Fully Funded PhD Program in Computer Science at Stanford University
On average, the program is completed in five to six years, depending on the student’s research and progress. First-year students have the opportunity to rotate in three different labs before selecting their advisor.
The Computer Science Department also believes that teaching is an integral and important part of graduate-level education in Computer Science. In pursuing the PhD degree, students have clear and defined milestones that help guide them to the successful completion of their dissertation and oral defense. This includes a cumulative list of requirements to be completed in order for students to confer their PhD degree in Computer Science.
PhD in Computer Science Program Requirements
To be eligible for admission in a Stanford graduate program, applicants must meet:
1. Applicants must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or University accredited by a regional accrediting association.
2. Applicants from institutions outside of the United States must hold the equivalent of a United States Bachelor’s degree from a college or University of recognized good standing.
3. While we do not require a specific undergraduate coursework, it is important that applicants have strong quantitative and analytical skills; a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science is not required.
5. Most students have a maximum 4.3 GPA at Stanford.
PhD Funding Coverage
Most Computer Science PhD students are supported by a research or teaching assistantship in Computer Science or the School of Engineering (SOE), or by a fellowship, or by an approved assistantship through a collaborating research organization. The PhD program is full-time and requires full tuition, most or all of which is normally covered by such support.
2. Statement of purpose: Your statement of purpose should be concise, focused, and well written. It should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford, your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.
3. 3 Recommendation Letters: In the online application, you will be asked to identify your recommenders and their email addresses. Please notify your recommenders that they will receive an email prompt to submit their recommendation online. CS only accepts online recommendations through the application system. CS cannot accept mailed, emailed, or faxed recommendations.
4. Resume: Submit your resume in the online application and include any publications.
5. Supplemental form: This form is part of the online application. List any publications and your website on this form and on your resume (CV). Upload your resume (CV) on the document uploads, confirmation and submission section.
6. Transcripts: You are required to upload official copies of your transcripts or e-transcripts onto the online application for all institutions you have attended for at least a year as a full time student. Transcripts from Stanford’s Non-Degree Option (NDO) program should also be uploaded.
7. GRE: These are not required for PhD applicants.
8. TOEFL: Stanford University requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from all applicants whose native language is not English.
December 05, 2023
The application fee of $125 is to be paid in the online application with a credit card.