MIP How to Apply

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How To Apply

What you need to know

MIP Application Deadline

The Stanford graduate online application is now open. The application deadline is January 10, 2023 (11:59pm PST) for matriculation in September 2023. Applicants who are offered admission to MIP may only matriculate in Autumn Quarter in any given academic year.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Application Deadline

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) program cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world. KHS admits select applicants to receive up to three years of full funding to pursue a wide range of graduate studies at Stanford, including MIP and our joint and dual degree options. Applicants must submit separate applications to both KHS and MIP. For matriculation in September 2023, the application deadline for KHS is October 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Pacific Time). KHS applicants must submit their application to the MIP program by the early deadline of December 6, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time).

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MIP Admissions Timeline


  • Application available September 15. Please see below on how to apply.


  • MIP application deadline for Knight-Hennessy Scholars applicants: December 6, 2022 at 11:59pm (PT).


  • MIP general application deadline: January 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (PT)
  • MIP application processing:
    • Applicants should log into the application system to check on their application status; please view the "Checklist" tab.
    • Official Test Scores must be received for applications to be marked "Complete".


  • Admissions Committee application review.


  • Decision letters sent to applicants by mid-March (via email).


  • "Admit Day" held in early April for admitted students.
  • Enrollment decisions due April 15-20. 

Application Requirements

The online application for the 2023-24 academic year will be available through Graduate Admissions in mid-September 2022. There is a non-refundable $125 application fee.
Statement of Purpose
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Resume/CV
  • Official GRE Scores
  • TOEFL Scores
  • Prerequisite Coursework
  • Official Transcripts (Academic Records)
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Statement of Purpose

We ask that you treat your statement of purpose as an opportunity to “talk” to the Admissions Committee about the reason(s) you are interested in the MIP program, and the field of international policy in general, and why this program is a good fit with your future goals. The Statement of Purpose should not exceed two pages in length, single-spaced.

Three Letters of Recommendation

At least one letter should be a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years). Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work.

Writing Sample

We require an academic writing sample, in English. It must be between 7-15 pages, double-spaced (excluding title page, end notes, and bibliography). If possible, the topic should be related to international policy; however, a piece of analytical writing in another field is acceptable. You must be the sole author of the submitted writing sample. Submissions range from analytical papers written for an undergraduate or graduate course, to excerpts from a thesis, or published articles.


We require a recent resume and/or CV. Submissions are often one to two pages in length, but there is no page limit for this document.

Official GRE Scores

Official scores from the GRE General Test are required for the upcoming application cycle (Fall 2023). Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers required exams. Applicants are encouraged to register early to maximize the chances of scheduling preferred test dates and times. It is recommended to take the GRE no later than December. For details and registration information explore the ETS website. Stanford's ETS institutional code is 4704.

TOEFL Scores

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Stanford accepts only ETS (Educational Testing Service) scores. IELTS scores cannot be accepted.

Prerequisite Coursework

The MIP program requires University-level introductory coursework in microeconomics and macroeconomics, taken either as part of a student's undergraduate education, at another accredited educational institution, or through an approved online course. In addition, while not required, we strongly recommend applicants to complete an introductory course in statistics. An understanding of calculus may also be helpful in preparation for the Research Methods course sequence. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of classes in late September, however they do not need to be completed at the time of application.

Official Transcripts (Academic Records)

For each post-secondary institution where you have spent at least one academic year, you must scan and upload one official transcript to the online application. Then, if you are offered admission and decide to enroll, (and after conferral of your latest degree) you must have the institution(s) send final official transcripts to our offices, following one of the delivery methods outlined in the Office of Graduate Admissions' Official Transcripts page.
For individuals using the Certified Electronic Transcripts method of delivery, please have your institution(s) direct e-transcripts to mip-admissions@stanford.edu.
For individuals using the Traditional Paper Documents method of delivery, please have your institution(s) address two sets of paper transcripts to:
MIP Admissions
Encina Hall, C100
616 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305-6055
Note that transcripts uploaded to the application are not considered official, and that official transcripts sent as email attachments cannot be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to Apply?

We look forward to reading your application! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Coterm Applicants

Are you a current Stanford Undergraduate student interested in the coterminal degree? Make sure to use the Coterm application link.