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

You can accomplish a lot in five years

Pursue a master’s degree in less time and with less financial commitment.

Designed for the dedicated and driven Fulton Schools student, accelerated 4+1 programs combine advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work, enabling students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years.


The accelerated bachelor of science in engineering and master of science in engineering in Electrical Engineering (BSE/MSE in EE) degree program will allow accelerated students the opportunity to obtain both a bachelor’s (BSE) and master’s (MSE) degree (non-thesis option only) in Electrical Engineering in five years. The master’s degree provides additional technical depth and specialization that can lead to expanded career opportunities and responsibilities.

This program is designed to provide high-achieving ASU Electrical Engineering 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 BSE and MSE degree 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. You can also reserve up to three credits of graduate coursework taken as an undergraduate student. Any combination of shared and reserved coursework cannot exceed 12 credits. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 is required to apply. The credit hour requirements are 120 for the BSE and 30 (10 classes) for the MSE.


Admission Standards

  • Students in junior standing within the EE program who are eligible sign up for Senior Design are eligible to apply to the accelerated progam.
  • Applicants to the accelerated BSE/MSE program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • If applicable, the TOEFL or IELTS exam may be required. Please consult with a graduate advisor for additional information.
  • Submit your application to an EE undergraduate advisor in the semester before you start Senior Design.
  • After approval by the Graduate Program Chair, you will receive instructions on how to apply online through the Graduate Admissions Office. An application fee does apply.
  • Only Tempe campus BSE students are eligible to apply.


Degree Requirements

Students must satisfy the BSE and MSE degree requirements separately except that:

  • A maximum of up to nine credit hours of MSE course work can be used to fulfill nine credit hours of BSE technical electives.
  • Students are able to use up to 12 credits as shared/reserved. Shared means that the courses are meeting the requirements for the BSE and MSE. Reserved means that the course does not meet any BSE requirements, but you have taken a graduate level course that will meet the requirements for the MSE program. A maximum of 9 credits can be shared. For example:

EEE 459/591 (3 credits) and EEE 455/591 (4 credits) can be shared (total of 7 credits) and EEE 554 (3 credits) can be reserved. This combination has a total of 10 credits that are shared/reserved because one of the classes is 4 credits.

EEE 541 (3 credits), EEE 443/591 (3 credits), and EEE 459/591 (3 credits) can be shared (total of 9 credits). EEE 545 (3 credits) can be reserved. This combination has a total of 12 credits that are shared/reserved because all of the classes are 3 credits each.

  • Shared and reserved credits need to be taken at the 500 level (ex: EEE 591 not EEE 425) or above
  • The culminating experience is the Electrical Engineering MSE Comprehensive exam described in the Blue Graduate Student Guide.
  • You will remain a bachelor’s student until you complete the BSE requirements. After you complete the BSE requirements, you will be considered a master’s student.


Standards and Procedures for Monitoring Student Progress

  • Satisfactory progress in the accelerated degree program is achieved if the student remains in good academic standing by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • All courses on the graduate Plan of Study (iPOS) must be taken at Arizona State University.
  • Students must maintain continuous enrollment as a Tempe campus student throughout BSE and MSE with no break in enrollment. Per Graduate Education’s policy manual, graduate level students need to be enrolled in at least one graduate credit each fall and spring semester in order to maintain continuous enrollment.
  • Completion of the MSE degree requires completing at least 10 classes and a passing score on the comprehensive exam as described in the Blue Graduate Student Guide.

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