Admissions Timeline

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.

Fall 2021 Admissions Timeline

September 9, 2020: NMS Match registration will open to genetic counseling applicants

Late September-early October 2020: Stanford's online graduate application opens

October 14, 2020 (1:00PM, pacific): Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) Program application deadline

December 1, 2020: MS genetic counseling application deadline for Fall 2020 admission.

  • Applicants who also applied to the KHS Program must submit all application materials (incuding CV, supplemental essay, official transcript(s), letters of recommendation, and official TOEFL scores [if applicable]) must be received by the genetic counseling program's application deadline in order to be considered for both programs.

December 2020 - January 2021: Applications are reviewed; Applicants are selected for phone interviews (invited by email in mid-late January)

Late January 2021: Phone interviews conducted

Early February 2021: Interview invitations are sent by email

March - April 2021: Interviews conducted (Although we do not know at this time if we will offer in-person interviews in early 2021, the option for remote interviews will be available)

April 14, 2021: NMS rank order list deadline for applicants and programs

April 23, 2021: Match Day!

Application Status Inquiries

Due to the high volume of application materials that we receive, we cannot respond to individual requests for the status of your application. To check the status of your application materials (e.g. letters of recommendation received, official ETS scores, etc.), please log into your application account Activity Log. Program administration will update the status of transcripts received on a weekly basis after the application deadline. We will contact you in early January if we are missing any application materials.

GRE and TOEFL scores

It takes approximately two weeks after you submit your online application for official ETS scores to be paired with your online application. The institution code for Stanford is 4704. No department code is required. Your self-reported scores can suffice to begin review of your application. However, a final decision will not be made until official scores have been received.