Applicant Resources

How to Apply to Bioengineering
Go to Stanford's Graduate Admissions Website. Please carefully read all information and instructions.

Applications will not be accepted after the December 2, 2014 deadline. All supporting documents must be postmarked by the deadline in order for your application to be considered in the review process. Applications to the M.S. and Ph.D. program are considered for admission in the autumn quarter only.

To be eligible for admission to graduate programs at Stanford, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. completion of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or
  2. completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing.

The competition for admission is keen, and is granted to students who exhibit an excellent academic record and strong research potential.

Students will be expected to enter with a series of core competencies in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computing, and engineering. The backgrounds of students entering the program will be assessed by the examination of their undergraduate transcripts and research experiences. Specifically, we will require that students have completed mathematics through multivariable calculus and differential equations, completed a series of undergraduate biology courses (equivalent to BIO 41, 42, 43 series) and completed physics, chemistry, and computer sciences courses required of all undergraduate majors in engineering. Full course descriptions may be found at

Applications must be submitted using the on-line applicatin form. Paper applications are no longer accepted. When you use the online application, your information enters our database directly, making the admissions process smoother and faster. A built-in monitor ensures that you do not forget to include important information, and you can save your progress. When your department downloads your application, you will know that it is legible and complete.

Application Fee
The Application Fee is $125.00. Online application fee payment: Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard) ONLY. Stanford University cannot accept checks or money orders.

Statement of Purpose
Your statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford. It would be helpful to include what you have done to prepare for this degree program. Please describe your research interests, past research experience, future career plans, and other details of your background and interests that will allow us to evaluate your ability to thrive in our program. If you have interests that align with specific faculty member, you may state this in your application. Your Statement of Purpose should not exceed two pages in length (single spaced).

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required; two letters must come from an academic source. If your background includes industrial experience, involvement in performing arts, athletics, public service, or entrepreneurial activities, you may wish to include one reference who can comment on that part of your experience. Indicate on the recommendation form whether you are waiving your right to see the letter of recommendation. You can obtain the recommendation form OR you may utilize the provision in the on-line application to have your recommenders submit letters directly on-line.

Recommendations not submitted on-line must be sent to:

Bioengineering Graduate Admissions
Stanford University
443 Via Ortega
Shriram Center, Room 119
Stanford, California 94305-4125

If your recommenders wish to mail their recommendation to our department, they must be postmarked by the December 2, 2014. If you send letters to us, they must be sealed and signed on the back of the envelope by the recommender.

We suggest including the following note from Stanford University when you ask individuals for recommendations:

"Thank you for taking the time to write on behalf of this candidate who is applying to a graduate program in the department of Bioengineering at Stanford. The most useful recommendations provide detailed descriptions supported by specific anecdotes illustrating the candidate's intellectual abilities and personal qualities. In addition to considering traditional indicators of academic performance (G.P.A., quality of undergraduate institution/program, G.R.E. exam scores) we are very interested in the applicant's creative abilities, effectiveness in implementation, leadership skills, and personal qualities. Letters of Recommendation are a very important source of this information."

We require two official and sealed copies from all previous colleges or universities attended for one year or more full time. The institution should send you your transcripts in a sealed envelope. Transcripts received opened are not considered official. In addition to the paper transcripts, applicants are required to upload scanned unofficial transcripts as part of their application.

Some institutions do not release transcripts directly to students. In such cases, we will accept transcripts sent directly from the institution.

Send official transcripts to:

Bioengineering Graduate Admissions
Stanford University
443 Via Ortega
Shriram Center, Room 119
Stanford, California 94305-4125

CV (Resume)
A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) submitted as part of the online application. Please be sure to list all your publications (if any) here as well.

GRE Results
Applicants are required to take the GRE aptitude test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). No GRE Subject test is required. Scores must be reported to the Graduate Admissions office by the Educational Testing Service (photocopies of scores sent to you are not acceptable.) Our institution code for ETS is 4704. You do not need a department code. It is strongly recommended that the GREs be taken before the end of November for the scores to arrive in time for the consideration of your application. The department has no established absolute cutoff scores.

GRE general results must be from an examination taken within the last five years. For more information on GRE requirements, please see the "Are You Ready to Apply?" section at the graduate admissions website.

TOEFL Results
TOEFL results must be from an examination taken within the last eighteen months. The Stanford institution code for ETS reporting is 4704. You do not need a department code. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please see the "Are You Ready to Apply?" section at the graduate admissions website.

Application Status Inquiries
We are unable to answer inquiries regarding the status of any application. We will contact you if your application is incomplete; be sure to keep your e-mail address updated. Admission decisions will be made by:

Late March for the MS and Ph.D. program

If you do not receive an e-mail from our office by the posted decision date, you may e-mail us at and include your first and last names as used on the application. Please do not call our office with this particular inquiry, as we are unable to provide any applicant information over the phone.

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