A traditional accounting background such as CPA is not required.
All required courses must be taken for a grade (not pass/fail or credit/no credit).
Students are divided into 60-person sections for only the first quarter of their first year.
For the next two quarters, students get to know the rest of their class.
As we alluded to in the Stanford GSB Snapshot, the first year and particularly the first quarter encourage GSB students to think in a new way.
Called General Management Perspectives, the first-quarter coursework has the strongest emphasis on self-reflection of any core curricula we’ve seen, including —and that’s all in just one quarter! Although the GSB doesn’t offer quite as much flexibility as Chicago Booth, which allows students to dictate their entire academic experience from day one, the Stanford curriculum offers many options.
With roughly 40% of each class coming from overseas, the GSB seems to integrate international perspectives into its DNA perhaps more than any other U. About one in five students has such a good time that he or she decides to lead a Global Study Trip in his or her second year, too!
It is desirable for students to have a solid understanding of applied microeconomic theory, econometrics and mathematics (linear algebra, real analysis, optimization, probability theory) prior to the start of the program. R, Matlab, SAS, STATA, Python) are necessary in coursework.
In general, students are expected to complete all Accounting Ph D courses offered during their first three years in the program.
Suitable courses will depend on the student’s research interests, and might include subjects such as behavioral science, statistics, political economy, linguistics, computer science, mathematics, logic or marketing.