Coterminal Degree

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Coterminal Degree

Explore our coterminal MA degree option for Stanford undergraduate students.

Coterminal MA Degree

The coterminal MA in International Policy (MIP) trains leaders who will influence policy in diplomacy, governance, cyber and international security, global health, and environmental policy. The MIP program combines a scholarly focus with practical training designed to prepare students for careers in public service and other settings where they can have an impact on international issues.

MIP Coterminal Academics

This MIP coterminal degree is open to undergraduates in any major. Students complete their MA in a fifth or sixth year at Stanford. Students considering this option should be familiar with the University's coterminal degree policies and procedures and should consult the MIP staff early in their planning. Please view the Stanford Bulletin for application details and University requirements.
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Coterminal Degree Requirements

54 units are required for graduation:

  • 28 units of mandatory core courses
  • 17 or more units in the area of specialization
    • including 2 required courses
  • 9 units of capstone 


More information is available in our Coterminal Program Brochure.

How to Apply

Undergraduates at Stanford may apply for admission to the coterminal master's program in International Policy when they have earned a minimum of 120 units toward graduation, including advanced placement and transfer credit, and no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of their undergraduate degree. Students hoping to complete the coterminal degree in their fifth year should apply in their Junior year.

Students must submit the Coterminal Online Application and apply during the same application cycle as external applicants. Please note that application to the MIP program is a competitive process.

In addition to the web-based application, coterminal applicants must submit the following supporting materials:

  • Two letters of recommendation from University faculty
  • Academic writing sample (7-15 double-spaced pages)
  • Statement of purpose that explains your reasons for applying, including academic preparation and career objectives
  • Resume
  • Prerequisite coursework
    • The MIP program requires University-level introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, taken either as part of a student's undergraduate education, at another accredited educational institution, or through an approved online course. Prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of Autumn Quarter in late September, however they do not need to be completed at the time of application. At Stanford, ECON 1 satisfies both requirements.
    • Additional details are available in the FAQ.

Note: The GRE exam is not required for coterminal applicants to the MIP program.

Applications must be filed together with supporting materials by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Chelsea Berkey, MIP 2020

Learn About Chelsey Berkey's Work

Chelsey completed her MIP coterminal degree in 2020 and went on to become Chief of Staff for Lt. Gen. HR McMaster.

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Meet Isabelle Foster

Isabelle was an undergraduate student at Stanford who applied for the MIP coterminal program in her junior year.

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