Winter Quarter Courses

As the Sloan year has passed the equator, I’ve signed up for the following classes kicking off next week. It is going to be quite intense, 22 units in total and Mondays going from 8am to 9pm…

Core classes:

Yes, just two this time, leaving more precious time for electives.


The least I am stepping out of my comfort zone here, but maybe just going insane with four finance classes in one quarter. Half-jokingly, I’ve got something on foundations, something on handing out money (as an investor) and something on burning it (as an entrepreneur).

Getting into Wendell’s legendary 354 is a lottery win that I am most looking forward to as something no other business school in the world could ever replicate, looking at the roster of Valley luminary guests starting with Schmidt who will co-run sessions in this course as guests.

And I really wanted to add something more from the Stanford Engineering school to mix the network up a bit, hoping the MS&E take on strategy from an entrepreneurial angle will do the trick.


I will plan to attend as many of the sessions in Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, European Entrepreneurship And Innovation and Human-Computer Interaction Seminar. All their announced speaker schedules look amazing, again, but I will not take them for credit (= mandatory attendance) any more to leave more flexibility in weekly time planning.

Classes I also considered by ended up passing on for various prioritization and scheduling reasons:

  • GSBGEN 382 – Thinking Like a Lawyer, a course where law school professors explain their art specifically to non-lawyers.
  • MS&E 283 – Scaling Excellence in Organizations and…
  • MS&E 266 – Management of New Product Development. Sounded even more appealing options for inflitrating the Engineering school Masters program than the strategy class I got, but there were unsolvable time conflicts for these…
  • OB 671 – Social Psychology in Organizations, an advanced PhD seminar.
  • MGTECON 334 – The International Economy. I’ve missed something bringing a bit of non-US angle to my schedule, but eventually not sure if international trade policy, even if intellectually interesting is the biggest gap to fill at the moment.
  • PSYCH 212 – Social Psychology. A full course on classic studies on experimental psychology, digging deeper on many things we just barely touched in our core Organizational Behaviour courses. Again, time conflicts…

See also:

  • STRAMGT 354 – just wow. If I could just pay money in order to attend this course I would.


    • Technically, everyone pays (per unit as part of their tuition) – so this is the least of the barriers. 🙂
      GSB has a randomized Super Round process to manage through competing applications for every students 2 top wanted classes a year and 354 is definitely way up there. It was my #1 choice and I won the lottery.

  • @twitter-69275388:disqus and others: you might enjoy digging around the resources (many of them freely online) at Stanford’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies site here:

  • Holy full courseload Batman!

  • Erik

    Sten- how do electives work? Can they be selected from any graduate course offered at Stanford? Or are there restrictions / requirements that need to be met?

    • As an underlying principle: you can take any electives from anywhere in Stanford. In GSB lingo, the other 6 schools (law, engineering, medical, humanities, sciences, education – see ) are called “across the street”, researching them and fitting them into your schedule is a little more complex.

      In reality, of course, there is a more intricate system with prerequisite courses esp in some advanced CS classes I’ve looked at require a certain list of other courses before – and for a reason. And you have to consider just overall targeting to your stage of studies (undergraduate, masters or PhD). Crossovers are possible with professor’s permission, but there is friction either way, up or down. If you’re the only grad student among 21-year-olds, class discussions can feel really off as just life experiences are too different. And you have to consider that even if you’re passionate about a topic, are you really willing to take a reading load of a few thousand pages per week for a single advanced PhD seminar.

      And sometimes there are unexplained surprises, like my classmate’s attempt to take a Liberal Arts class on Marx & Mao or something – which he was declined because he was from business school… If that segregation is not something that leads to Occupy movement – I don’t know what is 🙂

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