A Joint Degree Program (JDP) is a specified combination of degree programs or degree types in which a student is enrolled in two graduate degree programs concurrently. JDPs are developed and proposed by the relevant academic units, with agreement of the deans of the schools affected.
The JDP indicates an approved set of agreements between the participating programs and schools about matters such as admissions, advising, curricula, and tuition. In a JDP, a specified number of units may be double-counted toward the minimum University residency requirements for both degrees. Students pursuing a Joint Degree that includes a PhD may not also count a Stanford master’s degree or transfer units towards residency for the PhD degree. Application deadlines of each program or degree apply. Students must be admitted to the JDP no later than the study list deadline of the term prior to the term of expected degree conferral. In a JDP, both degrees are conferred concurrently since the units required for each degree are linked to the completion of both degrees. The sole exception is the JD degree, which may be awarded prior to the second degree.
To apply to approved Joint Degree Programs, consult your school or department about the application procedures for applying to the joint degree. Note that application deadlines of each program or degree apply. Students must be admitted to the JDP no later than the study list deadline of the term prior to the term of expected degree conferral.
Use the Joint Degree Program Student Checklist as guide to plan your joint degree program. The form is for you own use, and does not need to be submitted to the University.
Students may view a sample Joint Degree Program Proposal. Additional proposals will be added as approved by faculty governance procedures.