Admissions

Fall 2021 application deadline: December 1, 2020

In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.

Application Overview

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

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • Applicants from institutions outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. See minimum level of study required of International applicants.

 

Required Application Materials: All applicants will be required to submit Stanford's online application for graduate admission (available in late September-early October). Instructions about submitting these application materials are found within Stanford’s online application.

  • $125 application fee
    •     Click HERE for information about graduate application fee waivers
  • 3 letters of reference
  • TOEFL scores or a TOEFL waiver (if applicable)
  • CV (Resume)
  • Personal Statement
  • Supplemental Essay
  • Transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions you have attended as a full-time students for one year or longer or from which you completed a relevant course
    • Applicants must upload one scanned version of their official transcript(s) to the online application
    • ONLY matriculated students will need to have official transcripts sent to our program
     

Please carefully review our How to Apply page for additional details about our program's application requirements.

 

Statement regarding diversity in graduate education

The University believes that a graduate student body that is both highly qualified and diverse is essential to the educational process.  Because of its strong belief in the value of diversity, Stanford especially encourages applicants whose culture, socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, skills, and interests provide additional dimensions to the University's programs. Each of the University's seven schools has faculty and staff specifically charged with addressing the concerns and needs of the school's diverse populations.  The University works to provide an environment of support responsive to the needs of its diverse graduate students as they pursue advanced degrees. Programs including symposia, interdisciplinary research opportunities, career preparation, and social and cultural events are offered by individual campus units or offices working collaboratively. Even though the University is large and decentralized, students have access to relevant members of the campus community who are resourceful, helpful, and work together to provide a network of support.  Additional information may be obtained from the Graduate Student Services offices in the respective schools.

We encourage any applicants from diverse backgrounds, especially those from under-represented backgrounds, to contact us and discuss the specifics of their application. Additionally, if you would like to connect with a student, alumnus, or faculty member representing a specific background, please contact us through our webform.

2020 Prospective Applicant Webinar

Our co-directors hosted live webinar for prospective applicants on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The recording can be found HERE.