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4+1 Accelerated Masters’ Degree Program

Make the most of your senior year and earn a master of engineering or master of science in electrical and computer engineering on an accelerated pace! The accelerated masters’ degree program provides the opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to take up to 9 (nine) credits of graduate courses as seniors and have these courses simultaneously count for both their bachelor of science degree and their master’s degree here at Boise State University. In just five years, you can earn both a bachelor of science and a master of engineering in electrical and computer engineering.

Eligibility

Students can apply to pursue a master’s degree in ECE on an accelerated schedule if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrollment in bachelor of science in electrical engineering program at Boise State University;
  • Completion of at least 75 credits applicable to the bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering;
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and
  • A minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in ECE courses.
Important Notes Regarding Eligibility:  
  • Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the accelerated masters’ degree program at Boise State University.
  • Undergraduate students at other colleges and universities are not eligible to participate in this program.

How to Apply

Eligible students must submit an application by the beginning of the term prior to the start of his or her senior year.  Application materials include:

  1. Statement of Research:  Essay up to one (1) page in length that describes career objectives and areas of research interest;
  2. Statement of Academic Preparation:  Essay up to one (1) page in length that describes academic experience and any special qualifications;
  3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
  4. Online application which verifies eligibility and graduate courses to be taken;
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation; and
  6. Copy of unofficial transcripts.

To apply, students must complete the accelerated masters’ program online application and provide their references with the link to upload recommendation letters.

Registering for Classes

Once a student has been admitted to the accelerated masters’ degree program, the Permit for Seniors to Take Graduate Courses form is used to register for classes.  The ECE Department will review and submit the form to the Graduate College on the student’s behalf.

During the semester immediately following program acceptance, students enrolled in the accelerated masters’ degree program must take at least one three-credit ECE course at the graduate level (5xx or 6xx).

After Bachelor of Science Requirements are Met

Once students are admitted to the accelerated master’s version of the program and complete their undergraduate degree requirements, they will receive their bachelor’s degree.  They will then be classified as graduate students and proceed to fulfill remaining requirements for the master of engineering or master of science in electrical and computer engineering degree.

Graduate credit for any courses taken as part of the accelerated masters degree program will be assigned once the student’s Application for Admission to Candidacy has been approved by the Graduate College. 

Academic Performance

Students accepted into the accelerated masters’ degree program are subject to all academic performance requirements published by the Graduate College, including semester GPA, program GPA, and individual course grade requirements. These requirements include maintaining a 3.0 GPA in the graduate level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree. For more information, consult the “Academic Performance” portion of the graduate catalog