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Applying for Part-Time Graduate Study
Our department offers two programs for qualified engineers and scientists who are employed full time and interested in pursuing graduate-level courses at Stanford on a part-time basis. Both options are offered through the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). Please see the SCPD website for detailed information on the various programs they offer, as well as membership opportunities for companies.
Honors Cooperative Program
The Honors Cooperative Program (HCP) allows full-time working professionals who are employed by a SCPD member company the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree while maintaining full-time employment. (Note, our Ph.D. program is only available on a full-time basis.)
Applications for part-time study toward the M.S. degree via the HCP are accepted for Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters. Please see the table below for this year’s application deadlines:
Proposed Start Quarter
October 22, 2013
January 7, 2014
March 25, 2014
April 22, 2014
Please allow four (4) weeks after the application deadline for a decision. All decisions are sent to applicants via e-mail.
It is the EE department's policy not to grant deferrals for offers of admission unless the deferral request is related to medical, military, and/or visa issues (not caused by funding but delays in processing). All requests are subject to department review.
In order to participate in the Honors Cooperative Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be employed by a SCPD member company;
- Hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or be anticipating conferral of the degree prior to the proposed start quarter.
- International applicants should carefully review the International Academic Credentials requirements determined by Stanford's central Office of Graduate Admissions before starting an application.
How to Apply
HCP applicants must follow the same application procedures as applicants to our full-time graduate degree programs. For detailed instructions regarding our application requirements, please refer to the Application Materials section of our Applying for Full-time Graduate Study page and review the below instructions specific to HCP applicants:
- On page 5 of the online application: Select Electrical Engineering MS as your proposed program AND select your proposed start quarter (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn);
- On page 6 of the online application: Fill in the information under the Honors Cooperative Program section;
- If you have taken Non-Degree Option (NDO) courses at Stanford: Upload an unofficial Stanford transcript in the online application.
- Up to 18 units may be transferred from NDO coursework to the M.S. degree (these units must meet departmental requirements.)
HCP applicants are assessed using the same criteria as our full-time programs, and our admission standards are not different for HCP applicants.
Degree and Program Overview
HCP students earn and receive the same Master of Science degree as students enrolled in our full-time M.S. program. Therefore, HCP students and full-time students are required to fulfill the same degree requirements for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering as outlined in the Electrical Engineering Graduate Handbook.
Please take note of the following differences that apply to HCP students:
- HCP students must complete the 45 unduplicated units within five (5) years of the program start quarter;
- HCP students are encouraged to maintain a minimum course load of three (3) units (one class) per quarter.
- HCP students must submit the Master’s Program Proposal by the end of the second quarter to EE’s Degree Progress Officer.
- The Master’s Program Proposal must be signed by the student’s academic advisor. (HCP students are assigned academic advisors during the admissions process.)
For more information regarding the academic requirements for the Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and instructions for filling out the Program Proposal Form, please refer to the Electrical Engineering Graduate Handbook.
HCP students are fully matriculated graduate students at Stanford University with full student privileges, rights, and responsibilities. As such, HCP students are tested and graded by the same standards as on-campus students. HCP students should review the SCPD's Honors Cooperative Program Student Handbook, which includes details specific to the HCP program (e.g. how to create computer accounts, access online course materials, make tuition payments, etc.).
The Non-Degree Option (NDO) program at Stanford makes it possible for qualified working professionals to enroll in graduate-level courses on a course-by-course basis. Note, NDO applicants do not need to be employed by a SCPD member company to participate in the NDO program. However, employees of member companies and/or United States Armed Forces members may be eligible for reduced tuition rates.
Eligibility and How to Apply
In order to participate in the NDO Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or be anticipating conferral of the degree prior to the proposed start quarter;
- International applicants should carefully review the International Academic Credentials requirements determined by Stanford’s central Office of Graduate Admissions before starting an application.
- Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all technical courses* taken towards the undergraduate degree.
- Previously admitted NDO students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in courses taken at Stanford with no more than one C, D, or NC to continue in the program.
*Technical courses are defined as all engineering courses (except technical writing), mathematics, computer science and hard sciences (e.g. physics and chemistry).
Information on application procedures and enrollment deadlines for NDO courses and graduate certificates can found on the SCPD website. Applicants interested in the Non-Degree Option program should also review the SCPD’s Non-Degree Option Student Handbook, which includes further details specific to the NDO program (e.g., how to apply, enroll, make tuition payments, etc.).
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the HCP and NDO Programs
Do HCP students earn the same Master of Science degree as full-time students?
Yes. HCP students earn and receive the same Master of Science degree as full-time students (i.e. no denotation is made regarding part-time status or the HCP).
I have taken Non Degree Option courses. Must I incorporate these into my Honors Cooperative Program application?
Yes. Please add Stanford University as one of your Post-Secondary Institutions in the Educational History section of the application, and upload your unofficial Stanford transcript there.
The online application link is no longer valid. How do I apply?
In June, the online application link becomes inactive due to preparation for the next application cycle. Typically the online application is made available again in mid-September. Please refer to our application deadlines and submit your application by the appropriate deadline.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Your letters of recommendation should come from academic (or professional) references that speak to your academic and/or research background. Recommenders should know you well and be able to comment on your strengths and your potential for graduate study. Academic references are strongly preferred, and we do not encourage submitting more than one (1) professional reference.
I am currently in a graduate degree program elsewhere, can I transfer and/or transfer units to the M.S. degree?
No credit from another institution may be transferred to the Master's degree. However, up to 18 NDO units earned at Stanford maybe applied toward the Master's degree. These units must meet departmental requirements.
How many NDO units may count toward the HCP graduate degree?
Stanford will permit a maximum of 18 NDO units earned at Stanford to count toward the M.S. degree program. These units must meet departmental requirements.
My company has given me a leave of absence in order to finish my degree. May I change my status from part-time to full-time study?
Yes. However, students can make a maximum of two (2) transfers during the program (e.g. transfer from part-time to full-time and back to part-time). Please contact the Stanford Center for Professional Development for the appropriate form. They will route the form to the EE department for approval. You will receive a formal notice from the SCPD office when the process is complete.
Can I still take a course that has prerequisites I have not taken?
It is at the instructor’s discretion to permit you to take the course without taking the prerequisites. Please contact the instructor of the desired course to see if the course is appropriate for you.