The accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program allows undergraduate students to pursue a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in a shorter time than pursuing both degrees separately. Qualified students may take approved graduate engineering courses (500 level or greater) as part of the requirements for the bachelor's degree. Upon admission to the graduate program, two such courses that were used to fulfill bachelor's degree requirements are also counted towards the requirements of the master's degree (a grade of B or better is required to count a graduate course taken as undergraduate towards a graduate degree) . By reducing the number of remaining courses for the master's degree, many students are able to complete the master's degree in a reduced number of semesters.
The master's degree may be in the same subject as the bachelor's degree or in another discipline within the School of Engineering, but in the latter case the courses to be double-counted must be approved by the chair/director of both programs.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher are eligible to apply for the program, and must also have a cumulative 3.2 GPA at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree. The following steps are required:
- Complete the Accelerated Joint Bachelor's/Master's Program Approval Form, typically in later junior year or early senior year, to apply for preliminary approval.
- Update the form to list graduate coursework taken as an undergraduate, as approved by department chair or program director.
- Apply for admission to the relevant graduate program, typically during the final undergraduate semester.
- Final approval to double-count two courses is given upon completion of the undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and an approval form that shows that two appropriate courses, completed at the 500-level or higher with a grade of B or better, have been approved to count towards the master's degree.