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: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to work with you and your department.
Winter Closure: The University observes Winter closure from Monday, December 14, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. The Graduate Admissions office will not be monitoring email during this time.
Stanford’s assessment of a foreign degree is based on the characteristics of a national educational system, the type of institution attended, and the level of studies completed. The following guidelines indicate the minimum level of study of applicants from recognized academic institutions outside the U.S.
Minimum level of study required of applicants of who wish to apply for graduate study at Stanford:
|COUNTRY||MINIMUM LEVEL REQUIRED|
|Britain||British patterned education – bachelor’s degree with honors.|
|France||Diplome d’Ingenieur from grandes écoles, or completion of two years of classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE) and two years of course work toward the Diplome d’Ingenieur degree. Otherwise, Maitrise from universities.|
|Germany||The diplom, magister artium (M.A.) or staatsexamen. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted.|
|Other European countries||University degree requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor's degree accepted.|
|Middle East||University degree requiring four years of study.|
|Canada||Three-year bachelor’s degree from Quebec, four-year bachelor’s degree from other provinces.|
|Latin America||University degree requiring four years of study.|
|India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal||Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine; or four-year bachelor's degree. (Note: A three-year bachelor’s degree in any subject is not considered sufficient for graduate study at Stanford. The two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree from India is required.)|
|Oceania||Bachelor's Degree (four years) or Bachelor's Degree (Honours). For French Polynesia, see the minimum qualifications for France.|
|Philippines||Four-year bachelor’s degree.|
|Russian republics||University diploma requiring four years of study. Three-year Bologna compliant bachelor’s degree accepted (requires the Diploma Supplement issued in accordance to the Bologna Declaration).|
|Other Asian countries||University degree requiring four years of study.|
|African countries||Four-year bachelor's, bachelor's with honours, or maitrise|
Academic records should give detailed information on the content and quality of your performance, courses taken each year, and grades received. The grading scale of the institution and your rank in class should be noted whenever possible.
Degrees must be verified by official copies of diplomas or conferral statements on academic records.
Academic records must be original documents bearing the institutional seal and official signature of the Registrar or copies verified by a school administrative officer.
If the institution does not issue records in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We accept translations issued by the institution or a professional translating service. Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original records.
The University reserves the right to require additional academic documents. If we are unable to verify the nature or authenticity of your academic documents, we may ask you to obtain an evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service.