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Application Deadline

The Bioengineering department accepts applications to our graduate programs once per year for Fall quarter entry only.

The application deadline for Fall 2021 entry is December 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (PST). The Stanford graduate application is now available.

Late applications will not be accepted. Please note that we cannot guarantee the review of materials, including letters of recommendation, received after the deadline.

Application Materials

Scores from the general or subject Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required for admission to the Bioengineering PhD or MS Program for Fall 2021 entry.

1.Completed Online Application

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2.Transcripts/Education History

Applicants are required to upload copies of their transcripts/academic records (including any legends/keys) directly into the online application. Please ensure that your scans are legible since the Admissions Committee will use them in their review process. Official transcripts will only be required for applicants who are admitted and accept the offer of graduate admission. Please do not arrange for any official transcripts to be sent to the department or Stanford graduate admissions until that time.

When completing the “Educational History 1” section of the application, you will be asked to list every college and university you have attended for a year or more, and any degree program in which you are currently enrolled. Please list the highest undergraduate degree awarded (e.g. Bachelor’s, Diplom, Maitrise, etc.) in the “Post-Secondary Institution 1” section.

3.Statement of Purpose (1–3 pages)

In your statement of purpose, you should succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the Bioengineering PhD program, which may include:

  • Preparation and motivation for graduate study in Bioengineering
  • Research and relevant work experience
  • Specific features of our program and university that make us a good fit for you
  • Possible general areas of research you might pursue
  • Possible general areas of bioengineering that you might pursue in your career
  • Any faculty member’s research that is of specific interest to you
  • Aspects of your background and interests outside of research that are directly relevant to thriving in graduate school, such as obstacles overcome and experience in service and leadership

The maximum length is three pages (single-spaced); the recommended length is two pages. Your statement of purpose should be a well-structured essay that effectively communicates the information above while demonstrating your expository writing ability; it is often effective to open with a summary paragraph rather than e.g. a personal anecdote.

4. Three letters of recommendation

Recommenders should know you well and be able to comment on your strengths and your potential for graduate study. Our faculty strongly prefer letters of recommendation from academic (or professional) references who can speak to your academic and/or research background (e.g. professors who have acted as research supervisors, or instructors who have had extensive individual interactions with you). Additionally, our faculty find it helpful to hear from references who can comment on your personal qualities that would enable you to succeed in our graduate programs (such as your work ethic, commitment to goals, passion for learning and teaching, and capacity to overcome adversity), even if these references are from outside of STEM fields (e.g. coaches, academic advisors, and university leaders).

5. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Your resume/CV provides the admissions committee with additional information to better evaluate your preparation and fit for our program. Your resume/CV is an opportunity to summarize your qualifications, honors, educational accomplishments (including publications and presentations) and interests.

6. TOEFL scores

Applicants whose first spoken language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless they qualify for an exemption or waiver. Applicants whose scores fall below Stanford’s minimum TOEFL requirements will still be considered for admission; if admitted, Stanford may require these students to take a placement exam and/or classes to satisfy the University’s English proficiency requirement.

TOEFL scores are retained for 20 months. For questions about the validity of TOEFL scores, please contact ETS. If ETS is able to send your TOEFL scores, we will accept them. Stanford currently does not accept scores from the IELTS exam.

7. Application Fee

Applicants who need assistance with the application fee are encouraged to apply for a fee waiver. Preference is given to low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For applicants who are not receiving a waiver, a nonrefundable application fee of $125 is required for each application submitted to a graduate program at Stanford University. The fee must be paid through the payment section of the online application. The only accepted method of payment is by credit/debit card (Visa or MasterCard only).