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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 bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously.

The department accepts applications once a year and all application materials are submitted on-line. The application deadline is February 4, 2022 for Spring quarter enrollment.  There are no exceptions to this deadline.

Please note: 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: limited to 2 pages, double-spaced; 

Applicants should outline reasons for pursuing the M.A. in Sociology, including career aspirations, plans for additional advanced degrees, and other aspects of their academic experiences that may aid the admissions committee in evaluating their motivation for graduate study. Students interested in a research-intensive curriculum should describe their specific research interests and plans to complete an original research project, a research apprenticeship with Sociology faculty, or both. 

3.  Preliminary Program Proposal for Master's Degree

Download this form and upload a completed version to the online application. At least 45 units of course work relevant to the degree program must be specified. Example proposals for the current academic year can be found here.

4.  Undergraduate Coterminal Application Approval form;

Available under "Student eForms" in Axess.

5.  Current unofficial undergraduate transcript;

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. Letters from Sociology faculty or department affliliates are highly recommended, especially for students with GPAs at or near the minimum requirement. 


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

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