BS/MS Dual Degree
ABE’s Dual BS/MS Degree Program is an opportunity for undergraduate students in high academic standing. Students can apply to the Department’s Graduate Programs Committee as early as their junior year (Semester 5). The Committee will consider the following criteria for admission into the Dual Degree BS/MS Program:
1) the student’s undergraduate GPA (60 or more credits; minimum GPA of 3.5 at the time of enrollment) and
2) the student’s GRE scores
3) a formal statement of interest by the student
4) a nomination letter from a sponsoring faculty member (in addition to the required three letters of recommendation) confirming that the faculty member is willing to serve as the student’s mentor upon entering the program as well as stating that the student is an outstanding undergraduate student with the potential to successfully complete their BS and MS degrees, and who wishes to expedite their education beyond the undergraduate level
5) three letters of recommendation
The primary purpose of admitting outstanding undergraduate students into our M.S. degree program early is to provide them the opportunity for an early start on their thesis research. Dual degree students are allowed to enroll in graduate courses and earn course and research credits towards their M.S. degree while completing their B.S. degree.
All students are assigned or will select a faculty mentor/thesis advisor upon entering the program, and should form their MS advisory committee during their first semester in the program. Working with their advisory committee (which includes the major professor) students need to develop a Research Proposal for their M.S. thesis and complete a Plan of Study that documents the graduate courses to be taken. For more information, see the ABE Graduate Manual.