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Graduate Authorization Petition Overview

Graduate students enrolled in a related department at Stanford may apply to pursue the MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering in order to change MS departments or to complement his or her PhD program. This is referred to as the Graduate Authorization Petition (Grad Auth). 

First quarter of Enrollment  Application Deadline
Winter 2021-2022 October 12, 2021
Spring 2021-2022 January 11, 2022
Autumn 2022-2023 April 12, 2022


All applications for a particular quarter are reviewed shortly after the corresponding application deadline (no rolling admissions). Please allow up to 4 weeks after the application deadline to receive notification of the admission decision via email. If your paper Grad Auth has been approved, you will then need to submit the online Graduate Authorization Petition in Axess. 

How to Apply

Step 1: Download and fill out the Graduate Authorization Petition Form from the ME website:

MS FormPhD Form

Step 2: Submit your complete application to the ME Student Services office (Bldg. 530 Room 125) by the corresponding deadline.

A complete application includes:

  • A completed paper MS Grad Auth form or paper PhD Grad Auth Form. If you are applying to the PhD, you must have the form signed by an ME faculty. 
  • A completed PhD Preliminary Course Proposal Form (available on the ME Intranet) if applying to the PhD.
  • Statement of purpose, no longer than 1 page, explaining why you would like to add the ME degree, your preparation for this field of study, why our program is a good fit for you, future career plans, and other relevant aspects of your background and interests. 
  • Current Stanford transcript (unofficial).

After receiving your application materials, the Mechanical Engineering Student Services Office will request copies of your original Stanford graduate application from your home department for review. 

If admitted, you will be instructed to submit the online Graduate Program Authorization Petition Form in Axess.

Please follow the instructions on the Graduate Program Authorization Petition page on the Registrar's website to submit the petition. The petition fee is $125. This fee will be added to your University bill. 

The petition will be routed first to your home department. It will need to be approved by your home department's Student Services Officer before it is routed to us.