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How to Apply to MS&E?

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

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



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 two weeks after the application deadline
  • 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. For example, students who have taken courses part-time at Stanford in the Non-Degree Option program should submit a Stanford transcript.
  • 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 ​Graduate Fee Waivers.
  • Optional Abstract of Paper; no more than two pages single-spaced, including a link to the full paper
GRE Scores
  • Official GRE scores are required of all applicants, regardless of education or work experience. The GRE must be taken by the application deadline.
  • 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
Official Transcripts

Required only for finalists. We will notify you if you need to send official transcripts.

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

Choose from one of the options below:

  • One secure electronically-delivered transcript sent directly from your institution to Lori Cottle at Please note that official transcripts cannot be sent as email attachments. Review the Stanford Graduate Admissions transcript guidelines.
  • CollegeNet Document Service
  • eTranscript Service (active Stanford students or Stanford alumni)
  • One official paper transcript (please do not send two) sent to:

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


  • Do not send hard copies of anything other than original official transcripts
  • Do not 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, 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.


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.

Online 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 transcripts and official test scores received after the deadline will not have any negative impact on the review of your application, as long as the unofficial transcripts and 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.

Review Your Activity