You could receive your Ph.D. seven years after starting college.
Earn a head start that provides a great time advantage. Plus, there is no need for graduate applications and no question about graduate school acceptance; you’ll already be admitted!
Your next stop after graduation could be a fellowship at the Institute for Genomics Research, or the Fermi Laboratories, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)... all at the age of 25.
Earn Two Degrees in Seven Years
The average undergraduate education takes four years and the average graduate time to the Ph.D. degree is five to six years. How can someone do it all in seven years?
Using AP credits and/or credits from academic research, students accelerate their B.S. by one or more semesters.
Students accelerate their Ph.D. by finding their research topic area during their sophomore year, allowing them to get to work sooner.
Students in this program satisfy all the requirements for the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in their department. There are no shortcuts.
Perform Academic Research
Successful applicants spend the spring semester of their sophomore year doing rotational research projects in two research laboratories at Rensselaer.
Students may choose laboratories from any department within the School of Science based upon common research interests with the faculty research mentors. Once the right laboratory is found, students continue research during the summers (for a stipend) and during each semester (for academic credit).
The laboratory and research project chosen as an undergraduate are the laboratory and research project that provide students with their Ph.D.
Transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate Status
Accelerated students transition into graduate status at the beginning of, or during, their fourth year of study, depending upon credits. The conditions for transition include maintaining a GPA of 3.5 and satisfactory progress in research.
Once students enter the graduate phase, they receive a Research Assistantship with a stipend, graduate tuition, and fees.
The Application Process
Select students will be invited to apply for the seven-year B.S./Ph.D. program after their freshman year.
Only students with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above are eligible for the program.