Co-Terminal Application

The Co-Terminal application is designed to ensure that you are making progress on your undergraduate degree and are ready to succeed as a graduate student. See below for deadlines and requirements. Attend an upcoming info session to learn more.

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For students with a BS or B.Arch graduation of May   November 15
For students with a BS or B.Arch graduation of December   May 1

Check Application Requirements by Program to see your desired program's application deadline.

Deadline dates apply to seniors only. For course planning, it is recommended that you apply before your senior year.


General Requirements

The Co-Terminal Application includes a 4th and 5th year planner and a Graduate Plan of Study, which outline the remainder of undergraduate study and two semesters of graduate study. These documents are an integral part of the application review process and provide a means to determine if you are making progress on your undergraduate degree and are ready to succeed as a graduate student. The graduate plan of study will need to be completed, signed and uploaded to Slate for review with all other required documents. Requirements and deadlines are listed below. Attend an upcoming info session to learn more.

  • Applicants must have at least 90 credits toward their undergraduate degree (101 for B. Arch students). This may include AP credits, transfer credits, and courses in progress.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 upon applying.
  • Graduate with a BS degree with a minimum of 3.0.
  • Apply no later than the first semester of your senior year.
  • Meet any additional requirements of your desired graduate department.
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  • 4th and 5th Year Planner with an appropriate academic load.
    • Per the Rensselaer catalog, graduate students should take no more than 15 graduate credits per semester; adhere to this rule as closely as possible when taking undergraduate and graduate courses concurrently. Co-Terminal students should take no more than 15 credits when mixing undergraduate and graduate courses.
    • The planner and transcript must match (i.e., course titles, course numbers, term, and credit amount).
  • Plan of Study
    • This is a schedule of your graduate degree program in its entirety.
  • Degree Works Report or Curriculum Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) Report
    • It is important that the Degree Works report or the CAPP report shows you are on track to satisfy your BS degree requirements. The total number of credits remaining to fulfill your BS requirements must be reflected on your 4th and 5th Year Planner or otherwise accounted for on the CAPP Report or Degree Works report.
  • Co-Terminal Application with all required signatures
    • You must completely fill out the Slate application and have all signatures added where required.
    • Note: All Co-Terminal students are required to attend academic orientation held at the beginning of their admit term (January for spring admits and August for fall admits).
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Application Process

  1. Meet with your undergraduate advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your undergraduate course requirements within 8 semesters and your planned graduate coursework in up to an additional 2 semesters.
    • Upon completion of all undergraduate requirements, you must apply to graduate with your BS degree. You will graduate and then continue the program as a graduate student until graduate degree completion.
  2. Meet with your potential graduate department.
  3. Complete your application in Slate: Be sure your application includes all required documents and signatures. 
    • If written justification is needed for your admission, the Graduate Program Director should include it in a separate memo with your completed application.
  4. Department submits approved application to the Office of Graduate Education.
    • Follow up with the department regarding the status of your application and any changes that may need to be made to your application.
  5. Office of Graduate Education approves the application, and the application is forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions. You will receive an official acceptance letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
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Spring 2022 Co-Terminal Program Info. Sessions (WebEx)

The sessions are open to RPI students, faculty and staff.


Tuesday, Jan. 25th, 1pm - 2pm


Monday, Feb. 7th, 12pm - 1pm

Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, 1pm - 2pm


Thursday, March 3rd, 3pm - 4pm

Monday, March 21st, 5pm - 6pm


Tuesday, April 5th, 1pm - 2pm