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Coterminal B.S. and M.S. Program

The coterminal B.S./M.S. program offers an opportunity for Stanford University students to pursue a graduate experience while completing the B.S. degree in any relevant major. Energy Resources Engineering graduate students generally come from backgrounds such as chemical, civil, or mechanical engineering; geology or other earth sciences; or physics or chemistry. Students should have a background at least through MATH 51 and CS 106AB before beginning graduate work in this program.

The two types of M.S. degrees, the course work only degree and the research degree, as well as the courses required to meet degree requirements, are described below in the M.S. section. Both degrees require 45 units and may take from one to two years to complete depending on circumstances unique to each student.

A Petroleum Engineering master’s degree can be used as a terminal degree for obtaining a professional job in the petroleum or geothermal industry, or in any related industry where analyzing flow in porous media or computer simulation skills are required. It can also be a stepping stone to a Ph.D. degree, which usually leads to a professional research job or an academic position.

Students should apply to the program any time after they have completed 120 undergraduate units, and in time to take ENERGY 120, the basic introductory course in Autumn Quarter of the year they wish to begin the program. Contact the Department of Energy Resources Engineering to obtain additional information. For University coterminal degree program rules and University application forms, see the Registrar's website.

Application Requirements

Application for Admission to Coterminal Master’s Program
Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or job supervisors
Statement of purpose
GRE Scores (official scores from ETS sent to Stanford code: 4704)
Stanford Transcript
Preliminary Program Proposal

While the department does not require any specific GPA or GRE score, potential applicants are expected to compete favorably with graduate student applicants.   Applications are due before the last day of classes of the prior term
(i.e. if applying for winter quarter, application must be received by the last day of classes autumn quarter).