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Preparing leaders in sustainability

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability students gain knowledge, experience, and skills to understand Earth, climate, and society and make meaningful contributions to sustainability challenges. 

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Enrollment opportunities

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as professional certificates, mentorship, fellowships, and research opportunities.

Undergraduate students interested in the Doerr School of Sustainability need to apply to Stanford University. Once enrolled, you can declare a major in one of our departments or programs. Interested graduate students should apply directly through relevant departments. Get help applying to graduate school

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Departments

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Explore the people and programs of Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability’s six departments.

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Courses

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Find introductory courses, field trips, and other opportunities to explore sustainability topics.

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Michael Wara

Michael Wara
Interim director for policy engagement, Sustainability Accelerator

“Sustainability work is very often multidisciplinary and students are the lifeblood of that.”

Our diversity commitment

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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability aims to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout the fabric of its educational mission. We are working to build a community of students, postdocs, staff, and faculty that reflects the diversity of our national communities and international partners.

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Apoorv Bhargava

Apoorv Bhargava, MBA/MS ’18
Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

One of the most valuable things about this program is working with the other joint degree students. Collectively they offer a uniquely sophisticated, interdisciplinary perspective that goes way beyond what we learn in the classroom.

Institutes and initiatives

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability’s three institutes and their associated centers and initiatives bring together faculty and students from across Stanford and the world to tackle challenges that require multiple perspectives.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Professor Jeremy Bailenson, Senior Fellow at Woods Institute for the Environment

Training and mentorship programs give students skills to become global leaders in their fields. 

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Precourt Institute for Energy

Yi Cui, director of Precourt Institute

Precourt offers a suite of energy courses, experiential learning opportunities, mentoring, and advising for students. 

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Liza Goldberg, ’24
Undeclared

“The more students understand the science and impacts of climate change, the more quickly we can spread public awareness and jointly work toward climate solutions in the future.”

Experiential learning

Opportunities for hands-on learning and research experience outside the classroom include two-day field courses, multi-week field studies, overseas seminars, a quarter-long field course in social and biophysical systems in Hawaii, and more.

Hopkins Marine Station

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Stanford’s marine science laboratory on the Monterey Peninsula provides 10 research laboratories and an ideal location for hands-on learning, immersive research, and new collaborations.

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Field learning

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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability scholars and students conduct research or engage in field learning on all seven continents and oceans.

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Grayson Zulauf, MS ’18, PhD ’20
Electrical Engineering

“The entire Stanford energy ecosystem is the whole package — mentorship, technology experts, inspiration, funding, collaborations — that makes clean-energy entrepreneurship possible here.”

Careers

Stanford alumni are making a difference in renewable energy, environmental policy, climate science, food security, groundwater management, wildfire mitigation, environmental justice, and more.