4+1 BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering

Completing a master's degree can help push your career prospects to the next level. Save time and money by completing Binghamton University's 4+1 BS/MS Program in Mechanical Engineering. 

Benefits of a 4+1 BS/MS mechanical engineering degree

  • Save time: get into the job market faster by completing both a bachelor's and master's in only five years.
  • Save money: Students in the 4+1 BS/MS Program can take up to three graduate level courses at the cost of undergraduate courses.
  • Start off looking for more advanced careers at the MS level with only one additional year of study.
  • Have a greater potential for a higher starting salary from one of the best colleges for return on investment according to PayScale 2018. 

Hear what some of our alumni have to say about the program.


The 4+1 program was incredibly helpful for jump starting my career. The program provided me with opportunities to receive personalized one-on-one feedback from the amazing faculty that improved my work as an engineer and as a learner. The option to do a concentration in manufacturing and design gave me a competitive advantage towards landing a job within that field. I am now working as a mechanical design engineer at Moog, designing test equipment for flight critical hardware for aircrafts.  

- Gabrielle Mondschein '19, MS '20
Mechanical design engineer at Moog

Corrinne MondellReceiving my master's degree from the 4+1 program gave me a significant advantage over other job applicants and allowed me to start my position at a higher salary. The practical engineering experience I learned, such as 3D modeling and finite element analysis, directly helped me land the position I'm at today, where I conduct FEA structural analyses on submarines as an engineer for NAVSEA.  The Mechanical Engineering Department taught me technical skills and knowledge that allowed me to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam on the first try.

- Corinne Montell '19. MS '20
Mechanical Engineer at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

David Bremer

The wonderful faculty of the Binghamton University ME department helped me develop valuable hands-on, professional, and analytical skills that I still employ today. The challenging experiences of the 4+1 Program made me both a better engineer and a better person, and the people I met through my time at Binghamton University helped to form some of my most cherished memories. I am forever grateful for my time spent among the people of Binghamton University.

- David Bremer '18, MS '19
Spring 2018, President's Honors, Summa Cum Laude. 

Headshot of Ami BhavsarThe Binghamton University ME Department helped me establish a strong foundation in academics and leadership. I crafted my engineering skills with challenging coursework while working in Dr. Chiarot's lab following my freshman year. I also learned how to lead independent projects and large organizations with influence from Watson College to the national level. Each year brought opportunities that prepared me for my career as an aerospace engineer and leader in my company's Aerospace Women's Council. I am grateful for my experiences and the mentorship I received from faculty, staff and peers.

- Ami Bhavsar '16, MS '17
Product Design Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace

Headshot of Matthew JonesMy experience in the 4+1 Program opened the door to research and hands-on experience that I otherwise would not have had. Receiving my master's degree in only five years helped me jump-start my career and stand out in an increasingly competitive market. 

- Matthew L. Jones '14, MS '15
Product Development Engineer at Ford Motor Company

Headshot of Tyler MehlmanThe quality of coursework and the receptiveness of the faculty to new ideas provided me with fundamental knowledge, and the freedom to explore my passions in mechanical engineering. The 4+1 program allowed me to pursue a master's degree in a way that was affordable and efficient.

- Tyler J. Mehlman '16, MS '17
Mechanical Engineer at Keystone Tower Systems 

Acceptance into the program requires a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Students interested in the program should apply to the 4+1 BS/MS program during their junior year at Binghamton University. Applicants are required to meet with the Director of Graduate Studies as part of the application process. In addition, students must apply to the Graduate School during their senior year at Binghamton University. High school students interested in eventually following the 4+1 BS/MS program must first apply through the normal undergraduate admissions process.  

Students may take up to three graduate-level courses as technical electives in the senior year. These three courses also count towards the MS degree requirements. For technical electives that are co-listed as 400/500 level, students in the 4+1 BS/MS program should register for the graduate level course. It is recommended that at least two graduate courses be taken during the senior year and that the courses selected satisfy the core requirements for the MSME. 4+1 MS students must take ME535.