The PhD degree is offered under the general regulations of the university as set forth in the "Graduate Degrees" section of the Stanford University Bulletin.
The degree requires a minimum of 135 units of graduate study, at least two years of which must be at Stanford with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in post-MS course work. The time to completion, though, generally varies from four to six years, on average. All candidates for the PhD degree are required to complete CEE 200 in conjunction with a one-quarter teaching assistantship/course assistantship. Please see the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering handbook for further requirements, including specific PhD coursework unit requirements.
All students applying to the PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Atmosphere/Energy must complete a master's degree in science or engineering (MS, MSc, MEng or equivalent) before starting the PhD program. Students not currently enrolled in a master's degree program in science or engineering or who have not completed one already, can be considered only for the MS program in Atmosphere/Energy.
A student desiring to obtain a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Atmosphere/Energy should apply for the PhD though the Atmosphere/Energy Program either while enrolled in an MS program or after completing the MS degree.