Stanford Departments, Centers, & Institutions


Centers, Departments & Institutions

Haas Center for Public Service

Haas Center for Public Service

The Haas Center for Public Service inspires Stanford University to realize a just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. The center offers many opportunities for Stanford students to engage in the six public service pathways: activism, community-engaged scholarship, direct service, philanthropy, policy/politics, and social entrepreneurship. The center is committed to developing programs in and building support for educational opportunity and equity, environmental sustainability, and health. Haas Center staff collaborate with Stanford faculty and community partners to build service-learning courses and community research opportunities across a range of disciplines.

Program on Social Entrepreneurship

Program on Social Entrepreneurship (PSE) at Stanford University

The Program on Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law seeks to actively integrate the on-the-ground experience of social entrepreneurs from around the world with cutting-edge academic research at Stanford University. Building a tangible bridge between academia and practice, the Program exposes students to new models of social change through innovative courses and provides practitioners the opportunity to build their individual and personal capacities as social change leaders.


Stanford PACS Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society and effect social change. We bring together Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and nonprofit and foundation practitioners. As publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review, we inform policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment and nonprofit practice.


d.School at Stanford University

The is a hub for innovators at Stanford. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way here to take on the world’s messy problems together. Human values are the heart of our collaborative approach. We focus on creatie solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle. This is the core of what we do.

Center for Innovation in Global Health

Center for Innovation in Global Health

The Center for Innovation in Global Health serves as a resource for global health issues for the Stanford University community. Programs are dedicated to understanding and reducing health disparities and strengthening human capital both in our local communities and worldwide. By engaging Stanford's multidisciplinary strengths in innovative technology design, integrative patient and population research and education, the Center strives to create an ethos of service for low resource communities in the U.S. and worldwide

Program on Urban Studies

Program on Urban Studies

The interdisciplinary Program on Urban Studies provides a variety of educational resources to both non-majors and majors interested in becoming effective social change agents. For over a decade Urban Studies has offered a social entrepreneurship core consisting of Social Innovation and the Social Entrepreneur (URBANST 131), Concepts and Analytical Skills for the Social Sector (URBANST 132) and Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (URBANST 133), complemented by courses on special topics like Innovations in Microcredit and Development Finance (URBANST 137). Students who major in Urban Studies select from five areas of concentration, which include Urban Society and Social Change, Urban Sustainability, and Urban Education.

India Health Policy Research Center

Stanford India Health Policy Research Initiative

Stanford Health Policy is the joint working name of the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR). We conduct rigorous research that lays the foundation for better domestic and international health policy and health care. Drawing upon our multidisciplinary research, Stanford Health Policy offers innovative educational programs from the undergraduate to the graduate level.


Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES)

Your time at Stanford will go by quickly and will be full of opportunities. The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) at Stanford Graduate School of Business is here to help you navigate your way. The CES connects you with resources, community, and world-renowned faculty expertise dedicated to demystifying and nurturing your journey as an entrepreneurial student.


Mastery in Communication

The Mastery in Communication Initiative promotes communication excellence by providing communication courses, targeted workshops, and 1:1 coaching. Our mission is to help students at all levels of communication competency achieve mastery in communication. Our primary work is with students at the GSB, but space in our classes and workshops are made available to other graduate students at Stanford when possible.


Knight Journalism Program

The John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University foster journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Each year, we give 20 outstanding individuals from around the world the resources to pursue and test their ideas for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public. We work closely with them to help them make the most of the amazing creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that are synonymous with Stanford University and Silicon Valley. It's a win-win situation – for the fellows and for journalism.


Office of Technology Licensing (OTL)

OTL is responsible for managing the intellectual property assets of Stanford University.

Public Policy

Public Policy Program

The Stanford Interdisciplinary Program in Public Policy has been a strong undergraduate major since 1980. The Program now offers an MPP (a two-year professional degree) and an MA in Public Policy (a one-year degree), and includes 12 joint degree programs with Schools across the university. The graduate degree programs are open only to Stanford graduate students, Stanford alumni (2009-present) and graduating Stanford seniors.  Stanford graduate and undergraduate programs share common educational goals: rigorous training in public policy research and analysis.


Design for Extreme Affordability

Design for Extreme Affordability (officially listed at Stanford as ME206a-b/OIT333-334 and fondly called “Extreme”) is a two-quarter course offered by the through the Graduate School of Business and the School of Mechanical Engineering. This multidisciplinary project-based experience creates an enabling environment in which students learn to design products and services that will change the lives of the world’s poorest citizens. Students work directly with course partners on real world problems, the culmination of which is actual implementation and real change. Each year, 40 Stanford graduate students from across campus engage with 5 global partners to produce 10 transformative projects. The students participate in a human-centered design process that leads them to establish deep empathy with their users while using radical collaboration to iterate on seemingly impossible and extremely affordable solutions. Post-Extreme solutions create impact either through implementation by the partner, new independent student-led organizations, or another appropriate organization.


SEED Design Lab

The mission of the SEED Design Lab is to invest in ambitious projects by supporting and accelerating student teams that are in the process of taking their projects and services to market on the ground. The SEED Design Lab, located at Stanford Graduate School of Business, provides work spaces, support networks, and financial backing for Stanford University students and alumni teams that are working on products or services that will benefit the poor in developing economies.


Stanford Entrepreneurship Network

The primary purpose of the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network (SEN) is to serve as a forum for collaboration within Stanford's community of uniquely focused entrepreneurship programs and groups.


Start X

StartX is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the development of Stanford's top entrepreneurs through experiential education. StartX alumni represent some of Stanford's best entrepreneurs, in fields from clean tech and bio tech to consumer internet and enterprise software. Our founders range from undergrads and master's students to post-docs, professors, and Stanford alumni. We are proud to be building a community of all the top founders from Stanford.


John and Terry Levin Center for Public Interest Law

The mission of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School is to support and inspire our law school community while serving and bolstering the public interest field. The Levin Center staff teaches courses, manages programs, conducts research, provides technical assistance, and offers dedicated resources to promote long-term commitment to service in the legal profession and strengthen the public interest legal field.


Woods Institute

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is working toward a future in which societies meet people’s needs for water, food, health and other vital services while protecting and nurturing the planet. As the university’s hub of environment and sustainability research, Woods is the go-to place for Stanford faculty, researchers and students to collaborate on environmental research. Their interdisciplinary work crosses sectors and disciplines, advancing solutions to the most critical, complex environmental and sustainability challenges