The Accelerated Program enables students to a earn a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree as well as a Master of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering in 5 years. The program is designed to attract the best-of-the-best current undergraduate students and is especially intended for students who demonstrate an interest in, and ability for, additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in graduate courses during their third (Junior) and fourth (Senior) year of study.
Application to the program: Only enrolled CSU undergraduate Civil Engineering students are eligible to apply for the Accelerated BS/MS Program in Civil or Environmental Engineering. Students are eligible to apply after they have completed sixty credit hours, with at least 30 credit hours earned at CSU. Students must apply to the program before the completion of ninety-five credit hours (including transfer credits). To be eligible for admission to the program, the student must:
- Have shown appropriate progress in their degree program.
- Have a cummulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
- Have completed sixty credit hours, with at least 30 credit hours earned at CSU but have completed LESS than ninety-five credit hours (including transfer credits).
Application Process: Students who wish to be considered for admission must complete and submit an application package to the Graduate Program Director of the Civil and Environmentla Engineering Master’s Programs. A complete application must include:
- BS/MS Accelerated Program Application form; and
- A one to two-page written career plan describing why and how this program will enhance the student’s scholarly and career goals.
Program Details: Students admitted to the joint five-year Bachelor/Master of Science program remain undergraduates until they meet the requirements for the bachelor’s degree, at which point they will receive the BCE degree. Once admitted to the combined program, the student may complete up to 12 credit hours of graduate courses while enrolled in the undergraduate program. These 12 credit-hours will count towards BOTH the undergraduate degree and the graduate degree, either as electives or requirements, depending on the courses. Upon receipt of their Bachelor’s degree, students who have a 3.0 or better average in their graduate courses will AUTOMATICALLY be admitted to the Graduate Program, and have up to 12 hours of graduate coursework (and grades) added to their graduate transcipts. STUDENTS MUST ATTEND THE NEXT REGULAR SEMESTER AS A GRADUATE STUDENT TO BE CONTINUED IN THE PROGRAM. As a Graduate student, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to remain in the program.
- 500-level courses are already counted as Honors Credit (16 minimum)
- Honors Project/Thesis credits can be substituted with Master’s Project Credits