MS (Master of Science) Admissions Overview

The master's degree program in Electrical Engineering provides advanced preparation for professional practice through a highly customizable, coursework-based curriculum.

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The information on this page is intended for external applicants who wish to pursue the MS degree on a full-time basis. Please see below for other MS admission processes in the EE department.


Application Timeline & Deadlines


September 15, 2023 Online application opens
October 11, 2023 Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) application deadline. KHS is an optional scholarship program. Read description below.
November 5, 2023 Deadline to take TOEFL to ensure timely arrival of scores
December 7, 2023 Deadline for Autumn 2024-2025
Late February 2024 Notification of admission decision sent via email
April 15, 2024 Deadline for admitted students to respond to offer of admission

Did You Know?

The MS program in Electrical Engineering leads to a terminal degree. Students who wish to enter the PhD program must apply through the general PhD admission process.
• Applications are reviewed on an annual basis for autumn quarter start only.
• December 7, 2023 is the application deadline for Autumn 2024-2025.
• MS students complete 45 units of study based on an individually designed course plan that satisfies the department's depth, breadth, and technical course requirements. There is no thesis requirement.
• Typical completion time for the MS degree is 1.5-2 years for full-time students.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to build a interdisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The program awards up to 100 high-achieving students every year with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford, including the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars application deadline, and separately apply to the Electrical Engineering department.


Additional Resources

MS Financial Assistance Learn about funding options for MS students in our department.
MS FAQ Find answers to frequently asked questions.
Joint Degree Programs Explore pathways to pursue the MS in Electrical Engineering concurrently with a professional degree (MBA, JD).
Graduate Degree Progress Learn about the MS degree milestones.
EE Graduate Handbook Read about our degree requirements in detail.