Combined BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering

bsms-mechanical-engineeringAlways just a little bit ahead of the game? Eager to learn and ready for a challenge? If you have the academic might, you can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time.

You can count graduate courses toward both degrees, cutting down your time to graduate by a semester of more. You’ll pay less and be a more marketable professional. You’ll also be able to take courses and do research not normally available to undergraduates.
Which degrees can I combine?
You can earn a Bachelor / Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. The bachelor’s program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. The Master’s degree offers a wide array of specialization areas, and is available as either a thesis or non-thesis program.

You can also earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering / Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

Admission Requirements

Students who have completed a minimum of 90 hours towards their BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and have earned at least a 3.3 GPA on both overall and upper division courses may, upon recommendation from the faculty, apply for admission in the combined BSMS program.

To be accepted into the BS/MS degree in the College, you must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. Each department evaluates candidates for admission to its programs.

The minimum requirements for admission into the combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science programs are:

  • Completed Graduate Application and fee ($30). Apply Now
  • Completion of at least 90 credits towards the bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a grade point average of 3.3 or higher
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors
  • A statement of objectives, clearly stating the intended concentration

Send your application and related documents to:

Florida International University
College of Engineering and Computing
10555 West Flagler Street, EC 2430
Attn: Graduate Admissions, Dean’s Office
Miami, FL 33174-1630, USA

You’ll be informed of the final admission decision when the Graduate School and the Faculty Committee of the academic department have reviewed your file.

Immunizations

As a prerequisite to registration, Florida International University requires all students born after December 31, 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola) and German measles (Rubella).

International Students

In addition to meeting all the admission requirements of FIU and the academic program, international students must obtain a student visa to attend classes in the United States.

Application Deadlines

Apply early! Submit your application and supporting documents by the Priority Consideration deadline dates.

Florida Residents

To claim in-state tuition, you must provide copies of two of the following documents showing Florida residency for at least the last 12 months prior to the beginning of the semester:

  • Florida voter registration information
  • Florida driver’s license or state ID
  • Florida vehicle registration information

You may also submit one of the documents above, accompanied by copies of at least two of the following documents:

  • Lease, rental or mortgage contract
  • Letter from utility company (Electric, telephone, cable, etc.)
  • Employment letter with current W-2 or W-4
  • Bank letter (indicating activity in account for 12 consecutive months)
  • Professional License
  • Current Florida Public School contract
  • In-state tuition receipt from another Florida State School (last 12 months)
  • Active Duty military orders
  • Warranty Deed
  • Declaration of Domicile

Need help? Get in touch:

Mais Kayyali
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Email: mkayyali@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2535
Location: 10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2429

Sara-Michelle Lemus
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Email: grad_eng@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-1890
Location: 10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2430

Non-Degree seeking students
A student is allowed to take classes as a non-degree seeking student while in the process of gaining acceptance into the graduate program they wish to pursue. The maximum amount of credits that may be later applied to the program is 12 (4 classes).

Financial aid and Scholarships

FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of financial aid opportunities and scholarships to qualified students. The amounts and eligibility requirements of these awards vary depending on the type of award. Merit-based financial assistance is highly competitive, hence, students are encouraged to apply early.

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for an accelerated combined BS/MS degree in Mechanical Engineering a student must:

1. Satisfy all degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree. Students enrolled in the program may count up to six hours of graduate courses as credits for both the BS electives and the MS degree
2. Satisfy all University requirements for the selected Master’s degree
3. Meet all undergraduate deficiencies, and requirements as specified by the student’s advisory committee
4. Complete the required semester hours of acceptable graduate level courses
5. Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all approved courses in the student’s program of study
6. Complete an acceptable thesis or graduate project
7. Pass a comprehensive examination that includes an oral defense of the thesis or graduate project

How it works

The BS/MS Program is continuous. You apply for graduation with the BS and MS at the same time and receive a BS and MS degree on the same date, after requirements for both are completed.

When the BS degree requirements are met, you may “walk” for the graduation ceremony and request a temporary departmental certificate. You may also elect to permanently leave the combined program at any time and earn only the BS degree.

Once the BS is granted, you’ll have the same admission requirements to graduate programs as any other student. However, the combined MS degree would not be available to those if you decide to leave the combined program.

Grades and Credits

No grade below a ‘C’ will be counted toward the completion of the degree.

Time Limit

All graduate level work applicable to the Master’s degree must have been completed within six years immediately preceding the awarding of the degree.

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