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We admit students on the basis of their academic achievements, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, work experience and Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores. There are no minimum grade point averages or GRE scores: the admissions committee reviews each application carefully to determine the overall demonstrated and potential ability.

Application Deadline

Application deadline for 2016-17 academic year is December 15, 2015.
All required application documents must be received by the application deadline.

For further questions regarding admissions, please refer to our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Application Procedure

  • Prospective Undergraduate Applicants should visit the Stanford Undergraduate Admissions for information.
  • Prospective Graduate Applicants should visit Stanford Graduate Admissions for additional information. The online application is also available on the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Current Stanford MS students interested in applying to the Department of Energy Resources Engineering should contact the Student Services Manager for more information on application procedure.

Specific information on the course of study for all undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Department of Energy Resources Engineering can be found in the Academics section of this website, as well as in the Stanford Registrar's Bulletin in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences section.

Please note that all PhD applicants must have a MS in order to be considered for the PhD program in Energy Resources Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. All PhD applicants for Petroleum Engineering must have a MS in Petroleum Engineering.

The following items must be received in the electronic application**:

  • General information about Graduate Admissions and applying online.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Academic Transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate institutions

Two official transcripts should be mailed to:

ERE Graduate Admissions 
367 Panama Street
Green Earth Sciences 050
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4007

**The University reserves the right to request additional information.


Be sure to schedule your GRE and TOEFL (if needed) exam dates to give you enough time to meet the application deadline. The GRE exam is required of all applicants, while the TOEFL is required of most international applicants whose first language is not English. You can check the Graduate Admissions FAQ for more information. There can be no substitutions for these two exams.

GRE scores can be no older than 5 years prior to your application. Strong quantitative skills are essential for successful completion of all programs, therefore the admissions committee expects a high quantitative score.

TOEFL scores must be no older than 18 months prior to your application. Please check requirements on the Graduate Admissions website.

The Stanford score recipient code for ETS is 4704 (no department code is needed for ERE). Please include a copy of your GRE scores with your application or note your scores in the electronic application. Official ETS scores for both GRE and TOEFL must be received by the application deadline.

If you have any questions, please refer to our Admissions FAQ or contact our Student Services Administator.