Cooperative Academic Programs

The Cooperative Academic Program Agreement Listing includes all of the for-credit academic partnerships and affiliations with other educational institutions that exist across Rutgers University. Included among these partnerships are: joint degree/certificate programs, dual degree/certificate programs, double/parallel degree programs with international institutions, articulated degree programs and articulation agreements, and transfer agreements (various 2 + 2, 3 + 1, 3 + 2, etc. models exist).  The listing does not include clinical agreements, faculty and student exchange agreements, study abroad agreements, nor research collaborations. 

Types of Cooperative Academic Programs

  • Joint degree program (two institutions or two units from the same institution together offer one degree –both units appear on a single diploma) e.g. the RU-Newark BA in Biology with NJIT; AAS in Respiratory Therapy offered by SHP and 7 individual community colleges
  • Dual Degree Program (two institutions/units cooperate to offer two different degrees, either sequentially or concurrently, with some minimal amount of shared coursework; when degrees are at 2 different levels, last year of lower degree program often coincides with first year of higher degree program) e.g. JD/MBA, MD/PhD, MPP/MPH, BA/EdM – since integration most of these are internal between 2 RU units
  • Double Degree/Parallel Degree (two institutions each offer some portion of the full curriculum and students receive two identical (or similar) degrees, one from each institution—double counting of credits) only available for partnerships with international institutions,  e.g.  BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers SOE and BS in Chemical Engineering from South China University of Technology. NOTE: often accomplished through a transfer agreement
  • Articulated Degree Program (cooperative agreement where degrees at two different levels (e.g., Bachelors/Masters) are completed sequentially, and where completion of the first degree is a prerequisite to the second degree) e.g. BS/MPH with Stockton University, BA/MS Physician Asst. program with Kean U and SHP (3 + 3) NOTE: this is a legacy UMDNJ distinction; legacy RU units call them all dual degrees.
  • Articulation Agreement (cooperative agreement between two institutions where the lower degree program requirements at the first institution are coordinated with the pre-requisites for admission to a higher degree program at the second institution) e.g. BS/DMD with New Jersey City University and RSDM; AS/BS with Raritan Valley Community College and SEBS-- biotechnology major; AS in Health Information Technology/BS in Health Information Management with Rowan College at Burlington County and SHP
  • Transfer Program Agreement (cooperative agreement facilitating transfer from one institution to another in order to allow students to complete a double degree (2 + 2) or a dual degree (usually 3 + 1 or 3 + 2), e.g., BS/MS in Chemical Engineering with SOE, SGS and Tianjin University (a 3 + 2 agreement) NOTE: articulation agreements are program-specific; transfer agreements may be program specific or institutional (like the NJ Statewide Transfer Agreement)