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Prospective Graduate Students

Stanford's Guide to Getting into Grad School provides information for prospective applicants to consider before starting their application.


Thank you for your interest in Stanford's Statistics graduate degree programs.

Please take a look at our Academic Programs Overview webpage for details about our program options.

The department is unable to provide any admissions counseling, such as advising or assessment of an applicant's qualifications and therefore does not respond to such requests. Applicants must determine eligibility before starting the application. Eligibility and application requirements are set by the University. The GRE general test is required as part of both the M.S. and Ph.D. applications.

IMPORTANT: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the GRE Math Subject test has been waived for PhD applicants for the 2020-21 application cycle.


Our M.S. admissions and degree program pages address all the relevant information. Please refer to the MS or PhD links to the left for further information.

We address the logistics of finishing the degree program on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Statistics department does not have staff dedicated to graduate admissions and therefore does not have the resources to accommodate scheduled or drop-in visits from prospective masters students. Only those invited by the Statistics Admissions committee will be obliged. Prospective applicants are welcome to visit Stanford's campus.

Application Deadlines:

External Applicants

Program Type Program Start Deadline Decision Timeline Department Financial Aid Package
PhD General Applicants Autumn quarter 2021-2022 December 1, 2020 Late February


MS (both Statistics & Data Science) General Applicants Autumn quarter 2021-2022 December 1, 2020 Late March


MS (Statistics) Honors Cooperative Program Autumn quarter 2021-2022 December 1, 2020 Late March No


In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with guidelines from federal, state and county agencies, all of the Visitor Center's on-campus tours, information sessions and programs  have been suspended for the foreseeable future until further notice.

Please do not send status inquiries or admissions questions to the faculty, staff or students in the Statistics department; they are under no obligation to respond.