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Co-terminal Bachelor and Master Degrees

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.

The degrees may be granted simultaneously or at the conclusion of different quarters, though the bachelor’s degree cannot be awarded after the master’s degree has been granted.

The university minimum requirements for the coterminal bachelor’s/master’s program are 180 units for the bachelor’s degree plus 45 unduplicated units for the master’s degree. Students may apply for the coterminal BS and MS program after 120 units are completed and they must be accepted into our program one quarter before receiving their degree. Students should apply directly to the Bioengineering Department. Students must have a strong background in engineering, mathematics, and biology to be accepted into the coterminal program.

The application must provide evidence of potential for strong academic performance as a graduate student. The application is evaluated and acted upon by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the department. Students will be expected to enter with a series of core competencies in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computing, and engineering. Typically a GPA of at least 3.5 in these courses is expected.  Applications are now submitted online, deadlines below.


Co-term On-Line Application

Application Requirements

  • Application Fee: Students who accept the offer of admission and are matriculated (enrolled) into a coterm graduate program are assessed a $125 coterm application fee. This fee will be added to your University bill.
  • Current Stanford Transcript (Unofficial): We require applicants to submit their unofficial Stanford transcript that reflects all coursework was taken and grades earned as of the application deadline. Do not request an official eTranscript in the application.
    Transfer Student: List your previous institution(s) under Educational History in the online application, and upload an unofficial copy of each transcript.
  • Statement of Purpose:  Your statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford. Include what you have done to prepare for this degree program. Please describe your research interests, past research experience, future career plans and other details of your background and interests that will allow us to evaluate your ability to thrive in our program. If you have interests that align with a specific faculty member, you may state this in your application. Your statement of purpose should not exceed two pages in length (single spaced)
  • GRE: All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. A complete set of scores must be self-reported in the online application by the application deadline.  Official 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 (Graduate Institution) as a Score Recipient - we will not receive scores sent to the Undergraduate Institution.
  • Two letters of recommendation from members of the Stanford faculty. Letters of recommendation should come from references who can speak to your academic and/or research background. Recommenders should know you well and be able to comment on your strengths and your potential for graduate study.  Your application will still be reviewed regardless of where your letters of recommendation come from.   We require a minimum of two and maximum of 3 letters of recommendation (the application system will not permit you to enter more than 3 recommenders).
  • The deadline to receive letters of recommendation is the same as the application deadline. Please be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to submit their letters, as they are often asked to write reference letters for many students within a short period of time. Letters received after the deadline will still be attached to your application, but we cannot guarantee that materials received after the deadline will be seen by the Admissions Committee.


Starting quarter:

Winter 2018 = October 1, 2017

Spring 2018 = December 5, 2017

Summer 2018 = December 5, 2017

Autumn 2018 = December 5, 2017