Graduate Program Application Requirements


Graduate applicants to the Structural Biology program require:

  • A Bachelor's Degree, having completed at least one year's course work in biology, mathematics, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and physics. The department is particularly interested in students who have carried out original research during their undergraduate studies.
  • GRE® (Graduate Record Examination®) General Test and Subject Test are both not considered.

TOFEL requirements weblink: Here.  The Stanford Educational Testing Service (ETS) institutional code is 4704. Individual department code numbers are not necessary.  Foreign applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last two years. Exemptions are granted to applicants who have earned (or will earn, before enrolling at Stanford) a U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or the international equivalent degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE is on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 11:59:59 pm (PST).   Late applications will not be accepted.  

Home Program Selection Applicants can choose up to two home programs, and should apply to the Structural Biology home program as described on the Biosciences “How to Apply” webpage.

The Application Fee is $125.00 for all applicants. The acceptable form of payment is via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club) or bank transfer from a U.S. checking account. The application fee is non-refundable and must be received by the application deadline. Applicants with eligibility may consider applying for a fee waiver, which must be submitted 10 business days (two weeks) prior to the application deadline. 

Scanned copies of Transcripts from every postsecondary institution the applicant has attended must be uploaded into your application for completion. Graduate Admissions only requires admitted applicants who accept the offer of admission to submit Official Transcripts that shows their degree conferral. More details on this can be found on the following Graduate Admissions Transcripts webpage. Please do not send or have sent any official transcripts to the Biosciences Admissions Office.

All Recommendations must be submitted using the online application system. Three letters of recommendation are required. As part of the online application, you will be required to register the names and contact information, including e-mail addresses, of your recommenders. Recommenders will then receive an e-mail with directions on how to proceed. Letters of recommendation cannot be submitted via Interfolio, mailed, emailed, or faxed.

Interviews and Admit Visit Date
During the week of January 3, 2023, the committees will start to contact those applicants who have been selected for an interview. The selected applicants will be invited to interview virtually February 14-16, 2023. This will be our only interview session. Those admitted will be invited, at our expense, to an in-person visit March 16-19, 2023.

In general, if an applicant has not heard about a possible invitation by mid-February, it is unlikely that they will be invited or admitted. Applicants who are not selected for an interview will receive a letter that states that no further action will be taken on their application.

For additional information please contact:

Kathleen Guan
Graduate Programs
Biophysics and Structural Biology
Alway Building, Room M116I
Stanford, California 94305
Phone: (650) 723-7576

Please note that Winter Closure will be Wednesday, December 21st, 2022, through Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.