- Applicants must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
- Applicants from institutions outside the US must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
- Britain: British patterned education – bachelor’s degree with honors.
- France: Diplome d’Ingenieur from grandes écoles or completion of two years of classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE) and two years of course work toward the Diplome d’Ingenieur degree. Maitrise from universities.
- Germany: The diplom, magister artium (M.A.) or staatsexamen. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.
- Other European countries University degree requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor's degree accepted.
- Middle East: University degree requiring four years of study.
- Canada: Three-year bachelor’s degree from Quebec, four-year bachelor’s degree from other provinces.
- Latin America: University degree requiring four years of study.
- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine, master’s degree in all other fields. (Note: A three-year bachelor’s degree in any subject is not considered sufficient for graduate study at Stanford. The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree from India is required.)
- Philippines: Four-year bachelor’s degree.
- Russian republics: University diploma requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted (requires the Diploma Supplement issued in accordance to the Bologna Declaration).
- Other Asian countries: University degree requiring four years of study.
A 45 unit program consists of approximately 12-15 courses, depending on designated course unit values, which may run from 1-5 units.
There are over 100 courses to choose from at the Graduate School of Education throughout the academic year to complete an MA degree, as well as a variety of classes offered at other Stanford graduate departments. In addition, professors are sometimes willing to supervise independent studies (directed reading or directed research, for example) with POLS students interested in learning more about a topic not covered in the course offerings during the academic year.