Admissions: External Applicants

External applicants: Applications for 2020-2021 will be available in mid September 2019. The application must be submitted and all required supporting documents, including official transcript(s), letters of recommendation, and ETS official GRE/TOEFL scores or MCAT scores, must be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Stanford fellows on T-32 (or similar) grants: Post docs are eligible to apply on a rolling admission basis to start the program autumn quarter. Please contact TO Preising for more information on how to apply.

Applications for Knight-Hennessy Scholarship (KHS) candidates is now closed. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards up to 100 high-achieving students every year with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford, including the MS in CHPR.   

Eligibility for all applicants: To be eligible for admission to a graduate program at Stanford, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or
  2. Completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Please see the minimum international education requirements.

Please note that adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. International students enrolled at Stanford must be able to read English with ease, understand rapid idiomatic English as used in lectures and group discussions, and express thoughts quickly and clearly in spoken and written English. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit a recent official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Stanford accepts only ETS (Educational Testing Service) scores. U.S. citizenship does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking the TOEFL if the applicant’s first language is not English. For guidance on English profiency, see the Office of Graduate Admissions webpage International Applicants- English Proficiency and  Exam Requirements for International Applicants.

Required Application Materials: Instructions about submitting these application materials are found within Stanford’s online application.

  • 3 letters of recommendation
    • At least one letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years)
  • GRE General Test scores (valid MCAT scores may be submitted in lieu of GRE scores)
  • TOEFL scores or a TOEFL waiver, if applicable
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages, 1 inch margins, 12 point font, single spaced)
    • The Statement of Purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to CHPR at Stanford, your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.
  • Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions you have attended as a full-time student for one year (i.e. three quarters or two semesters) or longer.
    • You must upload one scanned version of your official transcript(s) in the online application AND instruct your institution to send an official copy to the Community Health and Prevention Research Master's program within the Department of Medicine (see below for address). We cannot accept transcripts that are not sent to us directly from your post secondary institution or its secure electronic transcript transfer service.  See here for more transcript information.
  • $125 application fee

How to Apply

  1. Thoroughly review the information on our website (including the FAQ page) and familiarize yourself with the information provided on Stanford’s Office of Graduate Admissions website.
  2. Complete the online application at the Stanford Office of Graduate Admissions website. The application will be available mid-September each year.
  3. Direct your previous postsecondary institutions(s) to mail or snail mail one copy of your transcript(s) to the Stanford Prevention Research Center (address listed below). We can only accept official transcripts directly from your institution or its secure electronic transcript service.
  4. Ensure you’ve completed and submitted all the “Required Application Materials” described above by the application deadline.
  5. Check the status of your application (e.g., letters of recommendation received, official ETS scores, etc.) by logging into your application account Activity Log.
  6. Admission decisions for those applying for Autumn 2019-2020 will be communicated in mid-March, 2019.

The selection of MS students admitted to the CHPR program in the Department of Medicine 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 scores on the General GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or MCAT, the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

Stanford Prevention Research Center Address

You must submit your transcripts by the application deadline via one of two methods:

  1. Email official transcripts to the below email address:
    TO Preising, J.D., MAEd
    Assistant Director of Operations
    Stanford Prevention Research Center Education Programs
  2. Snail mail official transcripts to the below address:
    TO Preising, SPRC Education Programs
    Medical School Office Building (MSOB)
    1265 Welch Road, #X3C12
    Stanford, CA 94305