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Degree Requirements | Professional School Courses | Independent Study
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The Joint MS Degree program is designed to be rigorous yet flexible, providing opportunities for students to pursue the depth and breadth they desire to meet their academic interests and professional goals.   

Degree Requirements

Current and prospective students are encouraged to read the Stanford Bulletin for the most current Stanford graduate student policies and the Joint MS Requirements document for program-specific guidance.

The Joint MS-MBA requires one to three additional quarters beyond the two-year MBA. The Joint MS-JD may be completed within the student's three years in law school. School of Medicine students are encouraged to take a full extra year to complete the Dual MS, either between their second and third years or third and fourth years of medical school.

Students are required to create and keep up-to-date their E-IPER Joint MS Program Plan.  The Program Plan template is available through Google Sheets, an online tool that allows students to track both their professional school units and E-IPER degree requirements in one place. Share this tool with E-IPER staff to track degree progress. Use the following links to access degree-specific templates:

Students should consult with their faculty advisors and program staff when developing and updating their Program Plan. 

The table below summarizes the Joint MS degree requirements:

Degree Requirement Deadline
45 total units:
  • All degree applicable courses at or above 100-level 
  • 23 units at or above 200-level (graduate level)
Achieve a 3.0 average or higher across all university letter-graded courses
Prior to graduation
ENVRES 280: Topics in Environment and Resources
 (offered Spring quarter only)
Spring Quarter, 1st year in program

ENVRES 290. Capstone Project Seminar in Environment and Resources (offered Autumn and Winter quarters)

1-2 quarters prior to graduation

Minimum of 4 letter-graded courses in one selected Course Track

Prior to graduation

Minimum of 4 letter-graded, 3-5 unit, graduate-level Elective courses; may include 1 professional school course and 1 3-5 unit independent study course 

Prior to graduation

Additional courses to bring total unit count to 45 units (within guidelines stipulated by Joint MS Requirements document):

Prior to graduation

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Professional School Courses

One professional school course may count toward the E-IPER letter-graded Elective requirement. A maximum of 12 units of approved courses from any professional school may count toward the Joint MS degree. Non-JD students wishing to take courses in the Law School must consult this page for additional enrollment information.

Students may submit additional courses for consideration using the Petition for an Exception to the Requirements

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Independent Study

Students interested in pursuing independent research or a project under the guidance of a faculty member may count up to 5 units of independent study toward the Joint MS degree. The project scope should strongly emphasize the student's environment and resource interests. One independent study course may count toward the E-IPER elective requirement, if taken for 3-5 units and a letter grade. 

Students must do the following: (a) secure an E-IPER affiliated faculty advisor (b) complete and submit the Independent Study Agreement to E-IPER Program staff no later than the Friday of the second week of the quarter in which the student wishes to pursue independent study (c) secure approval from E-IPER staff and enroll in ENVRES 399 or equivalent department course as approved by the faculty advisor.

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Petition for an Exception

Students may request an exception to the requirements, such as creating a customized course track or requesting additional courses be added to the track or approved professional school lists.

Submit a Petition for an Exception to the Requirements in the following circumstances:

  • Suggesting additional course(s) for the Course Track(s)
  • Suggesting additional professional school courses to include in the "approved" list for the Joint MS degree

Submit a Proposal for Customized Course Track in the following circumstances:

  • Combining courses from two Course Tracks to make a unique Track
  • Creating a customized Course Track

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Example Course Plans

Below are some sample course plans for the Joint MS-JD, Joint MS-MBA, and Dual MS degrees which we hope will assist students with their course planning:

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