Admissions

Admission into the MSM program is on a competitive basis. PhD students matriculated by any of the Schools of Stanford University will have the opportunity to apply. These Schools include the School of Engineering (home to the Departments of Chemical, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering), the School of Humanities and Sciences (host to the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Applied Physics), and the School of Medicine. The School of Medicine offers PhD programs in Biochemistry, Biomedical Informatics, Bioengineering, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Chemical and Systems Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Neurosciences, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and Structural Biology.

All First Year students matriculated into any of these PhD programs will be eligible to apply to the MSM Program. Physics and most engineering students may only start the program at the beginning of their 2nd as a PhD student (or 3rd year for electrical engineering students), with the permission of their PhD Advisor. We contact these students after they have officially accepted their offer of admission (shortly after April 15), to let them know of their eligibility and the process for applying to the MSM program.

The MSM application will consist of each student's Stanford PhD program application materials and one additional essay about why he or she is interested in the MSM program. This essay is due Wednesday, May 10, 2017. All applications are reviewed by the MSM Steering Committee, which selects a group of finalists for phone interviews. Students accepted into the MSM program will be notified in early June.

MSM will admit a diverse group of students annually. Stanford University believes a student body that is both highly qualified and diverse in terms of culture, class, race, gender, ethnicity, and work and life experiences is essential to the education process. Therefore, Stanford is an active proponent of diversity throughout all levels of higher education. As is the case for all of our graduate programs, the MSM program is dedicated to training students from diverse backgrounds.

Please note, MD courses begin BEFORE the start date of regular Autumn Quarter classes. New medical student orientation (also for MSM students) begins Wednesday, August 23, 2017 and MD classes start Monday, August 28, 2017.

updated 4/4/2017