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MS and PhD application instructions for external applicants, current matriculated graduate students in other Stanford departments, and Non-Degree Option (NDO) students.

Current Stanford undergraduates should see the MS&E Student Intranet (bottom of page) for detailed coterm application instructions.

Application deadlines and timelines



Required application materials

Online Application

- Statement of Purpose; should be no more than two pages single-spaced

- Letters of Recommendation (3); recommenders continue to have access to submit letters after the application is submitted, but must upload their letter no later than one week after the application deadline

- Transcripts (scanned)
  1) Please include the back of the transcript, if it contains a grading scale. Please also include a class rank, and gpa, if available.
  2) For completed degrees, you must include a degree certificate or diploma if the transcript does not show conferral of the degree.
  3) You are welcome to include transcripts from schools you attended part-time or less than one year, if that is information you would like us to have. For example, students who have taken courses part-time at Stanford in the Non-Degree Option program should list Stanford as an institution and upload the Stanford transcript.
  4) Current Stanford graduate students applying for the MS in MS&E should list Stanford as an institution and upload the Stanford transcript, even if it is contains only the list of currently enrolled courses.
  5) See below for information regarding Official Transcripts.

- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

-Select at least one Academic Interest. Please consult the MS Areas of Specialty and PhD research areas

-Application Fee of $125 (nonrefundable). See eligibility requirements for ‚ÄčGraduate Fee Waivers.

GRE Scores

- Official GRE scores are required of all applicants, regardless of education or work experience.  We accept the At Home GRE Test. The GRE must be taken by (not received by) the application deadline; we realize it will take a few weeks for us to receive the official scores from ETS.

- You may request an exemption from the GRE requirement due to hardship.  Please keep in mind that if you do not have a quantitative degree, recent academic experience, or your qualifications are below our usual MS averages, you may need GRE scores to be competitive.

- Please notify us if the name or birthdate on your application does not match the name or birthdate on your test scores.

- School Code: 4704

TOEFL Scores

- The minimum expected score is 100.

- Please see the Office of Graduate Admissions site for exemption information, the TOEFL Waiver Request form, and information on whether you may use the MyBest, TOEFL Essentials, and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition scores.

- We must receive the official scores from ETS. Please notify us if the name or birthdate on your application does not match the name or birthdate on your test scores. The TOEFL must be taken by (not received by) the application deadline.

- School Code: 4704

Official Transcripts

We must receive one final official transcript from each institution listed on the application for admitted students who accept the offer of admission.  Do not send official transcripts until after you have accepted an offer of admission.

Please see the Graduate Admissions instructions on sending final official transcripts.

Do not send hard copies of anything to the department.  Applications are reviewed online. Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to scan and upload anything to your application.


- It is not necessary to consult or correspond with a Stanford faculty member regarding your application.

- We frequently have trouble with Hotmail blocking email from Stanford, so you may want to use a different email provider for your application. We occasionally have trouble with email we send to Gmail accounts being categorized as spam, so please be sure to check your spam folders for email from us.

-Optional Abstract of Paper; no more than two pages single-spaced, including a link to the full paper

Submit application

Review your application and uploads carefully before you submit. We are unable to upload a revised version of your CV or statement of purpose after you have submitted your application.

Check your status

Log back into your online application to view your application status and decision on your application activity page and checklist. We are unable to reply individually to queries about application status, and applicants cannot see if items are received before submitting the application.

Official test scores received after the deadline will not have any negative impact on the review of your application, as long as any unofficial test scores are provided in the online application by the deadline. Letters of recommendation received after the deadline will still be attached to your application, but we cannot guarantee they will be seen by the Admissions Committee if they arrive more than two weeks after the application deadline.