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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, engage with students in three degree programs: the two-year full-time MBA, one-year fulltime Master of Science for experienced leaders (MSx), and PhD. In addition, a vibrant portfolio of more than 60 certificate and short courses, delivered both on campus and online 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. Visit

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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. Visit

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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, Master of Science, as well as three joint degrees in public policy, law and business. It also offers an undergraduate program. Visit

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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. Visit 

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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 nearly 1,900 undergraduate students and has close to 600 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. Visit

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Law School

Dean: Jenny S. Martinez

Stanford Law School combines classic and innovative legal education, with about 65 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. Visit

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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 1,098 faculty, including seven Nobel laureates; 1,470 postdoctoral scholars; 484 MD students; 1,194 PhD and MS candidates; and 1,386 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 $620 million for sponsored research in 2020 and $471 million in NIH funding in 2019. Visit 

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Other Academic Programs

Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD)

Executive Director & Associate Dean: Carissa Little

SCPD, housed in the School of Engineering, is a leader in global, online and extended education. SCPD works with Stanford faculty, departments, schools, and centers to design and deliver online, in-person, and blended learning experiences to both matriculated students and learners around the world. SCPD operates and manages Stanford Online, Stanford’s online learning platform, and delivers over 13 part-time master’s programs, 50+ certificate programs, over 40 custom client engagements, and free and open access content. SCPD supports Stanford teaching teams in the utilization of different pedagogical approaches, technology tools, and technology-rich classrooms and studios to improve faculty impact and learner outcomes. SCPD fosters a global community of learners, industry leaders, and Stanford faculty and instructors. Visit and

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. The DCI program typically brings 30 Fellows to campus each year. Visit

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. Visit

Stanford Online High School

Head of School: Tomohiro Hoshi

Stanford Online High School is a highly selective independent school with real-time, online seminar-style classes for students in grades 7-12. Pre-Collegiate Studies, a division of Stanford OHS, offers academic enrichment outreach programs including Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC), Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, and Math Circle. Each year, the school and its academic outreach programs offer innovative educational opportunities that serve over 3,000 academically talented and intellectually curious pre-college students from around the world. Visit and

Stanford Continuing Studies

Dean: Daniel Colman
Director and Associate Dean: Jennifer Deitz

Continuing Studies offers approximately 650 courses per year, attracting more than 19,500 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. Learn more:


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.

** Enrollment is down due to gap year requests fueled by the pandemic.

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