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Applying and Deadline

The Biology Department will accept applications twice per year. 

  • For entry to the coterminal master's program in Winter  2021-2022, Spring 2021-2022, applications are due no later than 11:59pm on Thursday, October 21, 2021.
  • For entry to the coterminal master's program in Autumn 2022-2023 or Winter 2022-2023,  applications are due no later than 11:59pm on Thursday, April 14, 2022 PST.

All application materials are required by these stated deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted. The application deadline for all previous quarters has now passed.

Application Requirements

The Department of Biology faculty will be looking to see that you are prepared to succeed in graduate level coursework.  For this reason, all applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Complete coterminal master's applications should include the following:

  • Completed Coterminal Online Application, including your e-signed Coterm Program Approval form, which is now housed in Axess in the "Student" tab, under "Student eForms."
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) explaining why you wish to enter the program and what you plan to accomplish while in the program. The statements should also supply information about your science capabilities if your undergraduate academic record does not accurately reflect them. For example, if your GPA low, then you should explain any changes that may indicate improvement in coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty members (Academic Council members), preferably from Biology faculty
  • Unofficial Stanford transcript showing coursework in the introductory courses, foundational courses, laboratory courses, and breadth courses as outlined in the Biology undergraduate major requirements or related curricula.
  • Preliminary Program Proposal
  • Coterminal Course Approval eForm in Axess (If applicable) 

Application 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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