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Master's Program for PhD Students

Current Stanford doctoral students can apply for a Master of Arts in Psychology during the course of their PhD program.

The Department of Psychology offers a Master of Arts degree program to students enrolled in the Psychology PhD program, and in some cases, to students concurrently enrolled in another doctoral or professional program at Stanford. In such cases, the applicable admissions and degree requirements are determined on a case by case basis. Such applicants should consult with the Student Services staff in the Department of Psychology.

All applicants must satisfy University residency requirements for the degree, and are responsible for consulting with their primary departments or the Financial Aid Office about the effects of the proposed program on their current funding. 

Degree Requirements

Completion of 45 units of graduate level Psychology courses

Successful completion of the First Year Project (FYP) or equivalent Master's thesis

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the application form and obtain your advisor's signature.

  2. Submit the completed application form to the Psychology Student Services Office, which will obtain the Department Chair's signature.

  3. Submit a request for the Master's via Axess. In the Student Center tab, select "Petitions and Forms."

  4. Enter your payment and select "Apply to Graduate" in Axess (make sure to select the Master's, not PhD).

  5. Psychology's Student Services staff will approve your request in Axess.