4+1 BS+MS Program

Complete a bachelors and masters in 5 years

4+1 BS+MS Program

Students working in power lab

Since the knowledge required for state-of-the-art design is much greater than can be gained in a four-year Bachelor of Science 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 20 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.

Admission Criteria

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


Admission Process and Program Flow

Please submit applications directly to the Graduate Program Director, Doug Hall, or to ECE office staff who will forward your application to him. Applications for this program will be assessed by the Graduate Program Director. When a student is accepted, they will be assigned an ECE faculty advisor according to the M.S. track chosen in the application.

Since the M.S. tracks closely parallel the coursework tracks in the B.S. programs, the M.S. track chosen will usually be an extension of the track the applicant is pursuing in her undergraduate program. In most cases, the 400-level senior classes specified in an undergraduate track have both undergraduate and graduate levels available. The 500-level versions of these courses are included in either the “core” list or the “depth and breadth” list for the related graduate track.

With advisor approval, students in the Fast Track B.S. + M.S. program take the 500-level versions of these classes and use up to 20 credits of these graduate courses to satisfy both B.S. requirements and M.S. requirements. All shared classes must have a grade of B or higher. 

Application for the 4 +1 program.