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Interview with Robert L. Joss
An interview with Robert L. Joss
Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business
What are the characteristics of your MBA program and what sets your program apart from other MBA programs?
Stanford''s difference is the quality of the people attracted to the school - both the faculty and the students - and the experience that they have during their time here. We develop leaders through a general management education and deliver this education in an intimate and collaborative community. Our general management program also places an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. We have approximately 100 pre-eminent faculty who are leaders in their fields, including three Nobel Prize winners since 1990. Our location and reputation enable us to bring the most successful business and social sector leaders into the classroom to share their experiences with students.
How do you select your participants?
Each year, we enrol approximately 370 students who have unique combinations of high leadership potential, academic excellence and individual experiences and perspectives. What the admitted candidates have in common is the ability to benefit from -- and contribute to -- the GSB community. MBA Admissions evaluates all applicants in three areas:
- Demonstrated Leadership Potential: We are interested in who you are as a person and in how the combination of your personal qualities and experiences has produced your leadership aspirations.
- Strong Academic Aptitude: Because the MBA Program is rigorous and challenging, students must possess a solid academic foundation.
- Diversity Among Students: We believe collaboration leverages students diverse backgrounds to deliver a range of approa- ches to real-world management challenges.
Stanford students are accepted based on a comprehensive review of their qualifications instead of minimum performance standards. For example:
- We do not have minimum GPA requirements
- We do not have minimum GMAT scores
- We do not require a minimum level of work experience
- We do not have preferred fields of study or work experience
Could you describe the structure of your program?
The Stanford GSB offers a two-year MBA program with three quarters of study each year -- a total of six quarters of study. The program is divided into two parts: the core, which is taken in your first year, and electives, which are taken primarily in your second year. In addition, each fall the entering class begins with pre-term, an academic cornerstone program. Because we believe in a general management perspective, Stanford MBA students do not major in specific academic disciplines. You are free to pursue areas of interest that help you grow professionally, intellectually and personally. For example, you can emphasize global management, public management or any of the general management disciplines -- among other options. Alternatively, you can broaden your perspective by taking classes on a range of topics.
What types of firms employ your graduates?
The organizations that hire our graduates hail from a broad range of industries from consulting, banking, technology and venture capital, to consumer products, entertainment and manufacturing. Many students find their next career move through traditional on-campus recruiting while others find that a tailored search is more appropriate--and this is where our tight-knit alumni community is especially effective. With the highest ratio of career services staff to students among our peer schools, we provide individualized attention and support to help students determine how to make a difference in the world through their career.
About Robert Joss
Before becoming Dean in 1999, Robert Joss enjoyed a 22-year career with Wells Fargo Bank, rising to become Vice Chairman. Following that, he became CEO of Westpac Banking Corporation, a major Australian bank. Prior to his banking career, he also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasure. He earned his MBA and PhD at Stanford.