Combined BSME/MSME: The 5-Year Plan

The Combined BSME/MSME Program is an integrated five-year degree program in which qualified students can receive a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering. The program provides a seamless transition from the BS to MS programs for Purdue students where graduate courses taken as undergraduate electives are counted toward both the BS and MS degrees, thereby reducing the overall time required for the MS degree. Students can choose to go to the thesis track, traditional non-thesis track, or professional master’s track. This program is only available to students in the BSME program at the West Lafayette campus.

Typical Timeline

Undergraduate Semester 5 (first semester of junior year)

  • Attend mid-October callout by the ME Graduate Office to get detailed information.

Semester 6 (second semester of junior year)

  • Submit a graduate school application in the time window: October 15 – November 1 for spring term; May 1 – May 15 for fall term.

Semester 7 and 8 (senior year)

  • BS and MS dual degree status.
  • Complete up to 12 hours of graduate level courses in addition to undergraduate courses.
  • BSME degree is expected to be awarded at the end of semester 8.

Semester 9 and 10 (master’s year)

  • MS degree status.
  • Submit MSME plan of study in semester 9.

Procedures and Rules

  1. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.4 is required when submitting the graduate school application. Do not apply if your GPA is lower than the minimum requirement, as your application will not be considered.
  2. Start your graduate school application here. Please choose MSME for degree objective. Application term is the semester that you will start your dual degree status (typically semester 7). Submit all required materials including resume, statement of purpose, 3 recommendation letters, copy of official Purdue transcripts, and GRE scores. Requirements can be found here. Please also upload a BSME/MSME Program Application Supplemental Form and GS Form 27 as supporting documents to the application. The graduate office will obtain undergraduate and graduate associate heads’ signatures for students on the GS Form 27. Students need to fill out the rest of the form.
  3. Upon admission to Graduate School, in semesters 7 and 8 you will have dual-degree status until the BSME degree is awarded (at end of semester 8). It is expected that you start MSME degree status in the first semester (semester 9) after obtaining the BSME degree. Summer semester is excluded.
  4. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 is required when you enter MSME degree status (typically after semester 8 and entering semester 9).
  5. During the dual-status semesters, you may complete at most 12 hours of graduate courses (50000 or 60000 level courses) as undergraduate technical electives. Usually two graduate courses are taken in semester 7 and two are taken in semester 8, in addition to undergraduate courses. These graduate courses will be added later to the MSME plan of study. These courses may be “dual-counted” for both the BSME and MSME degrees.
  6. Important notes:
    • Grades of B or better are required for the dual-counted graduate courses for graduate credit and to remain in the BS/MS program.
    • You must have at least two full undergraduate semesters (not including summer) remaining to be admitted to the program and the dual-counted graduate courses must be taken in these semesters.
    • The Graduate School prohibits undergraduate excess courses for BS/MS plans of study.
  7. Your record is reviewed by the graduate office at the end of semesters 7 and 8:
    • It is required that an undergraduate CGPA of at least 3.0 is maintained and grades of B or better are received in the completed dual-counted graduate courses.
    • If the above CGPA and course grade conditions are not met, you will be required to leave the BS/MS program. When a student leaves the BS/MS Program, the graduate courses taken as undergraduate electives (that were intended to be dual-counted) will be applied only to the BS degree and cannot be used for graduate credit.
  8. After satisfactory completion of the BSME degree requirements, the degree will be awarded. You will then have graduate status only starting in semester 9.
  9. A graduate plan of study must be completed before the end of semester 9. A plan of study approved by the graduate office is required before registration for courses for semester 10.
  10. You may choose non-thesis, professional master’s, or thesis MSME option. If you choose the thesis track, you need to identify an ME faculty member who has agreed to oversee your research in advance. The non-thesis MSME and professional master’s track require at least 30 hours of coursework (usually 10 courses). The thesis option requires at least 21 hours of coursework (usually 7 courses), and at least 9 hours of successful completion of ME 69800 (MS thesis research) which includes completion of a research project and defense of the Master’s thesis. The thesis option may require additional time to complete.
  11. BS/MS program students will be qualified to receive a research assistantship, fellowship, or a teaching assistantship starting in semester 9 (please note that this does not apply to students in the professional master’s program).

ME Graduate Office
585 Purdue Mall (Room 1003)
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-5730