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Admission to Coterm

Application Fee: Students who accept an offer of admission and are matriculated into the program are assessed a $125 coterm application fee.

Admission

  • Each master’s department is responsible for admissions/acceptance decisions for coterminal applicants.

  • Departments or programs must admit coterminal applicants and submit the completed and approved application for admission to the Office of the Registrar no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of the undergraduate degree. This is normally the last day of classes in Winter Quarter prior to Spring Quarter graduation.

  • If the coterminal program permits deferral, students may defer admission to the coterminal program and the first graduate quarter to a later quarter as long as their graduate career has not yet been activated and if the later matriculation will still meet all University and departmental requirements for coterminal admission.

    • 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. Deferral is coordinated with the master's degree program, prior to the program submitting the completed application to the Office of the University Registrar. 

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

​First Graduate Quarter

  • The first graduate quarter is the quarter in which the coterminal student first matriculates into the master’s degree program.

  • The first graduate quarter does not necessarily correspond to the first quarter in which a student enrolls in a course in the graduate career nor is it affected by course transfer; see Coterminal Course Transfer.

  • Admitted students must have one quarter of overlap between the undergraduate and graduate careers prior to conferral of their undergraduate degree. For example, if the first graduate quarter in the coterminal master’s program is Spring, then the earliest that the undergraduate degree can be conferred is at the completion of Spring Quarter.

Adding or Changing Master's Degree Programs

  • The bachelor’s degree must be conferred before a student may apply to add an additional advanced degree program.

  • Coterminal students who wish to change from one master’s degree to another before conferral of the bachelor’s degree must submit an approved request to withdraw from the original degree program using the Request to Permanently Withdraw from Degree Program (pdf) form, and a completed and approved application for admission to the new program in the same quarter. In this case, all courses, including any prior course transfer from the undergraduate career, remain in the graduate career.

  • The new degree program may choose not to approve all courses towards the new master’s degree program requirements. The student may elect to transfer courses back to the undergraduate career if the bachelor’s degree has not been conferred.