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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Stanford University confers the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) on those candidates who have been recommended by the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP), who have applied in advance for conferral of the degree, and who have fulfilled the following requirements:

- A minimum of 180 units of allowable University work.
- The Writing, General Education, and Language Requirements
- Curricular requirements of at least one major department or program and the recommendation of the department.
- Students admitted as freshmenâ€"A minimum of 135 units at Stanford.
- Students admitted as transfersâ€"A minimum of 90 units at Stanford.

Stanford confers the Bachelor of Science degree on candidates who fulfill these requirements in the School of Earth Sciences, in the School of Engineering, or in the departments of Applied Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

The University also awards B.S. degrees to candidates in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society; in the Program in Mathematical and Computational Science; in the Program in Symbolic Systems; and, when appropriate, in the Program for Individually Designed Majors. Candidates who fulfill these requirements in other schools or departments receive the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Engineering majors must achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.00 for all courses taken in fulfillment of the Engineering Fundamentals and Engineering Depth requirements.

Master's Degree Requirements

Master of Science in the School of Engineering

The M.S. degree is conferred on graduate students in engineering according to the University regulations stated in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin, and is described in the various department listings. A minimum of 45 units is usually required in M.S. programs in the School of Engineering. The presentation of a thesis is not a school requirement. Further information is found in departmental listings.

Master of Science in Engineering
The M.S. in Engineering is available to students who wish to follow an interdisciplinary program of study that does not conform to a normal graduate program in a department. There are three school requirements for the M.S. degree in Engineering:

- The student's program must be a coherent one with a well-defined objective and must be approved by a department within the school which has experience with graduate-level teaching and advising in the program area.
- The student's program must include at least 21 units of courses within the School of Engineering with catalog numbers of 200 or above in which the student receives letter grades.
- The program must include a total of at least 45 units.

Each student's program is administered by the particular department in which it is lodged and must meet the standard of quality of that department. Transfer into this program is possible from any graduate program by application through the appropriate department; the department will then recommend approval to the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Engineering. The application should be submitted before completing 18 units of the proposed program; it should include a statement describing the objectives of the program, the coherence of the proposed coursework, and why this course of study cannot conform to existing graduate programs. Normally, it will include the approval of at least one faculty member willing to serve as adviser. (A co-advising team may be appropriate for interdisciplinary programs.) The actual transfer will be accomplished through the Graduate Authorization Petition process.

Engineer in the School of Engineering
The degree of Engineer is intended for students who want additional graduate training beyond that offered in an M.S. program. The program of study must satisfy the student's department and must include at least 90 units beyond the B.S. degree. The presentation of a thesis is required. The University regulations for the Engineer degree are stated in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin, and further information is available in the individual departmental sections of this bulletin.

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Doctoral Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Engineering

Programs leading to the Ph.D. degree are offered in each of the departments of the school. University regulations for the Ph.D. are given in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin. Further information is found in departmental listings.

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