4+1 Accelerated Program for 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 Accelerated Program in Mechanical Engineering. 

Benefits of an accelerated 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 Accelerated 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:   

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 the Watson School 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 Accelerated 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 accelerated 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 The Boring Company


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

Students interested in the program should apply to the 4+1 accelerated program during their junior year. 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.

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 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.