Cooperative Programs

Please contact the Director of International Programs and Services, Reis Hall, and the faculty or staff liaison persons listed under specific program headings for information on how to participate in any of these programs.

Cooperative programs (sometimes called 3-3, 3-2, or 3-1 programs) with other educational institutions enable Allegheny students to acquire a solid liberal arts background while accelerating their progress toward professional training and certification. Allegheny has formal agreements with several institutions to offer cooperative programs in Allied Health, Engineering and Nursing. Most of these require the successful completion of 98 semester credit hours at Allegheny before beginning course work at the cooperating institution. Students who want to participate in cooperative programs must complete Allegheny’s Graduation Requirements, including the minor outside the division of the major and the courses identified for an approved major. There are additional specific departmental course requirements for cooperative programs, and students should consult with the appropriate program liaison person about them when planning their course of study.

Satisfactory completion of the stated Allegheny requirements and the cooperating institution’s requirements earns the student the bachelor’s degree from Allegheny and the specified degree or certification from the cooperating institution.

A student enrolling in a cooperative program will be assessed a maintenance fee payable to Allegheny for each year in which the student is enrolled at a cooperating institution. This fee, payable before final processing of the application can be completed, is $50 for two years at a cooperating institution, or $25 for one year. The maintenance fee helps offset the costs of special record maintenance, correspondence, and transfer credit.

Students who elect to complete any of the programs that involve three years of work at Allegheny and additional years at a cooperating institution should schedule an exit interview with the Director of International Programs and Services early in their final semester at Allegheny. During the interview, the student will file an exit agreement in which the cooperating institution and the expected date of graduation are specified. Because work at the cooperating institution is evaluated as transfer credit, transcripts showing that the student’s work at the second institution has been satisfactory must be received before the Allegheny degree is awarded.

The cooperative programs approved by the faculty are outlined below by interest area.

Carnegie Mellon University Collaborative Accelerated Master’s Program

Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and Allegheny College offer an accelerated master’s program to qualified Allegheny College students. The program, structured as three years at Allegheny College followed by three to four semesters at the Heinz School (depending upon the program), will result in students receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time than is usually required.

Programs of Study:

  • Masters of Science in Public Policy Management (MSPPM)
  • Masters of Science in Health Care Policy and Management (MSHCPM)
  • Masters of Art Management (MAM)
  • Masters of Information System Management (MISM)

Students will pay tuition and fees to Allegheny College from their freshman through junior years. They will pay tuition and fees to Carnegie Mellon for their graduate program, either three or four semesters beyond the completion of the junior year, depending upon the program. Allegheny students will also be responsible for paying a maintenance fee to Allegheny College while enrolled at Carnegie Mellon in their senior year.

Students will receive both bachelor’s and master’s degrees upon completion of their graduate program at Carnegie Mellon. Allegheny College will count units taken during the master’s program towards the students’ bachelor’s degree according to its policies and procedures. The Heinz School will forward to Allegheny College transcripts and other necessary information on student academic performance.

Allegheny students will be eligible for scholarship support from Allegheny College for their freshman through junior years. They will eligible for scholarship support from the Heinz School for the length of their graduate program and can apply to any and all Heinz School scholarship funds for which they are eligible (based on the program and the individual scholarship fund’s specific requirements).

Allied Health

A cooperative program in medical technology has been arranged with Rochester General Hospital School of Medical Technology (affiliated with the University of Rochester). This program enables students to complete basic science requirements in three years of study at Allegheny and a year of technical work at Rochester. This arrangement permits students to earn an Allegheny bachelor’s degree and certification in medical technology after four years of study.

Cooperative arrangements in any allied health field may be made at other institutions with the approval of the Allegheny faculty. Students interested in pursuing such programs should first contact the Health Professions Advisor in Reis Hall.


Five engineering programs entail three years at Allegheny and further study-usually two years-at a cooperating institution. At the conclusion of study, the student receives a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the cooperating institution. Programs have been arranged with the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Case Institute of Technology of Case Western Reserve University, the School of Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh, and the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Most programs require that students maintain a “B” average overall and in the sciences. For these universities, acceptance to the cooperating institution is contingent upon the recommendation of the student’s major department at Allegheny. For some of the engineering departments, enrollment is limited by the engineering school. Similar arrangements may be made with engineering programs at other institutions with the approval of the faculty.

Students should consult with their advisor in their major field and with Professor Willey of the Physics Department for specific program requirements.


A cooperative program is available to students intending to prepare for careers in nursing. Students first complete three years of study at Allegheny; they may then be admitted to advanced study at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing of Case Western Reserve University. The arrangement involves four years of advanced study in nursing. The student is awarded the appropriate Allegheny bachelor’s degree after two years of advanced study, and, at the conclusion of the fourth year of nursing studies, he or she receives the Doctor of Nursing degree.

Admission to this nursing program is competitive and the existence of a cooperative program between Allegheny and the other institution does not assure an Allegheny student admission. Students interested in the programs should consult with the Health Professions Advisor in their first year for specific course requirements.

Similar cooperative arrangements may be made at other institutions with the approval of the Allegheny faculty.


Undergraduate internships are available under departmental auspices for students with appropriate backgrounds. These internships are designed to serve two major purposes: first, to provide an opportunity for study and experience outside the traditional setting of classroom and laboratory, yet within the framework of disciplined inquiry; and second, to provide a special opportunity for the participants to refine their emerging professional-career interests. Some established internships are briefly described under sponsoring departments. Interested students should contact the listed faculty liaison for greater detail; not all internships are available each semester.