Adding the MS (Grad Auth) Overview

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).

Adding the MS (Photo by Linda A. Cicero, Stanford News Service)


Application Timeline and Deadlines

Winter 2023-2024 Mid-September - October 09, 2023
Spring 2023-2024 November 09, 2022 - January 17, 2024
Autumn 2024-2025 February 07 - April 25, 2024


How to Apply: Click on the links below to read about each step of the application process:



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.


Additional Resources

Grad Auth FAQ Find answers to frequently asked questions.
Graduate Program Authorization Petition Read University policies regarding the Grad Auth
Graduate Degree Progress Learn about the MS degree milestones.
EE Graduate Handbook Read about our degree requirements in detail.