Master of Science in Health Policy
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 few years. 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 for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open; it will close on Jan. 23, 2024.
Please note: Knight Hennessey applicants have an earlier deadline.
How to Apply
The Application for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open.
Applications and supporting documents (see below) must be submitted through Stanford’s Office of Graduate Admissions by January 23, 2024. Applications will open through the Office of Graduate Admissions in mid-to-late September. (Please note that 1/23/2024 is the FINAL DEADLINE. All applications AND all reference letters should be received electronically in the application no later than 11:59 pm on 1/23/2024 so please plan accordingly.)Please submit your application through the Stanford Graduate Admissions website: https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/apply by clicking on "APPLY NOW."
Please note, the Knight-Hennessy Program has earlier deadlines than the MS program.
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 required for the application for the 2024-2025 academic year (though this may change in future years). Physicians may submit MCATs in lieu of GREs.
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: https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/apply/test-scores.
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
- GRE Scores (physicians may submit MCAT scores in lieu of GREs)
- 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.
Please make sure that you upload an unofficial transcript for every school attended into your application.
Official transcripts (direct from the institution) will only be required after an offer of admission. These will need to be sent 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 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.
Physicians may submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. If admitted, physicians will be asked to send their official MCAT scores to the HRP Admissions Team for verification - instructions for entering self-reported MCAT scores will be in the 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 https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/apply.
Stanford does not consider WES evaluations official transcripts. Please see the Stanford Graduate Admissions website – https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/apply/transcripts – for additional guidance on transcripts and university requirements.
Additional information for international applicants can be found at the following link: https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/apply.
Application Status Inquiries:
Applicants are able to view their status on their Slate application page by logging back into their application.
Interviews, if offered, will be held (via video-call) between mid-February and mid-March.
Admission decisions will be communicated by mid to late April of each admissions cycle.
Tuition & other costs:
For information about tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year, please see: https://studentservices.stanford.edu/my-finances/tuition-fees/tuition-rates
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: https://financialaid.stanford.edu/grad/budget/index.html
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Applications:
Knight-Hennessy Scholars develop a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation.
To be considered, you must apply separately for the Knight-Hennessey Scholars and to the MS Health Policy Program. Please note the Knight-Hennessy Program has earlier deadlines than the MS program.