Sure, we’re called the d.school. But we’re not actually one of Stanford’s seven schools, and we don’t grant degrees. Instead, our students are all enrolled in other degree-granting programs on campus—everything from computer science PhDs to education master’s students to MD programs. Absolutely every graduate student enrolled at Stanford is welcome to apply to d.school classes.
If you’re thinking about coming to Stanford and want to spend time at the d.school, take a look through the degrees and programs offered on the Stanford website. The d.school is home to many different types of graduate students, and there’s a place here for everyone. If you’re interested in getting your degree in, say, business, but augmenting that degree with a depth in design thinking, apply to the business school and come to the d.school to take supplementary classes. If you’re interested primarily in medicine but want to get involved in the d.school, apply to the school of medicine and augment your degree program with classes offered at the institute. Don’t worry if you’re applying to a department that you don’t see well-represented at the d.school. We’ll be even more eager to have you!
If what you want is a degree in design, that is offered at Stanford. We share our building with the Design Program at Stanford; the program is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The constantly evolving program is a two-year Master’s degree developing practitioners and leaders of design.