*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 and Master of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering. The program allows students to receive both a BSME and MSME degree in five years, as compared to six years needed to complete these degrees separately. It provides outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the BSME program with opportunities to continue their graduate studies toward a MSME degree. This enables them to broaden their studies and improve their career prospects with competitive advantage by completing both the BSME and MSME degrees at an accelerated pace.
The BSME+MSME combined curriculum consists of all required courses for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, in addition to all of the graduate course requirements for the traditional master’s program. The traditional MSME degree requires 122 credits and the MSME 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 BSME+MSME degree to 143 and making it possible for qualified students to complete both degrees in five years.
Students in this program will receive their BSME 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 BSME. Requirements for initial conditional admission:
1. Current undergraduate student at PNW with a minimum of 65 credits toward BSME degree
2. Minimum 3.25 GPA
3. B- or higher grade in all completed Mechanical 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 MSME 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 BSME degree. Requirements for final admission to the graduate program:
1. Minimum 3.25 overall GPA
2. B- or higher grade in all Mechanical 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