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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.


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: gradadmissions@stanford.edu. We will do our best to work with you and your department. 


Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts.

Master of Liberal Arts

Littlefield Center, 365 Lasuen Street
Stanford, CA 94305-3030
Phone: 
1 (650) 725-0061

Degrees for a Program

Application Deadline with Aid Application Deadline without Aid
January 28, 2020 January 28, 2020

Applicants must download instructions prior to beginning the application. Consult MLA web page for details.
GRE general test scores not required.