EE Student Information

Welcome EE Master of Science (MS) Students

Welcome EE Master of Science (MS) Students

As an EE MS student, you are part of an outstanding and diverse group of students. You bring a unique perspective to electrical engineering. An EE graduate degree offers in-depth study that will greatly complement and build upon your interests, regardless of whether your background is in ee/cs, statistics, physics or another area.

Earning your Master of Science (MS) graduate degree in electrical engineering requires commitment and focus. We are here to help you stay on track. The goal is for you to meet your career objectives, and then join the ranks of our alumni. Please note: A master's degree is not required to apply for our PhD program.


When you were admitted to EE's master's degree program, you were assigned a faculty advisor. As your course work continues, you may find that switching advisors is necessary. EE's Degree Progress Officer can assist you. In addition, you may find the following additional advising resources helpful.

  • For advising help, visit Advising and Mentoring page from Stanford's Vice Provost for Graduate Education.
  • For information about network registration, wireless networks, computer clusters, and other IT resources, visit our IT Resources page.
  • For EE lab safety guidelines and emergency procedures, visit our Building Health & Safety page.
  • For anything else you might need along the way, visit the VPGE site.

Degree Milestones

Staying on Track: Degree Milestones

As you begin your master's degree work, keep yourself informed of timelines and degree requirements. For each master's degree program at Stanford, there is an approved course of study that meets both University and department requirements.

Your faculty advisor is the best person to provide guidance for your individual situation, interests, and career goals.

The Department of Electrical Engineering master's degree requirements are found in the EE Graduate Handbook [PDF].
EE's Degree Progress Officer can assist you with questions.

MS student progress timeline gives Year 1 and Year 2 milestones.  

Academic Policies: Additional Resources

The Stanford Bulletin is Stanford University's official catalog of courses, degrees, policies, and University and degree requirements. Read the EE chapter.

The GAP Handbook is a compilation of university policies and other information related to the academic progress of Stanford graduate students.

Policies & Planning information is found on Stanford's Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) Office.

Working While Getting Your Master's Degree

We expect you to fully apply yourself to EE coursework. However, internships and special projects may be available. Electrical Engineering students have access to Stanford University's employment and career resources.

EE master's students currently on an F-1 visa, who would like to complete relevant work experience as part of their program of study, should enroll in EE's Curricular Practical Training.

Course Assistantships and Grader Appointments can provide additional experience and tuition assistance.

Being Social and Balancing Your Studies

As an EE student, you benefit from being part of a large and active — yet still close-knit — student body. Our EE students have frequent social gatherings and club activities.

For EE-specific student groups, visit our Student Organizations page.

For other information about graduate life on campus, visit the Stanford Graduate Life Office (GLO) site. Personal support and resources are also available through GLO.

Gateway for New Graduate Students is a Stanford resource with plenty of information on topics from health to housing.

Planning for Your Career

Once you're ready to transition from graduate studies to the next phase of your career— as an entrepreneur or engineer, in academia or industry — Stanford can help.

We have EE specific career resources, and a link to Handshake, an online platform that provides Stanford students with opportunities, connections, events, and content related to their career aspirations and interests.

Additional career resources can be found on Stanford's BEAM: Bridging Education, Ambition & Meaningful Work.


COVID-19 has changed many things. Stanford has created a website to help new, returning, and professional degree graduate students with health alerts and other information: Grad