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Coterminal Master's

Requirements for Coterm Program

Stanford undergraduates may work simultaneously toward a bachelor's and a master's degree. The degrees may be granted simultaneously or the bachelor's degree may be awarded first.

Students applying for the coterminal degree must have earned a minimum of 120 units towards graduation as shown on the undergraduate unofficial transcript. This includes allowable advanced Placement (AP) and transfer credit. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are a requirement.

CEE Coterm applicants must submit their online Coterm application no later than the THIRD Friday of the month of January (weblink to online Coterm application: . Decisions will be made by the end of March. Coterm students would be accepted to the following Spring Quarter (providing them the required one-quarter overlap if they are graduating seniors). Applications are not reviewed between May and November. Applicants are permitted to apply to only one coterminal program per term.

Stanford undergraduates with any major who are interested in learning more about receiving an CEE Master's Degree as a coterm should review the information on the CEE Master's Program page. If you wish to be notified of the next CEE Coterm Information Session, please subscribe to the following email distribution list:

See an information session from a previous year's coterm process.

Procedure for CEE coterminal applicants

View a full copy of the info sessions and policies:

  1. Review the Procedure for Admission to Coterminal Master's Program
    Application for Admission form
    Application for Approval form
    Program Proposal for Master's Degree form
    Please list the courses you anticipate taking for the degree and sign.
    You will submit a finalized version with your adviser's signature in your final quarter as a master's student.
  2. Current Official Stanford Transcript - may be requested and submitted through the on-line application.
  3. CEE Supplemental Questions
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Letters of Recommendation
    Two Letters of Recommendation from Stanford faculty who would best be able to evaluate your abilities for graduate studies.
  6. Official GRE Scores
    Please submit a photocopy of your GRE scores as soon as you receive them. This will assist us significantly in our preliminary review.
    Only the GRE general test is required. Our University Code is 4704. Please make sure that you use the 'ScoreSelect' option, to send your scores electronically to code 4704 Stanford University (GI) Graduate Institution as part of your four free score reports. Stanford only accepts scores that are sent electronically from ETS. If you decide to send your scores after test day, ETS will charge you a fee.
    To see if you are eligible for a fee waiver for the GRE exam, please go to the Graduate Fee Waiver page
  7. Coterminal Course Approval form
    Courses taken in the current or prior quarter toward the master's degree.
    These courses may not count towards any undergraduate requirements, including GER and unit requirements.
    Upon admission, the Registrar's Office will move the courses from your undergraduate career to your graduate career.

Important notes for coterm students

Acceptance of coterm offer of admission

  • Students who receive an admit letter to the CEE Coterm program, and who wish to accept the offer of admission, must notify CEE Student Services (Y2E2 Bldg, Office 316) as early as possible: preferably two weeks prior to the last day of classes in the quarter prior to the expected completion of their undergraduate degree. The registrar's hard deadline for coterm admits is the last day of classes in the quarter prior to the expected completion of their undergraduate degree. Students who miss this deadline may postpone their undergraduate degree conferral until the following quarter.
  • Students may defer admission to the coterminal program to a later quarter as long as they still meet all university and departmental requirements for coterminal admission, and the coterminal application has not yet been processed. This may require postponement of conferral of the undergraduate degree. If the graduate coterm career has been activated, then deferring to a later term is not an option. In this situation students can choose to not enroll in the graduate program until a later term or submit a leave of absence. Note that the leave must be for both the undergraduate and graduate degree.

Undergraduate degree conferral and coterm admit quarter

  • Admitted students must have one quarter of overlap in the undergraduate and graduate career prior to receiving their undergraduate degree. For example, if the admit term for the coterminal program is Autumn quarter, then the earliest that the undergraduate degree can be conferred is Autumn quarter. Enrollment in the graduate career is not required in the overlap quarter.


  • Coterms will remain in the undergraduate student group until their 13th quarter, and at that point they will be assessed the graduate tuition rate (and must enroll in a minimum of eight units).
  • If coterm students will be receiving RA or CA/TA awards prior to their 13th quarter (they must have completed 180 STANFORD units), their record will shift to the graduate coterminal student group during the first quarter of the award. Once changed to the graduate group, students cannot revert back to undergraduate group.
  • Students who have completed fewer than 12 quarters may request to be moved to the graduate tuition rate (minimum of eight units) if they have completed 180 units (including transfer units, but not including AP and other external credit).

    For further information:


  • CEE Coterminal students are permitted to count coursework taken in quarters after (and including) Autumn of their sophomore year toward their graduate degree
  • Courses cannot be transferred once the undergraduate degree is conferred.
  • The Coterminal Course Approval form is used to move a course from one career to another (for example, undergraduate to graduate career).
    All course transfer requests should be submitted no later than the quarter prior to intended conferral quarter.

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