Stanford University

Stanford Internal Admissions

The Symbolic Systems M.S. Program admits a limited number of Stanford internal students each year from the Law School, Graduate School of Business, and more. Stanford internal students usually complete the program in one to two academic years.

Application Requirements

  • Project Area Statement: Current Stanford students are strongly encouraged to include a Project Area Statement (PAS) with a commitment from a prospective project advisor when applying for admission to the M.S. program. The PAS should be attached to the application, in the Additional Information section (page 15). Read more about the PAS requirement
    • Note: Students who expect to take more than one year to complete the Symbolic Systems M.S. program may apply without including a PAS. 
  • Original Research Paper: all applicants are highly encouraged, but not required, to include in their application one original research paper. A draft or work in progress of the paper is acceptable. 
  • In addition, your application must include the following:

    • Official online application and application fee
    • Program Proposal
    • Statement of Purpose outlining your goals and motivations for applying to the program.

    • Two letters of recommendation (one of which should come from a student’s prospective project advisor if a Project Area Statement is included).

    • Two official copies of your undergraduate and any graduate transcripts. Official Stanford transcript is requested and submitted through the online application. Please do not request an official paper transcript from the Registrar’s Office.

    • NOTE: The GRE is not required for Stanford-internal Applicants (Law, GSB, etc)

Application Deadline

The first round application deadline is February 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified in mid-March. 
A second round deadline of May 1, 2021 is available to current Stanford students only. Applicants will be notified by early June.