BS/MS Dual Degree Program FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About the BS/MS Program
What is the Bachelor's/Master's (BS/MS) Dual Degree program?
It is an accelerated program providing the academically qualified student an opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in program areas of his/her choice in five years, the time normally required to finish a bachelor's degree alone. Because both degrees are completed in the time usually required for just the bachelor's degree, you can get both degrees for the cost of the undergraduate program alone.
What are the real world advantages of completing the BS/MS program?
The program combines the practical work experience of Drexel undergraduate cooperative education with the graduate credentials of an advanced degree. Students may earn both degrees in the same major, or may complete their master's degree in a different field. With both an undergraduate and graduate degree and practical work experience, BS/MS graduates enter the work force with specialized knowledge and training. A definite plus which can give the Drexel BS/MS student a wide range of career opportunities.
How can I complete two degrees and co-op in five years?
This is a demanding program. But several benefits are built into the BS/MS dual degree program which make it possible to do in the time allotted. For instance, fewer undergraduate credits are required for the degree. Also, co-op experiences may be adjusted (two co-op periods instead of three) giving the BS/MS student two additional quarters to take courses. Students in the BS/MS program can drop their third co-op during their junior year. Please note, if a student drops his/her third co-op, there are financial adjustments to the tuition for the year. If needed, students may also take evening courses while on co-op.
How does the tuition work?
Students in the BS/MS program complete all work, both undergraduate and graduate, in the same amount of time as if they were completing the bachelor's degree alone. There is an additional fee to the undergraduate billing rate if a student pursues the BS/MS option. This fee is to be discussed with the Billing office during the application process. If BS/MS students opt for two extra quarters of course work instead of one co-op period, they are charged for the extra quarters in school and for any evening or over-load courses which may be taken.
All Drexel and federal financial aid continues for the duration of the program as long as the student continues in the BS/MS program, takes a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses throughout, and completes both programs in no more than five years with both degrees completed at the same time (both diplomas awarded at once).
Who is eligible to apply for the program?
Exceptional students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and who are enrolled as five-year co-op students are eligible for the program. Students formally apply for the program after they have completed 90 credits and before completion of 120 credits, but are strongly encouraged to begin planning for it as early as their freshman year.
What is the application process?
Interested students must make formal application for the program to their dean. The application is accompanied by a Plan of Study, prepared in consultation with an undergraduate and graduate advisor and approved by the department head and dean. Approval of entry into the program is granted by the undergraduate and graduate department heads and the academic dean.
What are the requirements?
Students enrolled in the BS/MS program must complete undergraduate quarter credit requirements for the bachelor's degree and at least 45 graduate quarter credits for the master's degree. All graduate department requirements must be satisfied in full, including a thesis, if required by the program. Master's thesis requirements may be completed in the summer term of the final year with prior approval. BS/MS students work closely with the program advisor to make sure that they are following their plan of study and progressing appropriately.
Who will be my advisor?
It is very important that students in the BS/MS dual degree program work closely with a faculty member to make sure that they are following their plan of study and progressing appropriately. Drexel ensures that each student has an undergraduate and graduate advisor for each program.
For MEM undergraduate students, the following are the possible graduate programs for the Master's degree in the BS/MS dual degree program:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
How do I sign up for graduate courses?
Students accepted in the BS/MS program can register for graduate courses using the SRC Add Form.
For more information, please visit the BS/MS page.