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Statistics and Data Science Admissions

Prospective students applying from another college/university or post-graduate status.

Applicants must determine eligibility by visiting the Graduate Admissions website for complete application information and instructions.

The application (online) system for graduate degree selection is available mid/late September for the subsequent autumn quarter start.


The instructions on these pages apply to both the Statistics and the Data Science M.S. graduate application.

The sections of the application must be filled out sequentially. To assist you with the application, we've outlined the contents of the application below.

Tips: You do not need to finish your application in one session. Save your work by clicking on the Save button at the bottom of each page. 

Required Application Materials

Application form

Biographical information

  • Your legal name, other alias (if any), demographic, citizenship, ethnicity; military, or veteran status (U.S. only).
  • Contact information*: current mailing address, permanent (home) address, telephone numbers, email address
*Please enter carefully to ensure timely receipt of communications from the department to which you 
are applying. 


Program Selection

  • Program Choice:
    • Statistics MS
      • term: Autumn 20xx-20xx

Be sure to click [SAVE] before proceeding to the next page.


Academic Interests

Additional Interests (not required)

Department Specialization >> Only applicants who intend to pursue the Data Science subplan should select the specialization in the application. Applicants will NOT be considered for both programs.

Applicants who select Data Science will only be considered for this program and not in addition to the Statistics M.S. degree program.

Applicants applying to the Statistics M.S. program do not select a specialization.

Be sure to click [SAVE] before proceeding to the next page.



Educational History

List every college and university you attended as a full-time student for one or more academic years and any degree program in which you are currently enrolled. This section allows for a maximum of three (3) post-secondary institutions.

  • List the highest undergraduate degree awarded (e.g. Bachelor's, Diplom, Maîtrise, etc) in the Post-Secondary Institution 1 section.
    • Applicants are required to upload transcripts for each university listed (unofficial or official), as well as send two sets of official transcripts to the department*.
  1. Please include the back of the transcript, if it contains a grading scale. Please also include a class rank, if applicable. (GPA conversion)
  2. For completed degrees, you must include a degree certificate or diploma if the transcript does not show conferral of the degree.
  3. Students with international academic credentials must meet Stanford's eligibility requirements for graduate study.  Visit Graduate Admissions to review the guidelines established.  Be sure your bachelor's degree equivalent will be conferred before your intended program start date (Autumn 2019-20).


Transcripts: The University requires official transcripts (academic records) from postsecondary institutions you have attended as a full-time student for one year (i.e. three quarters or two semesters) or longer.

Mail your official transcripts (two sets - UNOPENED - hard copy) to the department; or have your official electronic transcript sent to: (sent one time)

Applicants currently in school should send the most recently available versions of their transcripts, even if your in-progress courses have not been completed.


 Uploading transcripts

Scan and upload your transcript from this institution (unofficial or official). Accepted File Types: .txt, .pdf, .rtf, .doc, .wpd, .xls, .docx

CertiFile (Certified Credentials Attachment Service) Collegenet uses an electronic validation service of international transcripts for an additional fee provided by Educational Perspectives (EP) and Digitary Inc. [CHESICC or CertiFile®].
Applicants are not required to use these services to submit official transcripts.

Stanford alumni/students:

Select from the drop down menu below:

  • Request eTranscript (current/former Stanford students only)

  • Scan/Upload Transcript (file upload requirements)

    • Attach File with the "Browse" Button


[Please do not send electronic and hard copy transcripts for the same institution; send your current transcripts at the time of application submission. Do not send transcripts again with updated grades.]


For submission of official transcripts, choose from one of the options below:

  • One secure electronic certified transcript (eScrip; Credentials Solutions; Parchment; National Student Clearing House, etc.) sent directly from your institution to the department at [preferred].
    • Electronic transcripts sent directly by the student without a method of electronic validation are not considered valid.

(Requirement for sending electronic transcripts)


  • Two sets of official transcripts (paper) from each institution that is listed on your online application.
    • If sending paper transcripts, two sets are required; an official transcript is one that has been signed and sealed by the college/university registrar  is and received by Stanford in its original, sealed envelope

Please send original official transcripts by regular mail or independent courier to:

Mail to:
Statistics M.S. Admissions
Department of Statistics, Sequoia Hall
390 JANE STANFORD WAY, room 118
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4020

Delivery Methods


The purpose of the application checklist is to allow applicants to monitor the status of their application materials. The checklist update process will begin after the application has been submitted and upon receipt of official transcripts.

> Official transcripts can only be recorded as received in your checklist once the application has been submitted. 
> We ask that you send your official documents within 7 days of submitting your application. 



Educational History continued:

  • Additional Educational History
    • Applicants can use this text box to list any institution/organization that you have taken a course that applies to the background of the degree you are applying to, such as online certificate programs; Coursera; extension school programs/continuing education, etc.
      • E.g. Institutions/MOOC’s/online-platform courses taken that are not affiliated with your degree institutions listed on the previous page. (transcripts can be uploaded (combined PDF) in the Additional Information section on page 15 of the application)
    • If you have more than three previous institutions, please list them in the Additional Educational History section on the next page.


Answer the following questions:


  • Have you ever been placed on probation, suspended, expelled or disciplined by any post-secondary institution or program?
    • In this section, explain of any instance in which you have been placed on probation, suspended, expelled or disciplined by any post-secondary institution or program.


  • List honors, fellowships, non-academic distinctions or publications. For publications, please provide the complete citation.


  • Stanford University regards the diversity of its graduate student body as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the university. We encourage you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as work and life experiences, special interests, culture, socioeconomic status, the quality of your early educational environment, gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity. Please discuss how such factors would contribute to the diversity of the entering class, and hence to the experience of your Stanford classmates.


  • Please provide an explanation for any gaps on your transcript indicating time away from your post-secondary institution(s) or program(s). Include the name of the institution(s).


Test Information

The General GRE is required of all applicants, except those who have earned a doctoral degree (or Ph.D. equivalent) by the start of the program.

The TOEFL exam is required of applicant's whose first language is not English. Exemptions


Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the required exams. Applicants are encouraged to register early to maximize the chances of scheduling preferred test dates and times. For details and registration information explore the ETS web site.

Please read the information on the Reporting Scores from Graduate Admissions Required Exams page:

Information on GRE/TOEFL registration, test centers and dates, can be found on the ETS website.


Scores must be submitted before their respective expiration dates. No scores are valid beyond the date ETS will send or resend them to schools.

  • GRE scores are reportable for five years following your test date. For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2018, are reportable through July 2, 2023.
  • TOEFL scores submitted to Stanford must be from a test taken within the last 18 months.
Note: Please arrange to take the required test(s) early to ensure that your scores reach us by the application deadline (at least 6-8 weeks before). The self-reported scores will be used by the admissions committee in their initial review process. 

*An application will be considered incomplete if it does not have self-reported GRE scores by the application deadline. Do not assume your application will be reviewed if you register for a test date after the application deadline.

Stanford University code is 4704. No department code is needed.
  • GRE General Test (GRE) is required for all applicants. The department does not accept the GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT in lieu of the GRE exam.
  • GRE exam should be taken no later than one month prior to the deadline for timely submission of scores. Applicants must be able to enter their self-reported scores before submitting the application.
    • Applicants may choose to submit their scores to the university at the time of the test session; self-reported scores must be submitted before the application deadline.
    • Enter the Quantitative and Verbal scores along with the test date. Verify that ETS will be sending your test scores to Stanford University (code is 4704).

Official test scores must be sent to the university and reconciled with your SUBMITTED application record before the system will change the checklist status to “Received-Official.” Test scores sent by ETS may take up to 3 weeks to be reconcilced with the applican'ts SUBMITTED application. 

Please arrange to take the exam early to ensure that your scores reach us by the application deadline.

Application information (optional)

  • Faculty Members
    • List Stanford faculty members (if any) with whom you have previously consulted or corresponded regarding your application. Include contact date.
  • Other Graduate Schools
    • List other graduate schools to which you are applying. Please separate each school name with semicolon (;).
  • Other Options and Referrals
  1. Not applicable
  2. Optional
  • Prior Convictions
    • Have you ever been convicted of (or is any charge now pending against you for) any crime other than a traffic violation?
  • Previous Application
    • Have you previously applied for graduate admission to Stanford?
      • If yes, which program and academic year did you apply?
      • If you are reapplying for graduate study at Stanford, describe how your academic qualifications have changed and whether you were previously admitted.
  • Previous Enrollment
    • Have you previously attended Stanford?If yes, in which program were you previously enrolled? (If the program is not listed, enter in the Additional Information Section Question.)


Financial Aid

  • Are you applying for financial aid such as fellowships or assistantships from Stanford University?
    •  List non-Stanford Scholarships and fellowships for which you have applied and/or been awarded for graduate study.
  • Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program


Please note, the Department of Statistics does not provide financial aid packages for Masters students. Funding does not exist on the department or school level. 
Estimated Expense Budget > Graduate Tuition and Living Expenses for 2017-18 (future years: 3.5% increase).


Employment History

You may substitute professional activities (relevant to your academic goals) for employment. (optional)

  • Most Recent Employment Experience


Languages (optional)

If you choose "Other" from a language list below, explain in the Additional Information section.

  • First Language: Select from the drop down menu your first spoken language.


Supplemental Information

The program you chose does not require a supplemental application form. You may proceed to the next page.


Recommender Info

The Statistics department requires three (3) recommendation letters to be uploaded by the letter writers
themselves (or authorized representatives). Applicants should ask for recommendation letters as early as

We also advise that you ask for one more recommender than is required, in case one of them is unable to
provide a letter for you by the deadline.

 Note: All recommender requests must be submitted prior to application submission. After submitting your
application, you may edit/change your recommender or change your waiver decision in the Activity Status page (
  • Individuals writing letters of recommendation on your behalf are required to submit their letters through our online application system.
    • We will accept letters submitted by your university's letter service (e.g. Interfolio, etc.).
      • You will still need to enter information for each recommender in the online application, including e-mail addresses. An automatic email will then be sent to the recommender requesting a letter. You will need to contact them to let them know that they should follow your institution's letter service protocol.
    • Please use this email address when routing through the letter service:
  • You must enter three (3) individuals - faculty or others who are qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.
    • At least one letter and evaluation should be from a faculty member at the last school you attended as a fulltime student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years).
    • Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work.



Important Note: Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, enrolled students have access to educational records concerning them. Students are also permitted to waive their rights of access to letters of reference.For each recommender, indicate whether or not you waive this right.

Please note that in addition to the admission process, the reference letter may also be used as part of the selection process for a different graduate program, for a research group or laboratory, for a research or teaching assistantship, or for an honor or award; in connection with academic mentoring of the student during the period of his or her enrollment; or for financial support derived from any source available to the University.


Document Uploads

Under this section, you will upload your STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (required). You may also upload one
additional document to support your application. Accepted File Types: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Your statement should be typed, single-spaced, and no longer than two pages with a one inch margin at the top of each page, ensuring that your full name and the program to which you are applying is on each page.
    • Explain the nature of your interest in one specific program in the department and reasons for wanting to study at Stanford. Include details about your preparation for this field of study, your future career plans, and any other aspects of your background and interests that may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. Overall, the personal statement should be concise, focused, and well written.
  • Additional Information
    • Please use this section to provide additional information that was not covered by the questions in the application.
      • If uploading more than one document, combine all documents to a single file. (e.g. Resume/CV; publications/abstracts; transcripts related to coursework not taken at your previous institutions;

Confirmation and Submission

  • Application Pre-Submission Confirmation
    • Carefully review your responses for accuracy and completeness before submitting. Your responses will become the official property of Stanford University and your admission will be based on the answers you have provided. Once they are submitted, you cannot change your answers using this online system. Please contact the department to which you applied if you need to correct or update your application.
      • Confirm with your letter writers that they are able to provide a letter of support by the deadline.

  • Application Signature
    • This is the final step in the application submission process. No changes to your application through the online system are allowed once you enter your digital signature and click on the button below.


If you have questions about any of the preceding application sections, please review our Statistics M.S. Admissions FAQ page.