Yes. CHPR welcomes applications from Knight-Hennessy Scholars candidates. Due to applications for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program being due in the fall, we offer an earlier admission review for CHPR for Knight-Hennessy Scholars candidates only. Please see the External Applicants page under "Application Timeline for Knight-Hennessy Scholars Candidates" for more information.
The online application fee is $125 for all applicants, both domestic and international. If you are considering applying to Stanford graduate programs and need assistance with the application fees, consider applying for a fee waiver.
Please note that as a master’s program in the School of Medicine, CHPR program applicants are not eligible for a school-based fee waiver.
You must upload one scanned version of your official transcript(s) in the online application.
If admitted, you must provide official transcripts (direct from the institution) to Stanford Graduate Admissions for review and verification. Any offer of admission is contingent upon authentication of official transcripts submitted directly to Graduate Admissions. Electronic transcripts are preferred. We cannot accept transcripts that are not sent directly from your post secondary institution or its secure electronic transcript transfer service. See here for more transcript information. See File Upload Requirements. Also see Transcripts for eTranscript service for Stanford students and alumni.
Applicants need three recommendations from faculty or other non-family members qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. At least one evaluation and letter 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). Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work.
Recommenders are to submit the letters online - not by mail, fax, or e-mail. When you enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders in the online application, they will receive a message with instructions on how to set up a recommender account. They will then be able to electronically submit their recommendations directly to Stanford.
Yes. While service letters are acceptable, you will still need to enter information for each recommender in the online application, including e-mail addresses. This causes an automatic message to be sent to each recommender, so you will need to contact them to let them know to ignore the message they receive giving instructions on how they are to submit their letter of recommendation.
You may then direct your letter service to send your letters to the CHPR Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are encouraged to register early for the GRE General test to maximize the chances of scheduling preferred test dates and times. For details and registration information explore the ETS web site. Official scores must be reported directly to Stanford from Educational Testing Service. Stanford’s ETS institutional code is 4704. Individual department code numbers are not necessary. As long as the institutional code of 4704 is selected, the score will be electronically delivered to Stanford.
To submit MCAT scores, see the FAQ "How do I submit my MCAT scores?"
You will upload a screenshot of your MCAT scores in the Document Uploads section of the application, but first you must advance past the (required) GRE General Test score reporting questions. To do this,
1. In the “Testing Information” section of the application, for “GRE General Test”,:
select “I have a future GRE General Test Date”, then
enter a dummy future test date
2. Then in the “Document Uploads/Additional Information” section of the application
Applicants should have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send TOEFL scores electronically to Stanford. 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 in the online application. Self-reported scores will not be considered official until Stanford receives the electronic record directly from ETS and the scores match. Any offer of admission is contingent upon the self-reported TOEFL scores matching those from ETS.
It is the applicant's responsibility to check their activity status page to see that all materials have been received before the application due date. If an application is missing any materials on the due date, it will not be reviewed, even if your application status eventually shows as "complete".
Please do not email the CHPR program about your application without checking your Activity Status page first.
You will be asked to upload your statement in the online application. You may upload only one file (not to exceed two pages in length, single spaced). Make sure to set your computer to a Western European or other English-language setting. We cannot guarantee the ability to access your statement if it is submitted in other fonts.
To be eligible, applicants must satisfy the below criteria.
Applicants must be current Stanford undergraduate students.
All applicants must have earned 120 units toward graduation (UTG) as shown on the undergraduate unofficial transcript. This includes allowable Advanced Placement (AP) and transfer credit.
Applicants must have a major(s) declared.
Applicants must have completed six non-summer quarters at Stanford (or two non-summer quarters at Stanford for transfer students)
Eligible coterminal applicants should also be aware of the following University policies:
Applicants must submit their application and, if admitted, respond to the offer of admission no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of their undergraduate degree. This is typically the Winter quarter prior to Spring quarter graduation.
Applications must be submitted by the deadline for each quarter.
Once you have submitted your application you can check the status of official transcripts and letters of recommendation by logging into your Activity Status page: https://www.applyweb.com/cgi-bin/ustat
Please do not contact the CHPR program about the status of your application before checking the Activity Status page and the Checklist Notes.
No. You must decide which courses will count toward your undergraduate degree and which courses will count toward the M.S. degree. You cannot double count courses between two degrees. After admission, you will be required to submit a Program Proposal and Coterminal Course Transfer Approval Form, which will clarify which courses are being taken for the coterminal M.S.
As a coterminal student in the M.S. in CHPR, you may count eligible courses taken three non-Summer quarters back from your first graduate quarter. Please note that you cannot double count courses between your undergraduate and master’s degree. To count previously taken courses toward the M.S. degree you will fill out the Coterminal Course Transfer Approval Form, which must be signed by your major department(s). The Coterminal Course Transfer Approval Form is also subject to approval by a student’s CHPR mentor and the CHPR Program Office.
The application requirements for current enrolled Stanford graduate students are different from those of external applicants and coterminal applicants. To learn more, please visit the Stanford Graduate Student Applicants page.
If you are interested in applying to the M.S. in CHPR and would like to receive information about upcoming information sessions and program updates, please fill out the following form.
If you still have questions about the M.S. in CHPR or your application, please contact:
There are many MPH programs offered across the country and not all are the same. Researching specific MPH programs of interest will help you better understand the key differences and areas of overlap between our Master of Science program and any MPH programs you may be considering.
No. The required community-based research internship must take place after you officially enroll in the M.S. program. Your internship must take place over 2 consecutive quarters (not including Summer) and must be supervised by your CHPR mentor.
In that situation, your mentor must be willing to and agree to supervise you as you work on an internship project with that specific community partner. This is less likely to take place if your internship project does not fall within your mentor's general area of expertise or it is unclear how this community partner will allow you to apply the CHPR curriculum within a 2-quarter long internship.
The focus of the first quarter is on coursework to help provide the CHPR students with an intellectual basis to inform their internship. To facilitate this, we require that the students take CHPR 225 and CHPR 228 before starting their internship, which puts them in a much better position to apply what they have learned in class to the internship experience. What we suggest in your case, since you have your internship placement identified, would be to do a directed reading (CHPR 298) with your faculty mentor in your first quarter. The directed reading can be designed to establish a foundation on the research and programmatic features central to your internship. Enrollment in CHPR 290: Curricular Practical Training Internship would then be in quarters 2 and 3 as recommended.
The program is designed to be completed in one academic year, typically Autumn through Summer, with the summer quarter used to finish the thesis.
All requirements for a master's degree must be completed within three years after the student's first term of enrollment in the master's program. Students pursuing a coterminal master's degree must complete their requirements within three years of their first quarter of graduate standing.
We highly recommend admitted students have taken basic college statistics before beginning the program. if that is not possible, Khan Academy or similar online courses for health sciences may be helpful for those who do not have a grounding in statistics. If you take these types of online courses before applying, you should mention it on your application.
The Stanford Prevention Research Center has no funding/financial aid available for M.S. students. To learn more about graduate financial assistance, please visit the Stanford Financial Aid Office. All financial aid information must be confirmed by the Financial Aid Office. The CHPR program does not have any authority or responsibility regarding financial aid.
Please note: Stanford undergraduates who have received financial aid should check with the Stanford Financial Aid Office before applying to determine the impact of enrolling in the coterminal M.S. on their financial aid package.