General Information

The Computer Science deadline to apply for Autumn entry quarter 2022-23 is Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 11:59 pm (PST). The online application is available at:

Applying | Graduate Admissions. We have only one admissions cycle for the PhD program. For answers to commonly asked questions, please visit our FAQ page at: FAQ | Stanford Computer Science.

All application deadlines are final. Application materials such as letters of recommendation, transcripts and TOEFL scores (for international applicants) must be uploaded by the deadline. Applications will NOT be accepted after the deadline.


Student-Applicant Support Program

The Student-Applicant Support Program  SASP is an optional program intended to give application feedback to underrepresented students in advance of the department deadline.

The Student-Applicant Support Program aims to assist underrepresented students as they apply to Stanford’s CS PhD program. To be eligible you must be applying for the CS PhD program at Stanford this year and self-identify as underrepresented in Computer Science.

Applicants may receive one round of meaningful feedback on their resume and statement of purpose from a current PhD student (capacity limited). Participation in the Student-Applicant Support Program is separate from the admissions process and does not guarantee admission.

To participate in the Student-Applicant Support Program, please submit your application materials here by 11:59PM PST on October 29, 2021. If your submission is complete, you may expect to receive feedback by November 15, 2021.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) application deadline is October 6, 2021, 1:00pm PST. KHS is an optional scholarship program. 

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 M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by October 6, 2021 and separately apply to the Computer Science department.


Application Fee Waiver

The Computer Science department offers application fee waivers to diversity candidates. We especially encourage such applications from first-generation, low-income students, and students from systematically marginalized backgrounds who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The process for requesting a fee waiver can be done by filling out this form

The Computer Science department is unable to offer a traditional fee waiver.

The School of Engineering also offers fee waivers.  Please refer to the website for more information.

https://engineering.stanford.edu/students-academics/equity-and-inclusion-initiatives/prospective-graduate-students/fee-waivers