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The mission of Stanford’s Graduate School of Education is to develop the knowledge, wisdom, and imagination of its students to enable them to take leadership positions in efforts to improve the quality of education around the globe. To this end the GSE offers two degree programs for students.  They include the Master of Arts (MA) in Education degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) of Education degree.  Each year the GSE has approximately 400 MA and PhD students pursuing degrees, with 225 graduates annually joining the 12,000+ alumni that impact the field of education in a variety of organizations around the world.

Our MA degree is a 9 or 12 month intensive program for students who wish to study a particular field in education. There are 9 programs of study including 3 joint degree programs.

Our PhD degree prepares students to be leaders in education through rigorous research training under the guidance of an assigned faculty mentor/advisor. Graduates often assume roles as university faculty, senior-level education leaders, policymakers, and researchers. Explore our PhD students who are currently on the job market.

Recruit on Campus

2018 ConnectED Fall Fair

Monday, October 1, 2018
CERAS 101 & Lobby

VentureSU (formerly the BEAM Fall Career Fair)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
White Plaza

Venture: Social Impact & Education

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Tresidder Student Union, 2nd Floor

VentureSU (formerly BEAM Spring Career Fair)

Tuesday, April 16 & Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tresidder Student Union

Hire a GSE student or alumni

Hire interns and full-time employees by posting online in the EdCareers Portal. This is a free service for employers. Read more about our internship program and about our PhD Job Market Candidates.

Information Sessions

The Education Club at Stanford brings together GSE and Graduate School of Business (GSB) students to discuss education reform and policy, with a focus on leadership, management and business. They provide programming and career resources, including hosting employer information sessions. Inquire about holding an information session on campus by emailing

Employment Statistics

View our Annual Graduation Placement reports to give you an idea of the industries and functions our students pursue after completing their degree. Here are some quick highlights from the class of 2017:

  • 97% knowledge rate four months after graduation.
  • 91% of responding graduates were employed within four months post-graduation.
  • 94% of those employed were working in their desired geographic area.
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