Accelerated General Program Information at Graduate School
Please view the powerpoint presentation at Graduate School and pay special attention to the financial aid related matters.
Accelerated B.S/Masters Program in Chemical Engineering
Students interested in graduate study are invited to pursue an accelerated program leading to the B.S. and Masters in Chemical Engineering or Masters in Biomedical Engineering.
There are two main advantages to this program.
- Students can double count six graduate credit hours (5000 or 6000 level)which reduces the overall course requirements for the graduate degree, can potentially allow completion of the graduate degree on an accelerated time scale, and can potentially provide savings in the cost of the degree.
- Students can leverage undergraduate research when they pursue thesis option in the MS degree.
For the accelerated program in Chemical Engineering for the degrees (ME, MCHE, MSCH, MSBE), students must meet certain requirements.
- Applicants must have 30 credits or less to completion of their undergraduate program. Typically this is by the end of the junior year or early in the senior year.
- An undergraduate ChE student accepted into the Accelerated Program must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate program.
- Students MUST take the general GRE and these scores must be acceptable by the department before progression will be allowed into the graduate program. Typically, this means that student should strive for a quantitative score of 75 percentile or better, a verbal score of 50 percentile or better, and written score of 3.0 or better.
- Students will have the choice of course-work only or coursework plus thesis option for the Masters degree. A thesis option requires the agreement of a faculty advisor and the degree may take longer for completion. See the graduate degree page for Chemical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering for course worksheets and other requirements.
- Accelerated degree students should apply for BS prior to obtaining the Masters degrees once the graduation requirements for the BS have been met. The progression form to change to graduate status should be done at least 1 year prior to graduation with the masters degree.
- Once an accelerated student progresses to the graduate status, the student will follow the Graduate Catalog and the policies therein.
STEP1: Students interested in applying to this program should fill out the Accelerated Application Form available at the graduate school webpage.
Please note this form requires that:
- the student meet a financial aid officer and get their signature.
- the student meet the departmental undergraduate and graduate advisors to establish a plan of study including the shared courses
The completed form is then submitted to the department with supporting documents.
Plan of Study Template
STEP2: When the student submits the application to obtain the BS degree and is ready to progress into graduate status, the student fills out the Accelerated Program Progression Form.
Please note that:
- This form changes the status of the student to graduate in the semester of choice.
- This form requires that all requirements for the progression into accelerated program have been met (for example, acceptable GRE scores have been reported, minimum GPA is met, graduate courses that will be shared have been completed or being taken,…)
- A copy of this form will need to be attached with the Undergraduate Program Graduation Certification Check List