4+1 BS/MS Program

An exclusive program for Purdue ECE undergraduates enables students to earn an MS degree in only two academic semesters (Fall and Spring) after their BS graduation. This option leverages the superlative characteristics of the Purdue ECE undergraduate experience to accelerate the completion of a Master's degree. The track is designed for students to satisfy MS degree requirements in one academic year assuming they follow a course-only path to the MS degree. This program provides students with a broad range of career options including finding jobs with more responsibility and at a higher level, pursuing medical, law, or business education, or continuing education in a Ph.D. program.

Program Features

  • Students with at least 3.5 GPA after semester 4 may apply.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.4 by their BS graduation.
  • Applicants must also have at least a 3.0 GPA in their 50000 level courses taken as an undergraduate.
  • Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors interested in this program should contact their academic advisors for more information.
  • Final 4+1 program approval expected from the Provost in May 2020


Students may have 12 credits hours of 50000 level courses count towards both their BS and MS degrees.

Eligible BSEE courses:

  • 53800, 50653, 51012 as EE Selectives
  • 6 credit hours of EE Electives at 50000 level
  • 3 credit hours of Complementary Electives at 50000 level

Eligible BSCmpE courses:

  • 50863, 56800, 57000, 57300, or other 50000 level courses

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for 2019-2020 year are expected to be the same as the 2018-2019 year. For Indiana residents, the costs are: $5,558.00 per semester and $2,498.00 for the summer session for a total cost for the one-year program of $13,614.00. For nonresidents, the costs are: $14,959.00 per semester and $7,198.50 for the summer session. Check the most up-to-date fees here.

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