Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

IDP+

B.S. - M.S./Ph.D. Accelerated Program

B.S. - M.S./Ph.D. Accelerated Program​

Note: This program is for students in Mechanical Engineering programs only.

Program Overview

Students with strong scholarly and/or research interests may apply for admission to a combined bachelor’s and master’s/doctoral degree program to begin their graduate programs during their senior year of undergraduate study. 

Students who are eligible for the IDP+ 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.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering. 

Students who are accepted into this program have the GRE requirement waived and are allowed to apply up to 9 credits of 500-level coursework to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Please see the “Integrated Degree Program and Integrated Degree Programs Plus” section of Graduate and Professional Bulletin for detailed information. 

Interested students must meet with the Graduate Program Specialist to discuss the IDP+ program during the second semester of their junior year. 

B.S. - M.S./Ph.D. Accelerated Program

Students with strong scholarly and/or research interests may apply for admission to a combined bachelor’s and master’s/doctoral degree program to begin their graduate programs during their senior year of undergraduate study. 

Note: This program is for students in Mechanical Engineering programs only.

Program Overview

Students who are eligible for the IDP+ 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.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering. 

Students who are accepted into this program have the GRE requirement waived and are allowed to apply up to 9 credits of 500-level coursework to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Please see the “Integrated Degree Program and Integrated Degree Programs Plus” section of Graduate and Professional Bulletin for detailed information. 

Interested students must meet with the Graduate Program Specialist to discuss the IDP+ program during the second semester of their junior year. 

Requirements

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 junior and senior years of undergraduate study in mechanical engineering, IDP+ 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./Ph.D. degree will be awarded upon completion of all graduate requirements.

Application and Deadlines

Graduate School Application Guide

See application instructions for graduate applicants.

Letters of Recommendation: Note that for IDP+ students, four professional recommendations are required. Recommendation letters should come from at least two mechanical engineering faculty members (one being the faculty advisor), and two others from within CSU.

Department Application Deadline

Fall Admission: Submit all materials by June 1.

Spring Admission: Submit all materials by November 15.

Steps

Junior Year - Second Semester

  1. Meet with the Graduate Program Specialist 
  2. Turn in IDP+ Scholarship Waiver Request form, if applicable 
  3. Determine research area
  4. Get commitment from a faculty member to serve as graduate advisor
  5. Choose 9 credit hours of 500-level coursework to count towards both degrees

Senior Year - First Semester

  1. Complete the online application for admission to the Graduate School, such that the student is considered for admission in the last semester of their senior year and, if admitted, becomes a graduate student in the last semester of their senior year.*
  2. Meet with the Graduate Program Specialist to complete a Request to Exclude and/or Double Count Courses: Bachelor’s Degree or Integrated Degree Program Plus form for the Office of the Registrar. 

*Students who have an approved IDP+ Scholarship Waiver Request should not apply to be admitted by the Graduate School during the last semester of their senior year, such that they become a graduate student during the last semester of their senior year. Please contact the Graduate Program Specialist for more information. 

Senior Year - Second Semester

If a student is admitted to the program, this will be their first semester in graduate school. They will be responsible for paying the higher graduate tuition and fees.
  1. Meet with the faculty advisor to discuss plan of study, course selections, and graduate committee composition. Submit a GS6: Program of Study form with the Request to Exclude and/or Double Count Courses: Bachelor’s Degree or Integrated Degree Program Plus form to the Graduate School. 
  2. Meet with the undergraduate advisor to complete the graduation contract.

Admissions Process

Applications that pass departmental review are forwarded to the Graduate School for final evaluation. Students who are admitted to the IDP+ program receive notification from the Graduate School and become classified as graduate students.

Final Considerations

Once IDP+ students are admitted to the Graduate School, tuition and fees increase. It is up to the student to determine the best course of action in terms of finances. It is also important to note that students receiving undergraduate scholarships from the university and/or outside sources may lose scholarship funds once accepted into a graduate program.

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