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.
- 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+
- Complete Step 1 (eligibility) of the application process before the end of junior year*.
- 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.
- Must be eligible AND
- Complete Step 2 (admissions) of application process before start of second semester of senior year.
- 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.
- Email the following info to the MAE Grad Advisor (Chris Spall) before the end of junior year:
- Subject: Concurrent BS/MS Eligibility
- Semester completing junior year
- Semester normally completing BS degree
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Complete the following and email the completed forms to the MAE Grad Advisor.
- The Concurrent BS/MS 2 Year Plan, which is used to determine the semester you will begin paying graduate tuition (last 21 credits.) Example of completed 2 Year Plan.
- MAE department checklist (http://mae.usu.edu/htm/graduate/degree-programs) for your MS program plan (A, B, or C.) Use the checklist to determine courses you will take and list on your 2 year plan.