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We are aware that some students are unable to take the GRE test due to COVID-19. Because of this disruption, the submission of GRE scores for this application cycle is optional. All applications will receive full consideration, whether GRE scores have been submitted or are not submitted. If you have requested a GRE waiver by email, it has been automatically approved. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.

We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: We will do our best to work with you and your department.

We are aware that some students are unable to take the GRE test due to COVID-19. Please contact our office at to request permission to submit your application without GRE test scores.

Due to COVID-19, many locations throughout China have suspended the testing of TOEFL iBT. To accommodate test-takers, Educational Testing Services (ETS) is offering the TOEFL IPT Plus. The TOEFL iBT is typically required of all applicants to graduate study when English is not the first language and the applicant does not qualify for an exemption; this is a University requirement.
The TOEFL ITP Plus provides paper-based TOEFL iBT Level 1 with an unscored video speaking component, provided by Vericant.

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 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.

PhD Admissions

PhD Program: The PhD program provides training through a combination of advanced coursework and an in-depth thesis research experience. Applicants with an undergraduate degree or a Master’s degree in Materials Science or a related field (e.g. physics, chemistry, engineering) are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted online through the Graduate Admissions Office.


Master's Program

Master’s Program: The master's program provides training in solid-state fundamentals and materials engineering through advanced lecture courses and laboratory classes. It is a terminal degree, meaning these students typically do not continue on to our PhD program.


The coterminal degree program allows Stanford undergraduates to study for a master's degree while completing their bachelor's degree(s).

Undergraduate Admissions

Prospective undergraduates interested in studying engineering should apply to Stanford through the Undergraduate Admission Office.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid: Financial aid for the undergraduate, coterm, and master’s programs are offered through fellowship awards, research assistantship, or loans through the university. All PhD students in good standing receive living stipend/salary, full tuition, and a health insurance subsidy.

Admissions Aid

Admissions Aid: Undergraduate applicants can apply for a fee waiver when completing their application. Any graduate program applicant may apply for a fee waiver through the Stanford School of Engineering. Additionally, all US applicants who qualify for a GRE Fee Reduction or who were participants in one of the Diversity Programs listed automatically qualify for a graduate application fee waiver.