Master of Science Degree in Health Policy

How to Apply

Application deadline: February 23, 2021.  (Applications available through Stanford Graduate Admissions in late September 2020.) 
(This is the application deadline - transcripts can continue to arrive for a day or two after the deadline if necessary.)

Please submit your application through the Stanford Graduate Admissions website by clicking on "APPLY NOW."

Applications are evaluated based on the applicant's commitment to and aptitude for a career in health policy research as demonstrated via transcripts, statement of purpose, relevant work and research experience, and letters of recommendation.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required (optional for 20-21 application cycle), but may be waived for appliants with an MD or similar degree.  Applicants from non-English speaking countries should provide evidence of competence in English on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  See Stanford University GRE and TOEFL policies and requirements here.

Required Supporting Documents (to be submitted in the Stanford Graduate Admissions Application):

  • Statement of Purpose that includes area(s) of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE General Test scores (GRE scores are optional for applications submitted in the 20-21 application cycle)
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts for all college/university degrees
  • CV with relevant work and research experience


Additional notes:

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:  Once you submit the application (which should include an upload of transcripts), please be sure to request a copy of official transcripts for any school attended.  Please request those transcripts to be sent directly to the department:

Misty Mazzara
259 Campus Drive
HRP Redwood Building T152F, MC 5405
Stanford, CA 94305-5405

If your educational institution offers secure electronic certified transcript delivery service, please use

Please also make sure that you route your GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable) directly to Stanford from ETS.  Our university code is 4704. It does not matter what department code is specified. You will either self-report your scores or indicate the date you will take the test(s) in the online application. Self-reported scores will not be considered official until Stanford receives the electronic record.

GRE scores are optional for applicants who apply in the 20-21 application cycle.  Evidence of strong quantitative skills, however, is necessary so we recommend providing GRE scores if your application provides little evidence of your quantitative abilities.  If you would like to submit MCAT or other scores in lieu of GRE scores, please add your test, year, and score to the "additional test scores" section of the application.


It is in your best interest to start your application as early as possible.  This will allow for timely notification to your reference letter writers.

Additional information regarding Stanford policies and procedures for graduate applications can be found on the Stanford Graduate Admissions website

Stanford does not consider WES evaluations official transcripts.  Please see the Stanford Graduate Admissions website for additional guidance on transcripts and university requirements.

Additional information for international applicants can be found at the following link:

Application Status Inquiries:

Applicants are able to view their status on their Apply Web status page by logging back into their application. The department administrative staff will do their best to keep the application checklists updated.

The selection of students admitted to the Department of Health Research & Policy is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the scores on the General GRE (Graduate Record Examination), the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

Admission Decisions:

Admission decisions will be communicated by April of each admissions cycle.


Stanford tuition and fees can be found online.  8-10 units/quarter is considered full time status at Stanford University.  Most MS Health Policy students complete the degree in 5-6 quarters.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Applications:

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation.  This year, the program will award up to 75 high-achieving students with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.  To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by October 14, 2020, and separately to the MS Health Policy program by December 8, 2020 (note this deadline is earlier than the department deadline.)