The accelerated version of the Master of Engineering or Science (MEng or MS) program in Civil Engineering (CE) is limited to selected Boise State University undergraduate students enrolled in the Civil Engineering program. Each interested student must contact the CE graduate program coordinator for preliminary advice, including student goals and academic preparation, prospective faculty advisors, and graduate courses (not to exceed 9 credits, see below) proposed to be taken during the last two semesters of the undergraduate course of study for application to the master’s degree requirements. The benefit of this program is that up to three graduate courses (9 credits) will count towards both the Bachelor’s and Master’s of Engineering or Science degrees in CE. This gives students the flexibility to receive their Master’s degree with one more year of study beyond their Bachelor’s degree.
Students can apply to pursue a Master’s degree in CE on an accelerated schedule based on the following eligibility requirements:
- Completion of at least 75 credits applicable to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in a set of selected CE courses. The same set of courses will be uniformly applied to all students reviewed in each year’s recommendation procedure.
Meeting these eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the accelerated version of the Civil Engineering MEng/MS programs.
Undergraduate CE students interested in pursuing an accelerated Master’s degree must submit their application to the department prior to the beginning of the student’s senior year. The CE graduate subcommittee must receive the application materials no later than May 15 of the semester before the beginning of the senior year. These application materials must include:
- A one-page essay, indicating career objectives, program of interest (i.e., MS or MEng), subdiscipline of interest (i.e., environmental/water resources, geotechnical/geoenvironmental, transportation systems, transportation, geotechnics, and sustainable materials), and discussion of academic preparation and any special qualifications
- A curriculum vita or resume
- Application Form verifying eligibility and the three graduate courses (9 credits) to be taken
- Copy of unofficial transcripts.
Departmental Selection Process
The departmental graduate program coordinator and the departmental graduate subcommittee evaluate the application materials and determine which applicants meet the eligibility requirements. The graduate coordinator then compiles a final list of students recommended for admission to the accelerated Master’s program. The final list is sent on to the department chair. The chair then makes his/her decision on the qualifications of the students recommended by the graduate coordinator.
The chair will notify the recommended students by July 1st. Recommendation by the chair is not a guarantee that the students will be admitted by the Graduate College. Students who are notified will need to complete and submit a graduate application and pay the application fee by July 14th. The student must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention to the Graduate Admission and Degree Services (GADS) Supervisor (with copy to the CE department chair and graduate program coordinator) informing them that the application that they just submitted is for the accelerated version of the Master’s program.
The Graduate College makes the final admission decision. Once the decision is made the students will receive a formal letter sent from the graduate dean to the admitted students indicating their admission status (copies to the department).
During the Fall semester immediately after applying to the program, accepted students will take at least one three-credit, graduate CE course. The Permit for Seniors to Take Graduate Courses form is used to register for classes. The student will fill out the form and submit it to the department. The student should indicate on the form that they are requesting to take the graduate course for undergraduate credit. The department will complete the Permit for Seniors to Take Graduate Courses form and submit it to GADS to obtain the approval signature of the graduate dean or designee. GADS will forward the Permit for Seniors to Take Graduate Courses form to the Registrar’s Office.
First Year after Receiving the Bachelor Degree
When students admitted to the accelerated master’s version of the program complete their undergraduate-degree requirements, they will receive their bachelor’s degree and will then be classified as graduate students and proceed to fulfill requirements for their MEng or MS in Civil Engineering degree. At this time, they are eligible to receive financial support with Graduate Assistantships, with assistantship and departmental-support priority given to MS students. To be considered for these competitive Graduate Assistantship positions, students should apply in the senior year of their bachelor’s degree. Accelerated master’s students are subject to all academic performance requirements of the Graduate College, including semester GPA, program GPA, and individual course grade requirements. These requirements include maintaining a 3.0 GP A in the graduate level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate students at other departments, colleges, and universities are not eligible to participate in this program.