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Coterminal Master's Program

Coterminal Master of Arts in Art History

The Coterminal Master of Arts in Art History is no longer accepting new applications. This program will remain available only to currently enrolled coterminal master’s students and to Art and Art History doctoral students, as a step towards fulfilling requirements for the Ph.D program.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the coterminal master’s degree program include the following:

  • Coterminal MA students are required to take a minimum of 45 units of course work during their graduate career, of which at least 40 of these units must be in Art History courses (Note: One of these courses must be the art history methods graduate seminar; six of these courses may be Art History or Film Studies courses and must be at the 300-400 level)
  • All units for the coterminal MA must be taken at or above the 100 level; advanced-level course work is encouraged and a minimum of 23 of the required 45 units must be taken at or above the 200 level
  • M.A. Qualifying paper (this paper may be developed from a seminar paper; it should be 25-30 pages in length inclusive of notes); the paper will be due in the last quarter of the coterm program. Its two readers must be members of the Art History and/or Film & Media Studies faculty.  The M.A. Qualifying paper must receive a grade of A- or higher.
  • All courses taken for the Coterminal MA must be taken for a letter grade; achievement of an overall grade point average of 3.5 is required for the degree to be conferred
  • A faculty advisor appointed in the Department of Art & Art History in the first quarter of the Master’s degree program
  • Students may transfer up to 10 units from their undergraduate career to count toward the MA; to be eligible for transfer, courses must have been taken in the three quarters prior to matriculation in the first graduate quarter of the MA program (please note that no courses taken earlier than Autumn quarter of sophomore year may count toward the MA)
  • Undergraduate courses cannot be transferred for graduate credit after a student’s BA is conferred
  • Submission of an approved Master's degree program proposal form by the last day of the first quarter of the Master's degree program
  • Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to University and Departmental policies, standards, and requirements for coterminal students

University requirements for the coterminal MA are described in the "Coterminal Bachelor's and Master's Degrees" section of the Bulletin. Additional information can be found in the “Applying to Coterm" section of the University Registrar’s page. For an overview of coterminal program admissions and matriculation rules, please see the Stanford Undergrad Coterm Guide.