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Stanford Schools

Stanford’s seven graduate schools offer more than 125 graduate programs. Begin your graduate exploration by learning about each school and its respective admission process and timelines.

Remember, you must apply separately to your graduate program of choice in addition to completing your Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program application. Visit the Graduate Admission portal for a searchable database of all graduate programs and application deadlines.


The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), established in 1925, offers the two-year MBA program with about 825 students (about 400 per intake); a one-year, mid-career MS in management program with 91 students; the PhD program with about 130 students in residence (about 30 per intake); the six-week residential Stanford Executive Program for senior executives; some 60 Executive Education courses; Stanford Ignite, a part-time program in innovation and entrepreneurship; and joint MBA degrees with law, electrical engineering, computer science, environment and resources, public policy and education. There are about 32,000 GSB alumni worldwide. The 124 faculty members include three Nobel laureates and five recipients of the John Bates Clark medal .

Students applying to the MBA or PhD programs at the Graduate School of Business for enrollment in 2021 are also eligible to apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship. Since applicants must have a minimum of eight years of full-time experience to be eligible for the MSx Program, and Knight-Hennessy Scholars must apply within four years of receiving your undergraduate degree, most MSx applicants will not be eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. The round 1 application deadline for the MBA Program is typically in September. The deadline for PhD applications is typically early December.

Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences

Research and teaching in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences (SE3) focus on meeting the needs of a growing global population while protecting the planet’s long-term life support systems. SE3 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 the 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. Application deadlines vary by department, ranging from early December to early January.


The Graduate School of Education (GSE) enrolls about 400 graduate students and is preparing the next generation of education scholars, policymakers, entrepreneurs, executives and school leaders. The GSE’s 56 faculty draw from a variety of disciplines to produce scholarship that shapes teaching and learning worldwide; they translate research into practice through partnerships with schools, nonprofits, and governments. The GSE offers the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts and Master of Arts with teaching credential, Master of Science, as well as three joint degrees in public policy, law and business. It also offers an undergraduate program.

The Graduate School of Education offers seven Masters and 21 doctoral programs. Applications for MA degrees are due in early January. PhD applications are typically due in early December.


More than 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled in the School of Engineering. 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 has nine departments, more than 250 faculty members and more than 80 laboratories, centers, institutes and programs. The school’s hub is the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center. Each department has its own application and application deadline. Deadline dates range from early December to late February.

Humanities and Sciences

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) enrolls 2,400 graduate students and 2,240 undergraduate students in more than 50 departments and interdisciplinary degree programs that span the humanities, arts, languages and literature, social sciences, mathematics, and the physical and life sciences. The school has more than 570 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.

The departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences are divided into three academic clusters: Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Search the database of all departmental graduate programs to see specific application deadlines.


Stanford Law School (SLS) combines classic and innovative legal education, with about 70 faculty members and 180 new JD students annually. The student-to-faculty ratio is 7.3 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 31 academic programs and centers and more than 20 policy practicums offer opportunities for research and policy work.

Stanford Law School offers 4 graduate degree programs in addition to the JD. The application deadline is typically in early February, but you must apply by the mid-November deadline to be eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program.


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 946 full-time faculty, including seven Nobel laureates; 1,353 postdoctoral scholars; 481 MD students; 904 PhD and MS candidates; and 1,001 residents and clinic fellows. Faculty deliver care at Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where medical students also gain experience. In 2014, faculty received more than $637 million for sponsored research.

Application deadlines vary depending on the degree and department. Search the database of all departmental graduate programs to see specific application deadlines.



Last updated September 1, 2020

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