Academics

Stanford's Seven Schools

Graduate School of Business

Dean: Garth Saloner

The Stanford Graduate School of Business established in 1925, offers the two-year MBA program with about 800 students; a one-year MS in management program with 81 students; the PhD program with about 100 students in residence; Stanford Ignite, a part-time program in innovation and entrepreneurship; a joint MS/MBA degree with computer science; and some 50 Executive Education short courses. Each is designed to transform people and prepare them to change lives, organizations and the world. The 115 faculty members include three Nobel laureates. GSB’s Knight Management Center opened in 2011.

School of Earth Sciences

Dean: Pamela Matson

Research and teaching in the School of Earth Sciences focus on meeting the needs of a growing global population while protecting the planet’s long-term life support systems. The school addresses critical sustainability challenges, including energy, fresh water, food, climate change and natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Scholars seek a greater understanding of Earth in areas including geology, continental dynamics, and oceans and biogeochemical cycles. The school has 60 faculty, 200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. It offers BS, MS, Engineer and PhD degrees.

Graduate School of Education

Dean: Claude Steele

The Graduate School of Education enrolls about 400 graduate students and is preparing the next generation of education professors, researchers, policymakers, teachers, entrepreneurs and executives. Its faculty draws from a variety of disciplines to produce scholarship and research that shapes educational theory, practice and policy. The GSE partners with government agencies, schools, school districts and other organizations serving youth nationwide. It 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.

School of Engineering

Dean: James Plummer

More than 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled in the School of Engineering. Engineering faculty and graduates have founded an estimated 12,700 companies, including Google, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco . The school has nine departments, more than 245 faculty members and more than 84 laboratories, centers, institutes and programs, including the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, which offers entrepreneurship education. The school’s hub, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, was built in 2010.

School of Humanities and Sciences

Dean: Richard Saller

The School of Humanities and Sciences is Stanford’s largest school, awarding about 75 percent of undergraduate degrees. The school enrolls 2,224 graduate students and 2,225 undergraduate students in more than 50 departments and interdisciplinary degree programs that span the humanities, arts, languages and literatures, social sciences, mathematics and the physical and life sciences. The school has more than 550 faculty members. Its 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.

Law School

Dean: M. Elizabeth Magill

Stanford Law School combines classic and innovative education, with about 70 faculty members and 180 new JD students annually. The student-to-faculty ratio is 7.6 to 1. The school offers 21 joint degree programs in areas ranging from bioengineering to business to public policy. Eleven clinical programs allow students to undertake the roles of practicing lawyers, and 31 academic programs, centers and projects offer opportunities for research and policy study.

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 more than 850 full-time faculty, including six Nobel laureates; 1,150 postdoctoral scholars; 411 M.D. students; and 812 Ph.D. and M.S. candidates. Faculty deliver care at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where medical students also gain experience. In 2012, faculty received more than $450 million for sponsored research.

Other Academic Programs

Stanford Continuing Studies

Dean: Charles Junkerman

Continuing Studies offers about 400 courses annually, attracting about 14,000 students from throughout the Bay Area. Courses range from liberal arts and sciences to creative writing to professional and personal development. Also offered is the Master of Liberal Arts Program, a graduate degree program for adults. The MLA program, taught by Stanford faculty, takes four to five years to complete.

Summer Session

Summer Session is the only academic quarter during which Stanford offers enrollment to non-matriculating students. Joining the 500 or so current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students in the Summer Session are about 1,500 exceptional visiting students from around the world.

Degrees

Stanford offers the following degrees:
B.A., B.S., B.A.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D., D.M.A., M.D., M.B.A., J.D., J.S.D., J.S.M., LL.M., M.F.A., M.L.S., M.L.A., M.P.P., ENG