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Applying to Stanford Graduate Program

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The graduate degree program application is your opportunity to make your case for admission to Stanford. You must apply separately to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and to your Stanford graduate degree program. 

Each incoming Knight-Hennessy Scholar must be a newly enrolling student in a Stanford graduate program including, but not limited to, DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD programs. Review the full list of Stanford’s graduate programs to ensure Stanford offers the program that you wish to pursue.

The following are examples of programs not eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program:

Once you have selected a graduate degree program, visit the program's website to confirm its program requirements, fees, and application deadline for Knight-Hennessy Scholars applicants. Please review deadlines carefully as they vary by degree program, and some programs specify a separate application deadline specifically for Knight-Hennessy applicants.

See the table for graduate degree program application deadlines

If you have any questions about the graduate degree program application, please contact the Stanford graduate program.  If you have any questions about  Knight-Hennessy Scholars, please reach out to us.

Application Review

Again, you must apply separately to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and to your Stanford graduate degree program.

Your two separate applications -- the Knight-Hennessy Scholars application and the Stanford graduate program application -- have distinct evaluation criteria, application requirements, selection processes and timelines, and admissions committees. As such, we encourage you to adopt a distinct approach to preparing each of the two applications. Plan to tailor your graduate degree program application to meet its specific requirements.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars admission team reviews your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application. The graduate program reviews your application to that program. Except in cases where you have deferred prior admission to a Stanford graduate program, these two reviews take place concurrently but separately.

After these concurrent but separate reviews, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars admission team and your graduate program share preliminary assessments with one another. We do so to ensure that we select scholars who are competitive for admission to the graduate program.

During this process, we may occasionally contact the graduate program to access and review  some of your graduate program application materials if we believe they will aid us in our evaluation efforts. However, we encourage you to compose your two separate applications with the knowledge that they are not customarily shared between the two teams. While we generally encourage a distinct approach to each application, your content may overlap if it satisfies requirements for both applications.

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 have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent 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 Admissionsnot the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.

Q: May 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 refer to the graduate degree program’s website 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 both your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application AND 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 applicable, an English proficiency test (TOEFL; or, for MBA program only, IELTS or PTE). The Stanford graduate degree program application may require a fee. Please visit the graduate program for specific information about its requirements.


Last updated April 29, 2021