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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.

Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts. 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.


Q. Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

  • A: Most departments require the GRE general test. Some departments require additional subject tests, and a few non-M.D. programs in the School of Medicine allow applicants to submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. Consult department websites or the Graduate Programs page for departmental requirements. If you need to take a test, please arrange to take it early to ensure that your scores reach Stanford by the application deadline. 
  • Applicants to the School of Law, School of Business and M.D. program take the LSAT, GMAT and MCAT, respectively. 
  • COVID-19 Update: Departments who accept GRE scores are also accepting the GRE at-home test for those impacted by COVID-19. 

Q. Do I need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

Please see this page for updated information regarding Mainland Chinese applicants who need to take the TOEFL.

  • A: TOEFL scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Exemptions are granted to applicants who have earned a U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or the international equivalent degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English. Therefore, applicants with degrees from the U.S., Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales) are exempt from taking the TOEFL and do not need to submit the TOEFL exemption request form. 
  • If English is not your first language and your degree is/will be from an institution in a country other than one of those listed above and in which English was the only language of instruction, then you must either submit the TOEFL waiver request form or submit TOEFL scores. Exemption to the TOEFL requirement does not apply if the courses were completed in a country where English is spoken but not all courses were provided in English. You must submit a Stanford application before submitting a TOEFL exemption request form. To request a TOEFL waiver, click here.
  • Being a U.S. citizen does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking the TOEFL; if the applicant’s first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exemption rules above or submit TOEFL scores.
  • Stanford does not accept IELTS scores.

Q. Where should I have my GRE and/or TOEFL scores sent?

  • A: Applicants should have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send scores electronically to Stanford. Our university code is 4704. It does not matter what department code is specified. You will either self-report your scores or indicate the date you will take the test(s) in the online application. Self-reported scores will not be considered official until Stanford receives the electronic record.

Q. My GRE/TOEFL scores are not recent. Will you accept them?

  • A: GRE scores fromETS are valid for five years. TOEFL scores are retained for 20 months. For questions about the validity of GRE scores, please contact ETS. If ETS is able to send your GRE/TOEFL scores, we will accept them.