Students interested in additional coursework and independent study beyond the MS can pursue the Engineer Degree.
This degree is similar to the Master of Engineering degree offered at several other U.S. engineering schools. It requires 45 units of coursework beyond the original master's degree to address the student’s interests in a more specific area of applied research. The flexible degree must be designed by the student and an appointed advisor and accompanied by a 12- to 15-unit thesis. This degree can be completed in three quarters of full-time study after the MS degree.
Students typically enroll in the Engineer degree for one of two reasons:
1. Acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in a fast-changing field
- Past Engineer Degree graduates have explored topics as diverse as designing, building and operating high-efficiency data centers; deploying large-scale photovoltaic solar arrays; developing innovative ways to finance global infrastructure projects; measuring the costs vs. benefits of deploying virtual design and construction methods and tools; and clarifying the legal liabilities of owners regarding construction accidents
- The program positions graduates to work as leading-edge practitioners or consultants in their newly won area of technical or managerial expertise
2. Explore their interest in a particular research topic or research career and demonstrate their research abilities for potential follow-on PhD research to a prospective advisor
- Students who already have an MS degree from another university and are interested in enrolling as PhD candidates in CEM are generally required to apply for admission as candidates for the Engineer degree first
- Stanford MS graduates sometimes enroll in the Engineer degree program to explore their interest in, and their motivation and ability to pursue, a career as a researcher/educator.
See the Engineer degree CEE department requirements page for more information.