MS HSR Application

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Master of Science in Health Policy

Applications due by February 15, 2022

To Our Prospective Students and Trainees:

Stanford Health Policy reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption over the past year and a half. We will take 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 time, 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. 

The Application Is Now Open

How to Apply


Application deadline: February 15, 2022.

Please submit your application through the Stanford Graduate Admissions website by clicking on "APPLY NOW." Please note applications will open through OGA in mid-to-late September.

Applications are evaluated based on the applicant's commitment to and aptitude for a career in health policy research as demonstrated via transcripts, statement of purpose, relevant work and research experience, and letters of recommendation.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional for our incoming 2022 class (though this may change in future years) or may be waived for applicants with an MD or similar degree.  Applicants from non-English speaking countries should provide evidence of competence in English on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  See Stanford University GRE and TOEFL policies and requirements here.

Required Supporting Documents (to be submitted in the Stanford Graduate Admissions Application):

  • Statement of Purpose that includes area(s) of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Transcripts for all college/university degrees
  • CV with relevant work and research experience


Please make sure that you upload an unofficial transcript for every school attended into your application.  

If admitted, you must provide official transcripts (direct from the institution) to Stanford Graduate Admissions/University Registrar for review and verification. Instructions will be provided to admitted students. Any offer of admission is contingent upon authentication of official transcripts submitted directly to Graduate Admissions.

Please also make sure that you route your optional GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable) directly to Stanford from ETS.  Our university code is 4704. It does not matter what department code is specified. You will either self-report your scores or indicate the date you will take the test(s) in the online application. Self-reported scores will not be considered official until Stanford receives the electronic record.

Licensed physicians and dentists may submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores.  Please contact the Health Policy Student Services Officer ( if you would like to submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores in your application.


It is in your best interest to start your application as early as possible.  This will allow for timely notification to your reference letter writers.

Additional information regarding Stanford policies and procedures for graduate applications can be found on the Stanford Graduate Admissions website

Stanford does not consider WES evaluations official transcripts.  Please see the Stanford Graduate Admissions website for additional guidance on transcripts and university requirements.

Additional information for international applicants can be found at the following link:

Application Status Inquiries:

Applicants are able to view their status on their Apply Web status page by logging back into their application. The department administrative staff will do their best to keep the application checklists updated.

The selection of students admitted to the Health Policy Masters Program is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.


Interviews, if offered, will be held (via video-call) in mid-to-late March.

Admission Decisions:

Admission decisions will be communicated by April of each admissions cycle.

Tuition & other costs:

For information about tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year, please see:

8-10 units/quarter is considered full time status at Stanford University.  Most MS Health Policy students complete the degree in 5-6 quarters.

For information on costs of living estimates, please see:


Knight-Hennessy Scholars Applications:

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation.  

To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by October 6, 1:00 pm Pacific Time, and separately to the MS Health Policy program by December 1, 2021 (note this deadline is earlier than the department deadline.)