Q1: What qualities does the Graduate Admissions Committee look for in an applicant?

A1: We are looking for someone who is a good fit with our program and its philosophy, and someone who will make an impact in the world through design and design thinking. The ideal candidate believes that understanding people and what they value can lead to innovation and significant breakthroughs. Ideally, the candidate combines technological [...]

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Q2: Can I apply for the Design Impact Program if I do not have an engineering background?

A2: Our program results in a Master of Science in Engineering degree, so having an undergraduate engineering degree of any kind would be the most straightforward and desired preparation for our program. However, we consider for admission any students that applies with a BS degree. The program no longer accepts students with a background in Art. [...]

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Q3: I want to apply to the “d.school” – how do I do that?

A3: This is a pretty common question, and the answer is that you cannot apply to the d.school. The d.school, formally known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, is an institute for teaching design thinking that is open only to enrolled Stanford students. The d.school does not grant degrees. OUR program grants [...]

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Q4: Who do I direct my questions to about the online application system and the specifics of the various pieces of information requested as a part of the application process?

A4: The ME Student Services Office handles the collection of application materials required by Stanford Grad Admissions for Design Impact. Please contact ME Student Services at meinquiry@stanford.edu with any questions or problems you might have regarding the online application system or the various pieces of information required as a part of that process.

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Q5: When do applications open and close?

A5: Graduate admissions will open October 2016 and close at 9pm PST, January 10th, 2017. No exceptions.

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Q6: Do you have a GPA and/or GRE requirement for admissions?

A6: Yes. It is required that you take the GRE, and we can only consider your application with these scores. Stanford is a highly selective university and we expect that all graduate students will be able to demonstrate academic excellence prior to admission. Therefore, as a practical matter, our students typically score in the upper [...]

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Q7: Do I need industry experience before I can apply to the program?

A7: Successful applicants will bring maturity, self-efficacy, and unique skills to the program. Thus, many successful applicants have some industry experience. Our program is very self-directed and students need to have sufficient experience to be successful. You have to know yourself and your interests. And you will be put in leadership positions in a variety [...]

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Q8: How important is the Statement of Purpose?

A8: Follow the format for the Statement of Purpose outline on the “How to Apply” page. It is as important as your application website. Everyone on the admissions committee reads it before we view your work. A strong, clear statement sets up the review, and it is a critical element in the admissions process. The [...]

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Q9: Do I need a design background to apply?

A9: We are looking for a balance of design potential and design experience in incoming students. No specific design experience or employment is required. The admissions committee evaluates your statement of purpose, website, academic preparation, recommendations, and previous life experience in conjunction with each other. That said, you do not need anyone’s permission to be [...]

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Q11: Are there alternatives to submitting the link to the application website that demonstrates my work?

A11: No, this is required.

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