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Honors Cooperative Program (HCP) Master’s Admissions

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The Department of Chemical Engineering will only offer external applicants admission into our HCP MS Program.

The Department of Chemical Engineering no longer requires or accepts GRE scores for admission.  International students will still be required to take the TOEFL exam.  

Admissions overview

Our Master of Science (MS) program is a terminal degree for those seeking advanced knowledge in a focused area of chemical engineering to pursue a career in industry or a professional degree, e.g. in medicine, law, education or business. It is based on the completion of lecture courses focused on a theme within the discipline of chemical engineering.  No thesis is required, nor is research required. This program is open to three cohorts of applicants:

  1. Active Stanford undergraduates, who should apply via the internal coterminal degree application process.
  2. Currently matriculated Stanford graduate students; see departmental students services (Shriram Center, Room 129).
  3. External applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or will have completed one before matriculating as a graduate student.  Individuals in this third group apply online to our HCP MS program.

Each department conferring graduate degrees establishes its own application deadlines. An applicant may apply to only one degree program at Stanford University, meaning the applicant must choose one department and degree program and can have only one active application. All components of an application to the Department of Chemical Engineering must be received by the department no later than the appropriate due date. Applications and supporting documentation from external applicants are accepted on a rolling basis for autumn and spring start. All components of a MS application must be received by the department prior to the due date. 

All applicants must make an official application, using the university's online forms and procedures, and following the directions from the Office of the Registrar, Graduate Admissions. Visit the Grad Admissions site for more information about the graduate admissions process at Stanford and to apply for graduate admission.

Application Materials

  • Completed Online Application
  • Statement of Purpose(2-3 pages)
  • Recommendations from three people who can knowledgeably discuss your suitability for pursuit of the selected degree.
  • Bio-demographic information, educational history and test results (official and self-reported scores and percentages).
  • Transcripts (Current, unofficial transcript uploaded in your application. Do not send physical transcripts to the department).

Email: (for graduate admission inquiries)

Application evaluation

Our admissions committee carefully considers all completed applications to Chemical Engineering's HCP MS program.  Decisions are based on the student’s academic record and experiences, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and test scores. While most applicants to our advanced degree programs have traditional chemical engineering backgrounds, we do accept applications from students in other related fields: chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, biology and so forth.

If your bachelor’s degree is in another field, do you have sufficient background knowledge in the key engineering concepts required of an undergraduate majoring in chemical engineering and thus would thrive in an advanced degree chemical engineering program? Those with non-traditional backgrounds should expect, if admitted, to spend some additional time acquiring the background necessary to complete a graduate degree in chemical engineering.  For reference, the requirements for a Stanford BS in Chemical Engineering can be found in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs

A departmental committee of Chemical Engineering faculty members makes all decisions regarding admission to our advanced degree programs. Decisions are based on thorough evaluations of all aspects of completed applications, i.e. applications are evaluated in their entirety and within the context of the program pool. Hence, final decisions are not made on a rolling basis, but rather when the pool is complete, on the deadline date.

We are unable to provide informal recommendations or evaluations on the basis of partial information, e.g. a CV or test scores or a transcript. Inquiries and materials sent to individual professors will be redirected to administrative staff. We encourage potential applicants to consider discussing their issues with faculty recommenders who know them well and could give better, individualized academic advice.

Financial Aid

Offers of admission to our MS program are made without guarantees of financial aid and are valid until the end of August of the same year. Those considering pursuing their master’s degree are encouraged to visit Stanford Financial Aid to obtain more information about financing graduate study. Financial aid for graduate students includes loans and fellowship awards, from either external sources such as governmental agencies, industry or private foundations; or from internal university, school and departmental resources. 

Students with questions about our graduate programs in Chemical Engineering or the graduate admissions process in general are asked to first explore all the online resources, such as this departmental website and the university’s central Graduate Admissions site.

Also, go to the Explore Degrees section of the Stanford Bulletin to see university student affairs policy and departmental degree requirements and visit the Explore Courses section for lists of all courses offered in 2021-2022, their descriptions and instructors.

Those with further questions may email Please use “Admissions” in the subject line, e.g.  ADMISSIONS – [your full name] & [key word(s)].

If you think one of our graduate programs is a good fit with your educational background and future academic and career goals, we in the Department of Chemical Engineering very much look forward to receiving your application. Applicants with completed applications should expect to hear from us within two months after the application deadline for the quarter you are applying for. If you do not receive an email from from our student services office by these decision dates, you may email with this particular inquiry. (Subject: MS decision?) as we are unable to provide any applicant information over the phone.

We wish you all the best as you make your decisions about your educational future.