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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.


Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts. We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: gradadmissions@stanford.edu. We will do our best to work with you and your department.


Winter Closure: The University observes Winter closure from Monday, December 14, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. The Graduate Admissions office will not be monitoring email during this time.

Degrees Overview

Graduate degrees are offered in more than 60 departments and programs. The degrees for which students may apply are listed on the Graduate Programs section. Some departments admit students who are interested only in a master’s program; others award master’s degrees only to students enrolled in other degree programs. Most departments admit students for doctoral study directly from a bachelor’s program, although some require completion of a master’s degree before approval for doctoral work.

For each Stanford advanced degree, there is an approved course of study that meets University and department requirements.

Changes in Degree Program

Students are admitted for study in a specific degree program. Students may petition to change degree programs after at least one term of enrollment, either to pursue a new degree in the same department or in a different department. Additional application materials may be required. Acceptance may depend on available space in the new degree program.

Interdisciplinary Study

In addition to established interdisciplinary programs, limited opportunities are available to enrolled students for individually designed programs. At the master’s level, students in the School of Engineering who are admitted to a department may pursue a Master of Engineering degree; department affiliation is required.