Accelerated B.S./Master’s Program (Track III)

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The Accelerated B.S. /M.S. program allows you to take the fast track to a master’s degree and earn graduate credits while completing upper division bachelor’s degree requirements.

Students with strong scholarly and/or research interests may apply for admission to a combined bachelor's and master’s degree program to begin their graduate program during senior year of undergraduate study. Students who are accepted into this program have the GRE requirement waived and are allowed to apply credits of 500-level course work toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Before applying to this program, interested students should review the ECE Graduate Student Handbook. Please read all sections of this document.


  • Must be enrolled in bachelor’s degree in electrical or computer engineering
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Grades of B or better in ECE311, ECE331, and ECE341 (electrical engineering concentration)
  • Grades of B or better in ECE311, ECE331, and ECE451 (computer engineering concentration)
  • Completed 75 credits of course work toward the undergraduate degree

How to Apply:

  1. Go to the Graduate School Online Application
    • For admission type, indicate Track III
    • Leave the essay area blank
  2. Provide the following materials to your ECE advisor:
    • Resume
    • Statement of purpose, which should include:
      • statement regarding your educational goals
      • summary of long-term professional and personal goals
      • statement indicating how participating in the combined degree program will contribute to your long-term goals
    • Letters of recommendation, which should come directly from recommending parties, including:
      • ECE faculty member whose course(s) you have taken
      • one faculty member from another department
      • another faculty member, research supervisor, academic advisor, or work supervisor

When to Apply:

  • Generally, Track III candidates apply during the fall semester of the senior year for graduate school admission the following spring.
  • Applicants should submit all materials by July 15 for admission during the fall semester, November 15 for admission during the spring semester.

Admissions Process:

  • Applications that pass departmental review are forwarded to the Graduate School for final evaluation. Students who are admitted to the Track III program receive notification from the Graduate School via the mail.
  • If accepted, Track III students should schedule a meeting with the ECE graduate advisor during the first week of the semester for required paperwork.
  • Students pursuing the MS Plan A degree (research and thesis) should have a commitment from an electrical and computer engineering faculty member to serve as their graduate advisor.