Graduate Program Application Requirements

COVID-19 Impact and Admissions Statement

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.

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 required.

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 eighteen months. 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 30, 2021 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 Fees is $125.00 for all applicants. Acceptable form of payment is by credit/debit card (Visa or MasterCard only.) Stanford University does not accept electronic check payments or checks by mail. 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 for at least one academic year as a full-time student, 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 Bioscience 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 emailed or faxed.

Interviews and Admit Visit Date
During the week of January 3, 2022, 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 15-17, 2022. This will be our only interview session. Those admitted will be invited, at our expense, to an in-person visit March 17-20, 2022.

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
(Office Temporarily Closed)

Alway Building, Room M116I
Stanford, California 94305
Phone: (650) 723-7576

Please note that Winter Closure will be Monday, December 20th, 2021, through Friday, December 31st, 2021.