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Current course offerings & class schedule

Course schedule

The most recent version of the academic year 2024-25 Visual Time Schedule can be found here. (This version was updated/posted on June 12, 2024.)

Please note that the schedule and all courses are subject to change. If you have any questions regarding the course schedule, please contact Tommy Liu at

The most up-to-date class scheduling information can be found on Explore Courses.

Course discovery

The GSE's Course Discovery tool is a resource for you to discover the types of courses that exist at the Graduate School of Education (GSE), along with how those courses intersect with program and requirement affiliations. Only GSE courses that are offered during this current academic year will appear in the Course Discovery tool.

Programs and course requirements

For information on currently offered academic programs and required coursework, please see the Doctoral Degree Handbook, the Master’s Degree Handbook, and the Undergraduate Programs in Education pages.


The Stanford Bulletin, issued annually in August, contains information about the University and its schools, departments, and programs, including courses taught during the current academic year and requirements for degree programs.


Please be advised that Canvas is the university's learning management system. If you upload your syllabus in the "syllabus" field of Canvas, it will automatically appear in Stanford Syllabus.

Research Methods

Students who are interested in research methods course offerings may wish to explore the GSE Qualitative Course Guide and the GSE Quantitative Course Guide.

Students enroll in courses utilizing the Stanford online system, Axess, where all Stanford students conduct their administrative business, including all administrative tasks related to courses.

Course enrollment is conducted on a first come/first enrolled basis, unless otherwise noted on Axess by the instructor or the Office of Academic Affairs.  Course requirements will be detailed in the Master's and Doctoral Handbooks, which are updated by the end of August.

Please refer to the Academic Calendar for information about when Axess opens for enrollment, course registration deadlines, quarter start and end dates:
Academic calendar

Axess Welcome Page:
Axess Welcome

Step-by-Step instructions for enrolling in courses:
Enroll in courses

Independent study courses

Independent study courses are courses designed by a faculty member and an individual student.  Often, students take an independent study course when there is a particular topic they would like to explore that is not covered by the current course offerings.  Students approach professors directly to inquire about conducting an independent study with them.  When agreed, both meet regularly throughout the quarter to discuss readings/work.  Credit is assigned based on the work load taken by students; 3 hours of readings and meetings typically correspond to 1 unit of credit.  The students’ faculty advisors can help students determine whether to enroll in an independent study course and which faculty member would be best on subject matter.

Information for Undergraduates

For undergraduates interested in education, check Explore Courses and go to the Undergraduate programs page for details about course offerings and our undergraduate Honors and Minor.

Additional enrollment information

Enrollment of Stanford GSE students in Stanford Graduate School of Business courses:

To enroll in the Graduate School of Business courses, see the following website: To access the site, a SUNet ID and password are required.

Enrollment of Stanford GSE students in Stanford Law School courses:

Please see and contact with questions.

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