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HCP Master's Program

As of 01/16/2019, the Department of Chemical Engineering will only offer external applicants admission into our HCP MS Program.

Our Master of Science (MS), available completely online, is a terminal degree program for those who want to gain advanced knowledge in a focused area of chemical engineering to pursue a career in industry or a professional degree such as medicine, law, education or business.

It is based on the completion of lecture courses focused on a theme within the discipline of chemical engineering.  No thesis is required. No research is required.  This program is open to three cohorts of applicants:

  1. Active Stanford undergraduates, who should apply via the internal coterminal degree application process; see departmental student services in Shriram Center Room 129.
  2. Currently matriculated Stanford graduate students; see departmental students services.
  3. External applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or will have completed one before matriculating as a graduate student.  People in this third group apply online to our HCP MS program.

A range of MS programs with appropriate course work is available to accommodate students wishing to obtain further academic preparation before pursuing a professional chemical engineering career. This degree is lecture course-based; there are no research or thesis requirements. Because it is a terminal MS degree, it is not a prerequisite for nor does it lead to admission to the department’s PhD program.

What is the HCP MS program?

The Honors Cooperative Program is our part-time Master's program that allows students the flexibility to complete a MS degree at Stanford completely online. The program also allows the flexibility to work towards a MS degree while continuing professional employment.

How many units can I take in the HCP program?

We recommend HCP students to enroll in up to 7-8 units per quarter at most. However, HCP students can enroll in up to 12 units per quarter.

How long does it take for online HCP students to complete the MS?

HCP students usually complete the program (45 units) in 2-5 years.

Do online HCP students receive the same MS degree as full-time students?

HCP students receive the same degree as all residential MS students. There is no designation on the diploma or transcript.

When should I apply?

For our MS program, applications and supporting documentation from external applicants are accepted on a rolling basis for autumn, winter, and spring start. See the HCP Admissions Overview page for the dates when the application will open and close for each quarter.  Offers of admission are valid for one calendar year.

How much are tuition and fees for the HCP MS program?

Tuition and fees are listed on the SCPD website under "Graduate Course Tuition - Master’s Degree Courses."

Is financial assistance available to HCP students?

Offers of admission to our HCP MS program are made without guarantees of financial aid. Those considering pursuing their master’s degree are encouraged to visit Stanford Financial Aid to obtain more information about financing graduate study. Financial aid for graduate students includes loans and fellowship awards, from either external sources such as governmental agencies, industry or private foundations; or from internal university, school and departmental resources. Part-time students who are working full-time are not eligible to receive financial assistance from our department. We encourage you to check with your employer to see if you qualify for tuition reimbursement from your company.

Can Non-Degree Option (NDO) units transfer and count toward the HCP MS degree?

Up to 15 units of coursework taken through NDO may be applied toward the master's degree requirements at Stanford.

Am I eligible to apply to the MS program if I have already earned a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at a different institution?

Yes; you are still eligible to apply to our HCP MS program. However, in your application you should clearly articulate your reasons for pursuing another master's degree and how this connects to your future career goals.

May I attend classes on campus, even if they are all offered online?

Yes; HCP students may choose the course delivery option that works best for them.

I am an international student, can I apply to the HCP MS program?

Yes; you are still eligible to apply to our HCP MS program. However, visas are not issued for international HCP MS students.

What are the minimum GRE score and GPA requirements for admission?

Applicants do not need to meet any minimum grade point average (GPA) or GRE score to secure admission, and we do not release information about average GPAs or GRE scores of admitted students. Please keep in mind that admission to our graduate programs depends on a combination of factors, and all areas of a student’s application are weighed when applications are reviewed.

Am I eligible to apply if my undergraduate major is not Chemical Engineering?

Yes; a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering is not strictly required.

Are specific prerequisite courses required for admission?

No; we advise prospective applicants to review the ChemE Graduate Handbook and the Stanford Course Catalog to evaluate what prerequisites are needed for graduate-level courses in your area(s) of interest.

What is the minimum level of study required of international applicants from an academic institution outside of the U.S.?

Please refer to Stanford Graduate Admissions for eligibility guidelines related to study outside of the U.S.

Will you accept letters of recommendation from industry?

Letters that support your application from industry are highly encouraged. It is ultimately your decision as to which references will best support your application. Your application will still be reviewed regardless of where your letters of recommendation come from. 

What is the process for transferring to the MS program from another institution?

All applicants to the MS program must follow the same application procedure as new applicants. No credits from another institution may be transferred to the MS degree at Stanford.

Can Coterm students transfer to the HCP MS program?

Coterm students cannot transfer into the HCP MS program.

Can MS students transfer to the PhD program?

No; our MS program is not a pathway into our PhD program. Interested MS students would still have to reapply online to the PhD program.