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Stanford University Graduate School Report

9,587 Graduate Students
$55,011 Avg Graduate Tuition & Fees (In-State)
9.8% Took Classes Online
Get the facts about Stanford University Graduate School. Learn how it ranks, what graduate degree programs it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. You can jump to any section of this page using the following list.

Stanford University Graduate School Rankings

#2 Master's Degree School in U.S.
#3 Doctorate Degree School in U.S.

College Factual began producing its annual Best Quality Schools rankings as a means to assist students in finding top-quality graduate colleges and universities that are invested in preparing their students for their future endeavors. Our methodology places a high weight on things such as post-graduation wages, time to graduate, and student-per-faculty ratio. Post-graduation debt, faculty and staff diversity, and other factors are also taken into account.

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Best Master’s Degree Schools Ranking

Stanford University landed the #2 spot in College Factual's 2023 Best Master's Degree Schools in the U.S. ranking out of a pool of 1151 colleges and universities that were eligible for this year's ranking. So, the school sits firmly among the Top 1% of colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to overall quality. For this achievement, Stanford received one of this year's Best Master's Schools badges.

Stanford also ranked #1 for Best Master's Degree Schools in California.

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Best Doctorate Degree Schools Ranking

Stanford was ranked #3 in the 2023 Best Doctorate Schools in the United States ranking out of the 676 schools that were included in the ranking. So, the school sits firmly among the Top 1% of colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to overall quality. This makes Stanford a recipient of this year's Best Doctorate Schools badge.

Stanford also ranked #1 for Best Doctorate Degree Schools in California.


Stanford University Graduate Student Diversity

9,587 Graduate Students
42.4% Women
31.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Around 9,587 graduate students chose to attend Stanford University during the most recent year for which we have data. In order to come up with a feel for how diverse the school is, College Factual analyzed the demographics of these students. Keep reading to learn more.

Stanford Graduate Student Male-Female Ratio

The total graduate student population at Stanford is made up of 42.4% women and 57.6% men. Note that these percentages may differ for certain degree programs.


Stanford Graduate Student Racial-Ethnic Diversity

About 31.8% of the graduate students who attend Stanford are from a racial-ethnic minority group*. Stanford is popular with people from outside the United States, too. International students make up 32.6% of the graduate student population. For more details on graduate school diversity at the school, check out the chart below. If you click on it, you'll be taken to a page with more details.


Stanford Graduate School Cost of Attendance

$55,011 Avg Tuition & Fees (In-State)
At Stanford University, part-time graduate students pay $1,207 per credit hour, whether they are from in-state or out-of-state.

The average graduate full-time tuition and fees is shown in the table below.

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $54,315 $54,315
Fees $696 $696

Average Salary of Stanford Grads with Master’s or Doctorate

$101,186 Avg Salary (Master's)
$98,295 Avg Salary (Doctorate)

Master’s Degree Average Earnings

Graduate students earning a master's degree from Stanford enter careers with an average starting salary of $101,186. That's good news for those graduates since it is 73% higher than the national average of $58,425.


Doctorate Degree Average Earnings

The average starting salary for graduate students who earn their doctorate degree at Stanford is $98,295. That's about 31% higher than the countrywide average of $75,260 for all doctorate degree holders.


Location of Stanford University Graduate School

California State
Suburb Campus Setting
Private Public/Private
Located in Stanford, California, Stanford University is a private not-for-profit institution. Stanford is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Stanford are given below.

Contact Details
Phone: 650-723-2300

Online Learning for Stanford Grad Students

9.8% Took At Least One Online Class

Around 9.8% of Stanford graduate students took at least one course online during the 2019-2020 academic year.


Stanford University Master’s Degree Programs

The only degree programs listed here are those in which master’s degrees were awarded in 2020-2021.

Master’s Degree Program Annual Graduates
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 67
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 27
Anthropology 4
Applied Mathematics 43
Area Studies 28
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 4
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 1
Biomedical Engineering 30
Chemical Engineering 13
Chemistry 4
Child Development & Psychology 5
Civil Engineering 140
Classical Languages & Literature 3
Cognitive Science 10
Communication & Media Studies 35
Computer Science 332
East Asian Languages 6
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 28
Economics 9
Electrical Engineering 155
Engineering-Related Fields 103
English Literature (Other) 3
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 10
General Biology 21
General Education 51
General English Literature 9
Genetics 11
Geological & Earth Sciences 38
Germanic Languages 1
History 8
International Relations & National Security 33
Legal Research 15
Liberal Arts General Studies 9
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 400
Materials Engineering 44
Mathematics 3
Mechanical Engineering 154
Medical Illustration & Informatics 22
Music 12
Natural Resources Conservation 26
Other Engineering 12
Petroleum Engineering 2
Philosophy 8
Physics 16
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 2
Political Science & Government 7
Public Health 31
Public Policy 21
Religious Studies 4
Romance Languages 1
Sociology 22
Statistics 52
Sustainability Science 29
Teacher Education Grade Specific 16
Teacher Education Subject Specific 47

Stanford University Doctorate Degree Programs

Just like the master’s degree programs, only programs that had doctorate degrees awarded in 2020-2021 are shown here.

Doctorate Degree Program Annual Graduates
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 21
Anthropology 11
Applied Mathematics 15
Area Studies 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 22
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 8
Biomedical Engineering 23
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 9
Chemical Engineering 28
Chemistry 42
Child Development & Psychology 9
Civil Engineering 28
Classical Languages & Literature 2
Communication & Media Studies 2
Computer Science 36
Drama & Theater Arts 4
East Asian Languages 4
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 3
Economics 25
Electrical Engineering 73
Engineering-Related Fields 26
English Literature (Other) 3
Fine & Studio Arts 1
General Biology 32
General Education 17
General English Literature 4
Genetics 14
Geological & Earth Sciences 29
Germanic Languages 2
History 15
Law 184
Legal Research 5
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 6
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 21
Materials Engineering 23
Mathematics 18
Mechanical Engineering 49
Medical Illustration & Informatics 11
Medicine 104
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 17
Music 5
Natural Resources Conservation 9
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 15
Other Engineering 15
Petroleum Engineering 2
Philosophy 10
Physics 41
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 18
Political Science & Government 20
Public Health 1
Romance Languages 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 1
Sociology 10
Statistics 8

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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