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Combined B.S./M.S.

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a combined degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science open to electrical engineering majors with an approved grade point average of at least 3.0 in electrical engineering, mathematics, and physics courses. Under the combined degree program, an undergraduate student begins taking courses required for a master’s degree before completing the requirements for the bachelor’s degree and typically completes the requirements for a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering within a year of obtaining the bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate students admitted to the combined degree program are required to enroll in the program between February of their junior year and December of their senior year. Students in this program will receive their bachelor’s degree after satisfying the standard undergraduate degree requirements. To earn the master’s degree, students must fulfill all the requirements for the degree, including the completion of 45 units of coursework beyond that applied to their bachelor’s degree.

No course can be used to satisfy requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. Completion of 10 or more units of coursework in electrical engineering taken for the master’s degree satisfies the Professional Development requirement of the undergraduate program.

Candidates are required to file a regular MSEE program of studies, which must be approved and signed by the advisor. The program of studies for the master’s degree may include up to 20 units of elective coursework from ELEN 112, 116, 117, 118, 127, 130, 133, 134, 141, 143, 144, 152, 153, 156, 160, 161, 162, 164, 200, and above. These undergraduate units can count toward a master’s degree only if a grade of B or better is earned. Students who do not complete the combined degree program within six years of entering the University will automatically be transferred to the regular master’s degree program. Although six years is the maximal timeframe for completing the combined degree, full-time students enrolling in February of their junior year normally complete both degrees within five years.

Senior Courses Eligible for Graduate Credit

Undergraduate Course Number of Units Satisfies M.S. Core Requirement Excludes Graduate Course
ELEN 112 5 None ELEN 216
ELEN 117 5 None None
ELEN 118 5 Networks ELEN 219
ELEN 127 5 None None
ELEN 130 5 None ELEN 230
ELEN 133 5 None ELEN 233
ELEN 134 4 None None
ELEN 141 5 None ELEN 241
ELEN 143 5 None ELEN 446
ELEN 145 5 None ELEN 447
ELEN 152 5 Electronics ELEN 274
ELEN 153 5 Electronics ELEN 387
ELEN 156 5 None ENGR 260
ELEN 160 5 None ELEN 217