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Coterminal MA

The Coterminal M.A. 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 towards 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. For the terminal M.A. degree program please see Admissions - Doctor of Philosophy and Terminal Master of Arts.

The deadline for graduate applications to the Coterminal M.A. degree program is December 7, 2021. Stanford University undergraduate majors are eligible to apply for the coterminal master’s degree program with a 3.5 GPA in their department major, a 3.0 GPA in overall course work, and with no more than one incomplete listed on the transcript at the time of application. Please note that Coterminal master's degree applicants are not required to submit their Graduate Record Examination scores.

Prospective applicants should see for the application forms and further information about the application process.

Department Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Online Application for Admission to Coterminal Master’s Program. Link to Coterm online application:
  2. Preliminary Program Proposal, Coterminal Degree Program
  3. Coterminal Course Approval Form
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter should come from an Anthropology faculty member and one from an academic advisor and may be from outside Anthropology. 
  5. All relevant transcripts. Official Stanford transcript is requested and submitted through the on-line application.
  6. A 2-3 page, singled-spaced Statement of Purpose
    1. The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford, your preparation for this field of study, study and research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.
    2. For tips on writing Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement Essays, please see
  7. Writing Sample in English: A 10-12 page paper giving evidence of both writing ability and the capacity for research, analysis, and original thought at the graduate level, and demonstrating the ability to use theory in relation to evidence. If your writing sample is longer than 10-12 pages, please indicate which 10-12 pages should be reviewed by the admissions committee.
  8. C/V Resume is not required but applicants are encouraged to submit one as a supplement to the application. 

Application must be submitted with all required supporting documents by the published deadline. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

M.A. Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

It is highly suggested by this department that a student, who accepts an offer of admission to the ANTHRO Coterminal Master's program, defers their Undergraduate B.A. conferral until the Graduate M.A degree requirements have been completed. The student can then request to graduate in both the B.A. and M.A. simultaneously. Please see the Student Services Officer for details.

Please contact the Undergraduate Student Services Officer if you have any questions regarding the status of your application to the Coterminal M.A. degree program in the Department of Anthropology.

Decision and Acceptances

Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision prior to Spring quarter of their senior year.

Department Policies

For Department policy pertaining to Coterm Course Transfer and Registrar Coterm web page, see

Contact Information

University Registrar office of Graduate Admissions Contact Information:
Web page:

Department of Anthropology Contact Information:

Tina Jeon

Department of Anthropology
Graduate Admissions Committee
450 Jane Stanford Way, Main Quadrangle
Building 50, Room 51N
Stanford, CA 94305-2034