Combined BS/MS Degree Program

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The Materials Science and Engineering BS/MS degree is an accelerated program providing academically qualified students an opportunity to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree in program areas of their choosing in five years.

With both an undergraduate and graduate degree and practical work experience, BS/MS graduates enter the work force with specialized knowledge and training, giving students an advantage and a wider range of career opportunities.

Features of the BS/MS Program

  • Students receive both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the time it typically takes to earn a bachelor’s degree

  • Includes the practical work experience of Drexel’s undergraduate cooperative education program (co-op)

  • Students may earn both degrees in the same major, or may complete their master's degree in a different field

Several benefits are built into this demanding degree program which make it possible to do in the time allotted. Fewer undergraduate credits (12) are required for the degree and co-op experiences may be adjusted to two co-ops, giving the BS/MS student two additional quarters in which to take courses. The junior and senior years of study are spent taking a combination of required undergraduate and graduate courses. If needed, students may take one evening course per term while on co-op.

BS/MS students choose either a thesis or non-thesis option. Enrolled students must complete 180 (thesis option) or 188 (non-thesis option) undergraduate quarter credits for the bachelor's degree and at least 45 graduate quarter credits for the master's degree. All graduate department requirements must be satisfied in full. If applicable, master's thesis requirements may be completed in the summer term of the final year with prior approval. BS/MS students work closely with the program advisor to make sure they are following their plan of study and progressing appropriately.  

Students interested in pursuing the BS/MS accelerated degree program may be provisionally accepted upon entering Drexel. Once they reach their pre-junior (third) year, students meeting the credit and GPA requirements can formally apply.  Exceptional students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and who are enrolled as five-year co-op students are eligible for the program. Students formally apply for the program after they have completed 90 credits and before completion of 120 credits, but are strongly encouraged to begin planning for it as early as their freshman year. Students must maintain a 3.2 cum GPA to remain in the BS/MS program.