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Materials Science and Engineering BS/MS Program

Stanford undergraduates who wish to continue their studies for the Master of Science degree may do so through the coterminal program (coterm). The requirements for this degree are also described in the Materials Science and Engineering section of the Stanford Bulletin. See the Coterminal Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees page for a broad overview of the program. Please also review the University Registrar’s Student Service webpage for information on Coterm Eligibility, Coterm Application Process, Coterm Academic Progress, Coterm Course Transfer, Coterm Degree Conferral and Residency Requirement, and Coterm Tuition Assessment.

Application requirements

  • Transcripts: Your application will require your Stanford undergraduate transcripts; however, the MatSci department will run them for you—so don't worry about obtaining your transcripts from Stanford.
  • Statement of Purpose: You might wish to briefly explore in a short essay what you bring to this core value at Stanford and particularly in the School of Engineering—Materials Science and Engineering Department. This might be being the first in your family to attend graduate school (or university), or gender, religious, national, and/or racial identity, among others. For some students, a strong statement of what you contribute to Stanford’s diversity could gain you access to funding.
  • Writing Sample, CV/Resume: Not required.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We ask for two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a MatSci Faculty member (including Lecturers). These letters are due by the deadline via the online application website.
  • GRE Scores: We do not require our coterm applicants to submit GRE scores. 


The deadline for coterm applications is the Friday of the 4th week of each quarter.

Quarter to Start CotermSubmission Period OpensSubmission Period Closes
Winter 202409/15/202310/20/2023
Spring 202410/20/202301/26/2024
Autumn 202404/15/202405/20/2024

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The Department Admissions Committee reviews the applications and approves them within one month of the deadlines.