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Statement of Purpose

You are required to submit a Statement of Purpose in response to the following prompt:

Describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford, your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admission committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. The maximum recommended length is 1,000 words.

The exact prompt you see on the application (including recommended length) may differ depending on the graduate program you select.

Refer to your graduate program’s website to check whether it offers specific guidance on the Statement of Purpose.

Diversity Statement

You may submit an optional Diversity Statement in response to the following prompt:

Stanford University is committed to expanding the diversity of its graduate student body, improving students’ sense of inclusion and belonging, and advancing equity and justice in higher education. We invite you to share your lived experiences, demonstrated values, perspectives, and/or activities that shape you as a scholar and align with these commitments.

Your Diversity Statement should not exceed 500 words in length.