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Co-terminal Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

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The coterminal degree program allows Stanford undergraduates to study for a master’s degree while completing their bachelor’s degree(s) in the same or a different department. 

Undergraduates with strong academic records may apply for admission to a coterminal master’s program upon completion of 120 units, but no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of the undergraduate degree. Full-time enrollment during Summer Quarters, as well as allowable undergraduate transfer credit, are also counted toward quarters of undergraduate study. Students who wish to apply for a master’s program after these deadlines must apply through the regular graduate admissions process.

Specific university residency, unit requirement and additional policies for a bachelor's/master’s program are at the registrar’s office.

Applications to the Chemical Engineering Coterminal Program are accepted each quarter. The deadline for completed applications is the seventh week of each quarter in order to gain admission the following quarter.


The GRE is not required for the Chemical Engineering coterminal degree program.

Contact departmental Student Services if you need additional information.

  1. Stanford Unofficial Transcript 
    When prompted in the online application, please upload an unofficial copy of your transcript (do not request an official eTranscript).
    Transfer Students: Please list your previous institution(s) under Educational History in the online application, and upload an unofficial copy of each transcript. 
  2. Statement of Purpose
    Succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the MS program, which may include:

    - Preparation for this field of study
    - Motivation for graduate study
    - Why our program is a good fit for you
    - Future career plans
    - Other relevant aspects of your background and interests
    - The statement should not exceed two (2) pages, single-spaced.
  3. Letters of Recommendation (2)
    Two letters of recommendation are required. Our Admissions Committee is charged with evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in Chemical Engineering. Letters should come from academic (or professional) references that speak to your academic and/or research background. Strong letters from Chemical Engineering faculty members are ideal, but letters from other faculty members are also accepted for your application. Recommenders should know you well and be able to comment on your strengths as well as your potential for graduate study in Chemical Engineering. If necessary, you may submit your online application before your letters of recommendation are submitted.
  4. Application Fee
    A coterm application fee of $125 will be assessed for each coterm application. This fee will be added to your University Bill, should you be admitted to the program and choose to accept the offer of admission.
  5. Deadlines:
Winter 2025October 25, 2024
Spring 2025January 9, 2025
Summer 2025No summer applications accepted.
Autumn 2025April 1, 2025