Admissions and Financial Aid


Information about the programs in the Stanford Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics can be found at: Courses & Degrees.


All entering undergraduate students, whether freshmen or transfer students, enter Stanford with their majors undeclared. They are admitted to the University as a whole, rather than to a specific school or department. For students interested in undergraduate admission and study at Stanford, there are two very helpful sites: Stanford's Undergraduate Admissions page, with information about application procedures, financial aid, and the University; and the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs, with descriptions of all the majors, minors, and special programs in engineering for undergrads at Stanford.


Application Deadlines
A completed application (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and GRE/TOEFL scores) must be received by the deadline. Those wishing an Engineer's Degree or Ph.D. who do not have a master's degree should apply for the master's degree and indicate on the application their desire to continue their studies beyond that degree.

The deadline for admission for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees for the autumn quarter, 2016-2017, is December 1, 2015.

Only applicants for the part-time graduate program for working professionals (HCP) program are considered quarterly. Contact the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) course advisor for details. The deadline for admission to the HCP M.S. program for the winter quarter, 2015-2016, is October 6, 2015. For admission for the spring quarter, 2015-2016, or for the autumn quarter, 2016-2017, the deadline is December 1, 2015.

Application Questions?

Application Checklist

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts*
  • GRE General Results
  • TOEFL Results

The application is accessed through Stanford’s Graduate Admissions website.  Please follow all information and instructions. In addition to the on-line application, all applicants to Stanford for the Aero/Astro M.S. degree, Engineer's Degree, or Ph.D. must submit two official transcripts directly to the department.

*Transcripts must be mailed directly to:
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Graduate Admissions
Stanford University
496 Lomita Mall
Durand Building, Room 250
Stanford, CA 94305-4035

Statement of Purpose
Your Statement of Purpose should identify personal and professional goals. It should also discuss your development to date and your intentions relative to graduate study and life beyond Stanford. The Aero/Astro Graduate Admissions Committee reads your Statement of Purpose with interest because, along with the Letters of Recommendation, it offers insight into who you are as an individual. Your Statement of Purpose should not exceed two pages in length (single spaced).

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required; one letter must come from an academic source, although we prefer two.  Recommendations must be submitted online. Please see the "Recommendations" section of the online application for information.

GRE General Results
GRE general results must be from an examination taken within the last five years. No GRE Subject test is required. Official results must be sent electronically by ETS to Stanford. Our institution code for ETS reporting is 4704. You do not need a department code. For more information on GRE requirements, please see the "Required Exams" and "Frequently Asked Questions" sections on the Graduate Admissions web site. In order to meet the December 1 deadline, the GRE should be taken no later than October 31.

TOEFL Results
TOEFL results must be from an examination taken within the last eighteen months. The Stanford institution code for ETS reporting is 4704. You do not need a department code. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please see the "Required Exams" and "Frequently Asked Questions" sections on the Graduate Admissions web site.

Re-applicants must submit new supporting documents and complete the online application as outlined above, in the Graduate Application Checklist. Only prior official test scores can be reactivated.

Admission Decisions
Autumn Quarter completed applications are reviewed by the faculty Admissions Committee throughout the winter. Letters are sent as decisions are made, beginning in early March.


For fellowship consideration, simply check the box on the admissions application that indicates that you wish to be considered for financial aid; there are no additional forms or materials to be submitted beyond the regular application. (Note: assistantships are not generally awarded as part of the admissions process in Aero/Astro.)

Fellowship awards and the designation of alternates will be made by March 21. Students who applied for aid will be notified then of their status, either in a separate letter (if they have already been notified of admission) or as part of their admission letter.

All major universities have signed the Council on Graduate Schools resolution that sets April 15 as the response deadline for fellowships and assistantships. Anyone receiving an offer of aid has the right to weigh his or her options, and cannot be required to make a binding commitment to any school before that date. We would appreciate hearing from you as soon as you have decided whether to accept the offer, but the deadline is April 15.

Loans and Work-Study Assistantships
Need-based federal loans and work-study assistantships are administered by the University Financial Aid office. Students should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and supporting documents as soon as possible. Award packages for graduate students are usually sent in early summer. (Information on Financial Aid: 650-723-3058)

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