
For applicants interested in both of the GSB’s business-related master’s degrees, the school offers a combined application process for its MSx and MBA programs. However, applicants who gain admission to both programs can only enroll in one of them.
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