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Joint MA/MBA

The Joint MA/MBA program is a rigorous, full-time program that integrates a comprehensive set of MBA classes with Education coursework, resulting in a personalized, world-class educational management curriculum. You will spend most of your first year concentrating on the core MBA curriculum and enroll in the majority of your Education classes late in your first year and in your second year. Because of our small class sizes, we are able to form a community of scholars and practitioners that becomes invaluable to your professional and personal development. MBA students may pursue up to one degree in addition to the MBA, whether joint or dual, while in the Stanford GSB.

Program Requirements

As a Joint MA/MBA student you will be required to complete a minimum of 109 units of coursework — 84 GSB units and 35 EDUC units. Up to 10 of these units may be counted towards both the GSB and the EDUC unit requirements.

Students must successfully complete 35 units of instruction at the Graduate School of Education (EDUC units) for the MA portion of their joint degree. The following constraints are placed on those 35 units:

  • All courses must be at or above the 100 level – courses numbered below 100 do not count.
  • At least 18 units – or half the total minimum– must be at or above the 200 level (EDUC 180 and 190 can count toward this requirement).
  • A 3.0 GPA must be maintained for all courses applied to the MA degree.
  • No more than 10 cross-listed units may count toward both degrees.
  • At least 27 of the 35 units must be taken for a letter grade. That is, a maximum of 8 units (including independent study) can be taken for a Pass-Fail grade.
  • A maximum of 4 units of independent study/internship/directed reading from the Graduate School of Education may be applied toward the MA degree.
  • Doctoral seminars that do not require any written work from a student may not be applied toward the 35-unit Graduate School of Education requirement.
  • Students may not enroll in Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) courses.

In addition to the following guidelines, students should consult the academic requirements specified by the Graduate School of Business (GSB) for the MBA portion of the Joint MA/MBA. Please consult the online MA Handbook MA Handbook for the most up to date Program Requirement information.

GSB Joint Programs MA Handbook


Students are encouraged to pursue an Internship as an important part of their MA/MBA experience.

Admissions Process

Prospective Joint MA/MBA candidates must first apply to the GSB, indicating on their application that they are interested in applying to the Joint MA/MBA degree with the GSE. When you check the box on your GSB application indicating your interest, you will be prompted to complete an additional Statement of Purpose; this is your application to the GSE. The entire application is submitted together as part of the GSB application.

If you are admitted to the MBA program, the GSB will forward your entire application to the GSE. As an alternative, you may apply to the MBA program only and, if admitted, apply to the MA part of the joint degree program during your first quarter at the GSB.

MA/MBA Fellowships

Fellowships for Joint MA/MBA students are developed and administrated through the Graduate School of Business. The GSB receives support from individuals, foundations, and corporations for a variety of fellowship funds that are distributed based on need—not merit. Fellowships are available to all U.S. and international financial aid applicants. Outside fellowships can be distributed based on need or merit and we invite you to explore these outside options. For more information, please visit the GSB financial aid section (link is external) of their website.

Some international MA/MBA students from Brazil may be eligible for funds from the Lemann Foundation. Recipients are selected by Stanford GSE faculty.

If you are admitted to the MA/MBA program, you will be charged the GSB tuition rate for the first six quarters of the program and the GSE tuition rate for the seventh quarter, should you decide to enroll for an additional quarter.


MA/MBA Questions

GSE Admissions Office
Tel: (650) 723-2115

Please visit the Stanford GSB admissions website for information about applying to the MA/MBA program.

Students beginning their first year of the Stanford MBA program who are interested in the Joint Degree may apply by the fall quarter deadline using a paper application through the Stanford GSE.

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