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PhD Admissions


Applications for the 2018 PhD class are now CLOSED.  You may apply for Autumn 2019 in September, 2018.

NOTE:  Please do NOT contact us regarding your application status.  We will contact you if we need anything from you.  We hope to notify applicants of admission offers by February 1, 2018.

Graduate Admissions Application  

The fee for online graduate applications is $125.

The university application is on the Graduate Admissions website. Please read all the information provided before applying (any general graduate admission information given on the Materials Science and Engineering website is subject to revision by the Graduate Admissions Office). GRE and TOEFL tests must be taken early enough for us to receive the test scores by the application deadline. No late test scores, recommendation letters, transcripts or other applicable supporting materials will be accepted.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions and our tips and tricks (PDF) for applying BEFORE posing your questions! 

The application consists of the following required materials, all of which must be received by the appropriate deadline for the application to be considered complete:

  • Online application, statement of purpose and unofficial transcript(s).
  • A minimum of three (3), maximum of six (6) recommendation letters submitted online directly by the recommenders.*
  • Official test scores reported by ETS. Stanford's institution code is 4704; no department code is needed.
  • One (1) official transcript from all post-secondary institutions you have attended for at least one year in a degree program**. You'll be asked to provide a second official transcript if you get admitted to the program.

Student Services Office
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
496 Lomita Mall, Durand Building, Room 102
Stanford, CA 94305-4034

*Letters of Recommendation must be submitted on line, paper recommendations are not permissible.

**Please refer to the transcript information found in our Frequently Asked Questions.  The MatSci Department STRONGLY encourages electronic transcript submissions.

All other non-essential mailings will not need to be included in the application.

We urge you to apply early and make every attempt to get your questions answered early. Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions and our tips and tricks (PDF) BEFORE submitting your questions. Due to volume of inquiries that we receive, we have compiled the most asked questions and have summarized the answers into these two documents.

Please refer to our Program Requirements page before submitting your questions about programatic requirements.

Should your question not be answered in our Frequently Asked Questions and tips and tricks (PDF), please direct your questions to:

Late applications on a space-available-only basis

We may accept late applications only if there is still space in our incoming class. This situation is extremely rare.  Please contact the department with specifics of why you were unable to apply by the deadline (eg. medical emergency that started before the application opened and lasted until the application closed).  For the PhD program, financial aid is highly unlikely if you miss the original application deadline.


Application for Reinstatement in Graduate Study (PDF)

If you are an admitted graduate student who has not maintained continuous registration (or been on an approved leave of absence), you must apply for reinstatement. After completing this form, submit it to your department for approval and then submit it to Graduate Admissions. If approved for reinstatement, you will be billed for the reinstatement fee.