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Program Details

Here's what you need to know about each of the ICME degree programs before you apply

About ICME program applications

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

Every year a number of students from the ICME Masters program will qualify to enter the PhD program by successfully completing the PhD qualifying exams and aligning with a research advisor. Entering the MS program is by no means a guaranteed path to a PhD in ICME, and subsequent admission into the PhD program is far from assured. However, very strong students with insufficient background for PhD admission may choose to enter the MS program to gain a thorough understanding of the core courses, demonstrate academic potential at Stanford, and perhaps to align with a faculty member in research. All of these factors, along with passing the qualifying exams, can contribute to a strengthened application to a PhD program at Stanford.

Admission to the PhD program is much more competitive than to the MS program, so 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

Doctoral Program

  • Applications are for autumn quarter admissions only
  • PhD applicants may indicate areas of academic interest for informational purposes only (there are no specialized tracks as a part of the PhD application)
  • PhD Admit Weekend is scheduled for February 14-15, 2019

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
  • All tracks are designed to be completed in two years

Honors Cooperative Program (HCP)

The Honors Cooperative Program (HCP), through the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), permits employees of member companies 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, including a list of participating companies.

  • Applications to Data Science and MCF tracks are for autumn quarter admissions only
  • This program cannot be completed entirely online; campus attendance will be required
  • HCP applicants who would like to apply for winter or spring quarter should send an email notification to: icme-admissions@stanford.edu

For Current Stanford Students

Relevant university policy can be found in the Stanford Bulletin.

Additional Degree/Change of Degree Programs (Grad Auth)

  • Applications to Data Science and MCF tracks are for autumn quarter admissions only
  • A fee of $150 will be automatically assessed by the Registrar's Office when the offer of admission to MS or PhD 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
  5. 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

*Please note that reapplying after not receiving an admission offer is not recommended and it is very rare that admissions decisions are changed.

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).​​

*Please note that reapplying after not receiving an admission offer is not recommended and it is very rare that admissions decisions are changed.