Graduate education is becoming increasingly important for career success and advancement.

To better prepare students to meet the growing demands of the marketplace, Rensselaer offers undergraduates the opportunity to extend their financial aid and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

The co-terminal degree program, one of the first of its kind in the nation to be incorporated with extended financial aid, will allow 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, and can be obtained with extended financial assistance and allow students an efficient, optimized path to earning a graduate degree.

More than 75 percent of incoming Rensselaer freshmen surveyed last year indicated aspirations of earning a master’s degree following their undergraduate education.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing 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 match the standards for admission to Rensselaer’s traditional master’s programs.

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