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Cotermnal Masters Program

Program Overview 

The Coterminal Master's program is suitable for individuals seeking biologically oriented coursework and research experience; students wishing to increase or update their science backgrounds in order to be more qualified for teaching positions; and undergraduate science majors interested in specializing in a particular subject area or obtaining advanced research experience.

The program is only available to currently matriculated Stanford students:

  • undergraduates wishing to pursue a coterminal M.S. degree
  • graduate students from other programs wishing to add an M.S. degree in Biology
  • current Biology Ph.D. students wishing to discontinue the Ph.D. program with a M.S. degree

The program requires a minimum of 45 units of academic credit. Students may need to take additional coursework equivalent to the preparation of a Stanford B.S. in Biology in addition to the general requirements. This includes coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Coursework from other institutions may not be transferred to this program. At present, the program does not require specific courses. Candidates design their own course of study within the parameters described in the Biology Coterminal Handbook.

The program is designed as a terminal degree program. This program is not a route into the department's doctoral degree program.

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the master's program is to further develop knowledge and skills in Biology and to prepare students for a professional career or doctoral studies. This is achieved through completion of courses, in the primary field as well as related areas, and experience with independent work and specialization.