As a graduate student in the Stanford School of Engineering, your primary resource for guidance and information about academic requirements, deadlines and procedures is your departmental student services manager.
Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs is located in the Dean's office in the School of Engineering. Student Affairs works with our departments to make sure that graduate financial and academic policies are well-understood and fairly implemented -at the University, School and department level- and to develop administrative support for all aspects of graduate education. A graduate student's first line of communication is usually at the department level (your advisor and your department student services office), but please come to our office if there are questions or issues that need further explanation.
Graduate Student Policies and Procedures
Degree requirements, milestones, tuition, fees and many more vital pieces of information are contained in your departmental handbooks/websites, and in related University sites.
Most relevant for graduate students are: the Stanford Bulletin, the GAP (Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures), the Research Policy Handbook, and the Registrar's Office.
Stanford's Gateway for New Graduate Students also provides a very useful compendium of services, information, and programs - for continuing students as well as new!
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
The Office of the VPGE works collaboratively across the university to enrich students' academic experiences, advancing diversity, preparing leasers, and positioning Stanford at the forefront of innovation in graduate education. Engineering doctoral and master's students contribute to and benefit from VPGE's programs promoting professional development, interdisciplinary learning, fellowship programs and many forms of educational innovation.
Many resources are available to help you fund graduate study. Each graduate department manages fellowships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships for graduate students; in addition, many students hold external fellowships (NSF, NDSEG, or equivalent international awards) or Stanford-wide fellowships. The VPGE's "Graduate Student Funding" offers a useful guide to these external and University-wide programs.
The university's Financial Aid Office administers some need-based funding for graduate students, including the Grant-in-Aid program and federal loan programs, in addition to managing all support for Stanford's undergraduates.
The School of Engineering invests in a broad range of recruitment and retention programs geared towards increasing the breadth and diversity of engineering. Go to the EDP site for information about our programs. The Opportunity Job Fair and Graduate Professional and Peer Advising program may be particularly interesting to future, incoming, and current graduate students.
The Global Engineering Programs provides international programs specifically tailored to engineering students' education. The purpose of these programs is to enhance engineering education by providing students with an opportunity to learn about technology and engineering globally, to build professional networks, and to gain real world work experience in a culturally diverse and international environment while at the same time building relationships with top-tier universities. Check out gep.stanford.edu for program details!
Get a head start on life after Stanford by making a connection to BEAM: Bridging Education, Ambition & Meaningful Work – you are encouraged to register to keep abreast of upcoming workshops, career fairs, and other offerings of interest. BEAM offers invaluable career planning services, but also can connect you with the perfect internship, with alumni in your field of interest, or with a summer job.