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Master's Degree for PhD Students

Students already enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Psychology have the option of obtaining a master's degree in psychology.


Current graduate students in the Department of Psychology who have completed the first-year and second-year course requirements and at least 45 units of Psychology courses may apply for conferral of the MA degree in Psychology. 

In exceptional cases, students concurrently enrolled in another doctoral or professional program at Stanford may also apply for the master's degree in Psychology. In such cases, the applicable admissions and degree requirements are determined on a case by case basis. Such applicants should consult with the relevant programs to assess eligibility.


The Department of Psychology does not offer a terminal master's degree program, so the conferral of the master's degree in Psychology is restricted to current Stanford doctoral students.

Additional Information

The application fee is $150. Before applying, your application should be discussed with the Student Services Office. 

How to Apply

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

  2. Turn in the application to the Student Services Office in Jordan Hall, Room 100, to be signed by the Department Chair.

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

  4. Student Services will approve your request through Axess.

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