PhD minor

Please note that only current Stanford students are eligible to apply for Ph.D. Minor in Computer Science.

Important Information to Ph.D. Minor Applicants

For a Ph.D. minor in Computer Science, a candidate must complete 20 units of Computer Science work level 200 or above except for the 100 level courses listed on the Ph.D. Minor Worksheet attached below.  These units must include 3 of the Computer Science Master's core courses to provide breadth and depth.  One of the courses must include a significant programming project. All courses must be taken for a ''letter grade'' indicator of 3.0 or better. 

Ph.D. minor applications are accepted year round.  Please do not wait to apply when you are closer to graduating or going on TGR status in your home department. The application form must be approved first by your current department and then turned in to the CS PhD Student Services Office for approval.  Your official transcript, PhD Minor Worksheet and a copy of candidacy form must be attached to your application request when it is submitted to the Computer Science Department via email to . The application for Ph.D. minor should be submitted after you have been granted candidacy in your home department.   A faculty representation from the Computer Science department (CS faculty, Courtesy CS faculty, Joint CS faculty count) on the University oral examination committee is required. When you are ready to defend, a copy of your University Oral Examination form must be submitted via email to (Please note that the Ph.D. minor is processed for conferral by the CS department.)

If you have any questions with regards to the Ph.D. minor in Computer Science, please send an email to

Ph.D. Minor application form is now an eForm. To find and submit this form, you'll need to navigate to Student eForms, located inside of your My Academics drop-down menu within Axess.

Please see the Ph.D. Minor WorksheetThe courses are updated every year at the beginning of summer quarter.   If you have already applied and have been approved for PhD CS Minor by our office, then we will honor the courses you had listed on your worksheet at the time of your application.