Applying for a Coterm

Undergraduates may apply to a coterminal program if they have completed six non-summer quarters at Stanford and earned a minimum of 120 units (including allowable transfer, AP, and other external test credit). You may not apply later than the quarter prior to the one in which you expect to finish your undergraduate degree. Application steps include the following:

  • From the Registrar's Office, obtain the¬†Procedures and Application Forms for Coterminal Students¬†(PDF)
  • Complete the form, collect supporting documents (including letters of recommendation) and take them to the department for review by the departmental graduate admissions committee. Note that required material varies among departments, so you will need to contact your prospective department for specific details. Typically, requirements include Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, recommendations and transcripts.
  • You will be notified by mail about the department decision regarding your application.
  • In some cases, it is possible to defer admission to the coterminal program to a later quarter. You must still meet all University and departmental requirements for coterminal admission, however. Be advised that the deferral may require postponement of your undergraduate degree.