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Coterminal MS Program

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The coterminal Master's program provides an exceptional opportunity for Stanford 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 sub-disciplines within the petroleum, geothermal, and sustainable energy industries, or in any related industry where analyzing transport in porous media or computer simulation skills are required.  Alternatively, graduate course work and the Master's research experience can provide an intermediate step prior to pursuit of the PhD.

Please refer to the Stanford Bulletin for Energy Science and Engineering course listings and requirements.

Eligibility Guidelines

Students may apply to the coterm program after earning at least 120 units toward graduation. Students should have a math background through MATH 53 Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra, as well as a programming background through CS 106AB Programming Methodology before beginning graduate work in this program.

For more detailed information, please see the Registrar’s website.

Application Requirements

Complete coterminal master’s applications should include the following:

  • Coterminal online application
  • Statement of purpose should describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program, which may include: preparation for this field of study, motivation for graduate study, why the program is a good fit for you, future career plans, and other relevant aspects of your background and interests
  • An unofficial copy of your current Stanford transcript 
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or job supervisors 
  • Official GRE Scores and a copy of the unofficial GRE scores. Official test scores must be reported directly to Stanford from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Stanford’s ETS institutional code is 4704; an individual department code number is not necessary. Please be sure to list Stanford University as a Score Recipient in addition to listing it as your Graduate Institution (GI).

Application Deadlines

The application will open September 12, 2024. The completed application and all listed requirements are due by the application deadline.

*Please send an email to the Student Services Administrator after you’ve submitted the online application with your name and the quarter you wish to begin the coterminal program.

Quarter of MatriculationApplication Deadline
Winter 2024-25October 22, 2024, 11:59pm PST
Spring 2024-25January 21, 2025, 11:59pm PST
Summer 2024-25April 22, 2025, 11:59pm PDT
Autumn 2025-26June 3, 2025, 11:59 PDT

Application Review and Decisions

Applicants will be notified of the admission decision in writing, typically 3 - 4 weeks after the application deadline. If a student is approved for admission into the coterminal program, the student must respond to the Student Services Administrator within the same quarter the offer of admission was made.

For additional questions, please contact Student Services Administrator.