Rensselaer To Offer New Co-Terminal Five-Year Degrees, Extend Student Aid
Students can now earn master’s and bachelor’s
degrees in five years, receive fifth year of financial
Troy, N.Y. — To better prepare students to meet the growing
demands of industry and the marketplace, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute will now offer undergraduates the opportunity to
extend their financial aid and earn both a bachelor’s and
master’s degree in five years.
This new co-terminal degree program, one of the first of its
kind in the nation to be incorporated with extended financial
aid, will allow Rensselaer undergraduates in good academic
standing to pursue a master’s degree while completing their
bachelor’s degree. The two degrees may be in the same or
different academic disciplines.
“I see real value in students using the co-terminal option
to deepen their knowledge of a chosen field or to explore other
disciplines of study,” said Prabhat Hajela, vice provost and
dean of undergraduate education at Rensselaer. “Graduate
education is becoming increasingly important for career success
and advancement. Our new co-terminal program will allow
Rensselaer students an efficient, optimized path to earning a
More than 75 percent of incoming Rensselaer freshman
surveyed last year indicated aspirations of earning a master’s
degree following their undergraduate education. The value added
of Rensselaer’s new co-terminal degree program is giving these
students the opportunity to do so with extended financial
assistance and minimal hassle.
Undergraduate students looking to pursue a co-terminal
degree may apply to the Graduate Admissions Office near the end
of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year.
Admission standards for the co-terminal program will be
identical to standards for admission to the Rensselaer’s
traditional master’s programs.
Co-terminal students will receive both their bachelor’s and
master’s degree at the end of their 10th semester.
Undergraduate financial aid for co-terminal students will be
extended for their ninth and 10th semesters of study.
For more information on Rensselaer’s new co-terminal degree
program, visit: http://undergrad.rpi.edu.
Contact: Michael Mullaney
Phone: (518) 276-6161