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Application Deadline

Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are due by January 5, 2016.  All materials must be received by 11:59 pm PST.

Applicants who are offered admission to IPS may matriculate in Autumn Quarter only in a given academic year.

To Apply

Please visit Graduate Admissions to apply to IPS. The online application for the 2016-17 academic year will be available on September 15.

There is a non-refundable $125 application fee.

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Application Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Three Letters of Recommendation

  • Official Transcripts

    • One copy must be scanned and uploaded to the online application

    • Two hard copies must be sent to IPS (see mailing address below)

  • Official GRE Scores (sent via ETS)

  • TOEFL Scores (sent via ETS)

    • Required for international applicants whose primary language is not English

  • Writing Sample

    • Academic writing sample, in English

      • 7-15 pages, double-spaced

      • Topic should be related to international policy; however, a piece of analytical writing in another field is acceptable

  • Resume/CV

Mailing Address:
IPS Admissions
Encina Hall West, Room 216
Stanford, CA 94305-6045

Please see Frequently Asked Questions for additional information on application requirements.

Admissions Timeline



  • IPS Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    • All materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm PST

  • Application processing: January 6−31, 2016

    • Applicants should log into the application system to check their application status; please view the “Checklist” tab.


  • Admissions Committee application review


  • Decision letters sent to applicants by March 15 (via email)


  • “Admit Day” held in early April for admitted students

  • Offer of admission decisions due (earlier deadlines apply to admits with fellowship offers)