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Graduate Admissions

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Katie duPlessis

The Public Policy Program at Stanford University offers two distinct graduate degree programs, the MPP and MA. Before beginning the application process, it is helpful to review this website as well as the list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for detailed information on Public Policy requirements regarding test scores, prerequisites, financial aid, etc.

Applications for graduate study in Public Policy are ONLY accepted from 1) students currently enrolled in any Stanford graduate or undergraduate degree program, 2) from external applicants seeking a joint degree or 3) from Stanford alumni (who have graduated within the past 5 years). OUTSIDE APPLICANTS FOR A STANDALONE MPP OR MA ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.  Please note: there are no exceptions to this requirement, this is university policy. To be considered for matriculation beginning in the Autumn Quarter 2020-21, all application materials must be submitted no later than April 7, 2020, and you must meet the criteria mentioned above. The early deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 28, 2020 with a final deadline on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Early submission of MPP applications is encouraged. Admission notifications will be sent on a rolling basis no later than May 1, 2020. Admitted students are encouraged to respond to early offers of admission by April 15, 2020 and required to respond to offers of admission by May 15, 2020 at the latest.

External applicants for joint degrees must apply to the department or school offering the other graduate degree (i.e., PhD, MD, MA, MS, MBA, or JD), indicating an interest in the joint degree program; applicants admitted to the other degree program are then evaluated for admission to the MPP or MA program.

more information on the application process for current graduate students

More information on the application process for Stanford Seniors and alumni

Knight-Hennessy Scholars 
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The program awards up to 100 high-achieving students every year with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford, including the MA and MPP in Public Policy. To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by October 10, 2019, and separately apply to the Public Policy Program by December 10, 2019.  The same criteria applies for admission to the MA and MPP programs per the above information.  OUTSIDE APPLICANTS FOR A STANDALONE MPP OR MA ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.  Please note: there are no exceptions to this requirement, this is university policy.