Stanford University
Death Valley

Geological Sciences

The study of our planet and its neighbors, from their deep interiors to the surface, and through their multi-billion year history.

Coterminal MS Program

The coterminal Master's program provides an exceptional opportunity for students to pursue a graduate research experience and earn an MS degree concurrently with or subsequent to their BS studies. The Master's degree is viewed as an entrance professional degree in numerous subdisciplines within the earth sciences (for example, engineering geology and environmental geology). Alternatively, graduate course work and the Master's research experience can provide an intermediate step prior to pursuit of the PhD. Regardless of their professional goals, coterminal BS/MS students are treated as members of the GS graduate community and are expected to meet all of the standards set for regular MS students.

Who is eligible?

Students may apply to the co-term program after earning at least 120 units toward graduation, including allowable Advanced Placement (AP) and transfer credit, as shown on their undergraduate transcript. For more detailed information please read the Procedures for Coterminal Students. The coterm program is only open to current Stanford students.

How to apply

Students who wish to apply to the coterm program must submit an application through ApplyWeb.

The application includes:

  • A statement of purpose
  • A copy of a current Stanford transcript
  • Official GRE scores (For academic year 2020-21 GRE will not be considered for admission)
  • Letters of recommendation from two Stanford faculty (at least one must be in GS)

The complete application should be submitted to the GS Department by the Final Study List deadline of the quarter prior to when the student wants to begin the coterminal program.

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