Concurrent Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Degrees (BS/MS)

The ISE Department offers a BS/MS program for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records to pursue advanced degrees. This allows well-qualified undergraduates to start graduate study before completing their BS degree. Enrolling in a combined BS/MS program can shorten the total time to get both a BS degree and an MS degree. By enrolling in a combined BS/MS program, you are eligible to count up to 12 semester credit-hours of courses taken as a graduate student toward your BS degree — even as these credit-hours also count toward your MS degree.

Eligibility

You must meet all requirements imposed by the Graduate School for combined BS/MS programs. Section II of the official OSU Graduate School Handbook contains up-to-date information about these requirements. You are eligible to apply for a combined BS/MS program in Engineering if:

  • you are an OSU undergraduate student (not necessarily in Engineering); and
  • you have at least a 3.5 CPHR in all previous undergraduate work; and
  • you will have completed at least 90 undergraduate semester credit hours toward the BS degree prior to starting graduate study.

Application, Admission, and Enrollment

You first apply to the ISE graduate program, following the normal graduate admission process, and indicate on the application your desire to enter the combined BS/MS program. If you are admitted to that graduate program, then you become eligible to enroll in its combined BS/MS program.

A simple form is used to keep track of your progress through the combined BS/MS program. During the semester before you enroll (Step 1) in a combined BS/MS program, and the semester you graduate (Step 2) with your BS degree, you must submit this form to your graduate program.

Additional Information

Here are some additional points you should consider:

  • When you apply to a combined BS/MS program, you get no preferential treatment for graduate admission merely by virtue of being an OSU undergraduate. You apply, and are admitted, to graduate study under the normal graduate admission criteria and processes. This means that the time at which you apply and the semester during which you actually enroll in the combined BS/MS program (after being admitted) are very important.
  • Courses you take while you are enrolled in a combined BS/MS program (i.e., while you are officially a graduate student) may count toward your MS degree. So you must apply for, be admitted to, and enroll in a combined BS/MS program before you reap this benefit.
  • Once you are enrolled in a combined BS/MS program, you become a graduate student and are charged graduate tuition and fees. Since these are higher than undergraduate tuition and fees, the result can be a financial burden. Students enrolled in a bachelor’s/master’s combined program may hold Graduate Assistant appointments that do not involve teaching of other students provided all other eligibility criteria are met.  Check with the Graduate School for details.
  • If you hold a graduate fellowship or graduate associate position, then you must meet all graduate-credit-hour and other requirements associated with that position. Again, check with the Graduate School for details.
  • You will have two GPAs – one for undergraduate and one for graduate.  You will be subject to academic standards at both levels.

For more information about general program requirements and details about the application process and other issues mentioned above, please contact the College of Engineering’s coordinator for combined BS/MS degree programs, Jamie Paulson, paulson.38@osu.edu.