Application deadline for Fall 2025 admission: TBA (deadline will be posted by late summer)

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 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.


Enhancing Stanford's learning community

The MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling recognizes that the Supreme Court issued a ruling in June 2023 about the consideration of certain types of demographic information as part of an admission review. All applications submitted during upcoming application cycles will be reviewed in conformance with that decision.

The MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling welcomes graduate applications from individuals with a broad range of life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. The review process is holistic and individualized, considering each applicant’s academic record and accomplishments, letters of recommendation, prior research experience, and admissions essays to understand how an applicant’s life experiences have shaped their past and potential contributions to their field and how they might enrich the learning community at Stanford.

Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or marital status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. Consistent with its obligations under the law, in the administration of the University's programs and activities, Stanford prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law; Stanford also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  This policy applies to Stanford programs and activities both on and off-campus, including overseas programs.

2023 Prospective Applicant Webinar

We hosted our annual webinar for prospective applicants on October 16, 2023. If you were unable to attend, we encourage you to watch the recording HERE.