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Prospective Graduate Students

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is home to a thriving and innovative graduate community. If you are thinking about pursuing a Master's degree or a doctorate in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, we encourage you to: 

  • Browse our website to learn more
  • Determine which graduate departments and programs fit your intellectual and personal goals
  • Learn the steps to follow to apply for admission

As a Stanford graduate with an advanced degree, you will not only be able to pursue a career at a college or a university.  Many Stanford graduates also contribute actively in the corporate, government, academic, and non-profit arenas.


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Applications for admission are completed online through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Their website includes information on graduate programs, requirements for applying, and the online application.

Graduate Admissions Website


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The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) works across the University providing academic leadership and resources to facilitate interaction between schools, and promote student diversity.


Grad School Prep

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Learn more about the required components of a typical grad school application and get tips on how to become a strong applicant.

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Undergrad Summer Research »

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Funding Graduate Studies

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In the School of Humanities and Sciences most doctoral programs offer 3 to 5 years of financial support for admitted students, in addition to a plethora of resources. Do not allow finances prevent you from applying for admission. 

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Selecting a Department

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Stanford has a wide array of programs with focus on interdisciplinary research. Department names that may exist at other universities may not exist at Stanford. However, the collaborative atmosphere at Stanford investigates all research questions you are interested in.

Browse the Departments List »

Interdisciplinary Learning

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Stanford has a strong focus on collaborative, interdisciplinary research that crosses boundaries among departments. The "thin walls" between academic disciplines continuously encourage creativity and innovation.

Interdisciplinary Learning »