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A Joint Degree Program (JDP) is a specified combination of degree programs or degree types, meaning you are enrolled in two graduate degree programs concurrently. 

JDPs are developed and proposed by the relevant academic units and require agreement between the participating programs and schools regarding admissions, advising, curricula, and tuition.

In a JDP, a specified number of units may be double-counted toward the minimum university residency requirements for both degrees. 


  • Pursuing a joint degree that includes a Ph.D. may not also count a Stanford master’s degree or transfer units towards residency for the Ph.D. degree.
  • Application deadlines for each program or degree apply. 
  • Both degrees in a JDP are conferred concurrently because the units required for each degree are linked to the completion of both degrees. The sole exception is the J.D. degree, which may be awarded prior to the second degree.

Learn more about Joint Degree Programs.

Application Information

To apply to approved JDPs, consult your school or department about the application procedure. Note that application deadlines for each program or degree apply. You must be admitted to the JDP no later than the Final Study List deadline of the term (prior to the term of expected degree conferral).

Joint Degree Program Student Checklist

Download the Joint Degree Program Student Checklist to use as a planning guide for your JDP. This form is intended for your own use and does not need to be submitted to the university.