Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

B.S. - M.S. Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)

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 programs during their senior year of undergraduate study.

Students who are eligible for the Accelerated Master’s Program can also apply to be accepted into MECH 498: Research Practicum in lieu of senior design. This plan allows for flexibility in the scheduling and completion of upper-division undergraduate requirements while concurrently fulfilling graduate course requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering. 

Students who are accepted into this program are allowed to apply up to 9 credits of 500-level coursework to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Please see the “Accelerated Master’s Degree Program” section of Graduate and Professional Bulletin for detailed information.

Interested students must meet with the Graduate Program Specialist to discuss the program during their junior year. 


To apply, students must be enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering and have:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above
  • Grades of B or better in MECH 307, MECH 324, and MECH 342
  • Completed 90 credits of coursework towards the undergraduate degree, including 15 credits in mechanical engineering courses (prefix MECH)
  • A commitment from a mechanical engineering faculty member to serve as their graduate advisor

Students must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA to remain in the program.

Advanced Placement

During the senior year of undergraduate study in mechanical engineering, Accelerated Master’s Program students may take up to 9 credits of graduate-level courses that can count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. For courses to count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, they must be:

  • Regular credit courses
  • 500-level
  • Passed with a grade of B or better

The B.S. degree will be awarded upon completion of all undergraduate requirements and the M.S. degree will be awarded upon completion of all graduate requirements. 

Application and Deadlines

The application to the AMP Program is submitted directly to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Specialist during the summer prior to your senior year. Applications from students who are already seniors will be accepted until October 1.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (1 must come from the faculty research advisor who will direct your AMP) 

Once accepted to be a student in the accelerated program, students must complete an application to the Graduate School by January 15 for Fall Admission and August 1 for Spring Admission. See the ME Graduate Program Application Guide for more information about this step.

  • Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose (may be directly reused from the AMP application)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (may be directly reused from the AMP application)
  • Official Original Transcripts (CSU transcripts are automatically added to your application)
  • Answers to program questions in the online application


Junior Year

  • Fall and spring semesters: meet with the MECH Graduate Programs Specialist to discuss AMP
  • Fall and spring semesters: schedule meetings with potential faculty research advisors for AMP
  • Fall and spring semesters: select a faculty research advisor
  • Summer prior to senior year: submit your AMP application to the Graduate Program Specialist 

Senior Year (after admission to the AMP program)

  • Fall and spring semesters: Take up to nine credits of 500-level MECH courses
  • January 15: Apply to the MECH MS graduate program via the Graduate School standard application process
  • February: Complete the GS4 form via RamWeb

First Semester MS Program

  • Complete the GS6 Program of Study via RamWeb

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