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4+1 BS/MS Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Program

A combined Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial and Systems Engineering with Master of Science (MS) in (1) Industrial and Systems Engineering  OR (2) Systems Science degree program is available for motivated students. To be eligible, undergraduate students must be in good academic standing and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher after five semesters.

Students will earn both a BS and an MS in five years through this program. Students should submit a departmental 4+1 application in the fall semester of their junior year so they can be tracked as accelerated students and advised appropriately.

Once admitted to the accelerated combined degree program, students begin taking graduate courses during their senior year. Up to three graduate courses taken in the senior year can count toward both the MS degree and the BS degree requirements. A formal application for Graduate School admission must also be completed by January 15th of the senior year. Acceptance by the Graduate School is assured pending good academic performance through the senior year.

The graduate application as a 4+1 student does not require GRE or TOEFL scores, personal statements, resumes, transcripts or letters of recommendation.

It is expected that students in the 4+1 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. This combined program offers the advantage of less time to degree completion, finishing the MS while a full-time student rather than participating in an extended part-time program, and the ability to start employment at the master's level.

To apply as a junior for the Accelerated Program, please fill out the Application for Accelerated (4+1) BS/MS Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Program. Here is a link to the form (.pdf, 106kB).

Those accepted to the 4+1 program as juniors will also apply to the Graduate School during their senior year. The application can be found on the Graduate School's website

Please e-mail the Graduate Secretary, Lindsay Buchta (, with any questions.

Required Forms

Graduate School Accelerated Degree Form Application
SSIE Department Application for Accelerated BS/MS in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (.pdf, 106kB)

Fast Track BS-MBA

The Watson School and the School of Management cooperate to offer a combined Fast Track BS-MBA program, which allows Watson students to earn an MBA in one additional year beyond the normal four-year BS degree in SSIE. Interested students should apply in their junior year, and can obtain more information from the Watson Fast-Track Masters in Business Administration Combined Degree Program page.

Last Updated: 10/10/18