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Summer Quarter 2020
Master's degree students who are admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year (starting Autumn 2019) are invited to take their first Stanford classes online before arriving on campus.
If you have been admitted as a master’s degree student, we highly recommend taking classes during the summer before arriving at Stanford. This will give you a chance to complete required classes, and allow you to take more advanced graduate classes while on campus.
When is summer quarter?
Summer Quarter is eight weeks of instruction between June 24 and August 17, 2019 with final exams taking place on August 16-17, 2019. Students will need to create a MyStanfordConnection account through the SCPD website and be sure to enroll prior to June 17, 2019.
How many units do I earn with each class offered?
Summer courses are 3-unit, 4-unit, or 5-unit courses. Please note that students taking courses before starting their master’s degree program at Stanford must take a minimum of 3 units (one class) during the summer quarter.
How much time should I expect to spend on each course?
Every unit of credit represents 1 hour of class time plus approximately 2 additional hours of work per week for the average student. A 3-unit course, for example, requires a minimum time commitment of 9 hours per week. This is a general guide and the actual time commitment may vary depending on the course and the individual student.
How will I take exams?
You will be required to nominate an exam monitor by the second week of the quarter. For more information on who can be an exam monitor and the process for nominating one, please see Stanford Center for Professional Development’s exam monitor information page.
If I choose to take these courses, will these units be counted towards my MS degree?
Yes. All units you take online over the summer will be counted towards the 45 units required to complete an MS degree at Stanford.
What does the tuition cost?
Tuition is $1,260 per unit (or $3,780 per 3-unit course) plus a one-time $125 document fee.
Do I have to enroll in more than one class?
You are free to take just one, two, or three courses based on the time you are able to commit to your studies this summer.
If I have received a financial aid package for graduate studies, can I apply this aid towards tuition costs for summer online courses?
No. If you have been offered any financial aid from Stanford in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or other forms of aid, these funds cannot be applied toward tuition or other costs of enrollment until you arrive as a full-time student on campus.
If I find that my summer is too busy to take an online class, can I drop the class after enrolling?
Yes. The SCPD deadline to drop summer courses is 5 pm PST on Monday, July 8. Students dropping out of a class before this deadline will receive a full refund of tuition for the dropped class; a $100 drop fee will apply.