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Current Stanford Students

This page provides details on the graduate admissions processes for current or previously enrolled Stanford students. Please click on one of the links below to be directed to the section that applies to you:

Current Undergraduate Students: Coterminal Program

Current Graduate Students: Adding a Degree in EE (Graduate Authorization Petition)

Previously Enrolled Graduate Students: Reinstatements


 

Coterminal Program

The coterminal degree program allows Stanford undergraduate students to study for a master's degree while completing their bachelor's degree(s).

All coterm applicants should read through the Stanford Bulletin: Coterminal Degrees information.

 

Eligibility

For eligibility conditions regarding the coterm, please consult the Applying to Coterm page on the Registrar's website.

Applicants to the EE coterm are not required to be majoring in EE as an undergraduate. Students with a technical background in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the hard sciences are welcome to apply.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the coterminal program are accepted on a quarterly basis. All application materials must be received by the deadline corresponding to your proposed start quarter:

Proposed Start Quarter Application Deadline
Winter 2013-2014 October 15, 2013
Spring 2013-2014 January 28, 2014
Summer 2013-2014 April 22, 2014
Autumn 2014-2015 July 15, 2014

Note: You may transfer courses toward the graduate degree as early as two (2) quarters prior to your coterm admit term (not including summer quarter). For example, if you apply for autumn quarter, you may transfer courses from the winter and spring quarters of the previous academic year. This may impact your decision on which quarter you wish to enroll in the coterm program.

Required Materials

We are pleased to offer a new online application for students applying for winter 2013-2014 and later. While applications via paper and e-mail are still accepted, we encourage applicants to use the new online system.

Please choose only ONE (1) method of application submission (paper/e-mail OR online), and follow the corresponding instructions below.

Option 1: Online Application

Application requirements are the same as for paper/e-mail, but they are now incorporated into an online application for your convenience (including letters of recommendation). To get started, create an account and start your application at the below link:

To Apply: Online Coterm Application

To Check Application Status: Activity Status Page

Currently, the Activity Status Page may be used to check the status of letters of recommendation only. All items under the Checklist section should be disregarded. The EE Admissions Office will send you an e-mail shortly after the deadline to inform you of any missing items (including official GRE scores).

In addition to the online application, you must also submit the following materials:

1. University Forms

a. Application for Admission to Coterminal Master’s Program (page 4 ONLY)
  • Must be signed by the student services officer in your home department(s). If your home department is EE, this should be signed by EE's Degree Progress Officer (Packard 177).
b. EE Master's Program Proposal
  • Must be signed by any EE faculty member (next to "Faculty Advisor") - does not need to be your current or prospective advisor.
  • You may make changes to this proposal after your program has started.
  • The Preliminary Program Proposal found in the University's coterm application packet is no longer required.
c. Coterminal Course Approval Form
  • Optional form, only required if transferring courses from undergraduate to graduate program
  • Must be signed by the student services officer in your home department(s). If your home department is EE, this should be signed by EE's Degree Progress Officer (Packard 177).

Please get the appropriate signatures, and turn in these paper forms to Packard 173.

2. Official GRE Scores

The GRE is required of all EE coterm applicants. Please be sure to list Stanford University (institution code 4704) as a Score Recipient when ETS sends your official scores.

Option 2: Paper/E-mail Application

Applicants who do not use the online application should submit the following materials to the EE Admissions Office (Packard 173). All materials are accepted in hard copy or by e-mail to admissions@ee.stanford.edu. The EE Admissions Office will send you an e-mail shortly after the deadline to inform you of any missing items (including official GRE scores).

1. University Forms

a. Application for Admission to Coterminal Master’s Program (page 4 ONLY)
  • Must be signed by the student services officer in your home department(s). If your home department is EE, this should be signed by EE's Degree Progress Officer (Packard 177).
b. EE Master's Program Proposal
  • Must be signed by any EE faculty member (next to "Faculty Advisor") - does not need to be your current or prospective advisor.
  • You may make changes to this proposal after your program has started.
  • The Preliminary Program Proposal found in the University's coterm application packet is no longer required.
c. Coterminal Course Approval Form
  • Optional form, only required if transferring courses from undergraduate to graduate program
  • Must be signed by the student services officer in your home department(s). If your home department is EE, this should be signed by EE's Degree Progress Officer (Packard 177).

Please get the appropriate signatures, and turn in these paper forms to Packard 173.

2. Stanford Transcript (Unofficial)

Transfer Students: Please also include an unofficial copy of your transcript from your previous institution.

3. Official GRE Scores

The GRE is required of all EE coterm applicants. Please be sure to list Stanford University (institution code 4704) as a Score Recipient when ETS sends your official scores.

4. Statement of Purpose

Succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the MS program, which may include:

  • Preparation for this field of study
  • Motivation for graduate study
  • Why our program is a good fit for you
  • Future career plans
  • Other relevant aspects of your background and interests

The statement should not exceed one (1) page, single-spaced.

5. Supplemental Information Form

You may type and save information directly on this form.

6. Letters of Recommendation (3)

maximum and minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation are required.

a. Choosing Your Recommenders

Our Admissions Committee is charged with evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in Electrical Engineering. Therefore:

  • Letters should come from academic (or professional) references that speak to your academic and/or research background. Two (2) letters from EE faculty are strongly preferred;
  • Recommenders should know you well and be able to comment on your strengths as well as your potential for graduate study in Electrical Engineering.
b. Submission Guidelines
  • Letters may arrive separately from other application materials. They will be matched with your application.
  • Letters may be submitted directly from the recommenders by hard copy to Packard 173 or by e-mail to admissions@ee.stanford.edu.
  • If letters are delivered by the student, they must be in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature on the flap.
  • Remember to fill in the checkbox on the Supplemental Information Form indicating that you waive your right to view the recommendations.

7. Application Fee

Effective autumn quarter 2013-14 for all departments, a $125 coterm application fee will be assessed for each coterm application. This fee will be added to your university bill should you be admitted to the program and choose to accept the offer of admission.

Decision Notification and Acceptance

Admission decisions will be distributed via e-mail approximately three (3) weeks after the application deadline.

Admitted students should communicate their response to the offer of admission by sending an e-mail to admissions@ee.stanford.edu no later than the deadline indicated in the acceptance letter.

 


 

Adding a Degree in EE (Graduate Authorization Petition)

This section is for:

  • Current Stanford graduate students in a department outside of EE who wish to add the M.S. in EE, or
  • Students who wish to transfer from their current graduate department to EE (M.S. program only).

Eligibility

Please consult the Graduate Program Authorization Petition page on the Registrar's website for eligibility requirements for the Grad Auth petition.

Please note that our department requires students to have completed a minimum of two (2) quarters (excluding summer) of full-time study before adding a degree in EE. For example, if you entered Stanford in autumn quarter, the earliest term for which you can apply is spring quarter of that academic year.

Students with a technical background in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the hard sciences are welcome to apply.

Application Deadlines

Applications to add the M.S. degree in EE are accepted on a quarterly basis. All application materials must be received by the deadline corresponding to your proposed start quarter:

Proposed Start Quarter Application Deadline
Winter 13-14 October 15, 2013
Spring 13-14 January 28, 2014
Summer 13-14 April 22, 2014
Autumn 14-15 July 15, 2014

Required Materials

Item 1 is submitted online via Axess. Items 2-5 may be submitted by hard copy to Packard 173 or by e-mail to admissions@ee.stanford.edu.

1. Graduate Program Authorization Petition Form & Petition Fee (Axess)

Please follow the instructions on the Graduate Program Authorization Petition page on the Registrar's website to submit the petition. The petition fee is $125. This fee will be added to your university bill should you be admitted to the program and choose to accept the offer of admission.

2. Transcripts (Unofficial)

Please submit unofficial transcripts from Stanford University and all post-secondary institutions you attended prior to Stanford (e.g.,  undergraduate institution).

3. Statement of Purpose

Succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the M.S. program, which may include:

  • Preparation for this field of study;
  • Why our program is a good fit for you;
  • Future career plans;
  • Other relevant aspects of your background and interests.

The statement should not exceed one (1) page, single-spaced.

4. Supplemental Information Form

You may type and save information directly on this form.

5. Letters of Recommendation (3)

maximum and minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation are required.

a. Choosing Your Recommenders

Our Admissions Committee is charged with evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in Electrical Engineering. Therefore:

  • Letters should come from academic (or professional) references that speak to your academic and/or research background. Two letters from EE faculty are strongly preferred;
  • Recommenders should know you well and be able to comment on your strengths as well as your potential for graduate study in Electrical Engineering.
b. Submission Guidelines
  • Letters may arrive separately from other application materials. They will be matched with your application.
  • Letters may be submitted directly from the recommenders by hard copy to Packard 173 or by e-mail to admissions@ee.stanford.edu.
  • If letters are delivered by the student, they must be in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature on the flap.
  • Remember to fill in the checkbox on the Supplemental Information Form indicating that you waive your right to view the recommendations.

For PhD students outside the School of Engineering: You are also required to submit the Tuition Agreement for Students with Multiple Programs form to determine the tuition amount assessed each quarter and to prevent duplicate tuition charges. Please have your home department sign this form and then submit it with your application. If your petition is approved, we will sign the form and return it to you. The form should be submitted to the Student Services Center after you receive the e-mail confirmation from gradauth@stanford.edu that your petition has been approved (this is separate from the decision letter sent by the department).

Decision Notification and Acceptance

Admission decisions will be distributed via e-mail approximately three (3) weeks after the application deadline. The department will approve the Axess petition for admitted students shortly afterward; you do not need to take any action to accept the offer of admission.

 


 

Reinstatements

EE students who discontinued their graduate program for any reason must apply to be reinstated in order to re-enroll. Reasons your program was discontinued may include failing to be enrolled by the study list deadline or taking an unapproved leave of absence. Students are encouraged to contact the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions (Packard 176) to discuss their situation in detail.

Timeline

• Applications from U.S. citizens/permanent residents are due three (3) weeks prior to the first day of the quarter of re-enrollment.

• Applications from international students are due five (5) weeks prior to the first day of the quarter of re-enrollment.

• Start dates for each quarter may be found on Stanford's Academic Calendar.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials to the below address:

Stanford University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Attn: Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
350 Serra Mall, #176
Stanford, CA 94305-9505

  1. Application for Reinstatement in Graduate Study
  2. Statement of Purpose: Explain why you wish to return to the program. You may use the form in the Application for Reinstatement in Graduate Study or submit a separate document.
  3. Transcripts: Any coursework you have taken since the time you left Stanford.
  4. Letter of Support (Ph.D. and Engineer’s degree applicants only): This letter from an EE faculty member must state the faculty’s willingness to supervise and provide financial support for your Ph.D./Engineer’s degree research. Students cannot be reinstated to the Ph.D. or Engineer’s degree program before getting the approval and support from an EE faculty advisor.
  5. Reinstatement Fee ($125): The resinstatement fee ($125) is only applicable to those applicants who are successfully reinstated. Reinstated students will be billed for the $125 fee on their next university bill.