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. This program is only available to students in the BSME program at the West Lafayette campus.

Typical Timeline

Undergraduate Semester 5 (typically first semester of junior year)

  • Attend mid-October callout by the ME Graduate Office about the Combined BSME/MSME program.
  • Complete and submit the BSME/MSME Program Application by due date.
  • Program application decision before start of semester 6.

Semester 6 ( typically second semester of junior year)

  • Submit the Graduate School Application which includes GRE scores, Purdue transcript and 1 letter of recommendation.
  • Graduate Program application decision by approx. mid-semester.

Semesters 7 & 8 (senior year, dual degree status)

  • Dual-degree status (both BS and MS).
  • Complete up to 12 hours of graduate level courses in addition to undergraduate courses.
  • Progress is reviewed each semester.
  • BSME degree awarded at the end of semester 8.

Semester 9 (MS degree status)

  • Degree status changed to graduate student in the MSME program.
  • Graduate MSME plan of study is due before end of semester.

Procedures and Rules

  1. Students apply to the program by submitting a BSME/MSME Program Application Form to the ME Graduate Office in semester 5 (typically the fall semester of the junior year).  The BSME/MSME internal application includes the Application Form, Research Project Information Form, 2 letters of recommendation, and a Purdue transcript.
  2. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 3.4 is required.
  3. If the BS/MS program application is approved, provisional admission to the BS/MS program is granted for semester 6. The student will be required to submit a Graduate School application that includes GRE scores, a Purdue transcript and 1 letter of recommendation during semester 6.
  4. Upon admission to Graduate School, in semesters 7 and 8 the student will have dual-degree status until the BSME degree is awarded (at end of semester 8).
  5. During the dual-status semesters students may complete at most 12 hours of graduate courses (e.g. four 3-credit 50000 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 undergraduate BSME and graduate MSME degrees.
  6. Important notes:
    1. Grades of B- or better are required for the dual-counted graduate courses for graduate credit and to remain in the BS/MS program.
    2. Students must have at least two full undergraduate semesters (not including summers) remaining to be admitted to the program and the dual-counted graduate courses must be taken in these semesters.
    3. The Graduate School prohibits undergraduate excess courses for BS/MS plans of study.
  7. The student's record is reviewed by the ME graduate office at the end of semesters 7 and 8:
    1. 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.
    2. If the above CGPA and course grade conditions are not met, the student will be required to leave the BS/MS Program. When a student leaves the BS/MS Program (for any reason), 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. The student then will 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 ME graduate office is required before registration for courses for semester 10.
  10. Students may choose the non-thesis or thesis MSME option. The non-thesis MSME requires 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 an additional semester or more to complete.
  11. BS/MS program students will be eligible to receive a research assistantship, fellowship, or a teaching assistantship in ME starting in semester 9.

Applying to the Program

Application deadline is July 1, 2021 for dual BS/MS status starting in Spring 2022. To apply for admission to the Combined BSME/MSME Program, complete the following forms and submit them to the ME Graduate Office by the due date:

  1. BSME/MSME Program Application Form and Research Project Information Form
  2. Current, official Purdue transcript – request this to be sent directly to the ME Graduate Office from the Registrar’s office (located in Hovde Hall)
  3. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted on your behalf.

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