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Stanford undergraduates may work simultaneously toward a bachelor's and a master's degree. The degrees may be granted simultaneously or the bachelor's degree may be awarded first.

Stanford undergraduates who wish to continue their studies for the Master of Science degree in the coterminal program must have a declared major and have earned a minimum of 120 units towards graduation. This includes allowable advanced placement (AP) and transfer credit. For university coterminal degree program rules, visit the coterm section of the Registar's website.

The coterm application is completed via an on-line application (available mid-September 2016):  A coterm application fee of $125 will be assessed for each coterm application. This fee will be added to your University Bill, should you be admitted to the program and choose to accept the offer of admission.

Application deadlines

Proposed MS start quarter        Application deadline

Winter 2016-2017                         October 11, 2016

Spring 2016-2017                         January 24, 2017

Autumn 2017-2018                      April 18, 2017

A completed application (including letters of recommendation, transcripts and GRE scores) must be received in the beginning of the quarter directly prior to the expected start quarter. You may not apply later than the quarter prior to the one in which you expect to finish your undergraduate degree. Stanford undergraduates with any major who are interested in learning more about receiving an Aero/Astro master's degree as a coterm should review the information on the University Registrar's website and visit the Aero/Astro Student Services Office. Your application will consist of the following:

Coterm application checklist

  • Application and fee ($125)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript
  • GRE general results

Statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose should identify personal and professional goals. It should also discuss your development to date and your intentions relative to graduate study and life beyond Stanford. The Aero/Astro Graduate Admissions Committee reads your statement of purpose with interest because, along with the letters of recommendation, it offers insight into who you are as an individual. Your statement of purpose should not exceed two pages in length (single spaced).

Letters of recommendation

Two Stanford faculty letters of recommendation are required. Please see the paper application for information.


Please submit one unofficial transcript with your application, or you may submit an official electronic transcripts can be sent to

GRE general results

GRE general results must be from an examination taken within the last five years. No GRE Subject test is required. Official results must be sent electronically by ETS to Stanford. Our institution code for ETS reporting is 4704. You do not need a department code.

Application Decisions

You can expect to receive notification about the decision on your application by 4 weeks after the application deadline.

If you are accepted into the program, you will need to:

  • Submit a response to the offer of admission to Aero/Astro Student Services Office, and meet with a member of the student services staff to discuss the coterm plan and complete paperwork.
  • Submit a new AA-MS program proposal, signed by your advisor, by the Final Study List deadline of your first co-term quarter. An academic advisor will be assigned upon admission.

New coterm students should be sure that all paperwork is completed in a timely fashion to ensure the appropriate transfer of undergraduate coursework toward the MS program. More information is on the University Registrar's website.

Financial Aid

Fellowships: See the university financial website. The School of Engineering Dean’s office has a pilot coterminal fellowship program to which students can apply after admission to the coterm. Standard Stanford Fellowships are generally not awarded to coterm applicants. We recommend that you apply for external fellowships to fund your graduate program.

Research Assistantships: Aero/Astro research assistantships (RAs) are usually considered part of a long-term commitment to doctoral-level research, so it is rare for an incoming student to receive an RA offer in this department. The research assistants are selected by individual faculty members, who will usually have worked with the student in one or more courses, and in some directed study, before deciding on an RA appointment.

Course Assistantships: Application information for course assistantships (CAs) will be posted by the Aero/Astro Student Services Office in the spring quarter. Positions are assigned by the department quarterly, beginning in the summer for the following academic year. Applicants are expected to have taken and done well in the course in which they will assist.


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