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Applying to Coterm

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Overview Eligibility Requirements Application Deadlines Application Fee and Waivers  Application Process F-1 and J-1 Students Applying to Coterm


Undergraduates with strong academic records may apply for admission to a Stanford Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) program that offers coterminal admission via the process outlined below. Any master’s degree granting program may elect not to offer coterminal admission. 

An undergraduate is eligible to apply for admission to a coterminal program once all of the following conditions have been met:

  • A minimum of one quarter overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs. This means that there must be at least one quarter where both the undergraduate and graduate careers are active. If this is not possible, students should either:

    • Postpone conferral of their undergraduate degree until after their coterm graduate program is matriculated/activated, or

    • Apply as an external graduate candidate via the Graduate Admissions process. Please note that students who apply via the Graduate Admissions process are considered external graduate applicants, and not coterminal students. As such, coterm policies would not apply (students would not be able to transfer courses between their undergraduate and graduate careers) and external graduate applications may require more documentation than a coterm application (such as GRE scores). 

  • Completion of 120 units towards graduation (or will by the intended entry term) as shown on the undergraduate transcript, including credit earned from transfer credit, Advanced Placement exams, and other external test credit.

  • Completion of six non-Summer quarters at Stanford; or two non-Summer quarters at Stanford for transfer students (or will by the intended entry term).

  • Declaration of an undergraduate major.

  • Students may apply to one coterm program per quarter, and may not apply to another coterm master's program until the admissions process for the initial application has been completed, including the student's response to the offer of admission (if admitted).

​Note: departments may have additional eligibility requirements, so students are encouraged to check with the department prior to applying for the coterm program.

Undergraduates interested in applying to a coterm program should contact the coordinator of coterminal advising in Academic Advising.

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Application Deadlines

There are two application deadlines in the coterm process:

  • the application deadline that students must submit their completed applications to their departments by, and

  • the quarterly deadline that all admitted coterm applications must be sent to the Registrar's office for program activation.

Coterm applicants are responsible for meeting all eligibility requirements and submitting their completed coterm application to the department by the department's coterm application deadline. Coterm applicants should contact their prospective coterm department for more information about the coterm application deadline. Departments are responsible for routing approved coterminal applications to the Registrar's office for processing. Approved coterminal applications are processed by the Registrar's office every quarter, and coterm department administrators are required to submit approved coterm applications to the Registrar's Office no later than the last day of classes of the quarter prior to the coterm matriculation quarter. 

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Application Fees and Waivers

Students who accept an offer of admission and are matriculated (enrolled) into a coterm graduate program are assessed a $125 coterm application fee.

Coterm graduate program applicants are eligible for the following fee waiver:

  • Need-based waivers - eligibility for this type of application fee waiver is based on the Financial Aid Office’s evaluation of your need-based aid application. Students who qualify under Stanford’s full tuition financial aid policy will automatically qualify.  No special request is necessary.

See the Graduate Diversity webpage or contact your prospective department for more information about Graduate Application fee waivers and potential eligibility.

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Application Process 

To apply for admission to a coterminal master’s program, students must submit all of the following to the prospective graduate department:

  • Coterm Application (online)

  • Statement of purpose

  • Preliminary program proposal

  • Two letters of recommendation from Stanford professors

  • Current Stanford transcript

Note onRequired Exams: Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required by some coterm programs. To determine if the program to which you are applying requires GRE scores, see the department website (links to department websites are available on the Registrar's website).

  • Reporting Scores: To send official GRE scores to Stanford, use Stanford’s ETS institutional code of 4704 (GI). Department code is not required. For further information, see the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) website

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F-1 and J-1 Students Applying to Coterm

  • F-1/J-1 visa students are required to request an updated I-20/DS-2019 from the Bechtel International Center. Please see the F-1/J-1 Student Visas web page for additional instructions on submitting this request.

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