Co-terminal degrees provide an opportunity for students to gain greater knowledge in specialized areas while completing a smaller number of credit hours with better scheduling flexibility than completion of the two degrees separately. Students maintain the undergraduate status, while completing graduate coursework, and can maintain financial aid eligibility when applicable. Co-terminal degree programs allow currently enrolled IIT undergraduate students to complete both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, in as few as five years.
The following co-terminal degrees are available
|Biological and Chemical Sciences||
|Chemical and Biological and Food Process Engineering||
|Civil and Architectural Engineering||
|Electrical and Computer Engineering||
|Food Safety and Technology||
|Industrial Technology and Management||
|Information Technology and Management||
|Intellectual Property Management and Markets||
|Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering||
I have a Camras Scholarship. Is this applicable?
All students receiving the Camras Scholarship and enrolled in a co-terminal degree program will be able to use the Camras scholarship towards completion of both degrees.
How do I apply for admission to a co-terminal degree?
A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 is required for admission. Some co-terminal degree programs may require a higher minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA. All other graduate application requirements in-force at the time of application to the co-terminal program will apply. This includes filing a formal application for admission.
The application process can be completed electronically by following the process below:
- Log in to the my.iit.edu portal
- Select the Academics tab and navigate to the Graduate Admissions – Student channel
- Then select the IIT Co-Terminal Degree Program Application hyperlink for information on admission requirements and application
When can I apply for co-terminal degree admission consideration?
Currently enrolled undergraduate students may seek admission to a co-terminal degree program as early as their first semester at IIT with at least 60 credit hours completed of undergraduate study and must be at least one semester away from graduation in order to apply to a co-terminal program. Questions regarding co-terminal graduate admissions should be addressed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
How do I know if a co-terminal degree is the right choice for my professional goals?
This can only be determined by you, in consultation with your undergraduate academic adviser and the designated co-terminal adviser in the graduate program of interest. The co-terminal (graduate) adviser will be assigned by the academic department of interest, contact that department for more information.
Who can I contact regarding advising for co-terminal programs?
For advising regarding these co-terminal programs, please select the appropriate person below.
|Chemical and Biological Engineering|
|Chicago Kent College of Law|
|Civil and Architectural Engineering|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Industrial Technology and Management|
|Information Technology and Management|
|Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering|
How will tuition and fees be charged throughout the program?
For billing purposes you will be considered an undergraduate student throughout your time in the co-terminal degree program and will be charged tuition and fees as an undergraduate student. Question regarding the student account are to be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I be eligible for Financial Aid?
Yes, IIT considers co-terminal students to be degree-seeking, full-time, undergraduate students, and most IIT undergraduate scholarships will automatically be extended to the end of your co-terminal program. Please be aware, however, that Financial Aid guidelines and regulations for co-terminal students can differ from non co-terminal students as federal aid may be applied differently throughout the course of the program based on student enrollment. All newly admitted co-terminal students are required to meet with a financial aid staff member to review the rules and regulations for financial aid as it pertains to the co-terminal program. For more information, please review the Office of Financial Aid’s Co-Terminal Student Policy.
Am I eligible for additional funding from the Graduate College?
No, since IIT considers you an undergraduate student, you are not eligible for funding.
How do I complete the FAFSA while in a co-terminal program?
As usual, if you are eligible for federal aid, the FAFSA must be completed every year as soon as possible after January 1. When completing the FAFSA, you will want to indicate that you are an undergraduate student, working on your 1st Bachelor's degree (unless you received another Bachelor’s degree from a different institution). You can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Will I complete the FAFSA as an independent student?
Being enrolled in a co-terminal program will not make you an independent student unless you meet another criterion for being considered independent (In 12-13, the most common criteria were being born before Jan 1, 1989, being married, having legal dependents, or being an active duty member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces).
What about federal/state financial aid?
Once you have completed the FAFSA, the financial aid office will make a case-by-case decision regarding your status as an undergraduate or graduate student for federal aid purposes for each semester of enrollment. This will likely result in a delay in the determination of your financial aid package each year.
Are the rules regarding good academic standing different for co-terminal degree students than for other undergraduate students?
Students who are admitted to a co-terminal degree program follow all graduate academic rules in force at the time of admission to the program and throughout its completion. For the graduate program in a co-terminal degree, good academic standing requires a 3.00/4.0 cumulative graduate GPA each semester of enrollment. If the cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.00, at the completion of any semester, the student will be placed on graduate academic probation and may be dismissed from the graduate program of the co-terminal degree in a future semester. All undergraduate academic and discipline specific rules apply to the undergraduate degree, and co-terminal students who are placed on undergraduate academic probation will be dismissed from the co-terminal program.
What office do I contact with questions regarding undergraduate program rules?
Undergraduate Academic Affairs, email@example.com.
I hear there is a Program of Study requirement, what is this?
A Program of Study must be filed with and approved by the co-terminal (graduate) academic adviser, the academic unit approver and the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs. The Program of Study is used to monitor the successful completion of the master’s degree requirements only. It is not used to monitor undergraduate degree requirements.
When am I required to submit my Program of Study form?
An official Program of Study (Form 401) is mandatory for graduate degree programs and must be filed by a co-terminal student, for final approval, in the first semester of co-terminal enrollment and no later than the last day of that semester. Failure to comply will result in the student no longer being allowed to participate in the co-terminal program.
Where do I get the Program of Study form?
The form is available online in the my.iit.edu portal (steps are listed below).
- Log in to the my.iit.edu portal
- Select the Academics tab and navigate to the Student Resources channel
- Select the Forms for Current Graduate Student hyperlink
- You will then choose the appropriate Program of Study, (Form G401 online submission)
- Be certain to “submit” the form at the end of your session by selecting the submit button
- After that, your co-terminal (graduate) adviser, academic department approver, and the Graduate College, Office of Academic Affairs must approve the form.
- As your form moves through the approval process, you will be notified of the decision and can view comments regarding this in your online form from the same location.
Assistance with the use of the online form can be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about academic probation?
A co-terminal degree student is admitted to this status and the graduate degree program based on a sustained high academic performance. All undergraduate academic and discipline specific rules apply to the undergraduate degree, and co-terminal students who are placed on undergraduate academic probation will be dismissed from the co-terminal program. Good graduate academic standing requires a 3.0/4.0 cumulative graduate GPA each semester of enrollment. If the cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.0 at the completion of any semester, the student will be placed on graduate academic probation and may be dismissed from the co-terminal program in a future semester.
What happens should I be dismissed from the graduate program of a co-terminal degree?
A student who is dismissed from a co-terminal degree program may reapply for graduate admissions consideration, to the respective master’s degree program at a later time, but will not be re-admitted to a co-terminal degree status. All graduate rules in-force at the time of application and admission to the standard master’s degree program, including a minimum of 30 credits for a Professional Master’s program and 32 credits for a Master of Science program, subject to the academic rules of that discipline, will be required. The dismissed co-terminal degree student’s courses, used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements, may not be used to fulfill the standard master’s degree program’s requirements. The dismissed co-terminal student continues to be enrolled in the undergraduate degree program, based on his undergraduate academic standing, at the time of dismissal from the co-terminal degree program.
What office may I contact with academic questions about the graduate program of a co-terminal degree?
Graduate academic advising questions should be addressed to the academic unit providing the graduate degree course instruction of a co-terminal degree program.
Graduate degree completion questions can be sent to Graduate College, Office of Academic Affairs, email@example.com.