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Energy Resources Engineering

We teach courses and perform research relevant to the production and transformation of energy resources.

ERE Admissions

Graduate students are admitted by the department of Energy Resources Engineering. All undergraduates are admitted by Stanford University Undergraduate Admissions regardless of their major interest. Our department admits graduate students on the basis of their academic achievements, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, work experience and Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores. There are no minimum grade point averages or GRE scores: the admissions committee reviews each application carefully to determine the overall demonstrated and potential ability.

Application Deadline

Applications to Energy Resources Engineering graduate programs must be received by the deadline of Tuesday, December 15, 2020  in order to be considered for 2021-22 admission cycle. 

In accordance with Stanford's Winter closure, the ERE department will be closed December 14, 2020 - January 3, 2021. Staff will not be available to respond to inquiries during this time, so please plan accordingly.

Application Procedure

  • Prospective Undergraduate Applicants should visit the Stanford Undergraduate Admissions for information.
  • Prospective Graduate Applicants should visit Stanford Graduate Admissions for additional information. The online application is also available on the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Current Stanford MS students interested in applying to the Department of Energy Resources Engineering should contact the ERE Student Services for more information on application procedure.

Specific information on the course of study for all undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Department of Energy Resources Engineering can be found in the Stanford Registrar's Bulletin in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences section.

Please note that all PhD applicants must have a MS in order to be considered for the PhD program in Energy Resources Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. All PhD applicants for Petroleum Engineering must have a MS in Petroleum Engineering.

The following items must be received in the electronic application:

  • General Graduate Admissions information
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Academic transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate institutions                                             
  • Supplemental Form
    The research-related questions on the Supplemental Form are as follows:
    (1) Designate up to three ERE faculty members with whom you would like to work. These should correspond to the Academic Interests selected in the drop-down menu in your online application.
    (2) Describe why you selected the faculty member(s) you did, and how your research/technical interests align with theirs. Feel free to point to specific projects and/or papers in your response, as appropriate. Please keep your response to a maximum of 300 words.
    You can see a list of ERE faculty and a brief description of their research.

Official Transcripts

Please upload one scanned version of your official transcript(s) in the online application. Please read the Applying section of central Graduate Admissions website for important information on submitting transcripts.

For frequently asked questions please visit  here.

**The University reserves the right to request additional information.


Be sure to schedule your GRE and TOEFL (if needed) exam dates to give you enough time to meet the application deadline. The GRE exam is required of all applicants, while the TOEFL is required of most international applicants whose first language is not English. You can check the Graduate Admissions FAQ for more information. There can be no substitutions for these two exams.

GRE scores can be no older than 5 years prior to your application. Strong quantitative skills are essential for successful completion of all programs, therefore the admissions committee expects a high quantitative score. Please note that because most GRE testing sites are closed we are now allowing the GRE to be taken at home.

TOEFL scores must be no older than 18 months prior to your application. Please check requirements on the Graduate Admissions website.

The Stanford score recipient code for ETS is 4704 (no department code is needed for ERE). Please include a copy of your GRE scores with your application or note your scores in the electronic application. Official ETS scores for both GRE and TOEFL must be received by the application deadline.

Application Status

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to individual inquiries about the status of documents submitted. A comprehensive review of all application materials will begin after the deadline. You will be contacted directly for any missing materials.

If you have any questions, please refer to our Admissions FAQ or contact our Student Services Administrator.

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Knight-Hennesy Scholars

Each year up to 90 high-achieving students who are independent thinkers, display purposeful leadership, and have a civic orientation will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.

Applicants to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program must apply to that program by Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time, and apply separately to the Department of Energy Resources Engineering by December 15.

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