Master of Science Degree in
Epidemiology and Clinical Research


Application deadline:  Tuesday,  February 4, 2025. This is the application deadline – all supporting documents, including all reference letters, must be received by the deadline. (APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN THROUGH STANFORD GRADUATE ADMISSIONS BY MID-SEPTEMBER.)

Note:  For current Stanford MDs and MD students, late applications may be submitted with the permission of the program directors, Victor Henderson, MD, and Rita Popat.  Email the Educational Program Manager ( for additional details.

*Please see the bottom of the page for Knight-Hennessy Scholar information. Accepted applicants receive up to three years of funding and valuable leadership skills.

Applicants from other countries whose first language is not English and who have not received a degree from a university where the primary language of instruction is English will be required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores as evidence of English proficiency. Scores of at least 100 for the Internet-based test (iBT) or 250-300 for the computer-based (cBT) TOEFL exam are required. (For additional information on TOEFL, please visit the Stanford Graduate Admissions website at


Please submit your application through the Stanford Graduate Admissions website by clicking “APPLY NOW.”

Successful applicants for admission are expected to have a strong academic record, high Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores obtained within the past five years (optional), strong letters of recommendation, and an appropriate personal statement of purpose. Preference will be accorded to applicants with research interests aligned with those of faculty available to serve as research mentors. 

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 (optional)
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts for all college/university degrees
  • CV with relevant work and research experience

Additional notes:

If you choose to use MCAT or other test scores in lieu of GRE scores in your application, please list your test, year, and score in the "additional test scores" section of the application.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:  Please ensure you upload a copy of the unofficial transcript for every school attended into your application. If admitted, you must provide official transcripts (direct from the institution) to Stanford Graduate Admissions for review and verification. Any offer of admission is contingent upon authentication of official transcripts submitted directly to Graduate Admissions. 

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

Note: Current Stanford students do not need to send official transcripts, as they are already on file in the registrar's office.

Please also ensure 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.

Stanford does not accept IELTS.  TOEFL is required for international applicants. Additional information and Stanford Graduate Admissions guidance on the TOEFL and waiver can be found here.

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

Application Status Inquiries:

All applicants can check the status of applications (receipt of letters of recommendation, official transcripts, test scores) by logging back into the application account Status Page. 

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

Admission Decisions:

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


Stanford tuition and fees can be found online. Eight to ten units/quarter is considered full-time graduate status at Stanford University. Most MS Epidemiology & Clinical Research students complete the program in five to six quarters.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Applications:

Join dozens of Stanford Medicine students who receive up to three years of funding and valuable leadership skills as Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS).

KHS admits up to 100 select applicants each year from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools and delivers engaging experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders ready to address complex global challenges. As a scholar, you join a multidisciplinary and multicultural cohort, participate in up to three years of leadership programming, and receive full funding for up to three years of your graduate studies at Stanford.

Candidates from any country may apply. KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to KHS.

We invite you to apply if you aspire to be a leader in your field. The KHS application deadline is October 9, 2024, at 1:00 pm (PT). Learn more about KHS admission.