Five-Year BS/MS Program
The Five-Year BS/MS program is designed to allow qualifying students to take up to nine hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their BS and MS degrees, thus reducing the amount of time it takes for a student to earn a master’s degree.
How to Apply
Students must be in the process of completing or already have completed 96 hours of required undergraduate course work. They must have an overall GPA of 3.4 or better when applying and continue to meet that minimum until graduation. Interested students should discuss their case with EECS Academic Advisor Mike Taylor (located in Room MK401A), and if qualified, leave a correctly filled out Admission/Course Approval Form with Susan Cormia (located in MK401).
All applications are reviewed and approved by Professor Jens Gregor, Director of Graduate Studies.
The deadline for applying to the Five-Year BS/MS program is the first day of the semester in which a course will be taken.
The list of approved courses includes all lecture-based 400- and 500-level ECE and COSC courses listed in the graduate catalog. Note that 400-level courses will be approved only if the corresponding 500-level course is not offered in the same semester. Course approval may only be given for courses that have been scheduled. Students must submit an Admission/Course Approval Form for each semester they take courses under the program. Approval will not be given retroactively. Students MUST obtain approval prior to taking a course.
Approved courses will appear in DARS under “MASTERS PROGRAM”. Once the BS degree has been conferred, approved courses are automatically transferred to the MS degree by the Graduate School.
Senior Requesting Graduate Credit
During their senior year, students may choose to instead request taking graduate credit that only count toward a graduate degree. See Graduate School Instructions for Senior Requesting Graduate Credit. The associated form is not needed for courses approved for the Five-Year BS/MS program.
Applying to Graduate School
Students admitted to the Five-Year BS/MS program must follow the normal procedure for graduate admission, including taking the GRE, filing an application complete with references, etc. Students are not required to apply for or accept admission to the EECS graduate program in order for the course credits to count toward the BS degree.
- Only lecture-based ECE 400- and 500-level and COSC 400- and 500-level courses will be approved. Independent study, off-campus study, and seminar courses are not considered lecture based.
- Undergraduate students are not allowed to take 600-level courses.
- The program is designed for students pursuing their MS degree at UT. Other universities will likely not allow transfer of graduate courses that have been used to satisfy the requirements for a BS degree.
- For questions regarding graduate admissions, please see Jane Fielden (located in Room MK401).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why would I choose to do the Five-Year BS/MS program vs. completing separate BS and MS degrees?
A: Two reasons: With the Five-Year BS/MS program, you get to double-count up to 9 credit hours, which means less course work for graduate school (you’ll only need 21 hours instead of the regular 30 hours of coursework). If admitted to the program, you’ll become a preferred candidate for departmental scholarship and fellowships.
Q: Why would I choose the Five-Year BS/MS program vs. doing double BS degrees?
A: If you are considering a double major, you may want to consider this program. With the same amount of work you will receive a BS degree and an MS degree instead of two BS degrees.
Q: Would the Five-Year BS/MS program be appropriate if I were considering a PhD someday?
A: Being in the Five-Year BS/MS program does not conflict with PhD study at all. If, for any reason, you decide to apply for the PhD program instead of the Five-Year BS/MS program, the graduate credits can still be counted toward your PhD degree.
Q: Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) when applying to Graduate School?
A: Yes. The Tickle College of Engineering requires all students to take the GRE when applying for admittance to the Graduate School. EECS and TCE expect a high GRE from all incoming graduate students. Undergraduate students should take the GRE exam no later than the first semester of their senior year so that scores will be available to the Graduate School and EECS Graduate Admissions Committee and thereby complete the graduate admission before the Senior Privilege (see above) expires.
Q: What thesis options are available to students in the Five-Year BS/MS program?
A: Students have the same three thesis options: course only (with 24 hours of additional graduate credits), thesis option (with 18 hours of additional graduate credits), and a non-thesis project option (with 21 hours of additional graduate credits).