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Graduate Application Information and Instructions

The Department of Statistics offers two graduate degree programs: Master of Science, including a Data Science track, and Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics.

Applicants applying from outside Stanford must visit Graduate Admissions before beginning the application process for complete application information and instructions.


External Admissions (2022-2023)
PhD: Application opens in October. Deadline: December 1, 2021 (Wednesday). 
MS : Application opens in October. Deadline: December 1, 2021 (Wednesday).
Data Science: Application opens in October. Deadline: December 1, 2021 (Wednesday).


The Graduate Admissions accepts applications to the Statistics graduate programs in autumn each year (September/October) for matriculation beginning in the following academic year - autumn quarter start. Applications will not be accepted after the published deadlines above. Applicants to the ICME graduate program may apply either to the MS program or to the PhD program, but may not apply to both.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that they meet all eligibility requirements before applying. All application materials, including supporting documents, must be received by the application deadline.


Knight-Hennessy Fellowship

Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society. Knight-Hennessy Scholars become part of a supportive family of fellow scholars. Through the King Global Leadership Program, scholars will broaden knowledge, develop skills, and strengthen character; this platform provides a collection of community experiences, workshops, meetings with leaders, domestic and global study trips, and personal development opportunities. Knight-Hennessy Scholars also receive funding for graduate study at Stanford University.

Knight-Hennessy Fellowship Application is open.

To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by October 6, 2021, at 1:00pm Pacific Time, and separately apply to the Statistics department by the department/program deadline.

Please note: Determination and notification of Knight-Hennessy awards is separate from department admission.


Please review the respective FAQ pages for the program you're interested in before emailing. Please be advised, the department does NOT provide any admissions counseling, such as advising or assessment, for applicants or prospective applicants and therefore does not respond to such requests.

If your question extends beyond our comprehensive list of FAQs, please contact either: for PhD related admissions inquiries
or for MS related admissions inquiries.

Please refrain from emailing both lists. Requests for admission information sent to any other address will receive no response.