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* Academics

Undergraduate Program

B.S. / M.S. Combination

If you are an RPI undergraduate Computer Science student interested in staying on for a Master's degree, you need to decide whether or not you want to apply to the co-terminal program. In the co-terminal program, you remain on undergraduate financial aid for up to five years, and you receive your BS at the same time that you complete the MS. If you apply for the regular MS program, you can apply for graduate funding (which usually offers more than undergraduate funding), and you can complete the BS before you complete the MS. Either way,

  • The admission decision will depend on whether a CS faculty member agrees to become your research supervisor.
  • Credits taken before you are admitted to the MS program may be applied to the MS if they are not needed for the BS.
  • The minimum undergraduate GPA needed for admission is 3.0.
  • You must meet the same MS requirements, including completing a thesis. Details of the MS requirements are available at http://www.cs.rpi.edu/academics/grad/ms.html.
  • You will be considered a graduate student effective with the semester listed on your certificate of admission, so starting from that date, you will be responsible for fulfilling graduate student requirements, such as colloquium attendance.

How to apply to the co-terminal program

  • Apply before the end of the first semester of your senior year.
  • Apply when you have taken at least 90 credits (including those currently in progress).
  • See Terry Hayden in Lally 208 if you have questions.
  • Complete the co-terminal application at http://admissions.rpi.edu/graduate/apply_now.html, attach a copy of your CAPP report, and have your undergraduate advisor sign the application.
  • Find a CS faculty member who is willing to supervise your research. For a list of faculty research interests, see http://www.cs.rpi.edu/people/faculty.html. Have your research supervisor send Terry Hayden an e-mail stating that he/she has agreed to supervise your MS thesis.
  • Complete the Plan of Study form (available in pdf or Word. If you have questions about completing the form, see Terry Hayden or http://www.cs.rpi.edu/academics/grad/plan.html. Have your research supervisor sign the form.
  • Bring the completed application and Plan of Study to Terry Hayden. She will check the forms, obtain the Graduate Program Director signature, and submit the forms to the Office of Graduate Education.
  • If you want to take a graduate-level course prior to your admission to the coterminal program, complete the approval form for an undergraduate to take a graduate level course. Do not register for a course at the 4000 letter and assume that you will be allowed to change to the 6000 level of the same course retroactively after being admitted to the coterminal program.

How to apply to the regular program

  • The application deadline is August 15 to be admitted for the spring semester and January 1 to be admitted for the fall semester. These are recommended deadlines. We will review your application even if it is submitted late.
  • See Terry Hayden in Lally 208 if you have questions.
  • Complete the Master's application at http://admissions.rpi.edu/graduate/apply_now.html. You will need to submit a statement of background and goals, GRE General Test scores, and recommendation letters. Admissions can access your RPI transcript, so you don't need to submit that. RPI students don't need to pay the application fee.
  • Your application will be reviewed by faculty in your area of interest. Be sure to indicate your research interest area in your application. Although it is not required, it is to your advantage to talk to faculty you are interested in working with. For a list of faculty research interests, see http://www.cs.rpi.edu/people/faculty.html.

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