Financing the degree

Students are expected to fund their MS course of study at Stanford in its entirety.

The Department of Statistics does not offer financial support to Statistics MS students. Applicants are very 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.

Please use the estimated expense budget to calculate the cost of tuition and living expenses for graduate study at Stanford.

  • Some of our graduate students are able to complete the degree in five quarters, taking 8-10 units per quarter autumn, winter, spring; autumn, winter (with the final quarter tuition rate reduced - special registration status required)
  • Few graduate students are able to complete the degree in 4 quarters (11-18 units per quarter), which may include summer, quarter but often they finish the following autumn quarter.
  • Most graduate students choose to stay for six quarters (8-10 unit tuition rate)

2021-22 schedule of fees: Graduate Tuition and Fees

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 Assistantships

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

Although it may be possible to obtain an RA or TA position in another department, this must be arranged by the student and should not be anticipated as a significant source of funding. Positions as graders within the Statistics department occasionally become available: they are announced if the need arises during the academic year and again, should not be anticipated as a significant source of funding.

Please see the Registrar’s site for the current academic year's tuition rates. 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 s along with Graduate Student fees section the GAP handbook

Stanford fellowships:

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U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents:


International Students:

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