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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.