Stanford University

MCS is becoming the Data Science Program

The MCS program’s name will change to Data Science on September 1, 2022. Students who have a strong preference for declaring the MCS major before the name changes need to do so by August 30, 2022. For more information please read our FAQs about this transition, the degree requirements for the B.S. in Data Science (with changes from MCS in green), and the degree requirements for the B.A. in Data Science

In addition, the last day to declare the MCS minor will also be August 30, 2022. After that, the MCS minor will be discontinued.

How to Graduate

To graduate, students should:

  • File a plan for completing degree requirements with their advisor or program staff at least three quarters prior to graduation.
  • Check that all courses used to fulfill major requirements have been taken for a letter grade with the exception of courses offered satisfactory/no credit only.

  • Ensure you have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in all course work used to fulfill the major requirement.

         (Students must comply with the requirements specified in the Bulletin at the time a major is declared.)

Registration is required in degree conferral quarter. Students must be enrolled in courses, or apply for a special registration status (PSO, Grad Quarter, Last Units Out of Residence).

University graduation checklist

  1. Apply to graduate in Axess. (Senior survey required)
  2. Check GERs and units toward graduation. (Verify progress towards University degree requirements with Academic Advising.)
  3. Check Degree Plan (major requirements).
  4. Ensure that you will complete the requirements (section above) for your entire degree plan by the end of Spring quarter, including major(s), minors(s), and school requirements. Check with the student services administrator in your department(s) or school(s) to make sure you are on track to graduate.
  5. Monitor "To Do" Items (indicate which requirements are outstanding) and your application status in Axess.

2021-22 Application to Graduate Deadline

The upcoming application to graduate opens the day after each term's application to graduate deadline.


Spring quarter: Late application to graduate deadline: May 27th, 5PM

Please use the instructions below to submit your application in Axess:

Select "Apply to Graduate" from the drop down menu on the Student Center Academics tab and complete the entire application to graduate process.

Please note that if you apply to graduate, and then withdraw that application to graduate, you will be unable to re-apply for graduation in Axess for that same quarter. For questions regarding the application to graduate, contact the Student Services Center via a SU Services & Support Request .

Students who confer their degree autumn, winter, spring and summer are welcome to participate in the diploma ceremony in June.