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Coterminal Masters

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Stanford undergraduates who wish to continue their studies for the Master of Science degree may do so through the coterminal program.

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Stanford undergraduates who wish to continue their studies for the Master of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering through the Coterminal program may apply for admission after they have earned 120 units toward graduation (UTG) as shown on the unofficial undergraduate transcript. Applicants must submit their application no later than eight weeks before the start of the proposed admit quarter. The application must give evidence that the student possesses a potential for strong academic performance at the graduate level. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test must be reported before action can be taken on an application.

Materials science is a highly integrated and interdisciplinary subject. Therefore students of any engineering or science undergraduate major are encouraged to apply.

Information and other requirements about the Coterminal program in Materials Science and Engineering can be obtained from the university's Coterm Admissions page or the Stanford Bulletin

University Coterminal Requirements

Coterminal master’s degree candidates are expected to complete all master’s degree requirements as described in the Stanford Bulletin. University requirements for the coterminal master’s degree are described in the “Coterminal Master’s Program” section. University requirements for the master’s degree are described in the “Graduate Degrees” section of the bulletin.

After accepting admission to this coterminal master’s degree program, students may request the transfer of courses from the undergraduate to the graduate career to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree. Transfer of courses to the graduate career requires review and approval of both the undergraduate and graduate programs on a case by case basis.

In this master’s program, courses taken during or after the first quarter of the sophomore year are eligible for consideration for transfer to the graduate career; the timing of the first graduate quarter is not a factor. No courses taken prior to the first quarter of the sophomore year may be used to meet master’s degree requirements.

Course transfers are not possible after the bachelor’s degree has been conferred.

The University requires that the graduate adviser be assigned in the student’s first graduate quarter even though the undergraduate career may still be open. The University also requires that the Master’s Degree Program Proposal be completed by the student and approved by the department by the end of the student’s first graduate quarter.