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How to Apply?

Application instructions for new and current students are the same for PhDMS, and HCP (part-time MS) applications. This page describes the application process for those three programs.

Coterminal master's (coterm) program, refer to the coterm-specific instructions.

Current Stanford and Non-Degree students Application Deadlines.

[1] Eligibility Guidelines

[2] Required Materials

[3] Submit Application

[4] Check Status








Eligibility Guidelines

Degree Level

Applicants to our MS program are expected to have the following:

  • Applicant must hold an engineering degree, or a related quantitative degree (major or minor) that includes differential calculus of several variables and linear algebra.
  • Applicants from institutions outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association. See minimum level of study required of international applicants.
Background Requirements
  • Applicants are expected to have completed both MATH 51 Linear Algebra and Differential Calculus of Several Variables , or an equivalent multivariable differential calculus and linear algebra course(s), and CS 106A Programming Methodology, or an equivalent general programming course, before beginning graduate study. 
  • Additional course work in general programming, statistics, and economics is preferred.
  • Work experience is not necessary to apply.
GPA & Test Scores Applicants do not need to meet any minimum grade point average (GPA) or GRE score to apply to the Master's program.
View Master's of Science Admission Statistics


Please review the Stanford Graduate Admissions website for university wide policies.



Required Application Materials

Online Application 
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Transcripts (scanned)
    • Please include the back of the transcript, if it contains a grading scale. Please also include a class rank, if available.
    • For completed degrees, you must include a degree certificate or diploma if the transcript does not show conferral of the degree.
    • 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.
  • Application Fee of $125 (nonrefundable). See eligibility requirements for ​Graduate Fee Waivers.
  • Select 1-3 Academic Interests. Please consult the MS Areas of Specialty and PhD research areas
GRE Scores
  • Official GRE scores are required of all applicants, regardless of education or work experience.
  • 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.
  • School Code: 4704
TOEFL Scores
(if first language is not English)
  • Please see the Office of Graduate Admissions site for exemptions and the TOEFL Waiver Request form.
  • 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.
  • School Code: 4704
Transcripts Choose from one of the options below:
Requirement for sending electronic transcripts
  • One secure electronic certified transcript sent directly from your institution (or CHESICC) to Melanie Montoya at Please note that official transcripts cannot be sent as email attachments. Review the Stanford Graduate Admissions guidelines for sending transcripts.


  • One official transcript from each institution that is listed on your online application. 

How to Send Official Transcripts: 
Please send original official transcripts by regular mail OR independent courier to:

Management Science and Engineering
Graduate Admissions
475 Via Ortega, Suite 114
Stanford CA 94305-4121

Please do NOT:

  • Don't use express, registered or certified mail that requires a delivery signature through the Postal Service. The Postal Service is currently refusing to attempt delivery inside our building, and we cannot go to the Post Office to pick up the mail. Many packages sent this way are returned to sender. Most independent courier services will deliver inside our building, and will be accepted.
  • Don’t send hard copies of anything other than original official transcripts (if you are sending official transcripts electronically, then please only send the secure electronic certified copies
  • Don't send a cover letter with your original official transcript, unless the name on your transcript does not match the name on 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. 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. Please be sure to check your spam folders for email from us.


Submit Application

 Online Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Check Your Status

Log back into your online application and you may view your application status and decision on your application activity page and checklist.                                                                

Review Your Activity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Please Note:

  • We are unable to confirm receipt of official test scores and official transcripts until after an application is submitted.
  • Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis; we review the whole application pool to determine the top applicants.
  • We are unable to provide reasons for our decisions.