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Application Two: Graduate Program

Apply to your graduate program of interest

Again, you must apply separately to the graduate school program of interest at Stanford.

Review the full list of Stanford’s graduate programs to ensure Stanford offers the program that you wish to pursue. (Applicants to the Honors Cooperative Program or the Master of Liberal Arts are not eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.)

  • The deadline to submit your graduate program application if you want to be considered for Knight-Hennessy Scholars depends on the specific degree program (see the table here for details).
  • When you submit your graduate program application, all materials must be complete — personal statements, recommendation letters, transcripts, standardized test scores (if required), etc.
  • MD and JD/LLM/SPILS applicants: The deadlines correspond to the date by which Stanford must receive your complete application materials. Since it may take 2-3 weeks for applications to be processed through AMCAS or LSAC, we strongly encourage you to submit your application well in advance of the posted deadline.

Tips for your graduate program application

Your application for your graduate program must stand on its own, tailored to what your graduate program is looking for. Focus your application solely on your candidacy for that program. Do not consider the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program in your graduate program application. It is fine if the content of your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application overlaps with the content of your graduate program application.

You may select the same person(s) to provide recommendations for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and for your graduate program. Ensure, however, that the letters themselves address the questions each application requires. Your Knight-Hennessy Scholars recommendations are the only reference letters that we will review before we provide input to your graduate program.  

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: I earned a degree at an institution outside of the U.S. Am I eligible for graduate study at Stanford?

A: To be eligible for graduate study, you must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing. See Stanford's guidelines for minimum level of study. (For questions on this policy, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, not the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.)

Q: Can I apply to Stanford for a graduate program even if I did not study that field as an undergraduate?

A: In most cases, you are eligible to apply to a graduate program even if you did not study that precise field as an undergraduate; please contact each graduate program for specific information about its requirements.

Q: Do I apply only to Knight-Hennessy Scholars to be considered for the Stanford graduate program I am interested in?

A: No. You must complete not only your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application, but also the entire application process for your graduate degree program — including any standardized test that your graduate degree program requires (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test (TOEFL; or, for MBA program only, IELTS or PTE).


Last updated June 30, 2020

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