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The Office of Graduate Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Office of Graduate Education


Co-Terminal Program for Rensselaer Undergraduates

In this section

Doctoral thesis submission dates
For May 2017 4/14/2017
For Aug 2017 7/21/2017
For Dec 2017 12/1/2017
For May 2018 4/13/2018
Master's thesis submission dates
For May 2017 3/31/2017
For Aug 2017 7/10/2017
For Dec 2017 11/20/2017
For May 2018 3/30/2018

The Co-Terminal Program allows Rensselaer undergraduates to complete their Bachelor’s degree within eight semesters (ten for B. Arch students), while maintaining their Rensselaer financial aid for up to an additional two semesters of graduate study. Students can apply to most Master’s Programs that Rensselaer offers, following the same curriculum as those who entered through the traditional route. 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 their sophomore or junior year.

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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
  • 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.