Co-Terminal Programs

The Co-Terminal Program allows Rensselaer undergraduates to complete their Bachelor’s degree within eight semesters, while maintaining their Rensselaer financial aid for up to an additional two semesters of graduate study. Students can apply to MANE's Master’s Program, following the same curriculum as those who entered through the traditional route. The MANE department offers graduate programs in mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, nuclear engineering, and engineering physics. To accommodate a student’s career plans and interests, the graduate programs are structured to allow great flexibility in choosing appropriate courses, while ensuring sufficient depth and breadth.

The five year co-terminal degree timeline is achievable by many students in good academic standing. Students who enter Rensselaer with some college credits (for example, AP credits) will find it easiest to complete the program in five years. For others, completion of the program may require more than five years.

Rensselaer undergraduates may apply to the program in the Spring or Fall semester of their junior year, once they have attained 90 credits (in progress or earned) of coursework towards their undergraduate degrees. Students must apply to the co-terminal program by the end of their junior year; applications from seniors will not be accepted.

Only students who have already engaged in undergraduate research may find the Master of Science (M.S.) degree feasible, since there is a time-intensive thesis associated with it. Most students will find the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) more suitable, since it can be completed by taking 30 credits entirely of coursework.

MANE students may obtain application guidelines and materials in the MANE Office for Undergraduate Student Services (JEC 2002).

Minimum requirements for admission to the program

  • GPA of 3.3 for the MANE department programs (please note that this is higher than the 3.0 Institute minimum)
  • Two letters of recommendation : Reference form may be accessed at Forms may be scanned and emailed to Beth at, or dropped off in JEC 2002.
  • Statement of purpose and goals – this should include your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your intended use of your graduate degree, and your preparation/qualifications for graduate work
  • Resume
  • Graduate Plan of Study – student should meet with their undergraduate academic advisor for assistance in graduate course selection for the Plan of Study (pdf). In preparing the Graduate Plan of Study, applicants should inform themselves of the MANE Masters requirements, which may be found at


Students are required to meet with their advisors at least once per semester, from the time they are accepted into the co-terminal degree program until the time they are awarded their degrees. Most critically, students must submit an updated Graduate Plan of Study at a date between their pre-registration for their final semester and the start of that final semester. Once accepted into the program, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in courses used towards their graduate degree, as required by the graduate school, otherwise the graduate degree will not be granted.