Deadline & Decisions

Applications for Fall 2022 is now closed. Applications for Fall 2023 will be available in September 2022.

Applicants are urged to sign up early for standardized testing and to arrange for timely submission of transcripts and letters of recommendation so that all documents will be received on or before the deadline.

Admission Timetable

The admission season begins with the distribution of application materials in the late summer and concludes with the notification of admission decisions in mid-March. Applications are accepted as early as September. We guarantee the review of only those applications that are complete as of the application deadline.

Decision Notification

Decisions are based on a comprehensive evaluation of the applicant’s file. Admission decisions are typically available by mid-March. All applicants will be notified via email of admissions decisions.

Application Feedback

We recognize that you devote a great deal of time and effort to your application and may wish to discuss it with a member of our admissions committee or a faculty member. Regrettably, we are unable to provide individual feedback to any applicant.

Deferral Policy

Admitted students are expected to enroll in the program in September of the year they are admitted. As a matter of policy, we do not allow applicants to defer admission to a later year. Instead, we ask them to reapply, as noted in instructions for reapplicants. Only under rare and extraordinary circumstances (e.g., compulsory military service) will we consider exceptions to this policy.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars 2021-2022

Apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars separate from the PhD program application.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars cultivates and supports a highly-engaged, multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers a diverse collection of educational experiences, preparing graduates to address complex challenges facing the world. Each year, Knight-Hennessy Scholars selects up to 100 students who are newly enrolling in a graduate degree program in any of Stanford’s seven schools. Knight-Hennessy Scholars participate in an experiential leadership development program and receive funding for up to three years of graduate study at Stanford. Candidates of any country may apply. Candidates must submit two applications to be considered; one to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by early October and one to the graduate degree program by its deadline. Visit to learn more. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars application to join the 2022 cohort closes on October 6, 2021 at 1:00pm PDT.