External Candidates Application

Application requirements

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Statistics MS or Data Science MS program offered by the Department of Statistics.

The following instructions apply to both the Statistics and the Data Science MS graduate application.

All graduate applications are reviewed at the department level. For helpful answers and guidelines for applying, please read the information on this page and our list of admissions FAQs carefully. We have made a great effort to provide detailed, thorough and relevant information regarding the application process and hope that it will provide answers to your questions.

APPLICATION DEADLINE - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (11:59PM PST) 

The deadline for all graduate application forms to be submitted online for the Department of Statistics for matriculation in Autumn Quarter 2022 is Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (11:59PM). We do not matriculate students in any other quarter. The online application fee is $125 for all applicants, both domestic and international. University Application Fee Waiver is for PhD applicants only. The department is unable to provide fee waiver codes.

Application form

Applicants can access the online application beginning September. Any problems that you encounter while completing or submitting the application must be addressed by contacting the support desk as indicated on the application website. The Stanford application software is not Stanford-based, we cannot help with technical issues at the department-level. (Vendor: CollegeNet Support)

Program Selection

Program Code: STATS-MS
Term Applying For: Autumn 2022-2023

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

Subplan selection - Data Science

Data Science Subplan Declaration - DEPARTMENT SPECIALIZATION

Only applicants who intend to pursue the Data Science subplan should select the specialization from the drop-down menu. Applicants who select Data Science will only be considered for this program and NOT in addition to the Statistics MS degree program.

Transcripts and Academic Records

Under Educational History section, applicants are required to upload electronic (or scanned files) of transcripts (either official or unofficial) from all post-secondary institutions attended as a full-time student for one academic year or longer and any degree program in which you are currently enrolled. Visit Graduate Admissions to review the guidelines established. Be sure your bachelor's degree equivalent will be conferred before your intended program start date.

Official (hard-copy or electronic) transcripts are not required at the time of application submission.

Official final transcripts will be required of applicants who are offered admission. The applicant will be required to transmit official transcripts (sealed envelope) or certified electronic transcripts prior to matriculation. Admissions offers are contingent on receipt of final transcripts.

If the institution does not issue records in English, original language records must be submitted/uploaded with official English translations. We accept translations issued by the institution or a professional translating service. Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original records. (International student transcripts requirements.)

The University reserves the right to require additional academic documents. If we are unable to verify the nature or authenticity of your academic documents, we may ask you to obtain an evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service.


Applicants must include GPAs for all current and completed degree programs. If your school uses a 4.0 grading scale, enter your GPA with two decimals (e.g. 4.00).

Applicants whose school's scoring system does not use the 4.0 scale MUST provide the original score, original system (e.g. a scale of 1-30 or 1-100), and a converted GPA based on the 4.0 scale. Stanford University does not convert the GPA for you.

Example: if your school uses a 1-100 point system, divide by 25 to get the 4.0 equivalent. If you feel this method of conversion does not accurately reflect your grades, please use the Additional Educational History section to provide more details.

If the applicant's school does not use any scoring system or only provides grades at the end of the degree program, please note this in the Additional Educational History section.

Educational History section 2

Applicants can use the Additional Educational History text box to list any institution/organization that you have taken any preparatory courses that apply to the degree you are applying to, such as online certificate programs; Coursera; extension school programs/continuing education, etc. (Include this effort in your statement of purpose.)

  • 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.
Graduate Exams

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 department does not accept the GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT in lieu of the GRE exam.

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

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

Stanford's institution code is 4704. Department code not applicable.

ETS has introduced a solution for students who have been impacted by the coronavirus to take the TOEFL iBT® test and the GRE® General Test at home until test centers can reopen. For more information, please visit the ETS website.