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Geophysics Admissions

The graduate admissions process takes place through the Department of Geophysics. Applicants interested in undergraduate admission should apply through the Stanford Admissions Office


Graduate Application Deadline

Admissions applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available in September of 2019. The application deadline for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle will close on December 10, 2019.


To Apply

The following items must be received by the application deadline:

  • Submit an online Stanford Graduate Application and find general information on applying
  • Statement of purpose
  • Application fee ($125 for all applicants)
  • Academic Transcripts***
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE General Test scores*
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)**

***Two Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Geophysics Department Admissions
397 Panama Mall, Mitchell Building, 3rd floor
Stanford, CA 94305-2215

If applicants are sending certified electronic transcripts, please email them to:


*The GRE General Test is required. Scores must be from tests taken within five years. Scores must be reported directly to Stanford from ETS. The Stanford score recipient number is 4704 (no department code is needed for Geophysics). To facilitate preliminary review of your application, please note your scores in the electronic form.


**Applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores from a test taken within the last eighteen months. The TOEFL is waived for individuals who have earned a U.S. bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States or the equivalent of either degree from a non-U.S. college or university of recognized standing where all instructions is provided in English. This exception does not apply if the courses were completed in a country where English is spoken but not all instruction is provided in English. Scores must be reported directly to Stanford from ETS. Please see the Graduate Admissions Office website for additional information about required exams.

University information about Graduate Admissions and online applications.

Application Status

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to individual inquiries about the status of documents submitted or the status of the application. Please view your checklist weekly for any missing materials. The office will be closed December 23-January 3.

Funding and Support

To be considered for funding upon admission, 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.

Graduate students admitted to Geophysics typically receive substantial financial aid (including tuition) from combinations of departmental fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, and other sources (including external fellowships).  Please note on your application if you are receiving other fellowships, government funding, or company financial support.

The department's funding package typically covers up to 10 units of tuition and provides a quarterly salary.

The Geophysics Admissions committee highly recommends applicants to contact the Geophysics faculty member they are interested in working with to inquire about the faculty members research interests and if the faculty member is considering accepting students for the upcoming admissions cycle.

External Funding

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation. If the external fellowship is not sufficient to cover the standard department support level, a supplement is typically provided by the University, the department or a research advisor.

Graduate Fee Waivers

If you are considering applying to Stanford graduate programs and need assistance with the application fees, consider applying for a fee waiver. Please visit this website for more information:

Admissions FAQ's

Questions? See our FAQ's

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