4+ Degree FAQ

4+ Degree FAQ

What is the 4+ Master's Program: The 4+ Master's Program is when a CU undergraduate completes the undergraduate degree, receives their undergraduate diploma and then begins the graduate degree program.

How and when do I apply for the 4+ Master's Program: You apply for this program through admissions. Information about the process can be found here: http://cooper.edu/admissions/applying-to-cu/masters-engineering (Please note that applications are due by March 29, 2019 for Fall 2019.) You should submit an application during your senior year.

If I took classes beyond what was needed for my undergraduate degree, can those credits be used towards my graduate degree? Yes - but with some restrictions. First, only 400-level classes can be applied towards your graduate degree. Second, credits that have been applied to your undergraduate degree cannot be applied towards your graduate degree. (No double-dipping.)

Is there financial support available for admitted students?  Yes! For Fall 2019 admissions, we have a limited number of full scholarships and half scholarships that will be awarded at the discretion of the individual Departments. Financial Aid and external scholarships (here and here) are also available to those who qualify. Please note, that due to the FEC mandate and the plan to return to 100% full tuition undergraduate scholarships, Cooper alum no longer automatically receive a half scholarship on the tuition. Tuition and fee rates can be found here: http://cooper.edu/admissions/tuition-fees.

How long do I have to  finish my degree? Under the new policies, this will depend on scholarship status.  Students receiving half or full scholarships are expected to be full time and complete in no more than four (4) semesters after declaring whether they will do the thesis or non-thesis track. (If it takes longer than that, there is a maintenance of matriculation fee added to your tuition and fees.)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.