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The Office of Graduate Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Office of Graduate Education

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Co-Terminal Program for Rensselaer Undergraduates

In this section

Doctoral thesis submission dates
For Aug 2016 7/22/2016
For Dec 2016 12/2/2016
For May 2017 4/14/2017
For Aug 2017 7/21/2017
Master's thesis submission dates
For Aug 2016 7/8/2016
For Dec 2016 11/21/2016
For May 2017 3/31/2017
For Aug 2017 7/10/2017

The Co-Terminal Program allows Rensselaer undergraduates to complete their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees within ten semesters while retaining undergraduate financial aid. Students can apply to almost any Master’s Program that Rensselaer offers, following the same curriculum as those in traditional Master’s Programs. Some applicants choose to pursue a Master’s degree in the same academic discipline, while others take a more interdisciplinary approach, applying to a graduate program outside of their undergraduate department. Students must apply before the end of the first semester of their senior year, but it is strongly recommended that students begin talking with the undergraduate advisor by the sophomore or junior year.

Upcoming In-Person Information Sessions (registration suggested):


  • September 7, 2016 in RU 3202 - 12 pm - 1 pm -Register
  • October 18, 2016 in RU 3202 - 12 pm - 1 pm -Register
  • November 28, 2016 in RU 3202 - 12 pm - 1 pm -Register

Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions (registration required):


  • CANCELED - September 19, 2016 - 3 pm - 4 pm
  • October 7, 2016 - 1 pm - 2 pm -Register
  • November 1, 2016 - 10 am -11 am -Register
  • December 7, 2016 - 6 pm - 7 pm -Register


Application Requirements


  • Applicants must have 90 credits including AP credits, transfers credits, and courses in progress towards their undergraduate degree (101 for B. Architecture students)
  • Completed application. NOTE: An updated application will be available soon. Please check back.
  • 3.0 GPA minimum- many departments have a higher GPA requirement
  • CAPP Report
  • 4th & 5th Year Planner
  • Graduate Plan of Study (find the Plan of Study on the Forms page of the Graduate Education website)
  • Many departments have additional requirements that can be found on the Co-Terminal Requirements page. These may include the GRE, letters of recommendation, resume/CV, written statement of background and goals, etc.