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. The Department offers two options for the BS/MS degree: Thesis and Non-Thesis.

Graduate level courses taken as part of the BS/MS program may be applied towards undergraduate major requirements.  Electrical Engineering majors can use their ENEE6xx courses as Category A or General Technical Elective requirements. Computer Engineering majors may use their ENEE6xx courses towards their Category C or Category F (Gen Tech Elective) requirements.

Enrollment is based on a review of the following criteria:

  • UMD transcript
    • Students who have a GPA that is lower than 3.6 must submit a letter of support from their faculty mentor
  • 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, we recommend that you attend one of the BS/MS information sessions that are held each semester. However, due to the current COVID precautions for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 semesters, we have provided the link to the presentation used in each session. Please click here to access the presentation.

Once you attend a session, you can discuss the feasibility of the program in your academic plan with your assigned advisor. If this seems like a viable option, please make an appointment to speak with Ms. Melanie Prange, Director of Graduate Studies, to discuss the application process.

The following are forms that you will need to apply. Please submit these materials to Emily in the Graduate Studies Office to be considered for the BS/MS program:

  1. BS/MS Mentor Form (Required)
  2. BS/MS Plan of Study (Required)

Optional materials for planning:

  1. BS/MS Worksheet (MS Thesis Option)
  2. BS/MS Worksheet (MS Non-thesis Option)
  3. BS/MS Guidelines