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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: We will do our best to work with you and your department.

Current Stanford Students

Graduate Students

Change or Add a New Degree Program

Graduate students are admitted to Stanford for a specific degree program. Students who have attended Stanford for at least one term may submit a Graduate Program Authorization Petition through Axess to make one of the following changes:

  1. Change to a new degree program in the same department.

  2. Add a new degree program in the same or a different department to be pursued with the existing program.

For additional information, visit the University Registrar's web site.

Reinstatement to Graduate Study

If you are an admitted graduate student who has not maintained continuous registration (or been on an approved leave of absence), you must apply for reinstatement through the Graduate Admissions Office before you can return to the same degree program. For procedural information and the reinstatement application form, visit the University Registrar's website.


Coterminal Degree Program

The Coterminal Degree Program permits current undergraduates to study for a bachelor’s and a master’s degree simultaneously, in the same or different department.

To apply for admission to a coterminal master’s program, students must submit to the prospective department the following: coterminal application form, statement of purpose, preliminary program proposal, two letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty, and a current Stanford transcript. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or other requirements may be specified by the prospective department.

Visit the Registrar’s Office website for additional information, procedures and coterminal application forms.