*admitting students beginning Fall 2019
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) offers a 4+1 combined Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) and Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE). The program allows students to receive both a BSCmpE and MSECE degree in five years, as compared to six years needed to complete these degrees separately. It provides outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the BSCmpE program with opportunities to continue their graduate studies toward a MSECE degree. This enables them to broaden their studies and improve their career prospects with competitive advantage by completing both the BSCmpE and MSECE degrees at an accelerated pace.
The BSCmpE/MSECE combined curriculum consists of all Loading…, in addition to all of the graduate course requirements for the traditional master’s program. The traditional BSCmpE degree requires 122 credits and the MSECE degree requires 30 credits, for a total of 152 credits. The combined program allows students to use a maximum of 9 credits of graduate level courses approved by the Graduate Advisor or the Graduate Committee of the ECE Department to satisfy both the B.S. and M.S. graduation requirements, thereby reducing the number of required credits for the combined BSCmpE/MSECE degree to 143 and making it possible for qualified students to complete both degrees in five years.
Students in this program will receive their BSCmpE degree upon completion of the undergraduate curriculum and their MSECE degree later upon completion of the graduate curriculum requirements.
Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
The graduate portion of the combined program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. However, additional semesters may be required to complete a thesis research project.
The requirements for admission to the combined program are more stringent than the admission standards for the traditional Master of Science program. The admission process consists of the following two steps:
Initial Conditional Admission
Students should start the application in their junior year after completion of 65 credits toward the BSCmpE. Requirements for initial conditional admission:
1. Current undergraduate student at PNW with a minimum of 65 credits toward BSCmpE degree
2. Minimum 3.25 GPA
3. B- or higher grade in all completed Computer Engineering core courses
Final Admission to the Graduate Program
After receiving conditional admission to the program, the student is required to submit a Plan of Study for the MSECE degree. Nine credits of graduate level courses, which are used to satisfy both BSCmpE and MSECE degree requirements, must be identified on both the undergraduate and graduate Plan of Study and approved by the Graduate Advisor or the Graduate Committee of the ECE Department prior to the last semester of the undergraduate study. Final admission to the graduate program is determined after completion of all course requirements for the BSCmpE degree. Requirements for final admission to the graduate program:
1. Minimum 3.25 overall GPA
2. B- or higher grade in all Computer Engineering core courses
3. B- or higher grade in each of the graduate courses (9 credits) approved for both B.S. and M.S. Plan of Study