Master of Science Degree in
Epidemiology and Clinical Research

How To Apply

Application deadline:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
(This is the application deadline – all supporting documents must be received by the deadline, including all reference letters.  Official transcripts can continue to arrive for a day or two after the deadline if necessary.)

Note:  For internal Stanford applicants, late applications may be submitted with permission of the program director, Victor Henderson, MD .  Email Education Program Manager ( for additional details.

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 GRE and TOEFL, please reference the Stanford Graduate Admissions website FAQ related to tests: )



Please submit your application through the Stanford Graduate Admissions website by clicking on “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, 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
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts for all college/university degrees
  • CV with relevant work and research experience


Additional notes:

Physicians and dentists licensed in the U.S. and Canada may be eligible for a GRE/MCAT waiver.   A waiver will be considered only after the admissions committee has reviewed all the remaining components of the online application.  Please contact Education Program Manager ( if you choose to use this option or would like to request MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores in your application.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:  Once you submit the application (which should include an upload of transcripts), please be sure to request TWO copies of official transcripts for any postsecondary institution attended for at least one academic year as a full-time student.  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 certified electronic transcript service, please use (only one transcript from each school required if electronic).

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 those transcripts are already on file in the registrar's office.

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.

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.


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 Activity Log.  Please do not email the department regarding the status of application.

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 General GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score, the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

Admission Desicions:

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


Stanford tuition and fees can be found online.  8-10 units/quarter is considered full time graduate status at Stanford University.  Most MS Epidemiology & Clinical Research students complete the program 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 10, 2019, and separately to the MS Epidemiology & Clinical Research program by December 10, 2019 (note this deadline is before the published department deadline).


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