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The Department of Chemistry accepts applications for the coterminal master's degree program quarterly. A completed application must be received in the Chemistry Student Services Office by the seventh week of the quarter to be considered for admission the following quarter.

Application Requirements

Enrolled Stanford undergraduate students in chemistry and related disciplines may apply. A complete coterminal master's application includes the following:

  • Completed Coterminal Online Application
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) describing your reasons for applying, related career goals, and what you hope to accomplish while in the program, as well as your scientific interests, research experience and related capabilities not already reflected in your undergraduate transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty members, preferably from the Department of Chemistry or a related scientific department, for example, from your undergraduate research advisor
  • Unofficial Stanford transcript
  • Preliminary Program Proposal
  • Coterminal Course Approval Form

Note: GRE scores are not required.


Application deadlines for the coterminal master's degree in Chemistry are:

  • Winter 2024-2025 admit term: October 28, 2024
  • Spring 2024-2025 admit term: January 27, 2025
  • Summer 2025 admit term: No summer application accepted
  • Autumn 2024-2025: April 28, 2025

Review and Decisions

Applicants will be notified of the admission decision in writing, typically 3-4 weeks after the application deadline. If a student is approved for admission into the coterminal program, the student must respond to the department within the same quarter the offer of admission was made.

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