Co-Term Master's Program Admissions
A limited number of students who are exceptionally well prepared in literature and at least one foreign language may petition, no earlier than the spring quarter of their junior year, and no later than the quarter before the one in which they expect to complete 180 units of work at Stanford, to be admitted into the Program in Modern Thought and Literature for the purpose of working for a coterminal A.M. degree. The Program assumes serious interest in one or more areas of modern thought: history, psychology, philosophy, arts, contemporary culture generally. The term modern is construed to mean roughly from the Enlightenment to the present. Students entering the Program may come from any undergraduate discipline, but should have sufficient background in literature and/or cultural studies to be able to participate fully in graduate level courses.
"Choosing to Coterm" on the UAL (Undergradaute Academic Life) website as well as the Univesity eligibility requirements listed on the CoTerm Application form.
(or the first business day following, should the 15th fall on a weekend or a holiday)
Applications must include:
An unofficial transcript from Axess.
An “Application for Admission to Co-Terminal Master’s Program” available in the “Procedures and Application Forms for Coterminal Students”packet from the UAL (Undergraduate Academic Life) website. The application form includes a plan of study listing each course by name, units, and instructor, and quarter to be taken which will be taken in order to fulfill the requirements for the degree. (It is understood that the plan will be open to change).
A statement of purpose giving the reasons the student wishes to pursue this program and its place in his/her future plans. This statement should specifically address the interdisciplinary nature of the proposed program, noting how the courses listed on the application provide an appropriate plan of study, resulting in a coherent academic program.
A writing sample of critical or analytical prose, approximately 20 pages.
Two letters of recommendation from members of the faculty who know the applicant well and who speak directly to the question of his/her ability to do graduate level work in the relevant departments. An applicant to the MTL Co-Term should have secured an adviser prior to submitting the application. Normally, one of the letters of recommendation will be from the prospective adviser.
Applicants are not required to take the GRE exam or to pay an application fee; however, if an applicant is admitted to the co-term program and accepts, the Registrar does levy a fee for adding a new program.