Application Instructions for Adding the MS

Step 1: Submit Graduate Program Authorization Petition Form in 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 and matriculated into the program.

The petition will be routed first to your home department; it will need to be approved by your home department's Student Services Officer before it is routed to us.

Step 2: Submit Application Materials to EE Department

All materials listed below must be submitted by the corresponding quarterly deadline for full consideration.

To submit materials via email, attach documents as PDF files and send to
To submit materials via hard copy, print documents and deliver to the Graduate Admissions Specialist in Packard 172.

❏  Application to Add the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

❏  Current Stanford Transcript (Unofficial)

❏  Transcripts from Previous Post-Secondary Institutions (Unofficial)

❏  Statement of Purpose

In your statement of purpose, you should succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the proposed 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 of purpose should not exceed one page, single-spaced.

❏  Letters of Recommendation (3)

Letters of recommendation should come from academic (or professional) references who can 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. Letters from EE faculty are strongly preferred, and we do not encourage submitting more than one non-EE reference. However, it is ultimately your decision as to which references will best support your application. Your application will still be reviewed regardless of where your letters of recommendation come from.

We require a minimum and maximum of 3 letters of recommendation. All letters should be submitted directly by the recommender to or Packard 172.

The deadline to receive letters of recommendation is the same as the application deadline. Please be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to submit their letters, as they are often asked to write reference letters for many students within a short period of time. Letters received after the deadline will still be attached to your application, but we cannot guarantee that materials received after the deadline will be seen by the Admissions Committee.

Step 3: Submit Tuition Agreement Form (if outside School of Engineering)

If enrolled in a PhD program outside the School of Engineering, you will need 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 for submission to the Student Services Center.

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