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Coterminal Masters

Coterminal Degree for Current Stanford Students

Current Stanford undergraduates may apply for a coterminal M.A. degree in Latin American Studies. Stanford undergraduates interested in applying to the LAS coterm program should use the Co-term On-Line Application to apply. Stanford coterminal applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and meet the language requirement in the menu link. See the How to Apply section on our website for more information. CLAS only accepts applicants (coterm or external) to begin in the Autumn Quarter.

Admissions Information for All Applicants

Deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year: December 4, 2018.

The online application for 2019-20 Academic Year will open in September 2018.

Please do not contact us to inquire about your application status. We will contact you if any part of the application is incomplete. Admissions decisions are sent out each year in mid-March.

Stanford University accepts only online applications to graduate programs. If you are not a current Stanford undergraduate student, please visit the Graduate Admissions website to access the online application. (Current Stanford undergrads only: access the Coterm Online Application here. The deadline for coterm applications is December 4, 2018.)

Applicants must meet the University admission requirements, have a working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese at the university third-year level, and have experience working, living, or studying in Latin America or Iberia prior to admission.

CLAS takes a broad approach to evaluating applications for admission. As important as GRE scores and grades are the applicant's essay, letters of recommendation, and the experiences and goals conveyed through the statement of purpose and curriculum vitae.

Required Supplementary Materials

1) Co-term applicants should submit unofficial Stanford transcripts - please do not request an official paper transcript from the Registrar's Office

2) Resume or curriculum vitae

3) 10-15 page double-spaced academic writing sample (may be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese)

4) Three letters of recommendation

5) Statement of Purpose

6) Undergrad Coterm Application Approval Form

Stanford is no longer accepting paper supplementary materials. Applicants are expected to upload scanned copies of all their materials, including unofficial copies of transcripts, to their online application (click here for more details).

GRE & TOEFL

The GRE is required of all applicants, regardless of nationality. Those applicants who completed their undergraduate degrees in a non-English speaking environment must submit TOEFL scores as well.

Coterm Course Transfer

After accepting admission to a master's degree program, coterminal students may request the transfer of Stanford courses between the undergraduate and graduate careers. Transfer of courses between the undergraduate and graduate careers requires review and approval by both the undergraduate and graduate departments. The Coterminal Course Transfer Form (pdf) form is used to move a course from one career to another (for example, undergraduate to graduate career). Courses cannot be transferred once the undergraduate degree is conferred. All course transfer requests must be submitted to the Student Services Center no later than the Late Application to Graduate Deadline of the intended bachelor’s degree conferral quarter.

Individual programs have the discretion to set their own policy regarding course transfer for their coterminal master's students, provided that no student counts a course taken earlier than the first quarter of sophomore year. The program's policy is stated in the relevant department or program section of the Bulletin.

Coterm Students

  • Coterminal students are permitted to count course work taken in the three quarters immediately prior to their first graduate quarter toward their graduate degree

  • Summer Quarter or a term on an approved leave of absence are not included in the three quarter back count

  • The quarter that a student's graduate coterm program becomes active is called the Requirement Term, or the first graduate quarter, and this is the quarter that is used to determine how far back courses can be transferred between careers. Since some coterm programs are only matriculated during certain quarters throughout the year, the Requirement Term is not always the same quarter as the Admit Term. For instance, if a coterm was admitted for the Spring 16-17 quarter for a program that permits course transfer for 3 quarters back, but is not actually matriculated (becomes active) into that program until the Autumn 17-18 quarter, then in fact the Autumn 17-18 quarter (not the Spring 16-17 quarter) is used to determine how far back courses can transfer (in this particular case, only coursework taken in the Autumn 15-16 quarter or later could be transferred). CLAS only accepts applicants (coterm or external) to begin in the Autumn Quarter.