Coterms who take an extra year at Stanford report taking on greater responsibility for all areas of their lives, from their courses of study to their housing to their finances. As one coterm put it, making a comparison to the undergraduate experience: “It’s a completely different game.”
Though she has had a generally positive time at Stanford, for Kate Bridges-Lyman M.A. ’15, a masters student in religious studies, the life of a masters student can feel disconnected from other members of the campus community.
In recent years, the number of undergraduates pursuing co-terminal degrees has remained steady; by contrast, the number writing honors theses has steadily declined.
Some administrators attribute the decline to myriad reasons; in other departments, applications are up, and the drop rate also varies across departments.