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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.

Required Exams

Applicants are encouraged to register early to maximize the chances of scheduling preferred test dates and times. For details and registration information explore the ETS web site. Official scores must be reported directly to Stanford from Educational Testing Service. Stanford’s ETS institutional code is 4704. Individual department code numbers are not necessary.  As long as the institutional code of 4704 is selected, the score will be electronically delivered to Stanford.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test

Some departments require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. In addition, some departments also require the subject exam. Refer to programs

  • Scores expire after five years and will not be available from ETS.

  • Test scores received by Graduate Admissions prior to September 1, 2019 are no longer retained on file. If you had ETS send test scores to Stanford but you did NOT submit an application, you must request that ETS resend the scores if you submit an application in the future.

  • See the Graduate Record Exam website for more information.

  • COVID-19 Update: Departments who accept the GRE test are also accepting the GRE at-home test to those impacted by COVID. 

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Stanford accepts only ETS (Educational Testing Service) scores.

  • Minimum TOEFL Requirements: Evidence of adequate English proficiency must be submitted before enrollment is approved by Graduate Admissions.
Applicants Applying To Internet-Based TOEFL
Doctoral Programs: All Fields 100
Master's Programs: Humanities, Social Sciences, Education 100
Master's Programs: School of Engineering 89
  • Scores must be submitted from a test taken within the last eighteen months.

  • Exemptions are granted to applicants who have earned (or will earn, before enrolling at Stanford) 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, Ireland, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales) are exempt from taking the TOEFL and do not need to submit the TOEFL waiver request form. If you are offered admission, the official transcript must be received showing the conferral of the degree from the qualifying institution or TOEFL exam scores will be required to enroll. Clarification (02.19.21): Students with degrees from institutions in the U.S. or these listed countries in which instruction was primarily provided in a language other than English may apply for a waiver, following instructions below.

  • Applicants with degrees from institutions in countries other than those listed above and in which English was the only language of instruction may be eligible for a waiver of the TOEFL requirement. If you have been admitted or have submitted an application within the past few weeks and need a TOEFL Waiver, please email with the subject line: URGENT TOEFL Waiver Request. You must submit a Stanford application before submitting a TOEFL waiver request form. To submit a TOEFL waiver request, click here.

  • U.S. citizenship does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking the TOEFL if the applicant’s first language is not English.