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Coterminal M.A.

The coterminal Master's in Philosophy is an internal program available only to current Stanford undergrads. It permits Stanford undergraduates to study for a bachelor's and a master's degree simultaneously, in the same or different departments. 

It is possible to earn an M.A. in Philosophy while earning a B.A. or B.S. This can usually be done by the end of the fifth undergraduate year, although a student whose degree is not in Philosophy may require an additional year. Standards for admission to, and completion of, this program are the same as for M.A. applicants who already have the bachelor's degree when matriculating. Applicants for the coterminal program are not, however, required to take the Graduate Record Exam.


University requirements for the coterminal M.A. are described in the "Coterminal Bachelor's and Master's Degrees" section of the Stanford bulletin. For the coterminal degree application forms, see the Publications and Online Guides web site.

Philosophy specific requirements for the coterm are described in explore courses and our Masters Program page here

How to apply

The coterm application form is available online:

Please turn in any supplementary materials or letters to the graduate administrator's office in Bldg. 90. 


Coterminal M.A. deadline: January 19, 2018



The decision will be communicated to you approximately a month before the end of winter quarter to allow enrollment as a coterm in Spring quarter.

If you receive an offer of coterm admission, please communicate your decision to us ASAP before the start of Spring quarter. 

Coterm Course Transfer

 The Philosophy Department allows courses taken during or after the first quarter of the Sophomore year to be transferred to the Grad degree.  No courses taken prior to the first quarter of the sophomore year may be used to meet master’s degree requirements.

Please turn in your course transfer before applying to graduate from the undergrad degree; courses cannot be transferred between degrees once you have graduated from the undergrad degree.

Registrar Coterm Course Transfer web page: 

Application Form

The coterm application form is available online only:

The materials requestd in the online application will be:

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • recent writing sample on a philosophical topic
  • completed coterm application data
  • statement of purpose 
  • copy of your Stanford transcript

Supporting Materials

Please turn in any supplemental materials to the graduate administrator's office in Bldg. 90.

The coterm application does not require the GRE.


Philosophy Graduate Administrator

Jill Covington

Email: or

Building 90, Room 91E

Phone: (650) 723-2548

Fax: (650) 723-0985