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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Accelerated & Combined Programs

At Rensselaer, unique accelerated and combined degree programs ensure you are able to meet your fullest potential, and get a head start on your fellow professionals.

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Program Options

Physician-Scientist Program (seven-year B.S./M.D.)

This research-focused accelerated medical program allows student to earn a B.S. and an M.D. in seven years. Students spend three years at Rensselaer (in our School of Science) followed by four years at Albany Medical College, with no MCAT requirement.

How to Apply: Apply through the admissions office by November 1 of your senior year in high school. This program is open to all U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. This program is not open to transfer students.

Physician-Scientist Program Applicant Information

Physician-Scientist Program Brochure

School of Science Website

Accelerated Business and Management-Law Program (six-year B.S./J.D.)

The Lally School offers a combined Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in management and law. This six-year plan of study prepares students to work as corporate administrators or attorneys, private practitioners, or as elected or appointed public officials. Students accepted into the management- law program sit for the LSAT and complete their law course work at Albany Law School, or may be nominated by their adviser to apply to Columbia Law School.

How to Apply: Apply through the admissions office by November 1 of your senior year in high school. Students may have the option to join the program during their freshman year at RPI.

Accelerated Law Program Applicant Information

B.S./J.D. Business and Management-Law Program

Accelerated Science, Technology, and Society-Law Program (six-year B.S./J.D.)

The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences offers a combined Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in Science, Technology, and Society and Law. Students accepted into this program sit for the LSAT and complete their law course work at Albany Law School, or may be nominated by their adviser to apply to Columbia Law School.

How to Apply: Apply through the admissions office by November 1 of your senior year in high school. Students may have the option to join the program during their freshman year at RPI.

Accelerated Law Program Applicant Information

Co-Terminal Program (five-year B.S./M.S.)

Students may extend their eligible undergraduate Rensselaer financial aid to earn a Bachelor’s and then Master’s degree within ten semesters. Students may choose to pursue a Master’s degree in the same field as their undergraduate study, or a different program.

A Master’s degree through the Co-Terminal Program can increase employment prospects and starting salaries and allow students to continue their undergraduate research (an excellent segue to doctoral study).

How to Apply: You apply to the Co-Terminal Program late in your junior year or early on in your senior year at RPI. Students are encouraged to begin discussing their Co-Terminal interest with their adviser early in their academic career, and the Office of Graduate Education offers several information sessions for current students each semester.

Co-Terminal Degree Programs

Lally School B.S./M.S. Programs

Lally School B.S./MBA Program

EngMBA (five-year B.S./MBA)

In just five years, students earn a B.S. degree in an engineering discipline and an MBA from the Lally School of Management - a powerful combination to successfully lead, manage, and start companies who compete on the basis of technological advantage.

How to Apply: If you have been accepted by our School of Engineering, you qualify for the program. Students should contact the Lally School to attend an information session during their freshman year at RPI to learn about joining the program.

EngMBA Program

SciMBA (five-year B.S./MBA)

In just five years, students earn a B.S. degree in a science discipline and an MBA from the Lally School of Management - a powerful combination to successfully lead, manage, and start companies who compete on the basis of technological advantage.

How to Apply: If you have been accepted by our School of Science, you qualify for the program. Students should contact the Lally School to attend an information session during their freshman year at RPI to learn about joining the program.

SciMBA Program

School of Science B.S./Ph.D Program (seven-year)

The B.S./Ph.D. program through our School of Science gives exceptional students the unique opportunity to earn both their B.S. and graduate degree in just seven years.

How to Apply: Students in the School of Science who have a 3.5 GPA or higher after their freshman year are invited to apply to the program.

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

FlexMed Program

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai holds up to three spots in its FlexMed program for Rensselaer sophomores who qualify for the program each year.

FlexMed Program Information

Dual Majors

You may add a dual major after your first semester at RPI. Dual majors may be done within the same school, or between schools (i.e. engineering and business). Please note that due to the nature of the programs, students enrolled in the accelerated medical or law programs are not able to dual or double major.