The Department of Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering offers a combined BS/MS degree program, which allows students to receive both a BS (BME or ISE) and an MS (BME or IHE) degree in 5 years. Up to twelve (12) semester credit hours of 6000-level courses, respectively, may be double counted and applied towards both BS and MS degree requirements.
In the junior year, typically when between 60 and 30 hours are remaining for completion of the BS degree, a student interested in pursuing combined BS/MS degrees should submit the Application to a Combined Degree Program to the BIE Department. This application requires the signatures of the studentâs undergraduate advisor, graduate advisor, and Department Chair. Along with the application, the applicant is required to submit a graduate program of study, signed by the studentâs graduate advisor and Department Chair.
The student must have (1) completed at least 75 semester credits of the course work required for the BS degree, (2) achieved a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3, and (3) no grade lower than B in any BME/ISE course to be admitted into the combined BS/MS program.
Applications are due two weeks prior to the end of the semester before the student expects to begin the program (i.e. two weeks before the end of the fall semester for spring admission and two weeks before the end of the spring semester for fall admission).
Once the application is approved in the BIE Department and the Graduate School, until completion of the undergraduate course requirements, the student remains in undergraduate status; however, students will be permitted to register independently for their approved 6000-level courses. Following completion of the BS degree, the student will be transitioned to graduate status.
Any of the 4000-level courses that are part of the studentâs BS curriculum and are cross-listed at the 6000 level can be taken at the 6000 level and count both towards the BS and MS degrees up to twelve (12) semester hours. Of the remaining graduate level courses, fifteen (15) semester hours must be courses at the 7000 level taught by the BIE department. The MS program of study must also include BME/IHE 6010 and six (6) semester hours of approved courses with mathematics or statistics content.
A student admitted to the combined BS/MS program may withdraw from the combined program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student. However, if the student is awarded a BS degree and becomes a graduate student again at a later time, the graduate credits applied to the BS degree cannot also be applied to the MS degree.
Failure to keep a cumulative or discipline-specific GPA of 3.0 or to complete the BS requirements within three years of admission to the combined degree program will result in dismissal from the combined BS/MS program.
Students in the combined BS/MS degree program will pay undergraduate tuition through completion of the BS degree. Upon transition to the Graduate School, students will pay tuition at the graduate level.
Students are eligible for undergraduate financial aid until completion of the BS requirements. Upon transition to the graduate school, they become eligible for graduate forms of financial aid, including graduate tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships.
BS/MS students who complete their BS degree with a 3.7 or higher overall GPA and who take the GRE are eligible to have their tuition funded by the Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science.
Grades and Transcripts
Students will receive both undergraduate and graduate transcripts, from which two separate GPAs will be calculated. Credits that are dually counted will appear on both transcripts.