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Stanford’s Schools and Programs

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Stanford offers the following degrees: BA, BS, BAS, MA, MS, PhD, DMA, MD, MBA, MSM, JD, JSD, JSM, LLM, MFA, MLS, MLA, MPP, ENG

Graduate School of Business

Dean: Jonathan Levin

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) empowers leaders to change lives, change organizations and change the world. Its faculty, including five Nobel laureates, conducts breakthrough research and engages with students in three degree programs: the two-year full-time MBA, one-year full-time Master of Science for experienced leaders (MSx) and PhD. The Executive Education portfolio includes more than 100 courses, both on campus and online. Stanford Seed is an initiative that partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to end the cycle of global poverty. Stanford GSB instills the courage to take risks, the passion to lead and the motivation to make a positive impact.

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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

Inaugural Dean: Arun Majumdar

Stanford has launched its first new school in 70 years as a way of aligning the university’s strengths in climate and sustainability research, education and impact. The school joins the research and programs from the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences with the interdisciplinary problem-solving expertise of the Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy to create a home for Stanford’s university-wide commitment to sustainability. It also includes a Sustainability Accelerator to co-create and scale policy and technology solutions for challenges that threaten people globally. The new school offers BS, MS, MA, Engineer and PhD degrees. Updated 9/29/22.

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Graduate School of Education

Dean: Daniel Schwartz

The Graduate School of Education is the center of teaching and learning at Stanford. With 400 graduate students, the school prepares researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, executives and school leaders. The GSE’s faculty draw from a variety of disciplines to produce novel scholarship that shapes teaching and learning worldwide. Faculty partner with schools, nonprofits and governments to improve policies and practices and help prepare all learners for a dynamic future. The GSE awards PhD, MA, MS, and MA with teaching credential degrees, as well as joint degrees in public policy, law and business. It also offers an undergraduate minor. The GSE leads the new Stanford Transforming Learning Accelerator to scale effective and equitable learning solutions to all.

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School of Engineering

Dean: Jennifer Widom

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, laying the technological and business foundations for what we now know as Silicon Valley and creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. With nearly 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 280 faculty across nine departments and more than 80 laboratories, centers, institutes and programs, the school focuses on seeking solutions to important global problems and educating leaders who will make the world a better place by using the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems. The school aims to educate engineers who possess not only deep technical excellence, but the creativity, cultural awareness and entrepreneurial skills that come from exposure to the liberal arts, business, medicine and other disciplines that are an integral part of the Stanford experience.

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School of Humanities and Sciences

Dean: Debra Satz

The School of Humanities and Sciences is Stanford’s largest school. As the home of Stanford’s world-class liberal arts education, the school encompasses more than 45 departments and interdisciplinary degree programs that span the humanities, arts, languages and literatures, social sciences, mathematics, and the physical and life sciences. H&S enrolls more than 2,300 graduate students and more than 2,000 undergraduate students and has close to 600 faculty members. H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. 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.

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Law School

Dean: Jenny S. Martinez

Stanford Law School combines classic and innovative legal education, with about 63 faculty members and 180 new JD students annually. The student-to-faculty ratio is 4.4 to 1. The school offers 21 joint degree programs in areas ranging from bioengineering to business to public policy. Eleven clinics allow students to undertake the roles of practicing lawyers, and 25+ academic programs and centers and about 20 policy practicums offer opportunities for research and policy work.

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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 1,098 faculty, including seven Nobel laureates; 1,470 postdoctoral scholars; 484 MD students; 1,194 PhD and MS candidates; and 1,386 residents and clinical fellows. Faculty deliver care and medical students gain experience at Stanford Hospital and Stanford Health Care, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and other affiliated sites, including the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The School of Medicine saw $738 million in sponsored research revenue and $491 million in NIH funding in 2020.

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Other Academic Programs

Stanford Digital Education

Vice Provost for Digital Education: Matthew Rascoff

Stanford Digital Education helps to develop Stanford’s online and hybrid education strategies and strengthens Stanford’s capacity to carry them out. It incubates and supports digital education initiatives across the university that serve the public good. It enables partnerships within and outside Stanford to bring transformative educational opportunities to more people. By uniting Stanford’s human and technological capabilities in novel ways, it seeks to build a more just, equitable and accessible system of education.

Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD)

Executive Director & Associate Dean: Carissa Little

SCPD has been a pioneer and leader in global, online and extended education since it was established in 1995, helping the School of Engineering deliver the world’s first online streaming master’s degree in engineering and Stanford’s first credentialed professional education programs. SCPD works with Stanford faculty to design and deliver engaging, high-quality online and blended learning experiences to both matriculated students and a global audience of learners. SCPD operates and manages Stanford Online, Stanford’s virtual campus, offering access to credit-bearing courses, certificates and degrees; professional education; group and custom programs; and free educational content. SCPD collaborates with the Stanford Center for Health Education to share health education with the world. SCPD has served over 9.5 million learners, industry collaborators and educators across 240 countries.
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Distinguished Careers Institute

Founding Director: Philip Pizzo, MD

The Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) provides a unique opportunity for accomplished individuals in midlife to renew purpose, build community and recalibrate wellness. Over 300 Fellows and alumni, representing a diverse global community, bring a wide range of talents, expertise and connections to Stanford. DCI Fellows contribute to Stanford’s centers, Institutes and programs and welcome the opportunity to serve as mentors and project partners on student projects and entrepreneurial ventures.
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Executive Education

Associate Dean: Dave Weinstein

Stanford Graduate School of Business executive education offers individuals and companies in-person and online programs, along with blended learning that includes both face to face and online components, to enhance leadership skills, build foundations in general management and build connections to a global network of peers.

Stanford Online High School

Head of School: Tomohiro Hoshi

Stanford Online High School (OHS) is a highly selective independent school with real-time, online seminar-style classes for students in grades 7-12. Founded in 2006, Stanford OHS is the leader in online education, bringing together a global community of diverse, intellectually talented students, expert instructors and supportive staff. Pre-Collegiate Studies, a division of Stanford OHS, offers academic enrichment outreach programs including Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC), Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford Medical Youth Science Program and Math Circle. Each year, the school and its academic outreach programs offer innovative educational opportunities that serve over 3,000 pre-college students from around the world.
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Stanford Continuing Studies

Dean: Daniel Colman
Director and Associate Dean: Jennifer Deitz

Continuing Studies offers approximately 650 courses per year, attracting more than 17,000 lifelong learners. Courses range from liberal arts and sciences, wellness and health, creative writing, and professional development, offered both on campus and online. Continuing Studies courses are open to adult students everywhere.
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Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Growth of Academic Council* and Student Body

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* Includes tenure-line faculty, non-tenure-line faculty and senior fellows at specified policy centers and institutes. Academic staff—teaching, center fellows and Medical Center-line faculty—are not members of the Academic Council.

** Enrollment decreased due to  pandemic-related  gap year requests.