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BS/MS Program

Guidelines

Interested undergraduates will generally apply for the combined BS/MS program at the beginning of the second semester of their junior year. At the time of application, students should have completed at least nine credits of 300-level ENEE or CMSC coursework.

The BS/MS program targets students whose academic performance is exceptional. Nine credits of graduate courses applied to the bachelor's degree may be counted also for graduate credit in an individual student's program. Courses to be double-counted must be at the 600 level or above and must receive at least a grade of B. Individual study courses, internships, or courses given as credit by examination are not eligible.

The credits to be double-counted will be designated as applicable to the graduate program of study after the student receives the bachelor’s degree and matriculates in the Graduate School. Students must also formally apply to the Graduate School for admission to the ECE graduate program (generally two semesters before BS graduation). Students must follow all departmental and Graduate School deadlines and requirements for graduate admission. Deadlines can be found on the ECE Web site here: http://www.ece.umd.edu/admissions/grad/ The Department offers two options for the BS/MS degree: Thesis and Non-Thesis.

Enrollment is based on a review of the following criteria:
  • UM transcript
    • Students who have a 3.8 cumulative GPA or higher will not be required to submit a GRE score
    • Students who have a GPA that is lower than 3.8 must submit a GRE score
  • Faculty mentor recommendation (ECE regular or affiliate faculty member)
    • Faculty mentor recommendation (ECE regular or affiliate faculty member)
    • Students should identify a faculty mentor in their area of technical interest
    • Mentor should be able to attest to the student’s exceptional qualifications and speak to the student’s ability to perform in the graduate-level courses to be taken as an undergraduate.
  • Plan of study
    • The student should seek advice on suitability and feasibility of the study plan.
    • According to the University, the individual BS/MS program is “to be developed according to the individual career interests and goals of the student and should be an integrated learning experience rather than merely the completion of a certain number of graduate and undergraduate credits.”
How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to the BS/MS program, you should speak with Neruh Ramirez, Director of Undergraduate Academic and Administrative Affairs, about the feasibility. If this seeems like a viable option, please make an appointment to speak with Ms. Melanie Prange, Director of Graduate Academic and Student Affairs, to discuss the application process.

The following are forms that you will need to apply:

BS/MS Guidelines
BS/MS Mentor Form
BS/MS Plan of Study
BS/MS Worksheet (MS Thesis Option)
BS/MS Worksheet (MS Non-thesis Option)