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Sociology Coterminal MA: How to Apply

The Coterminal M.A. degree program in Sociology is a small program that permits current Stanford undergraduates to study for a bachelor's and a master's degree simultaneously. The  coterminla M.A. in Sociology is a flexible, self-designed program.

The department accepts applications once a year; the application deadline is February 5, 2019 for Spring quarter enrollment.  There are no exceptions to this deadline.  All application materials are submitted on-line.  The department does not fund coterminal M.A. students. 

Application Requirements

To apply for admission to the Sociology coterminal M.A. program, students must submit the following:

  1. Application for Admission to Coterminal Master's Program available online in mid-September;
  2. Statement of purpose: should be 2-5 pages, double-spaced. Applicants should outline reasons for pursuing the M.A. degree in Sociology, including career aspirations and/or future plans for additional advanced degrees;
  3. Preliminary program proposal: this is a form in the application packet. At least 45 units of course work relevant to the degree program must be specified;
  4. Coterminal Application Approval form: downloaded from the Registrar's Office website and uploaded to the online application;
  5. Current unofficial transcript: please do not request an official transcript from the Registrar's Office;
  6. Two letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty familiar with the student's academic work; additional letters from teaching assistants, employers, or other individuals are accepted as supplemental materials but are not required;
  7. GRE scores: official GRE scores are required and must be reported direclty 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).

Please see the Stanford Bulletin for additional requirements and detailed information on Coterminal Degree Programs.  

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