Application Fee Waiver
Applicants who need assistance with the application fee are encouraged to apply for a fee waiver. Preference is given to low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The Estimated Expense Budget provides information about the cost of graduate tuition and estimated living expenses for the current academic year.
Full-time MS students in Electrical Engineering typically enroll in 8-10 units each quarter (excluding summer) and complete the degree in five (5) quarters.
The Financial Aid Office can connect you with University and outside resources for funding graduate study, including:
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to build a multidisciplinary 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 and separately apply to the Electrical Engineering department.
Departmental Financial Support
The below table summarizes the primary departmental funding options available to MS students after initial enrollment. Please note that positions are limited and preference is given to PhD students. MS students are not eligible for grants, scholarships, or fellowships from our department. We encourage prospective students to apply for external awards and to explore options available through the Financial Aid Office to secure aid before enrollment.
|Course Assistantship||Research Assistantship|
Assist a faculty member who has primary responsibility for a course. Duties vary but do not include classroom teaching. Duties may include:
|Work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Specific duties and expectations are determined upon mutual agreement with the faculty member.|
|Who is Eligible|
Graduate students who:
|Graduate students who receive approval from a faculty member with sufficient funding. The faculty member may ask the student to complete one or more quarters of EE 390/391 (research for credit) before agreeing to provide a research assistantship.|
|Time Commitment||Assistantship appointments are made for a full quarter (3 months of either teaching or research work). Appointment percentage may range from 10% (4 hours/week) up to 50% (20 hours/week) during the academic year.|
For 50% appointments:
|For More Information||Consult the CA Appointments section of the EE website.||Contact the faculty member with whom you are interested in doing research. Links to EE faculty profiles may be found in the Faculty section of the EE website.|
Additional opportunities for financial support include EE course grader positions and teaching assistantships in other departments (e.g., Computer Science, Physics).
The University recommends that prospective students apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial, or foundation sources for which they may be eligible. Information may be obtained from college or university financial aid or career counseling offices, from other references found in university libraries, or on the Internet.
For a list of nationally competitive fellowships available to Stanford students, see the Outside Funding page of the Financial Aid website.
Students receiving an external award that provides a non-tuition stipend may be eligible to receive a health insurance subsidy from the University. For more information, see the Cardinal Care Subsidy page of the Financial Aid website. To receive the subsidy, students must send a copy of their award letter to the EE department by September of each academic year.