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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The average graduate full-time tuition and fees is shown in the table below.
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.
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.
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Around 9.8% of Stanford graduate students took at least one course online during the 2019-2020 academic year.
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|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology||4|
|Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other)||1|
|Child Development & Psychology||5|
|Classical Languages & Literature||3|
|Communication & Media Studies||35|
|East Asian Languages||6|
|Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology||28|
|English Literature (Other)||3|
|Film, Video & Photographic Arts||10|
|General English Literature||9|
|Geological & Earth Sciences||38|
|International Relations & National Security||33|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||9|
|Linguistics & Comparative Literature||1|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||400|
|Medical Illustration & Informatics||22|
|Natural Resources Conservation||26|
|Physiology & Pathology Sciences||2|
|Political Science & Government||7|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||16|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||47|
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|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology||22|
|Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other)||8|
|Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences||9|
|Child Development & Psychology||9|
|Classical Languages & Literature||2|
|Communication & Media Studies||2|
|Drama & Theater Arts||4|
|East Asian Languages||4|
|Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology||3|
|English Literature (Other)||3|
|Fine & Studio Arts||1|
|General English Literature||4|
|Geological & Earth Sciences||29|
|Linguistics & Comparative Literature||6|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||21|
|Medical Illustration & Informatics||11|
|Microbiological Sciences & Immunology||17|
|Natural Resources Conservation||9|
|Neurobiology & Neurosciences||15|
|Physiology & Pathology Sciences||18|
|Political Science & Government||20|
|Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages||1|
*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.
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