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4+1 Accelerated program in aerospace engineering (BSE-MS)

Offering educational focuses in everything from aerodynamics to structural design to autonomous control systems, the 4+1 aerospace program lets students earn a BSE-MS in just five years.

The program

This program is designed to provide selected high-achieving ASU aerospace students with a more efficient path toward degree completion.

Students in the accelerated program will have the freedom to conduct independent research and engage in theoretical and/or experimental work with faculty and doctoral student mentors. Topics of study include learning a broad range of engineering skills linked to spacecraft, helicopters, missiles, celestial mechanics and more.

After showcasing their work at the undergraduate/graduate research symposia in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering students will then be eligible for graduate teaching and research assistantships as well as related health insurance and tuition waivers. Students are considered undergraduates until all requirements have been met to earn a BSE in Aerospace Engineering.

Admission requirements

A minimum of two semesters of full-time enrollment in aerospace engineering is required. Applications are normally submitted with two semesters remaining in the senior year.

A minimum of 90 credit hours of coursework applicable to a BSE program with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) or better and successful completion of MAE 325 must be achieved before beginning the accelerated degree program.

Application procedure

Students must apply for admission to the program through the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) and the ASU Graduate College by submitting an application form for the integrated programs in aerospace engineering. Interested students should meet with their academic advisor to learn more about the program and how to apply. Three recommendation signatures from ASU faculty members are required to accompany each application.

Note: The GRE is not a requirement for this degree.

Course selection

The student, together with the faculty advisor, selects up to nine credit hours of 500 level courses to be taken prior to the BSE graduation, and shared with the MS An additional three credit hours of 500 level course work may be reserved only for the MS program requirements.

All courses must be taken at the ASU Tempe campus.

Students will be able to earn a BSE-MS in five years by enrolling in up to nine credit hours of graduate-level course work taken as technical electives during the senior year. Those credits will apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. If the student’s schedule permits, they will also be able to reserve an additional three credits of graduate level coursework for a maximum of twelve pre-admission credits.