CEE Bachelors + Masters Pathway
BACHELORS + MASTERS PATHWAY OVERVIEW
The B+M Pathway allows currently admitted PSU BSCE or BSENVE junior-level students to get a head-start on their Masters degree. Undergraduate students admitted into the B+M Pathway are able to take up to 16 credit hours of electives at the 500 level and apply these credits to both their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. The CEE Masters program requires meeting the appropriate core and elective course requirements for an individual specialty area in structural, geotechnical, transportation, or environmental and water resources engineering.
Pathway students must still apply to the Graduate Program and will be admitted to the CEE Masters graduate program as long as the B+M Pathway continuation criteria are satisfied. Students not meeting the continuation criteria can still apply for admission to the Masters degree program without the benefits of shared coursework credits.
As an undergraduate student, the 500 level credits will be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate. Post-bac students will be charged graduate rates per PSU policy.
Once B+M Pathway students are formally admitted into an CEE Masters graduate program, the Department will apply the 500-level credits taken as an undergraduate to their Masters degree. Only coursework with a grade of "B" or higher will be applied. Students must start their Masters program within one academic year of BSCE/BSENVE graduation in order to use their Pathway courses towards their Masters degree.
Junior-level students will be considered eligible for the B+M Pathway program if they meet the following admission criteria:
- Formally admitted into the PSU BSCE/BSENVE Program.
- Completed 16 credit hours of approved 300 or 400 level upper division BSCE/BSENVE coursework, excluding university studies upper division cluster courses.
- Institutional GPA of 3.30 at time of eligibility notification.
Students who meet the admission criteria will receive notification from the CEE Department that they are eligible to enroll in the Pathway program. In order to be admitted, interested students must respond to the CEE Department eligibility notification with intent to join the Pathway program by April 15th of that year.
Students must have a combined undergraduate and graduate institutional GPA of 3.3 upon graduation from the BSCE/BSENVE program to be fully admitted into the CEE Masters program.
Eligible junior-level students will receive an eligibility notification directly from the CEE Department after winter term grades post. Students must respond to the CEE Department eligibility notification with intent to join the pathway program by April 15th of the same year to be admitted to the B+M Pathway.
If you did not receive a notification and are eligible for the program, or you will meet the eligibility criteria after the April 15th deadline, please complete this application form and we will review your request.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: I am currently a senior-level student that is graduating soon and would like to join the B+M program. Who do I talk to about that?
A: We will consider senior-level students that meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in joining the B+M Pathway program, but acceptance is not guaranteed. Please complete this application form and we will review your request.
Q: What 500-level graduate courses apply to the B+M program?
A: The CEE Masters program requires meeting the appropriate core and elective course requirements for an individual specialty area in structural, geotechnical, transportation, or environmental and water resources engineering. Students admitted to the B+M program will meet with an advisor and select CE 500-level graduate core courses in their specialization. Approved core courses are listed in the CEE Graduate Program of Study Guide.
Q: What if the graduate course I want to take is not listed as a core course in the CEE Graduate Program of Study Guide?
A: Registering for a CE course that is not listed as a core course requires prior approval of the CEE Department; requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the start of the term.
Q: How much will I be charged for taking 500-level graduate coursework in the B+M Pathway program?
A: Undergraduate students will be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate. Post-bac students will be charged graduate tuition rates per PSU policy. More information on tuition costs are available on the PSU student finance website.
Q: Do I have to take 16 credit hours of 500-level graduate coursework once I am admitted to the B+M Pathway program?
A: No. You may take less than 16 credits. The benefit of shared coursework is that it shortens the time required to complete the Masters degree.
Q: How does advising work for the Pathway program?
A: Students in the Pathway program will be advised by the CEE Undergraduate Advisor, Evan Kristof. Once the student has graduated from the BSCE/BSENVE and begun a Masters program, they will be advised by a graduate advisor. For admission to the MS, a student must have a CEE faculty member agree to be their advisor. MEng students will have an advisor assigned to them.