EE Student Information

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EE Student Information, Spring Quarter through Academic Year 2020-2021: FAQs and Updated EE Course List.

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PhD (Doctoral) Admissions Overview

Professors Ayfer Ozgur (left), Emma Brunskill (right), and Debbie Senesky (lower right) speak with young scholar

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

mid-SeptemberOnline application opens
October 14, 2020Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) application deadline. KHS is an optional scholarship program. Read description below.
November 5, 2020Deadline to take TOEFL to ensure timely arrival of scores
December 1, 2020 Deadline for Autumn 2021-2022
Late February 2021Notification of admission decision sent via email
April 15, 2021Deadline 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 3, 2019 is the application deadline for Autumn 2020-2021.

  • 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:

Click Here for Application Instructions
Eligibility | Required Materials | Application Submission | Application Status Check

Additional Resources

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

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.