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Financing the Degree

The Department of Statistics does not offer financial support to Statistics MS students. Students are expected to fund their MS course of study at Stanford in its entirety.

Applicants are strongly advised to apply for external fellowship support early in the application process so that the funding decision is known before the admissions process is complete.

The Master of Science degree at Stanford is a 45 unit degree program with an expected degree completion in 6 quarters. Please use the estimated expense budget to calculate the cost of tuition and living expenses for graduate study at Stanford.

  • Most graduate students complete their degree (45 units) in six quarters enrolling in 8-10 units (autumn, winter, spring; autumn, winter, spring).
  • Some of our graduate students are able to complete the degree in five quarters also enrolling in 8-10 units per quarter (autumn, winter, spring; autumn, winter).
  • Very few graduate students plan their coursework within four quarters, completing the degree either summer quarter or autumn quarter of the new academic year.

Please see the university's Registrar/Student Services site for current tuition rates and special registration status eligibility. Applicants can estimate yearly costs using the graduate budget page (tuition and living expenses).

Information regarding graduate tuition categories, such as multiple degree programs is explained in the Graduate Tuition Categories along with Graduate Student fees section the GAP handbook.


The Financial Aid Office will assist with processing the funding you bring from outside sources.

Those who have a grant or fellowship from an outside source are welcome to apply it toward the tuition cost of the program. U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible to apply for loans through Stanford.

To meet immigration regulations, international students must show proof of adequate financial support equivalent to one academic year (3 quarters) of tuition (11-18 unit tuition rate), plus the cost of housing and living expenses. Many international students at Stanford utilize family funds to support the cost of attendance. A few have obtained fellowship funding from their home government. Stanford nor the Department of Statistics endorses any specific corporate or international foundation that international students can apply to for graduate funding. It is entirely the applicant's responsibility to research and investigate the reputation of organizations or government agencies when applying for fellowships/grants/scholarships/loans.

Research or Teaching Assistantship Opportunities (outside of the Statistics department)

The Department of Statistics does not fund Master's students as Research or Course/Teaching Assistants (RA/CA/TA). These positions are for Statistics doctoral students only and is part of their doctoral training.

It may be possible to obtain an RA or CA/TA position in another department/lab, should not be anticipated as a significant source of funding. Students are responsible for networking/finding open assistantships.

Positions as graders (hourly employment) within the Statistics department are available when the need arises.

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