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Coterminal M.A. in Communication

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Application Deadline: January 23, 2025 at 11:59pm. Recommenders have until January 26, 2025 to submit their online recommendation letters. 

A $125 application fee will be assessed for each coterminal application. This fee will be added to the student’s university bill once the applicant has been admitted and accepted the offer of admission. 

What is the Coterminal Program in Communication?

The Coterminal M.A. Degree Program in Communication is a small program that permits current Stanford undergraduates to study for a bachelor’s and a master’s degree simultaneously. The program provides a broad introduction to scholarly literature in mass communication. Applicants choose from two tracks within the coterminal program: Media Studies or Journalism.

With early and careful planning, students may be able to complete the coterminal master’s degree in communication by the end of their senior year or within one to two additional quarters. Please see the Registrar’s Office information about coterminal degree programs and contact the Student Services Manager to discuss your options.

Which undergraduate majors constitute an appropriate preparation for the coterminal program?

The following majors are some of those that best provide a grounding in a theoretical tradition relevant to the study of communication: communication, computer science, economics, English, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy, STS, sociology, and symbolic systems.

Coterminal M.A. Program in Communication – Journalism Track

Coterminal M.A. Program in Communication – Media Studies Track