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Prospective Students

Letter to Prospective Students:

We are pleased that you are considering majoring in Management Science and Engineering. We believe that our undergraduate curriculum is composed of a rigorous, interesting and coherent set of courses; the training provided in these courses and in the balance of the undergraduate engineering program at Stanford provides a strong background for a variety of career alternatives, as well as professional and graduate study, especially in engineering.

The faculty of the Department of Management Science and Engineering urge you to consider carefully the mission of the department (see the "Bulletin") and the nature of the courses that comprise the major. Substantial math, statistics and operations research courses are required in the program.

We are anxious to help in the process of matching you to the major that is most appropriate to your interests and abilities. Therefore, before processing your paperwork as a "declared MS&E major", we would like to provide you with some counseling. To assist us in this counseling, please:

  1. Complete the counseling (pdf) form.
  2. Go into Axess and declare MS&E as your major. Your declaration will be routed to Lori Cottle, Student Services Officer, for approval. On-line approval will be given after steps 1-5 are completed.
  3. Meet with Lori Cottle in the Huang Engineering Center, Suite 114, for a tentative advisor assignment, or choose an advisor from the list of available advisors.
  4. Take the counseling form and an unofficial copy of your transcript or Axess grade printout to your assigned faculty advisor for a declaration advising session.
  5. Bring the completed, signed form to Lori Cottle in the Huang Engineering Center, Suite 114, who will then approve your on-line declaration. You will be sent an automatic email from the system after final approval has been given.


Peter W. Glynn
Professor and Chair Department of Management Science and Engineering