Combined Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees

RIT offers several combined undergraduate + graduate programs that assist students by saving them both time and costs associated with earning two degrees.

Graduates of these programs have found that by earning both a bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in relatively the same amount of time that their peers acquire their undergraduate degrees has provided them with a competitive edge within their professions and in the job market. These programs include:

In our accelerated dual-degree programs, RIT generally double-counts six to nine credit hours in both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, enabling you to accelerate your studies to complete both degrees faster.

Tuition and Fees

Students enrolled in an accelerated-dual degree program will be charged undergraduate tuition and fees until they advance to the graduate level. For many programs, this will usually occur once the student has earned between 120 and 123 credits. We encourage students to confirm with their academic departments when they should anticipate that their enrollment status will be classified as a graduate student.

Once the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has been notified by the Office of the Registrar that a student enrolled in an accelerated dual-degree program has advanced to the graduate level within their program of study, their financial aid will be amended accordingly.

As a graduate student, you will be charged the graduate tuition rate based on the number of credits you are enrolled in per term. Please refer to the Tuition and Fees section of Student Financial Services' web page.

Financial Aid (Grants and Scholarships)

Part of your financial aid award will include a BS/MS Tuition & Fees Award. The BS/MS Tuition & Fees Award will cover the difference between graduate tuition/fees and undergraduate tuition/fees based on the number of credits enrolled per term. No minimum number of credits of enrollment is necessary to receive this offset.

Grants that you had as an undergraduate student will be converted to an RIT BS/MS Scholarship. The amount of the scholarship will be prorated based on the number of credits you are enrolled in per term. You must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits within a term in order to receive this prorated grant funding. Examples of grants that may be part of your RIT BS/MS Scholarship are:

  • RIT Grants
  • International Scholarships

If you have been awarded RIT merit-based scholarships as an undergraduate student, then these merit-based awards will also be converted to an RIT BS/MS Scholarship. You must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits within a term in order to receive this prorated merit-based funding. Examples of RIT merit-based scholarships include but are not limited to the following:

  • RIT Presidential Scholarship
  • RIT Founders Scholarship
  • RIT Trustee Scholarship
  • RIT Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • RIT National Merit Scholarship (until you have exhausted your National Merit Scholarship eligibility)
  • RIT Nathaniel Rochester Scholarship (until you have exhausted your eligibility)

NOTE: that your BS/MS Tuition & Fees Award and/or your RIT BS/MS Scholarship will be amended based on your actual enrollment status and tuition charge shortly after the Add/Drop period of a semester has passed.

The BS/MS Tuition & Fees Award and/or the RIT BS/MS Scholarship cannot be combined with any scholarship and/or tuition remission funding that may be awarded to you by your academic department. We will calculate which funding source covers the greatest percentage of your tuition and apply that amount to your account.

Part of your financial aid award will include a Combined Pathways Scholarship.  The Combined Pathways Scholarship will cover 40% of your total tuition.  No minimum number of credits of enrollment necessary to qualify for this scholarship.

Your Combined Pathways Scholarship will be amended based on your actual enrollment status and tuition charge shortly after the Add/Drop period of a semester has passed.

The Combined Pathways Scholarship cannot be combined with any scholarship and/or tuition remission funding that may be awarded to you by your academic department.  We will calculate which funding source covers the greatest percentage of your tuition and apply that amount to your account.

Part of your financial aid award will include a BS/MS Tuition & Fees Award. The BS/MS Tuition & Fees Award will cover the difference between graduate tuition/fees and undergraduate tuition/fees based on the number of credits enrolled per term. No minimum number of credits of enrollment is necessary to receive this offset.

Grants that you had as an undergraduate student will be converted to an RIT BS/MS Scholarship. The amount of the scholarship will be prorated based on the number of credits you are enrolled in per term. You must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits within a term in order to receive this prorated grant funding. Examples of grants that may be part of your RIT BS/MS Scholarship are:

  • RIT Grants
  • International Scholarships

If you have been awarded RIT merit-based scholarships as an undergraduate student, then these merit-based awards will also be converted to an RIT BS/MS Scholarship. You must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits within a term in order to receive this prorated merit-based funding. Examples of RIT merit-based scholarships include but are not limited to the following:

  • RIT Presidential Scholarship
  • RIT Founders Scholarship
  • RIT Trustee Scholarship
  • RIT Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • RIT National Merit Scholarship (until you have exhausted your National Merit Scholarship eligibility)
  • RIT Nathaniel Rochester Scholarship (until you have exhausted your eligibility)

NOTE: your BS/MS Tuition & Fees Award and/or your RIT BS/MS Scholarship will be amended based on your actual enrollment status and tuition charge shortly after the Add/Drop period of a semester has passed.

Part of your financial aid award will include a Combined Pathways Scholarship.  The Combined Pathways Scholarship will cover 40% of your total tuition.  No minimum number of credits of enrollment is necessary to qualify for this scholarship.

Your Combined Pathways Scholarship will be amended based on your actual enrollment status and tuition charge shortly after the Add/Drop period of a semester has passed.

Filing the FAFSA

For those students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that they can access their federal loan eligibility:

  • If you plan on advancing to the graduate level within your Accelerated Dual-Degree program in an upcoming summer or fall semester (check with your academic department), you can report on the FAFSA that you are a graduate student and answer “Yes” to the question “Will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program?” You will not need to report your parental information on the FAFSA.
  • If you don’t plan on advancing to the graduate level until the spring semester, we recommend that you continue to report on your FAFSA that you are an undergraduate student and that you answer “No” to the question “Will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program?” You should also continue to report your parental information on the FAFSA unless you can be classified as an independent student for reasons other than working on an advanced degree.

Don’t worry if you make a mistake reporting your student status on the FAFSA. Often we can make the correction on your behalf once your FAFSA data has been received. We will notify you if you are required to make any additional updates to your FAFSA such as adding parental information.

Students who are certified as graduate students are not eligible to receive Federal Pell and SEOG Grants, nor are NY State residents eligible to receive state grant and scholarship funding such as TAP. 

Federal Student Loans

Qualified students will be offered the maximum eligibility in the William D. Ford Unsubsidized Direct Loan program for graduate students (up to $20,500 annually). Any Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan and Undergraduate Federal Direct Loans will be cancelled for upcoming terms.

You must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits in coursework per term to qualify for federal student loan funding. If you are enrolled in less than six credits but have been granted full-time equivalent status by your academic department, you will still qualify for federal student loan funding.

Students who are offered additional federal loan funding mid-year will need to accept the new loan amount on the Financial Aid & Scholarships section of eServices.

For more information about federal student loans for graduate students, please refer to our Loan Resources section.

Additional Information

Financial aid for graduate students typically disburses to their accounts approximately within a week of the last day of the Add/Drop period of a term after we have confirmed their enrollment statuses.

If you have questions pertaining to your financial aid award or what to expect once you have advanced to the graduate portion of your dual-degree program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your financial aid counselor for assistance. You can find your financial aid counselor’s contact information in our Contact Us section.