Students graduating from this combined program may receive both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Technology in five years, as compared to the six years needed to complete the degrees separately. This is accomplished by offering a supervised and seamless transition from the Bachelor of Science curriculum to the Master of Science curriculum that is designed to better enable graduates to prepare for competitive positions in today’s job market.
The B.S./M.S. combined curriculum consists of all required courses for one of the B.S. in Technology programs, in addition to all of the current graduate course requirements for the Master’s in Technology program. The traditional B.S. in Technology degree programs require 120 credits and the M.S. in Technology degree requires 30 credits, for a total of 150 credits. The combined program allows students to use 9 credits of graduate level courses, approved by Academic Advisors, to satisfy both the B.S. and M.S. graduation requirements. Thereby reducing the number of required credits for the combined B.S./M.S. degree to 141 and making it possible for qualified students to complete both degrees in five years.
Students in this program will receive their B.S. degree upon completion of the undergraduate curriculum and their M.S. degree later upon completion of the graduate curriculum requirements.
A Quick Summary
What is the 4+1 MS-BS Program?
- A combined degree program which allows you to get both BS and MS degree with a total of 141 credit hours instead of 150 credit hours
- Count up to 9 credit hours (approved by advisors) for both BS and MS degrees
- The dual credit hours are charged at the undergraduate tuition rate
- Get your Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in 5 years
- PNW students who have completed at least 75 credit hours towards undergraduate degree to complete the pre-application form
- Have a minimum 3.25 GPA at the time of application as well as BS graduation
- Have a B or better in UG Tech Classes
- Have not taken all undergraduate selective courses
- Complete the pre-application form
- Secure the signature of your undergraduate advisor
- Submit the pre-application to the College of Technology Graduate Studies office in Anderson 230
- Talk to Mary Rose Sicinski in Anderson 230
- Complete Graduate School Application
- Students take approved graduate course to replace their undergraduate selective courses
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use transfer credit from another university to count toward the 90 credit hours?
Yes, if the transfer credit was accepted by undergraduate admissions to be used toward your undergraduate degree.
Can I use 400-level undergraduate classes for the dual credit?
Only 50000 level (or above) courses can be used for dual credit.
Can I substitute graduate courses for required primary undergraduate courses?
The dual credit graduate courses will replace undergraduate selective courses only.
Will this change my graduation date?
There is no reason it would change your undergraduate graduation date.
If I take a graduate course as an undergraduate selective, will I pay the graduate tuition for that course?
You will pay undergraduate tuition rates for any course taken before you receive your undergraduate degree.
Can I use a Pass/No-Pass course toward the 9 dual-credit hours?
No. Only graded courses may be used as dual credit and you must receive a “B” or better.
What if my final CGPA is under 3.25?
Your dual credit courses will be reclassified as undergraduate only and not be allowed for use on your graduate plan of study.
What grade must be received for dual credit courses?
A grade of “B” or better is required for a course to be counted as dual credit.
What if my CGPA is under 3.25 or I have already completed all my selective courses?
You will not be eligible for the 4+1 program, but if your CGPA is 3.0 or above you can still apply to graduate school for the term after receiving your undergraduate degree. Students with a GPA slightly lower than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission. The graduate school allows up to 12 hours of excess undergraduate credit (credit that was NOT used toward your undergraduate degree) to be used on a graduate plan of study, if the final grade is “B” or better.
As a 4+1 student, if I have undergraduate excess credit, can I use it toward my graduate degree?
Undergraduate excess credits cannot be used in combination with the credits already used in a combined degree program.
What are the available Master’s degree concentrations?
- Computer Information Technology
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Industrial Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Mechatronics Engineering Technology
- Technology Leadership & Management
To see if you qualify, please contact your undergraduate advisor or Mary Rose Sicinski, Graduate Program Coordinator, College of Technology, in Anderson room 230 or call 219-989-2966.