U.S. Permanent Residents

For purposes of admissions and financial aid, U.S. permanent residents are considered similar to U.S. citizens.

International Applicants

International applicants are welcome to apply as long as they meet our eligibility requirements. 

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized academic institution in the U.S. or Canada (three-year bachelor's degree from Quebec, four-year bachelor's degree from other provinces) by July 15 of the year of matriculation. 

Applicants with a graduate degree from the U.S. and an equivalent undergraduate degree (see required minimum level of study here) from a recognized academic institution outside the U.S. are also eligible to apply. 

International Student Visas

In order to register as a student, Stanford University requires that all international students must obtain and maintain an appropriate visa status for their stay in the U.S. Prior to certification of an I-20 document, an international student must prove sufficient funds to meet one year of expenses while studying. Without written evidence of having financial support for one year, an international student will not be granted a student visa.

For more information, please refer to the current section of the Stanford Bulletin on visas. Please also visit the Bechtel International Center for more information.

DACA and Undocumented Applicants

Stanford University has actively supported DREAM Act legislation since its introduction in 2001, which enables undocumented students to continue their education and apply for citizenship.  Stanford also supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive action signed by former President Barack Obama, which allows some undocumented individuals who entered the United States as children to remain in the country.  We are among the more than 600 colleges and universities that have signed a letter in support of DACA.

Applicants are considered for admission to the Stanford MSPA program without regard to their country of origin. Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. residents holding a valid visa, applicants who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application, undocumented applicants, and international applicants. More information can be found here and here.