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BS+MS - Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering Department offers a combined program in which students have the opportunity to supplement an undergraduate degree with graduate coursework. Upon completion of the program, students receive two degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Features of the Combined Program:

Students are required to take an additional 30 credit hours for the M.S. degree. Up to nine of the 30 credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree requirements can be 4XX level courses. The remainder of the courses will be at the graduate level (5XX and above). The EE Graduate Catalog provides details for this program and includes specific instructions regarding required and elective courses. Students may switch from the combined program which includes a non-thesis Master of Science degree to a M.S. degree with a thesis option; however, if students change degree programs they must satisfy all degree requirements for the M.S. with thesis degree.

Students taking 500-level courses during their senior year will need to obtain approval from their advisor and the course instructor. Students should check the "Graduate credit only" box. For a course to count toward the graduate degree, it is important that students be accepted into the combined program prior to Census Day.

Admission Criteria:

Students must apply to enter this program by the beginning of their Senior year
Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Application Procedure:


  • At the beginning of the Senior year, a pro forma graduate school application is submitted and as long as the undergraduate portion of the program is successfully completed, the student is admitted to the Engineering graduate program.
  • Complete the Online Application
  • For on-line applications from CSM undergraduates, the application fee is only $25.
  • Students are not required to take the GRE.
  • Students must submit a transcript.
  • Students should not take 500-level courses until they are admitted into the program. You must be admitted by Census Day of the semester you begin to take graduate courses.
  • Since you are not allowed to "officially" work on both degrees at the same time, you must enter a date for "expected BS completion date" on the Educational Information page of the online application. Then enter an Intended Entry semester for the graduate program that is after that date. You will need to get permission to take a 500-level course prior to receiving your BS degree. You should check the box for Graduate Credit only. If you have been accepted into the program prior to taking any graduate courses, those credits should automatically transfer to your MS degree as soon as you receive your undergraduate degree.

Financial Aid

Upon completion of their undergraduate degree requirements, a Combined Degree Program student is considered enrolled full-time in his/her graduate program. Once having done so, the student is no longer eligible for undergraduate financial aid, but may now be eligible for graduate financial aid. To complete their graduate degree, each Combined Degree Program student must register as a graduate student for at least one semester.

Engineering Physics & Chemistry combined programs

The Electrical Engineering Department, in collaboration with the Departments of Physics and Chemistry, offers five-year programs in which students have the opportunity to obtain specific engineering skills to complement their physics or chemistry background. Physics or chemistry students in this program fill in their technical and free electives over their standard four year Engineering Physics or Chemistry B.S. program with a reduced set of Electrical Engineering classes. At the end of the fourth year, the student is awarded an Engineering Physics B.S. or Chemistry B.S., as appropriate. Course schedules for these five-year programs can be obtained in the EE, Physics and Chemistry Departmental Offices.

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