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Rules & Procedures - Concurrent Degrees

Learn more about the Academic Rules & Procedures at Rose‑Hulman.

Concurrent Pursuance of B.S. & M.S. Degrees

A student who, by reason of Credit By Examination, Transfer Credit, and/or Overloads has completed most of the requirements for the B.S. degree and would be carrying less than a normal load while finishing those requirements may elect to begin work toward the M.S. degree while still completing B.S. degree requirements. Provision for Concurrent Pursuance of the B.S. and M.S. degrees is designed for the student who is likely to enroll for more than 12 credithours of graduate credit before completing B.S. requirements. Normally, a student may not transfer more than 12 credit hours into the graduate program, but this provision permits the student, within the limitations discussed below, to enroll in an M.S. program at Rose-Hulman while still completing a B.S. degree.

A student who wishes to take 12 hours or less for graduate credit should refer to the section entitled Graduate Courses.


  1. The student's academic record at the time of petition for this program must meet the level of achievement necessary for admission as a candidate for the M.S. degree.
  2. The student must formally apply to the graduate program and complete a Concurrent Pursuance Application Form. On this Form the student in conjunction with the advisor, must propose a term-by-term plan of study, showing both the plan for completing the requirements for the B.S. degree and the proposed courses which are to apply only toward the M.S. degree. The proposed plan of study must be endorsed by the Head(s) of the department(s) concerned--i.e., of both the B.S. and M.S. programs--and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. Application materials should be obtained from and returned to the Director of Graduate Studies.
  3. In case of schedule conflicts, courses for the B.S. degree take precedence, and course substitution for required courses of the B.S. program will not be approved for the purpose of removing such conflicts.
  4. The student will be admitted no earlier than three quarters before the expected completion of B.S. degree requirements. Application should be made well in advance of the start of the quarter for which admission is sought.
  5. The student may request graduate financial aid (tuition grant or assistantship) at the time of formal application to the graduate program, but graduate aid can be awarded only for terms which follow the successful completion of the requirements of the B.S. degree. Until the requirements for the B.S. degree are completed, the provisions on overloads apply.

Exceptions & Questions: Contact Graduate Studies Committee.

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