The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

The newest of Stanford’s seven schools, the Doerr School of Sustainability focuses on scholarship and impact relating to sustainability. Students have opportunities to learn about the natural world and its linkages with human society, and prepares them to contribute to creating a more sustainable world by addressing such issues as climate change, geological hazards, the energy transition, food and water security, oceans, sustainable cities, and water resources. 

The School lists courses under the subject code SUSTAIN on Stanford’s Explore Courses website. Courses offered by the School's departments and interdisciplinary programs are linked on their separate sections, and are offered under the subject codes CEE, EARTHSYS, ENERGY, ENVRES, EPS, ESS, GEOPHYS, OCEANS, and SUST. 

The School offers undergraduate programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.), coterminal programs leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees, joint/dual M.S. degrees with other schools, and graduate curricula leading to the degrees of M.S., Engineer, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The school has six academic departments: Civil and Environmental Engineering (joint department with School of Engineering), Earth and Planetary Sciences, Earth System Science, Energy Science and Engineering, Geophysics, and Oceans; and three interdisciplinary programs: the Earth Systems Program, the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), and the Sustainability and Science Practice Program.

In addition, institutes and an accelerator offer opportunities for students to be engaged in sustainability. The Woods Institute for the Environment is developing global leadership by focusing on skills, knowledge and networks to move ideas into action and support informed decision-making. Their educational programs include mentorship, research opportunities, fellowships and more. The Precourt Institute for Energy offers a suite of energy courses, experiential learning opportunities, and events for students through their Explore Energy program. Over time, a new Institute for Sustainable Societies and Sustainability Accelerator will add opportunities for students to engage in sustainability.

Prospective applicants and current students should consult the relevant department or program for detailed information about degree requirements, courses, and application procedures.