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4+1 BS/MS Engineering Program

A combined Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degree program is available for motivated students working toward the BS in electrical or computer engineering. To be eligible, undergraduate students must have a GPA of 3.3 or higher after five semesters (fall semester, junior year). The application requirements for accelerated degree programs are the same as the application requirements for degree programs.

Students will earn both a BS and an MS in five years in this program.  Students should submit an application for Accelerated BS/MS to the Electrical and Computer Engineering 4+1 program in their Junior year so they can be tracked as accelerated students and advised appropriately.

Once admitted to the program, students begin taking graduate courses during their senior year. Up to three graduate courses taken in the students' senior year can count both toward their MS degree requirements and their senior elective requirements. The Graduate School has details on their web site.  

ECE students apply in their junior undergraduate year or early in their senior year using the departmental application.  The application on the graduate school's link is to be filled out during the student's senior undergraduate year when an Accelerated student is ready to begin early registration for their studies at the graduate level. Assuming good performance through the rest of the year, acceptance by the Graduate School is assured.  The graduate application as a 4+1 student does not require GRE or TOEFL scores, personal statements, resumes, transcripts or letters of recommendation. The application process will ask your for the items listed that you are not required to provide.  Enter your basic information along with a document that says you are an ECE Accelerated student and that your department will waive all your documents and scores.  Then submit your application to the Graduate School and submit the application fee.  Read the instructions on the Graduate School's web page that says "Apply to an Accelerated Degree Program" (link in the previous sentence), go to BU Brain to submit your application (section #2 in the instructions, remember ECE does not require any documents this section asks you to submit), then follow the instructions under #4 to pay your application fee.  When you log in to your current BU Brain screen, you will find a link near the bottom of the page that has an Accelerated application. If you have difficulty,  please e-mail Lynn or

After you have applied to the Graduate School and paid the application fee, you will show in our Department's queue.  Please do not submit your application to the Graduate School until you are already in the ECE Accelerated program on the undergraduate side.  After your application is in our Department's queue, if your GPA is good, a decision will be entered.  If your GPA needs your Spring grades to be added, the decision will be entered after Spring grades have been posted.  After you have been accepted, you will receive an e-mail from the Graduate School with a link for you to accept.  When you follow their directions to accept, you will have completed the process.

After admission to the graduate program, students are encouraged to seek employment as a graduate research assistant in one of the department's research projects. The research experience gained in the summer after finishing the BS degree provides an excellent experience and a start on an MS thesis project. Typically this start on the MS thesis allows the completion of the MS thesis option in one academic year beyond the BS degree.

The expectation is that students in the program will complete the BS and MS degrees in five years. Students in the combined-degree program receive their BS degree after completing their undergraduate requirements. They must then continue as a full-time student in order for the graduate courses taken as an undergraduate to count toward the MS degree requirements. The MS degree is an excellent professional credential, which usually commands a substantially higher starting salary. The combined program offers the advantage of less time to degree completion, finishing the MS while a full-time student rather than an extended part-time program, and the ability to start employment at the master's level.

If you have questions as a Junior who would like to begin the ECE Accelerated Program, please e-mail Lynn .  During your Fall semester in your senior year, when you are ready to complete your formal application to the Graduate School, please see the Accelerated information regarding the application process on the Graduate School's web site and click this link for the ECE Guidelines.  If you have questions about the graduate side of the Accelerated Program, please e-mail  In your senior year, after your formal application to the Graduate School has been accepted, you can be registered for Graduate courses for your Fall semester as a graduate student during the early registration period in the spring.  Please contact the ECE Graduate Secretary for registration.

Watson/SOM Fast Track MBA Program

A combined Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree program provides Watson undergraduate students with the opportunity to complete their BS degree and MBA degree within five years. In order to complete this program, students will be required to take three core MBA courses during the junior and/or senior year. 

To apply as a junior for the Accelerated Watson/SOM Fast Track MBA Program please check out the information on the School of Management's web site.  Information about how to apply is on their site:  

To apply to the Graduate School during your senior undergraduate year, please fill out the application on the Graduate School's website.
Instructions for the Accelerated Graduate Application are under the application link on their site.  Watson Fast-Track Master's in Business Administration Combined Degree Program

Do you have questions about the ECE Accelerated Program?

Are you a current Accelerated BS/MS Engineering student with a question or a student who is considering to be in the program? Please visit our FAQs for information about the Accelerated Program.  If you have a question that is not on our FAQs, please email Lynn or

Last Updated: 7/6/17