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Co-terminal degree programs

Why earn just one degree when you can focus your studies and save money—all while gaining the advantage of a graduate degree?

Illinois Tech offers a special degree program (Co-terminal Degree program) that allows you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years. Co-terminal degrees uniquely provide you knowledge in specialized areas. They also let you complete fewer credit hours with better scheduling flexibility than you would find if you completed the two degree programs separately.

You will maintain your undergraduate status while completing graduate coursework, and you can extend most scholarships and financial aid eligibility when applicable.

Why Pursue Co-Terminal Degrees?

Besides saving time and money while earning two degrees simultaneously, students in the Co-terminal Degree program meet the growing demands of the marketplace and industry. Because you can start taking graduate coursework in as early as your fourth semester, you will experience the ease of an early transition to graduate-level study with like-minded peers.

Last year, students who graduated with both master’s and bachelor’s degrees had a 97 percent job placement rate—and on average earned a $5,000 higher salary compared to students who graduated with a B.S. degree alone. Some of the companies that hired our co-terminal graduates include Microsoft, Orbitz, Motorola Solutions, Chicago Transit Authority, and more! Clearly, it pays to do a co-terminal.

How Does the Co-Terminal Program Work?

It starts with a conversation with your undergraduate academic advisor and a co-terminal advisor. These discussions will help to determine if your professional goals align with the desire to pursue a co-terminal degree. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 is required for admission to the program. Some co-terminal degrees may require a higher GPA or have other policies.

Currently enrolled undergraduate students may apply to the Co-terminal Degree program in as early as their fourth semester at Illinois Tech, after at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate study have been completed, and must be at least one semester away from graduation. 

The application process can be completed electronically by logging into your portal, under the Academics tab within the Graduate Admissions—Student channel 

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