Graduate Studies

In Stanford’s first year, 1891, 39 men and 12 women from 19 states registered in graduate standing, representing one of the first opportunities for graduate study on the West Coast.

Today, 9,128 students in more than 90 departments and programs are pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in all seven of Stanford’s schools: Business, Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, Law and Medicine. Exchange programs with the University of California-Berkeley and the University of California-San Francisco enable graduate students to take courses not offered at Stanford.

About 85 percent of Stanford graduate students receive financial assistance, aside from loans, from Stanford or external sources. About 64 percent of graduate students live on campus. The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education administers seven fellowship programs to support graduate student study.

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Graduate Admissions

Admissions decisions are made by each department and program. Graduate Admissions in the Office of the Registrar provides application materials for nearly all graduate degree programs. Visit online or call (650) 723-4291. See also:


This page last modified Sep 07, 2016.