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2021-2022 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

BS/MS Option in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering

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This fast-track program enables outstanding BS degree students in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering to complete both the BS and the MS degrees with nine fewer total credits. This is accomplished by students taking their two ELE or CPE technical electives at the ECE 500 level and using either ECE 471 (ELE)  or ECE 457 (CPE) towards both the BS and MS degrees.


Outstanding undergraduate scholars - typically those that have a cumulative GPA of 3.200 or above - will be identified at the conclusion of the fall semester of their junior year. The graduate committee will select nominees at the beginning of the spring semester. Students invited to participate in the program must then select a graduate advisor and develop an individual program of study. Those students need to file an application through the Office of Graduate Studies, submitting the regular graduate application but without GRE or TOEFL scores or recommendation letters, by the end of the academic year; and they will be accepted into the five-year program as of the fall of their senior year. Because of the nature of the fast paced BS/MS Program, students must meet with faculty early in their senior year to find someone willing to supervise the MS thesis or project and define a clear graduate program of study.

The department will follow a schedule:

  • Graduate Committee identifies qualified students: February
  • Graduate Committee sends invitation letters: March
  • Student/Advisor develop Program of Study: March/April
    • when students need more time to identify a graduate advisor, they should work with their undergraduate advisor to select the technical elective(s) that will count towards the BS and MS degrees.
  • Complete the application for the BS/MS graduate program (you must be formally accepted into the BS/MS program before certification for the BS degree; otherwise the graduate courses taken in the senior year will not be double counted). Your application should be filed through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Progression to MS Study

The BS degree is conferred when all undergraduate requirements have been successfully completed. BS/MS students must then complete the MS degree requirements under one of the existing tracks. While it is expected for BS/MS students to pursue their graduate degree full-time, it is not required.

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