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Stanford’s Schools and Programs

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Stanford offers the following degrees: BA, BS, BAS, MA, MS, PhD, DMA, MD, MBA, JD, JSD, JSM, LLM, MFA, MLS, MLA, MPP, ENG

Graduate School of Business

Dean: Jonathan Levin

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is dedicated to empowering principled leaders to change lives, change organizations, and change the world. Distinguished faculty, including four Nobel laureates, engages with students in three degree programs: the two-year full-time MBA, oneyear full-time Master of Science for experienced leaders (MSx), and PhD. In addition, a vibrant portfolio of more than 70 certificate and short courses, delivered both on-campus and on-line around the world, provide frameworks for executives and leaders to apply innovative solutions within their organizations as well as to the world’s most challenging issues. Alumni join a powerful and close-knit network of trailblazers around the world.

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School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Dean: Stephan Graham

Understanding how the planet works and helping solve the resource and environmental challenges facing humanity are the focus of research and teaching in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. The school’s strengths include subsurface processes and their relationship to energy and water resources, natural hazards and the evolution of Earth, as well as outer envelope processes— the “life support system” of oceans, land, atmosphere and climate. The school awards BS, MS, MA, Engineer and PhD degrees.

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Graduate School of Education

Dean: Daniel Schwartz

The Graduate School of Education enrolls about 400 graduate students, preparing the next generation of education scholars, policymakers, entrepreneurs, executives and school leaders. The GSE’s faculty draw from a variety of disciplines to produce scholarship that shapes teaching and learning worldwide. They partner with schools, nonprofits and governments to improve policies and practice and help prepare all learners for a dynamic future. The GSE offers the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts and Master of Arts with teaching credential, as well as three joint degrees in public policy, law and business. It also offers an undergraduate program.

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School of Engineering

Dean: Jennifer Widom

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, laying the technological and business foundations for what we now know as Silicon Valley and creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. With more than 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 280 faculty across nine departments and more than 80 laboratories, centers, institutes and programs, the school focuses on seeking solutions to important global problems and educating leaders who will make the world a better place by using the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems. The school aims to educate engineers who possess not only deep technical excellence, but the creativity, cultural awareness and entrepreneurial skills that come from exposure to the liberal arts, business, medicine and other disciplines that are an integral part of the Stanford experience.

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School of Humanities and Sciences

Dean: Debra Satz

The School of Humanities and Sciences is Stanford’s largest school. As the home of Stanford’s world-class liberal arts education, the school encompasses more than 45 departments and interdisciplinary degree programs that span the humanities, arts, languages and literatures, social sciences, mathematics, and the physical and life sciences. H&S enrolls more than 2,300 graduate students and 2,200 undergraduate students and has more than 570 faculty members. H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. The school’s graduate programs lead to Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy or Master of Fine Arts degrees.

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Law School

Dean: Jenny S. Martinez

Stanford Law School combines classic and innovative legal education, with about 70 faculty members and 180 new JD students annually. The student-to-faculty ratio is 4 to 1. The school offers 21 joint degree programs in areas ranging from bioengineering to business to public policy. Eleven clinics allow students to undertake the roles of practicing lawyers, and 25+ academic programs and centers and about 15 policy practicums offer opportunities for research and policy work.

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School of Medicine

Dean: Lloyd Minor

The School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the western United States, encourages intellectual diversity in students interested in developing a scholarly, investigative approach to problems in medicine and science and using discoveries to transform patient care. The school has 1,096 faculty, including seven Nobel laureates; 1,428 postdoctoral scholars; 489 MD students; 1,172 PhD and MS candidates; and 1,356 residents and clinical fellows. Faculty deliver care and medical students gain experience at Stanford Hospital and Stanford Health Care, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and other affiliated sites, including the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Faculty received $728 million for sponsored research in 2019 and $458 million in NIH funding in 2018.

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Other Academic Programs

Distinguished Careers Institute

The Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) seeks to improve the life journey of accomplished individuals in midlife by helping them renew their purpose, build a new community and recalibrate wellness—physically, emotionally and spiritually. DCI also seeks to foster intergenerational engagement in an academic setting to help create a new paradigm for the university of the future. This academic year program brings 25-30 Fellows to campus each year.

Executive Education

Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education offers individuals and companies in-person and online programs, along with blended learning that includes both face to face and online components, to enhance leadership skills, build foundations in general management, and build connections to a global network of peers.

Online Education

Stanford has been a leader in computer use, instruction, and research, as well as pedagogical innovation and learning research—all of which combined have led to the evolution of MOOCs (massive open online courses); online and hybrid master’s degree programs, graduate study through certificate programs and courses, and professional education; flipped and blended classes; technology-rich learning spaces; and ultimately the synthesis of residential, remote and hybrid learning. Nearly 10 million people have enrolled in Stanford Online’s free courses since they were first offered in 2011.

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Pre-Collegiate Studies

Executive Director: Rick Sommer

Pre-Collegiate Studies offers innovative educational opportunities, both online and on-campus, that serve over 3,000 academically talented and intellectually curious pre-college students from around the world. Online offerings include the Stanford Online High School, a highly selective independent school with real-time seminar-style classes for students in grades 7-12. Residential summer offerings include Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, Stanford University Mathematics Camp, Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, Stanford AI4ALL, Summer Arts Institute, and International Institutes. Year-round on-campus programs include the Math, Science, and Humanities Circles.

Stanford Continuing Studies

Dean: Daniel Colman
Director and Associate Dean: Jennifer Deitz

Continuing Studies offers approximately 550 courses per year, attracting more than 16,000 students. Courses range from liberal arts and sciences to creative writing to professional and personal development, offered both on-campus and online. All Continuing Studies courses are open to adult students everywhere.


Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Growth of Academic Council* and Student Body

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* Includes tenure-line faculty, non-tenure-line faculty and senior fellows at specified policy centers and institutes. Academic staff—teaching, center fellows and Medical Center-line faculty—are not members of the Academic Council.

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