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Accelerated Programs

Physician-Scientist Program PDFRensselaer offers accelerated degree programs designed for exceptional students in a variety of areas. The accelerated degree programs provide academically talented students an exciting intellectual challenge, and also offer many practical advantages....

Physician-Scientist Program [view/download PDF]

In 1964, Rensselaer and the Albany Medical College were pioneers in initiating an accelerated degree program that enabled qualified individuals to complete requirements for both the B.S. and M.D. degrees in an accelerated time frame. Now, many years and hundreds of graduates later, we are expanding on our innovative approach and are offering a program that will graduate physicians who are intensively trained in medical research.

Qualified applicants who are accepted in the Rensselaer-Albany Medical College seven-year program will benefit from a unique science-based program built upon the rich tradition of Rensselaer's many years of technological innovation, as well as Albany Medical College's similar tradition of leadership in health-care research.

Please note that we do not accept applications for the combined Physician-Scientist program from international students, including Canadian citizens.

Business and Management-Law Program

Through the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer, you can obtain a B.S. and J.D. in management and law in six years instead of the usual seven, and receive the preparation you’ll need to handle the complex legal and management issues of today’s technological society. Graduates may work as corporate administrators or attorneys, as private practitioners, or as elected or appointed public officials.

The program, which first originated with the Albany Law School, now offers the opportunity to study at other law schools including Columbia Law School and Cornell University Law School.

Science, Technology, & Society-Law B.S./J.D.

Students interested in pursuing the public policy track should consider Rensselaer’s six-year accelerated law program through the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. This program follows the curriculum leading to a B.S. in Science, Technology, & Society while focusing on one of three critical areas: law, values, and public policy; engineering and society; or information and society. The program gives students an understanding of complex ethical issues associated with technology, society, and the law. This program was originally initiated with Albany Law School, but students have enrolled at Columbia University upon the completion of three years at Rensselaer.

Due to the nature of the program, please note that students enrolled in the Physician-Scientist Program or one of the Accelerated Law Programs are not able to dual or double major.

Co-terminal B.S./M.S. degrees

Graduate education is becoming increasingly important for career success and advancement. To better prepare students to meet the growing demands of the marketplace, Rensselaer offers undergraduates the opportunity to extend their financial aid and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

The co-terminal degree program, one of the first of its kind in the nation to be incorporated with extended financial aid, will allow undergraduates in good academic standing to pursue a master’s degree while completing their bachelor’s degree. The two degrees may be in the same or different academic disciplines, and can be obtained with extended financial assistance and allow students an efficient, optimized path to earning a graduate degree.

More than 75 percent of incoming Rensselaer freshmen surveyed last year indicated aspirations of earning a master’s degree following their undergraduate education. Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a co-terminal degree may apply to the Graduate Admissions Office near the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. Admission standards for the co-terminal program match the standards for admission to Rensselaer’s traditional master’s programs.

Additional Accelerated Programs

School of Science B.S./Ph.D.

Students have the opportunity to transition directly into graduate studies earning both a B.S. and Ph.D. in seven years.

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