The purpose of this program is to offer qualified undergraduate students an accelerated program of study leading to a Master of Science in Engineering at the end of five years of study. Students benefit from the efficiency of a continuous, coordinated sequence of subjects and reduced credit hour requirements. Students can receive the Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the end of the fourth year and the Master of Science in Engineering at the end of the fifth year if all requirements are met.
To be considered academically eligible for this program, a student should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater by the end of their junior year. The student must file a formal Graduate Admissions application prior to graduation (noting “BS/MS” on the application). Academically eligible applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination and the application fee is waived. Upon recommendation of the student’s advisor, the approval of the department graduate admissions committee and Graduate Admissions, the student may be admitted as a provisional graduate student.
Applicants who satisfy the Graduate Admissions and Engineering Department admission requirements for the five-year program are assigned to a graduate faculty member who acts as their program advisor. Depending on the department, the M.S.E degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 -33 credit hours that include at least 24-27 hours in class and seminar study, almost all of which must be at the 5000 level or higher. Courses at the 4000 level are designed for seniors, but may be taken by graduate students for graduate credit if written approval is given by the student's advisor.
Once admitted to the program, the student may double-count up to two graduate courses (6 credits) taken as senior electives, after consulting with a departmental faculty advisor. This effectively reduces the requirements for the master's degree program by two courses, allowing the BS/MS student to complete the graduate coursework requirements in the final, fifth year.
A student in this program may be eligible for financial assistance, i.e., fellowships and research and teaching assistantships, during the fifth year of study. Acceptance of this assistance and the attendant responsibilities may delay the completion of the program beyond the five years.