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Co-Terminal Degrees

What is a co-terminal degree?
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Undergraduate Program Requirements
Graduate Program Requirements

What is a co-terminal degree?

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

Applied Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Master of Science in Computer Science
Architecture
  • BAC of Architecture and Master of Construction Engineering and Management
Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Biology with Biochemistry specialization
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Biology with Biochemistry specialization
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Food Safety and Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Food Safety and Technology
Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Master of Public Administration
Chemical and Biological and Food Process Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Master of Biomedical Imaging and Signals
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Master of Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Biological Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Food Process Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Food Safety and Technology
Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and Master of Construction Engineering & Management
  • Bachelor Science in Architectural Engineering and Master of Structural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Construction Engineering & Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Environmental Engineerng
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Geotechnical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Structural Engineering
  • Bachelor of  Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Transportation Engineering
Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Science in Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Master of Biomedical Imaging and Signals
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Food Safety and Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Food Safety and Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Food Safety and Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Food Safety and Technology
Industrial Technology and Management
  • Bachelor of Industrial Technology and Management and Master of Industrial Technology and Operations
Information Technology and Management
  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Management and Master of Cyber Forensics and Security
  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Management and Master of Information Technology and Management
Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Master of Materials Science Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Materials Science Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Physical Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Health Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Physics

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:

  1. Log in to the my.iit.edu portal
  2. Select the Academics tab and navigate to the Graduate Admissions – Student channel
  3. 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.

Biomedical Engineering
Biology
Business Administration
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chicago Kent College of Law
Civil and Architectural Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Industrial Technology and Management
Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering
Physics

Tuition and Fees

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 bursar@iit.edu.

Financial Aid

Will I be eligible for Financial Aid?

Yes, when you are in a co-terminal degree program, IIT will consider you to be a degree-seeking, full-time, undergraduate program and thus eligible for IIT, federal funds provided that you qualify for the programs.

What will happen to my IIT scholarship?

Your original undergraduate scholarship(s) will continue to apply to your tuition.

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.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

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, ugaa@iit.edu.

Graduate Program Requirements

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.

Is there a registration hold, if I fail to submit my Program of Study as required?

The registration hold is assigned when the student fails to submit the form in the first semester of admission to 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).

  1. Log in to the my.iit.edu portal
  2. Select the Academics tab and navigate to the Student Resources channel
  3. Select the Forms for Current Graduate Student hyperlink
  4. You will then choose the appropriate Program of Study, (Form G401 online submission)
  5. Be certain to “submit” the form at the end of your session by selecting the submit button
  6. After that, your co-terminal (graduate) adviser, academic department approver, and the Graduate College, Office of Academic Affairs must approve the form.
  7. 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 questions401@iit.edu.

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, gradcoll@iit.edu.