Coterm Degree

For current Stanford undergraduates ONLY.

The coterminal degree program allows you to pursue a master's degree while completing your bachelor's degree at Stanford. To apply to the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS), you must submit the following:

  1. Coterminal Application (pdf)

  2. Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages, double-spaced)

  3. Two Letters of Recommendation

  4. Academic Writing Sample (10-15 pages, double-spaced; any topic)

  5. Official and Current Stanford Transcript

  6. Area of Concentration and Prerequisites Form

The deadline this year for all application materials is January 8, 2013.  Coterminal applicants are required to submit thier application no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of their undergraduate degree.  All students must start the program in Autumn Quarter.

IPS is a two-year program requiring a minimum of 73 units to complete. As a coterm student, you may be allowed to count course work completed during the winter and spring quarters prior to the start of your IPS degree program, and you may be able to finish by the winter quarter of your second year.

There are five prerequisite courses for the IPS program (Econ 51, Econ 52, Econ 165, Econ 166, and either Econ 102A or PoliSci 150A).

If you are interested in learning more about the coterminal program, please consult Michelle Laker, IPS Program Coordinator, at 650-725-9075 or

Please send all application materials to:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies

216 Encina Hall West

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305-6045

Materials may also be delivered to:

Michelle Laker
IPS Program Coordinator
Encina Hall West 216
Stanford University