4+1 accelerated bachelor’s and master’s program

The 4 + 1 accelerated bachelor of science in engineering and master of science in engineering in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E./M.S.E. in EE) degree program will allow accelerated students the opportunity to obtain both a bachelor’s (B.S.E.) and master’s (M.S.E.) degree (non-thesis option only) from Electrical Engineering in 5 years. The master’s degree provides additional technical depth and specialization that can lead to expanded career opportunities and responsibilities, as well as preparation for doctoral (Ph.D.) studies.

This program is designed to provide selected, high-achieving, ASU EE undergraduate students with the opportunity to combine advanced undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework and accelerate graduate degree completion. Students will be able to earn a B.S.E. and M.S.E. degree in five years by sharing up to nine credits of graduate-level coursework taken as technical electives for each program. Those credits will apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 is required to apply. The program is particularly suited for students with strong academic backgrounds. The credit hour requirements are 120 for the B.S.E. and 30 for the M.S.E.

Admission Standards

  • A minimum of 75 credits applicable to an ASU EE B.S.E. degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5/4 or better must be completed prior to applying for the 4 + 1 accelerated degree program.
  • A minimum of 90 credit hours of coursework applicable to an ASU EE B.S.E. degree must be completed prior to enrollment in the accelerated program.
  • Applicants to the 4 + 1 accelerated B.S.E./M.S.E. program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or TOEFL exam.
  • Other than the higher GPA requirements and omission of the GRE and TOEFL, the admission standards for the 4 + 1 accelerated degree will be consistent with normal Electrical Engineering admission criteria for the M.S.E. degree.
  • Students must apply for admission to the 4 + 1 accelerated B.S.E./M.S.E. program through Electrical Engineering by submitting an application form for the 4 + 1 accelerated program to an Electrical Engineering undergraduate advisor.  The students must also apply online for the M.S.E. program by submitting the Graduate College application.  Applications will be reviewed by the Electrical Engineering Graduate Program Chair who will make a recommendation to the Graduate College.  The Graduate College will make the final admission decision.

Degree Requirements
The degree requirements will be the same for the B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees separately except that:

  • A maximum of up to nine credit hours (as previously outlined) of M.S.E. course work can be used to fulfill nine credit hours of B.S.E. technical electives.
  • Admission to the joint B.S.E./M.S.E. program in Electrical Engineering does not require completion of the bachelor’s degree; however, admission to the M.S.E. degree will require completion of the bachelor’s degree.
  • The culminating experience is the Electrical Engineering M.S.E. Comprehensive exam described in the “BLUE GRADUATE STUDENT GUIDE”.

Standards and Procedures for Monitoring Student Progress

  • Satisfactory progress in the joint program is achieved if the student remains in good standing while in the undergraduate program and maintains satisfactory academic progress.  The Graduate College standard for satisfactory academic progress is a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Additional information on academic standards is described in the “BLUE GRADUATE STUDENT GUIDE.”
  • Students will be considered an undergraduate until all B.S.E degree requirements have been completed and the B.S.E. degree is posted. Undergraduate students enrolled in the 4 + 1 accelerated program will be eligible to take the nine credit hours of shared EEE coursework in their final year of study.  Upon receipt of the B.S.E. degree, the advising staff will notify the Graduate College to change the student status from the joint B.S.E./M.S.E. to the graduate M.S.E. degree program. A faculty advisor will be assigned that will work with students on their course selection.
  • Up to nine credit hours (as previously outlined) of course work, may be counted toward both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees.  Other restrictions on credit hours will be as detailed in the normal M.S.E. program for Electrical Engineering.  All courses on the graduate Plan of Study (iPOS) must be taken at Arizona State University.
  • Monitoring and reporting the student’s academic progress in the program will be the responsibility of the advising staff under the direction of the Graduate Program Chair.  Prior to completion of the B.S.E. degree, the primary focus of this monitoring will be progression toward completion of the B.S.E. degree.

Students will be considered as undergraduates until the B.S.E. degree is posted, at which time the M.S.E. degree program will be activated. Students will not be counted as an undergraduate and graduate student simultaneously.

Application for the 4 + 1 Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program in Electrical Engineering