*admitting students beginning Fall 2019
The Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) Department at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) offers a 4+1 combined Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with a concentration in Civil Engineering degree program. The program allows students to receive both a BSCE and MSE degree in five years, as compared to six years needed to complete these degrees separately. It provides outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the BSCE program with opportunities to continue their graduate studies toward a MSE degree. This enables them to broaden their studies and improve their career prospects with competitive advantage by completing both the BSCE and MSE degrees at an accelerated pace.
The BSCE/MSE combined curriculum consists of all required courses for the B.S. in Civil Engineering, in addition to all of the graduate course requirements for the traditional master’s program. The traditional BSCE degree requires 122 credits and the MSE degree requires 30 credits, for a total of 152 credits. The combined program allows students to use 9 credits of graduate level courses approved by the Graduate Advisor or the Graduate Committee of the MCE Department to satisfy both the B.S. and M.S. graduation requirements, thereby reducing the number of required credits for the combined BSCE/MSE degree to 143 and making it possible for qualified students to complete both degrees in five years.
Students in this program will receive their BSCE degree upon completion of the undergraduate curriculum and their MSME 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 BSCE. Requirements for initial conditional admission:
1. Current undergraduate student at PNW with a minimum of 65 credits toward BSCE degree
2. Minimum 3.25 GPA
3. B- or higher grade in all completed Civil 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 MSE degree. Nine credits of graduate level courses, which are used to satisfy both BSME and MSME 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 MCE 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 BSCE degree. Requirements for final admission to the graduate program:
1. Minimum 3.25 overall GPA
2. B- or higher grade in all Civil 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