Fast Track B.S. + M.S.
Because the knowledge required for state-of-the-art design is much greater than can be gained in a four-year BS program, a master’s degree is now considered the “career” degree in the Electrical and Computer Engineering field. An ECE graduate who enters the field with a B.S. degree is expected to obtain a master’s degree as part of his/her long term career advancement. Graduates who enter the profession with master’s degrees start with considerably higher salaries and are eligible for more advanced positions.
The usual time required to earn a B.S. in Electrical Engineering or a B.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is four years for the B.S. and an additional five quarters for the M.S. The Fast Track B.S.+M.S. program significantly shortens this path for top students by allowing up to 15 credits of ECE graduate credits to be used for both the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree or Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Students will apply for this program using an application form available online. Because many ECE students are attending on a part-time basis, students may apply to enter the program during any quarter. A GRE score is not required. The admission criteria for the program are as follows:
- Formally admitted to the ECE Department for a Bachelor of Science program
- 3.3 institutional (PSU) GPA
- 3.3 upper division major GPA with at least 16 credits of upper division ECE classes
- One ECE faculty recommendation