Pictured above: Professors Ayfer Ozgur (left), Emma Brunskill (right), and Debbie Senesky (lower right) speak with young scholar during the Rising Stars event.
Our research-intensive program cultivates the next generation of leaders in academia and industry. Electrical Engineering doctoral students work alongside faculty, fellow students, and researchers who are leaders in their disciplines.
Application Timeline & Deadlines
|late-September to early-October||Online application opens|
|October 14, 2020||Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) application deadline. KHS is an optional scholarship program. Read description below.|
|November 5, 2020||Deadline to take TOEFL to ensure timely arrival of scores|
|December 1, 2020||Deadline for Autumn 2021-2022|
|Late February 2021||Notification of admission decision sent via email|
|April 15, 2021||Deadline for admitted students to respond to offer of admission|
Did You Know?
A master's degree is not required prior to applying to the PhD program in Electrical Engineering.
Applications are reviewed on an annual basis for autumn quarter start only.
December 1, 2020 is the application deadline for Autumn 2021-2022.
Typical completion time for the PhD degree is 5-7 years.
All PhD students who maintain satisfactory academic progress receive full financial support for the duration of the doctoral program. For more information, see the Financial Assistance for PhD Students page.
Learn more on the Frequently Asked Questions for PhD Applicants page.
How to Apply
Click on the link below to read about each step of the application process:
PhD Financial Assistance | Learn how funding works for PhD students in our department.
PhD FAQ | Find answers to frequently asked questions.
EE Research Areas | Explore our research areas and affiliated faculty.
Graduate Degree Progress | Learn about the PhD degree milestones.
EE Graduate Handbook | Read about our degree requirements in detail.
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to build an 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 and separately apply to the Electrical Engineering department.