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PhD Application Timeline & Deadlines

Due to Stanford's extended Winter Closure period, admissions decisions & official notifications will be released in January 2021. Please do not contact the Chemical Engineering department or Graduate Admissions regarding the status of your application. If your application is considered competitive but is incomplete, a member of our admissions team will reach out to you directly.

All components of a graduate application must be received by the department no later than the appropriate deadline.

A complete application consists of a completed application form, a statement of purpose (a summary of research experience for PhD applications), the application fee, three letters of recommendation, and TOEFL examination results (scores and percentages) if applicable.

The PhD application season is mid-September through mid-December each year.

ADMISSION DEADLINE: All components of a PhD application must be received by the department no later than: Friday, November 20, 2020.

All applications completed and received by this date will receive full consideration. Decisions for applications are NOT made on a rolling basis.

Components of a Completed PhD Application

  • Bio-demographic information, educational history and TOEFL test results if applicable (official and self-reported scores and percentages).
  • Statement of Purpose (no more than 2 pages).
  • Summary outline of your research experience, professional experience, and relevant employment
  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from faculty and, for PhD applicants, from research advisors, who can discuss most knowledgeably the applicant's suitability for pursuit of the selected degree.

See Admissions Requirements for more details on properly submitting your application.