Prospective Graduate Students

The School of Humanities and Sciences

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is home to a thriving graduate community. If you are thinking about pursuing a master's degree or a doctorate in the Humanities & Arts, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences, we encourage you to explore and determine whether our graduate departments and programs would fit your intellectual and personal goals. An entire scope of graduate responsibilities—from admission to degree conferral—lies within individual departments. Prospective students are especially encouraged to make departmental sites their first stop in gathering information about graduate study in H&S.

Financial Aid

In the School of Humanities and Sciences most doctoral programs offer 3-5 years of financial support for all admitted students and a plethora of resources to help you succeed. The terms of financial aid offered are explained in the department’s admission letter. Details can be obtained from the department website. Stanford honors several application fee waivers so do not allow finances prevent you from applying for admission.

Graduate Admissions

Applications for admission are completed online through the Office of Graduate Admissions. This website includes information on graduate programs and degrees offered, requirements and deadlines for applying, and links to the online application. If you contact graduate admissions, be sure to indicate which department/program you are applying to, your name and email address.

Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of graduate education at Stanford University. VPGE staff work collaboratively throughout the University, providing academic leadership and resources on several fronts, such as facilitating interaction and innovation in graduate education across the schools within Stanford University, promoting best practices in diversifying the graduate student population, and experimenting with interdisciplinary initiatives that offer new learning opportunities for graduate students.

Interdisciplinary Research
Stanford also has a strong focus on collaborative, Interdisciplinary research that crosses boundaries between departments. The "thin walls" between academic disciplines encourages creativity and innovation.