The Blended BS/MS program in Electrical Engineering provides an accelerated route for academically excellent upper-division students in the BS degree program to complete the MS degree program while simultaneously completing the BS requirements. The main objectives of the program are:
• To provide an accelerated route to a graduate degree, with simultaneous awarding of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
• To provide a seamless process whereby a limited number of select student can progress from undergraduate to graduate status without having to apply through the Admissions Office.
• Simplified application process
• BS and MS coursework can be taken concurrently
• Nine (9) common 4000 level elective units between BS and MS programs
• Access to graduate student facilities
• TA appointments (if available)
• The scheduling flexibility provided by the program enables students to complete the BS and MS degrees efficiently.
Admission to the Blended BS/MS Program
The eligibility requirements for admission to the Blended BS/MS program are:
• Students must have completed a minimum of 87 semester units of coursework.
• Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units.
• Students must have completed the EE foundation required courses (EE 2040 , EE 2440 , EE 2450 , EE 3300 , EE 3200 , EE 3020 , EE 3040 , EE 3700 , and EE 3600 ) in the BS with a minimum average GPA of 3.0.
• Students must have completed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Students are selected by a faculty committee based on prior academic performance and other measures of professional promise.
Applications for the Electrical Engineering Blended BS/MS program are only accepted in the fall semester. Applications must be submitted two months in advance of the desired starting semester.
To apply, please submit:
1. Application in MS Word.doc format.
2. Two letters of recommendation in MS Word.doc format (at least one of which should be from an Electrical Engineering faculty member). After review by a faculty committee and if the application is accepted, a Graduate Degree Study Plan will be prepared and approved. The department chair will submit a GS-8 Form to the Registrar’s Office to change the degree objective from the BS to the BS/MS Blended program. The formal degree plan will specify the nine units of common electives to be listed on the BS and the MS program.
1. Successful completion of all requirements for the BS (129 units) and the MS (30 units) degrees with an overlap of 9 units in electives.
2. A minimum 2.0 GPA for courses counting towards the bachelor’s degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA required for courses counting towards the master’s degree.
3. Degrees awarded when requirements for both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees are met by the student and recorded by the Registrar’s Office. Both degrees are awarded in the same semester.
4. Students who select the Thesis Option must be enrolled during the term that they submit their approved graduate thesis/project to the Library.
5. Students must apply to graduate in the Blended program (BS and MS) by submitting a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office. This request should be submitted at least one semester prior to graduation.
6. Students who fail to complete the requirements for the master’s degree, may petition to withdraw from the Blended Program. If the petition is approved, then the bachelor’s degree will be granted when all the requirements for that degree are met.