Accelerated programs

You can accomplish a lot in five years

Accelerated bachelor’s and master’s program

4 + 1 accelerated degree

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

Designed for the dedicated and driven Fulton Schools student, accelerated master’s programs (formerly known as 4+1 programs) combine advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work, enabling students to earn both a BSE and MSE in electrical engineering (online and in person), MS in computer engineering (in person only), or MS in robotic and autonomous systems (electrical engineering) (in person only) within five years if attending full time.

You must go through the advising office and submit the internal application before you formally apply online to Graduate Admissions. Do not apply online to Graduate Admissions until you have been internally approved and instructed to do so. The deadline to submit your paper application to the ECEE Advising Office is 7/1 for fall semesters and 12/15 for spring semesters.

Information sessions

Degree information

Admission standards for all electrical engineering accelerated programs

 

The following are the admission standards for all of the electrical engineering accelerated programs. Each program has additional standards as well. 

  • Students applying to the EE MSE or RAS-EE MS must have at least a GPA of 3.25 at the time of application
  • Students applying to the CEN-EE MS must have at least a GPA of 3.00 at the time of application
  • Applicants to the accelerated BSE/MSE program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) but might be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS if needed. Please consult with a graduate advisor for additional information.
  • Submit your application to the 4+1 Coordinator in the semester before you start your 400 level classes
  • You must go through the advising office and submit the internal application before you formally apply online to Graduate Admissions. Do not apply online to Graduate Admissions until you have been internally approved and instructed to do so (application fee does apply).

 

Campus options and degree requiremments

The EE MSE program is offered in person and online. The EE MS (thesis program) is only offered in person and requires a faculty member to agree to overseeing the student’s research. The CEN-EE and RAS-EE MS programs are offered in person only.

The credit hour requirements are 120 for the BSE and 30 credits for the MSE/MS. The MSE program requires 10 total classes, which might exceed 30 credits.

Each graduate program has different degree requirements. Students should refer to the handbook for each program when deciding on a program and to learn the requirements.

 

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  throughout their graduate program with no break in enrollment. Per Graduate College’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. Should a student need to take a semester off, they need to request a leave of absence request before that semester.

Students should refer to each program’s handbook for additional information on the probation policies. Refer to the handbook links above for policies specific to each program.

 

Filling out the application

Sharing/Reserving classes

While filling out the application, you will be asked to indicate which classes you want to share or reserve.

Sharing means that the classes will count towards your undergraduate and graduate degree.

Reserving means that you will take the class while you are an undergraduate student and reserve it for future use in your graduate program, so it will not count towards your undergraduate program.

For our programs, you should aim to share 3 classes. Those classes might be 3 or 4 credits each, so you might share 9-12 credits.

If you are sharing 9 credits (three 3-credit classes), you might want to consider adding a class as reserved if your schedule allows.

Sharing + Reserving must be less than 12 total credits. If you are sharing classes that are 4 credits, you will not be able to reserve a class, but that is ok! The real benefit of this program is sharing credits.

400 vs 591

All of our 400 level classes have a graduate section, EEE 591. If you want to share a 400 level class, you would register for the 591 version of the class after your application is approved.

You cannot take more than a total of 4 EEE 591 classes towards your graduate program, so plan accordingly. Use the resources below to determine if you need specific 400/591 classes as prerequisites to graduate classes you want to take and if you need any 591 classes for comprehensive exam if you are an EE MSE student.

How to fill out the application

Download the application and fill it out the best that you can. Even if you aren’t sure about what to put, give it a try! Send it to the 4+1 Coordinator to review and give you feedback on. The application is not set in stone, can be changed, and is more of an exercise in understanding the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

You do need to pretend to be psychic and list the classes that you would like to take in the future towards your graduate degree and need to meet the degree requirements.

Special note for EE MSE students: At the end of your program, you need to complete a comprehensive exam in your area of specialization, so you should select classes that meet the exam requirements: EE MSE Comprehensive exam guide.

You will also want to review these resources as well-

Ready to apply?

You must go through the advising office and submit the internal application before you formally apply online to Graduate Admissions. Do not apply online to Graduate Admissions until you have been internally approved and instructed to do so. The deadline to submit your paper application to the ECEE Advising Office is 7/1 for fall semesters and 12/15 for spring semesters.

Email your application to eceegrad@asu.edu. You can also call our front desk at 480-965-3424 to schedule an appointment with the 4+1 Coordinator.

 

Start your application for the accelerated bachelor’s and master’s program in Electrical Engineering (MSE)

Start your application for the accelerated bachelor’s and master’s program in Computer Engineering (MS).

Start your application for the accelerated bachelor’s and master’s program in Robotic and Autonomous Systems (Electrical Engineering).