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.
Enriching the Learning Community
You may submit an optional statement in response to the following prompt:
Stanford University welcomes graduate applications from individuals with a broad range of experiences, interests, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. We invite you to share the lived experiences, demonstrated values, perspectives, and/or activities that shape you as a scholar and would help you to make a distinctive contribution to Stanford University.
Your statement should not exceed 500 words in length.