Santa Clara University


B.S./M.S. Five-Year Dual Degree Program

The School of Engineering offers qualified Santa Clara University undergraduates the opportunity to earn both a B.S. and M.S. degree in five years. The program is open to Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer and Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. This is an excellent way to save time and it opens up more career possibilities early on.

To apply, you will need to submit the Engineering Graduate Services' Online Application no later than the end of your junior year. The application fee and the GRE General Test requirement are waived.

Your formal admission into the Master of Science program will not become effective until the quarter following your B.S. conferral (excluding summer quarter). Upon notification of your acceptance into the Graduate Program from the Graduate Services Office, you will be able to take graduate level courses beginning in your senior year. You will need 45 units of coursework for the M.S. degree beyond the bachelor's degree requirements. All courses that you take to count toward the M.S. degree must be approved by your faculty advisor on the Program of Studies form before your course registration takes place.
PLEASE NOTE: Computer Engineering students will complete the Waiver/Substitution form in place of the Program of Studies required by the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering departments.

Please note that you will not be able to sign up for courses through Ecampus until your B.S. degree is conferred and your student status is officially changed to Graduate Student. In the interim, you can do the following to register for courses in your senior year (upon notification of your acceptance into the Graduate Program):

  1. Complete the Permission to Take Graduate or Undergraduate Course form (pdf).
  2. Have it signed by both your faculty advisor and the Assistant Director of Graduate Services.
  3. Bring the approved form to the Student Records Office for official course registration.

Please follow these steps to verify your enrollment in Ecampus:

  1. Enrollment
  2. My Class Schedule
  3. Select appropriate term






Max number of Grad Units allowed as an Undergraduate 16 20 16
Who Can Apply?

This program is open to students who are completing a BS degree in either computer engineering or computer science with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

This program is open to students who are completing a BS in electrical engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in ELEN, math and physics courses.

This program is open to students who are completing a BS in Mechanical Engineering, with a minimum GPA of 3.0

When to Apply for Admission Students are required to apply to the Joint BS/MS Program no later than the end of their junior year.
When students begins taking courses

Accepted students may enroll in graduate courses beginning in the fall quarter of their senior year.


Graduation Statement Students in this program will receive a BS degree after satisfying the standard undergraduate degree requirements. Students will then be matriculated to an MS program and must then fulfill all the requirements for the MS degree.
  1. BS degrees (for those who are graduating seniors) must be posted by Sept. 1 to allow the student progression in their graduate career.
  2. Course numbers below 200 indicate undergraduate courses; numbers of 200 and above indicate graduate courses. Students may take courses assigned both undergraduate and graduate numbers (same title used for both numbers) only one time, either as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  3. Undergraduate students must submit "Permission to Take Graduate or Undergraduate Course" form (pdf) to be correctly registered for graduate courses.
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