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MS Admissions

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Master of Science Program

  • Applications are for autumn quarter admissions only
  • Applicants must apply to a specific track (for example, “computational geosciences”) in the application under the academic interest field; the application is only considered for that specific track
  • Application can be submitted to one track only (it is Stanford policy that an applicant can submit one application only for admisson to a particular term)
  • All tracks are designed to be completed in two years
  • GRE General test scores are required and must provide GRE scores from an examination taken within the last 5 years of the application deadline
  • C.V. is strongly recommended

COVID accommodation for TOEFL requirement:

Stanford will temporarily accept the TOEFL ITP Plus test with the Vericant interview for applicants from Mainland China who are unable to sit for the TOEFL iBT. This exception is requested only for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Applicants may be asked to re-test at a later time once the Stanford TOEFL iBT becomes available, or applicants may be asked to re-test through the Stanford Language Center. Per current University policy, all international students including those from Mainland China must receive English language clearance from the English for Foreign Students program prior to becoming a teaching assistant.

Coterm Applicants

  • Applications to Data Science and MCF tracks are for autumn quarter admissions only
  • The coterm online application can be found at https://www.applyweb.com/stanterm/
  • The application and letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline (corresponding decision dates are also listed on this page). Admitted students should respond directly to the department to any offer of admission: icme-admissions@stanford.edu
  • Courses taken two quarters prior to the first graduate quarter or later are eligible for consideration for transfer to the graduate career. No courses taken prior to the first quarter of the sophomore year may be used to meet master’s degree requirements
  • University policies and procedures for coterm programs may be found at: https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students/coterm

Application materials:

  1. Statement of Purpose - concise, focused, and well written. Please include your track choice
  2. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (Stanford faculty preferred)
  3. Current Stanford transcript (unofficial, with earned unit total and GPA listed) as well as transcripts from any classes taken outside of Stanford
  4. GRE results: All applicants are required to take the general GRE test and must include unofficial scores in your application, in addition to having your score reported directly to the University by ETS. Stanford’s ETS institutional code is 4704; an individual department code number is not necessary. Please be sure to list Stanford University as a Score Recipient in addition to listing it as your Graduate Institution (GI).​​

For Current Stanford Students

Relevant university policy can be found in the Stanford Bulletin

Grad Auth for current Stanford Ph.D. students:

  • Only for students with declared Ph.D. candidacy in other departments at Stanford
  • A fee of $150 will be automatically assessed by the Registrar's Office when the offer of admission is accepted and a new program is opened
  • Send an email request to receive the department-specific application, recommendation form, and required program proposal: icme-admissions@stanford.edu

Supporting document requirements are the same as a regular application:

  1. A new Statement of Purpose - concise, focused, and well written
  2. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (however, you may not forward letters from an earlier application and letters from your initial Stanford application will not be accepted)
  3. Current Stanford transcript as well as transcripts from other institutions attended prior to Stanford for one or more years
  4. GPA calculation:
    • Maximum GPA at Stanford for most students is 4.3. It is best to use the GPA that is reflected in Axess as of the application deadline. You may also follow the directions from the Registrar's website

For your GPA for classes taken outside of Stanford, use the maximum for the school as is defined on the back of the transcript.  If a cumulative GPA is not provided, please calculate one using the same general criteria outlined on the Registrar's website

  1. GRE results:  All applicants are required to take the General GRE test and must provide GRE scores from an examination taken within the last 5 years of the application deadline

Honors Cooperative Program (HCP)

The Honors Cooperative Program (HCP) through the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), allows working professionals to pursue graduate study on a part-time basis. HCP students are fully matriculated graduate students of Stanford University with all privileges, rights, and responsibilities. Explore the Stanford Center for Professional Development website for more information.

HCP applicants should follow the same application process as general applicants and should confirm "HCP" status on the application. Please note admission is only for autumn quarter entry.

Applicants to the ICME graduate program may apply either to the MS program or to the PhD program, but may not apply to both. 

Admission to the PhD program is much more competitive than to the MS program, therefore students interested primarily in a Master's degree should apply to the MS program. 

ICME does not offer the choice for applicants not admitted to the PhD program to be re-considered for MS program admission.

Please direct all questions regarding programs and admissions to icme-admissions@stanford.edu (Please note that the director and faculty will not be able to respond to admissions inquiries.)

See the application deadlines page for important dates

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