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How to Apply

Applications are now open.

Information on how to apply can be found on the Biosciences Website.

The deadline for students applying to enter Academic Year 2018 - 2019 will be Friday, December 1, 2017.

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To be eligible for admission to graduate programs at Stanford University, 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.

The competition for admission is keen and invitations are granted to students who exhibit an excellent academic record and strong research potential.

Applicants will be assessed based on their undergraduate transcripts, test scores, research experience, statement of purpose and letters of recommendation that document exceptional potential, and ability.

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Application Fee

The Application Fee is $125.00.
Online application fee payments can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) ONLY. Stanford University cannot accept checks or money orders.
General information regarding the Biosciences application fee waiver and the university application fee waiver can be found on their respective websites.

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Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program at Stanford. It would be helpful to include what you have done to prepare for this degree program. Please describe your research interests, past research experience, future career plans, and other details of your background and interests that will allow us to evaluate your ability to thrive in our program. If you have interests that align with a specific faculty member, you may state this in your application. Your Statement of Purpose should not exceed two pages in length (single spaced).

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Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Please be sure that you ask for a recommendation from at least one individual who can address your potential for original and creative research. In most cases, that individual would be the person in charge of or guiding your most recent research activities. It is very important that you contact your recommenders before submitting their information in the online application. You must choose whether or not you waive your right to see a recommendation before you submit the recommender's information. It may be that a recommender will not submit a recommendation if you have not waived the right to see it. This should be discussed in advance.

All recommendations must be submitted using the online application system. As part of the online application, you will be required to register the names and contact information, including e-mail addresses, of your recommenders. Recommenders will then receive an e-mail with directions on how to proceed. Letters of recommendation cannot be emailed or faxed.

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Applicants are required to upload copies of their official transcripts/academic records directly into the online application. When completing the Educational History section of the application, you will be asked to list every college and university you have attended for a year or more, and any degree program in which you are currently enrolled. You will also need to upload copies of your transcripts/academic records (including any legends/keys). If your institution uses, as an institutional identification number, your Social Security Number, please ensure that you obscure (using whiteout or a black marker) before scanning and uploading to your application. Please ensure that they are legible since the Admissions Committee will use them in their review process.

Please list the highest undergraduate degree awarded (e.g. Bachelor's, Diplom, Maitrise, etc) in the Post-Secondary Institution 1 section. If you have more than three previous institutions, list them in the Additional Educational History section of the application.

Official transcripts will be required for applicants who are selected for an interview. Please do not send, or have sent any transcript to us or to your program until that time.

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GRE Results

Applicants to the Biosciences are required to take the GRE General Test.* Scores must be from an examination taken within the last five years. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the GRE. Be sure to take the GRE in time for official scores to be received by the application deadline. For information on test dates and registration please go to the ETS web site. If you are reading this in early November, you should have already taken the GRE Examinations so that your scores can reach us by the application deadline. Since our initial reviews of all applications are virtually complete by mid-January, it is unlikely that scores from those who take the December tests will reach us in time for adequate review.

*Biomedical Informatics (BMI) PhD Applicants Only: Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are accepted in lieu of GRE scores for U.S. physicians or medical students.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test:

Some Home Programs also require or recommend the GRE Subject Test. Please consult the table below for specific program Subject Test requirements. If you should have any questions regarding the "encouraged" or "recommended" GRE Subject Test requirement(s), please contact the Home Program(s) to which you are applying to for further information. Scores must be from an examination taken within the last five years.

Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine

GRE Subject Test not required

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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English (Stanford does not accept International English Language Testing System [IELTS] scores). Exceptions are granted for applicants who have earned a U.S. bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or the equivalent of either degree from a non-U.S. college or university of recognized standing where all instruction is provided in English. This exception does not apply if the courses were completed in a country where English is spoken but not all courses were provided in English. Being a U.S. citizen does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking the TOEFL; if the applicant's first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exception above or submit TOEFL scores. Scores must be submitted from a test taken within the last 18 months. Applicants are urged to take the TOEFL by November to be eligible for admission for the following Autumn Quarter. Evidence of adequate English proficiency must be submitted before enrollment is approved by Graduate Admissions. Please consult the table below or the Exam Requirements for International Applicants webpage for minimum TOEFL requirements. For more information on registering for the TOEFL Examination you can review the online information at

Minimum TOEFL Requirement

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Application Status Inquiries

To check the status/activity of your application materials, please log into your application account. There you will find the most current status of all your application materials. You will also be able to send reminders to those recommenders who have not yet submitted their letters of recommendation.

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