Frequently Asked Admissions Questions
Do I need a bachelor's degree to apply to the program?
You will need to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university prior to matriculation, but you're not required to have one at the time of application unless you're an international student. Applicants with degrees in progress at the time of application may be conditionally accepted into the program, provided they successfully complete their bachelor's degree within the timeframe planned.
We regret that, at this time, we cannot consider applicants who do not have, or have pending, a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. We are unable to make any exceptions to this requirement.
If you are unsure about the US accreditation status of your institution, accreditation information is usually listed in an institution's "About Us" section (or similar) on their website.
Where should my GRE scores be sent? Have you received my scores?
First of all, make sure that you self-report your scores in CASPA as these scores will be used first in the application evaluation process. Submission of either GRE or MCAT scores are an application requirement. Applications missing scores will be considered incomplete and will therefore not be evaluated until the scores have been added.
If you retake your GRE or MCAT after you submit your application in CASPA, wait until your application is in "Verified" status in CASPA and then go back in and report your new scores. Please contact our office to ensure that we are able to see your updated scores.
We do not need your official GRE scores until later in the application process (interview stage). Please do not send us your official scores earlier as official scores are received by a central University entity, and not directly by our office. We do not track official scores early in the admissions cycle and are therefore unable to confirm receipt of official scores sent at that time.
If you are invited for an interview, ask the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your official scores to Stanford electronically. The Stanford University ETS code is 4704-GI (the GI refers to Graduate Institution).
What is the minimum GRE score you accept?
We do not have a minimum GRE score threshold. That said, we generally like to see scores at or above the 50th percentile mark. However, our application evaluation process is holistic, so one single weak area will not doom your application—we evaluate the whole application, the whole person. If your GRE scores are not a strength, consider retaking them, and also make sure that the other areas of your application are extra strong.
Is the preparatory coursework required?
No, but it is strongly recommended.
You are eligible to apply to the program even if you have not completed all of the preparatory courses. However, due to the extremely competitive nature of our applicant pools, it is strongly recommended that you complete this coursework as it is evaluated as part of your application. The program has accepted students who did not have all prepartory courses. These students had other strengths in their application that offset thes missing courses.
What is the deadline to complete the preparatory coursework in order to have it considered?
Most courses, including the "strongly recommended" courses, must be completed prior to application. However, the three additional upper-division-level courses ("recommended" courses) may be completed by the time of matriculation.
How old can my preparatory coursework be?
Strongly recommended and recommended prerequisite courses should be completed within the last 10 years.
Coursework completed more than 10 years ago will be noted but will not be actively considered.
Does it matter where I take my preparatory coursework?
All preparatory coursework will be considered, provided that it fits our criteria and was taken at a regionally accredited US institution.
Courses offered by a 4-year institution are generally of a greater academic rigor than courses offered by a 2-year institution, and will be considered as such.
Online courses are acceptable, particularly for courses such as statistics. We accept, but do not recommend, online/remote settings for courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, considering the absence of a physical lab.
Does my course qualify for the statistics category?
We only accept general statistics or biostatistics for this category.
A higher-level math course is notable, but will not satisfy this category.
Specialized statistics courses, such as "Statistics for Psych Majors", will not provide applicants with a sufficiently strong foundation in the basic "pure math" aspects of statistics that is desired. Therefore, we regret that such courses will not be considered.
Your qualifying statistics or biostatistics course will most likely be offered by your institution's math or biology department.
Can AP credit count toward preparatory coursework?
We regret that we are unable to accept AP credit to count toward preparatory coursework. All coursework for the program should be undertaken at the postsecondary level (community college, 4 year college, or graduate school).