Concurrent BS/MS Program

This fast-track program allows eligible USU Mechanical Engineering BS students to take graduate-level courses during senior year, making it possible to complete the MS degree one year after finishing BS degree requirements.

How it works+

  • After being admitted, students are concurrently matriculated in the BS and MS degree programs and can take both undergraduate and graduate level courses in any semester of the program.

  • Until the semester the last 21 credits begin:
    • Pay undergraduate tuition.
    • BS is primary degree program; courses 5000-level and under post to BS transcript.
    • MS is secondary degree program; courses 6000-level and above post to MS transcript.
    • Split forms submitted as needed to move 5000-level courses to MS transcript. Nine credits may be split during this time (including credits for two BS Tech Electives that will count towards the MS.)
  • Starting the semester of the last 21 credits:
    • Matriculated as a graduate student, and start paying graduate tuition.
    • For students receiving financial aid, grant and scholarship eligibility changes this semester.  Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
    • MS becomes primary degree program; courses 5000-level and above post to MS transcript.
    • BS becomes secondary degree program; courses 4000-level and below post to BS transcript.
    • Split forms submitted if needed, to move 5000-level courses back to BS transcript. 
  • BS and MS degrees are awarded the semester requirements for both degrees are complete.
  • Program must be completed within 2 years of admission to MS program.

Program benefits+

    • Greater selection of graduate courses (many graduate courses taught alternate years).
    • Two technical elective courses (7 credits max), taken for the BS degree requirements, are counted towards MS degree credits, reducing the time it takes to earn the MS degree.
    • MS research or projects can be started during the senior year of the BS degree.
    • Graduate research or project experience can lead to better career opportunities.
    • MS graduates typically earn higher starting salaries compared to BS graduates.

Eligibility and Admissions requirements+

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Complete Step 1 (eligibility) of the application process before the end of junior year*.
  2. At the end of junior year your cumulative and admission** GPA must be 3.5 or above
    Completed 90 credits of the MEEN BS degree requirements.
    **Calculated using all grades from semesters covering the last 60 credits.

Admissions requirements:

  1. Must be eligible AND
  2. Complete Step 2 (admissions) of application process before start of second semester of senior year.
  3. GRE scores at or above: Quantitative – 70th percentile, and Verbal 40th percentile.


Step 1.   Eligibility.  To find out if you are a candidate for the program, your eligibility (GPA and completion of junior year) needs to be verified by the MAE department.

  1. Email the following info to the MAE Grad Advisor (Chris Spall) before the end of junior year:
      • Subject:  Concurrent BS/MS Eligibility
      • Name
      • A#
      • Semester completing junior year
      • Semester normally completing BS degree
  2. You will be notified by email as to whether or not you meet the eligibility requirements, and if you should complete the admissions process in Step 2 below.

Step 2.   Admissions.  Students who are notified they are eligible need to complete 1 - 3 (below) before start of second semester of senior year.

  1. Apply online for admission to USU’s School of Graduate Studies.
      • Request admission for first semester (fall or spring) immediately following senior year.
      • USU MAE students do not need letters of recommendation; enter 'USU' where prompted.
      • Clearly state that you are applying for the Concurrent BS/MS program.
  2. Take the GRE General Exam, and score at or above the minimum required
      • MAE’s minimum required scores:  Quantitative - 70th percentile, and Verbal - 40th percentile.
      • No minimum required score for Analytical section, but you should complete it.
      • Prepare to do your best!
  3. Complete the following and email the completed forms to the MAE Grad Advisor.