- 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
Stanford's Seven Schools
Graduate School of Business
Dean: Garth Saloner
The Stanford Graduate School of Business empowers individuals to envision what is possible and make it happen through principled leadership and creative problem solving. The school has a global reputation based on its management and leadership programs, including the two-year MBA program with about 800 students; a one-year MS in Management program for experienced leaders with 81 students; the PhD program with about 100 students in residence; Stanford Ignite, a part-time program in innovation and entrepreneurship; and some 50 Executive Education short courses. Each creates an experience that transforms people and prepares them to change lives, change organizations and change the world. Programs engage students with faculty from across Stanford’s seven schools, as well as alumni, Silicon Valley professionals, and global executives. The new Knight Management Center offers flexible classroom spaces for experiential learning, small-group leadership labs and team-based learning. The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies was launched in 2011 to help alleviate global poverty through entrepreneurship. Visit http://www.gsb.stanford.edu or call (650) 723-2146.
School of Earth Sciences
Dean: Pamela Matson
The School of Earth Sciences works to gain a better understanding of Earth’s history and its future, the energy and resource base that supports society, geologic hazards that impact a growing population, a changing climate and the challenge of sustainability. Faculty teach and conduct research in areas including geology, the environment, energy, natural hazards, continental dynamics, oceans and climate, biogeochemical cycles, Earth surface processes and fresh water. Research programs examine the Earth’s solid and fluid components from atomic size to global, and from the age of the Earth to the near-term past and immediate future. The School of Earth Sciences has 56 faculty, 150 undergraduates and 350 graduate students. It offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Engineer, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Visit http://earthsci.stanford.edu or call (650) 723-2544.
Graduate School of Education
Dean: Claude Steele
The Graduate School of Education, with an enrollment of about 400 graduate students, is a leader in groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary research and analysis that help shape educational practice and policy. Faculty integrate practice and research by working collaboratively with administrators, teachers and policy leaders around the world, and they contribute to theoretical and methodological innovations in the social sciences. The school develops the knowledge, wisdom and imagination of its students to enable them to take leadership positions as teachers, researchers, administrators and policymakers. Students benefit from an exposure to real-world challenges and involvement in problem-solving collaborations with practitioners and policymakers. The school runs East Palo Alto Academy, its own public charter school in the neighboring East Palo Alto community. The school also has sustained collaborations with organizations serving youth in several Bay Area communities and ongoing partnerships with district and school leaders. The Graduate School of Education offers the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts and Master of Arts with teaching credential. Call (650) 723-2109 or visit ed.stanford.edu.
School of Engineering
Dean: James Plummer
More than 4,500 students are enrolled in the School of Engineering. The school has nine departments, more than 245 faculty members and some 84 laboratories, centers, institutes and affiliates programs. The Stanford Technology Ventures Program is among the entities offering entrepreneurship education. Most departments offer degree programs at all levels of study. Undergraduates are admitted to the university, not the school, and may choose engineering as a major by their junior year. Graduate students are evaluated and admitted by each department; closing dates for filing applications vary by department. Co-terminal students are admitted early to a graduate program and can study for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Call (650) 725-1575 or visit engineering.stanford.edu.
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 has 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’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. Programs and research centers in the school include the Abbasi Islamic Studies Program, Cantor Arts Center, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Film and Media Studies Program, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Hopkins Marine Station, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute and the Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies. Visit http://humsci.stanford.edu.
Dean: M. Elizabeth Magill
Stanford Law School combines classic and innovative education to prepare students for an interconnected, global world. There are about 70 faculty members, including clinical, senior lecturers and emeriti, and 180 new J.D. students annually. The student-to-faculty ratio is7.8 to 1. The school offers 21 joint degree programs in such areas as Bioengineering, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Environment and Resources, Health Research and Policy, History, International, Comparative and Area Studies, International Policy Studies, Management Science and Engineering, Medicine, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Sociology as well as countless customized joint degrees. Joint degree programs are also offered with Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Johns Hopkins’ Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Eleven clinical programs allow students to undertake the roles and responsibilities of practicing lawyers, and more than 30 academic programs, centers and projects offer opportunities for research and policy-oriented study. The Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Legal Studies, (M.L.S.) Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.) and Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) degrees are offered. Call (650) 723-2465 or visit www.law.stanford.edu.
School of Medicine
Dean: Lloyd Minor
The School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the West, encourages intellectual diversity in students interested in developing a scholarly, investigative approach to problems in medicine and science. The school has more than 870 full-time faculty, 1,150 postdoctoral scholars, 456 M.D. students and 691 Ph.D. and M.S. candidates. Medical students gain clinical experience at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Ph.D. programs offer interdisciplinary research opportunities with faculty from throughout the university. In 2011, faculty received nearly $500 million for sponsored research. Call (650) 723-6861 or visit med.stanford.edu.
Other Academic Programs
Stanford Continuing Studies
Dean: Charles Junkerman
Each quarter, Continuing Studies offers more than 100 courses, workshops and events to more than 3,000 adult members of the Stanford and surrounding communities. Courses range from liberal arts and sciences to creative writing to professional and personal development. It also offers the Master of Liberal Arts Program, a Stanford graduate degree program for adults who seek a broad, interdisciplinary course of study in the liberal arts. The program, taught by Stanford faculty, takes four to five years to complete. Call (650) 725-2650.
The Summer Session is the only academic quarter during which Stanford offers open enrollment for university classes. Joining current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students in the Summer Session are exceptional high school juniors and seniors and visiting college and university students from around the world. About 2,000 students enroll in Summer Session. Call (650) 723-3109.