Bachelor’s/Master’s Concurrent Degree Programs

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) provides three different concurrent degree programs that allow well-qualified students to be admitted to either the electrical engineering or computer engineering graduate program while still working on their undergraduate degree during their senior year. Students can double count up to 6 credits of coursework towards both degree programs, allowing them to finish their master’s degree faster.

The graduate degree will be awarded only at the same time as, or after, the undergraduate degree is conferred.

Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Concurrent Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (BS/MS) Concurrent Degree Program allows well-qualified students to be admitted in either the electrical engineering or computer engineering graduate program while still working on their undergraduate degrees. They become full-time graduate students after the completion of their undergraduate degree program, and pursue a Master of Science with Thesis or Master of Science with creative component. This option is excellent for students who wish to pursue a research-related career.

BS/MS ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better
  • Candidates may be seeking a Master of Science (with or without thesis) degree

BS/MS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES

  • Students admitted to the concurrent BS/MS electrical or computer engineering degree program are allowed to double count up to 6 credits of graduate level coursework taken while an undergraduate (during the semester of concurrent enrollment) toward both their undergraduate and graduate program of study
  • Students also may transfer in up to 9 credits of graduate level coursework taken while an undergraduate that will NOT be counted toward their undergraduate program of study; the coursework must have a grade of B or better
  • Concurrent enrollment can be no longer than one semester

BS/MS COURSE SCHEDULES

For both the thesis and creative component options, up to 6 credits total will be double counted toward the undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Students may enroll in the concurrent degree program in the fall or spring semester. Below is an example of the credit hours BS/MS concurrent program students may take during the fall and spring semester:

Thesis Option (Entering Spring of Senior Year)

  • Spring of senior year: 6 credits undergraduate/graduate coursework + 6-9 credits undergraduate coursework
  • Fall (after BS completed): 9 credits graduate coursework + 3 credits research
  • Spring (after BS completed): 6 credits graduate coursework + 6 credits research

Non-thesis/Creative Component Option (Entering Spring of Senior Year)

  • Spring of senior year: 6 credits of undergraduate/graduate coursework + 6 credits graduate coursework
  • Fall (after BS completed): 12 credits graduate coursework
  • Spring (after BS completed): 9 credits graduate coursework + 3 credits creative component

BS/MS ADMISSION PROCEDURE

  1. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss the concurrent program and complete the Undergraduate Adviser’s Form. If you have additional questions about the concurrent degree program, you may meet with the ECpE Student Services Manager.
  2. Fill out a Concurrent Enrollment for Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees Form from the Graduate College (under Concurrent Student Request Forms section).
  3. Follow steps number 2 and 3 on the Concurrent Enrollment for Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees Form, and provide all documentation to the ECpE Student Services Office. The department will route the form to get all necessary signatures.

BS/MS APPLICATION PROCESSING

Applications for the current program must be received by September 15 (to enter in the program in the spring) or January 15 (to enter the program in the fall).

The Graduate College Admissions Office will receive the online information and will forward it to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Attention: Director of Graduate Education (DOGE), who will sign for acceptance or denial.

The department will communicate the approval or denial to the Graduate College and Admissions Office and the student will receive a letter with the final decision. To check on the status of your application, visit the ECpE Student Services Office.

 

Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering Concurrent Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering (BS/MEng) Concurrent Degree Program program requires coursework only, and does not require an oral examination, thesis, or creative component. It is directed toward students who do not wish to pursue a research-based career. It also enables students to take a job immediately after completing their bachelor’s degree, but continue to finish a master’s degree program at their own pace by taking courses via our online graduate program.

This program allows well-qualified students to be admitted in either the electrical engineering or computer engineering graduate program while still working on their undergraduate degrees. It is ideal for students who wish to pursue their master’s degree on a part-time basis after receiving their undergraduate degree.

BS/MENG ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Students must be within 18 credits of completing requirements for their bachelor’s degree

BS/MENG PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES

  • Up to 1 semester of concurrent enrollment is allowed (the semester in which the student has both undergraduate and graduate standing)
  • Up to 6 credits of 500 level courses in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering can be used for both the BS and MEng degrees, which are to be taken during the concurrent enrollment
  • Student will take at least 3 credits of 500 level courses during concurrent enrollment

BS/MENG APPLICATION PROCEDURES

  1. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss the concurrent program and complete the Undergraduate Adviser’s Form. If you have additional questions about the concurrent degree program, you may meet with the ECpE Student Services Manager.
  2. Fill out a Concurrent Enrollment for Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees Form from the Graduate College (under Concurrent Student Request Forms section).
  3. Follow steps number 2 and 3 on the Concurrent Enrollment for Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees Form, and provide all documentation to the ECpE Student Services Office. The department will route the form to get all necessary signatures.

BS/MENG APPLICATION PROCESSING

Applications for the concurrent program should be received by September 15 (to enter in the program in the spring) or January 15 (to enter the program in the fall).

The Graduate College Admissions Office will receive the online information and will forward it to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Attention: Director of Graduate Education (DOGE), who will sign for acceptance or denial.

The ECpE department will communicate the approval or denial to the Graduate College and Admissions Office and the student will receive a letter with the final decision. To check on the status of your application, visit the ECpE Student Services Office.

Bachelor of Science/Master of Business Administration Concurrent Degree Program

The Iowa State University College of Engineering and the College of Business offer an integrated, concurrent program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The Engineering/MBA program is available to undergraduate students majoring in agricultural, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering. The Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program reduces by one year the normal time period for completing both degrees separately.

This program provides engineers strong business management skills to complement their engineering bachelor’s degree, giving them a competitive edge for advancement or leading to accelerated opportunities for growth into management positions.

See the sample study plans and admissions requirements on the Engineering/MBA website.