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Master's Degrees

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Stanford part time graduate students come from around the world and from many different industries. Balancing work, life, and a rigorous academic schedule, they contribute their real-world experience to the classroom and bring the innovative spirit of Stanford back to industry. Are you ready to join this exceptional community of learners?

Pursue a Stanford University master of science degree on a part-time basis through the Honors Cooperative Program (HCP). As a HCP student, you will be a fully matriculated graduate student of Stanford University.

How it works:

  • Apply to the academic department through the normal graduate admissions process
  • Complete 45 quarter units of master's degree study in five years or less
  • Receive the same student privileges, rights, and responsibilities as a full-time residential student, including access to the full Stanford curriculum
  • You are welcome to come to campus at any time to attend class, meet with instructors and classmates, and use Stanford libraries

The Stanford Center for Professional Development provides online access to courses and customer service and handles financial transactions for tuition and related fees. If they are not already, your employer must become a member of the Stanford Center for Professional Development for you to pursue your master's degree as an HCP student.

While preparing your application, you may take individual courses under the Non Degree Option. Up to 18 graduate credit units earned while taking individual courses or earning a graduate certificate can be applied toward your degree program.

Applying for your Master's Degree

  • Step 1: Choose a Course of Study

    Explore available graduate degrees listed by department to the right.

    Decide which degree program is right for you.

    Ensure you meet any applicable prerequisites.

  • Step 2: Prepare Your Application

    Review the graduate admissions process. Your Graduate Record Exams (GRE) scores may be no older than 5 years.

    Ensure you meet any applicable prerequisites.

    Discuss your plans with your employer to gain their support.

    Know your company's tuition reimbursement policies.

    Consider enrolling in an individual graduate course for credit first to determine if distance learning and part-time graduate studies are right for you.

  • Step 3: Submit your Application Package

    Select the appropriate application deadline. Several departments accept applications only once a year, others have rolling admissions for HCP applicants.

    Follow the graduate admissions process for submitting your application package.

  • Step 4: Complete the Admissions Process

    Once admitted, you will be notified to file your study plan in Axess, Stanford's web-based system where you will also add, drop, and evaluate classes; update addresses; review grades; request official transcripts; and review degree requirements status.

    If you do not have one already, create a mystanfordconnection account so that you can access your courses, view your account status, and pay your tuition.

    Make sure your company is, or becomes, a member of the Stanford Center for Professional Development.