EE Student Information

Adding the MS (Grad Auth) Overview

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Doctoral students enrolled in a related department at Stanford may apply to pursue the MS in Electrical Engineering to complement their PhD program. This application process is referred to as the Graduate Program Authorization Petition (Grad Auth).

Application Timeline & Deadlines

First Quarter of EnrollmentApplication Period
Winter 2021-2022Mid-September - October 19, 2021
Spring 2021-2022November 9, 2021 - January 18, 2022
Autumn 2022-2023February 8 - April 26, 2022

All applications for a particular quarter are reviewed shortly after the corresponding application deadline (no rolling admissions). Please allow up to 4 weeks after the application deadline to receive notification of the admission decision via email.


To apply through the Grad Auth process, applicants to our department must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Stanford PhD program in a related field (e.g., engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics).
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of two (2) full-time quarters (excluding summer) of technical coursework at Stanford before applying to the EE-MS program. For example, if you entered Stanford in autumn quarter, the earliest term for which you can apply is spring quarter of that academic year.

Stanford students enrolled in a master's program outside the department must apply through the annual general admissions process in order to add or transfer to the EE-MS program. They are not eligible to apply via the Grad Auth.

How to Apply

Click on the link below to read about each step of the application process:

Click Here for Application Instructions

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