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

Combining graduate and undergraduate coursework in the accelerated program saves students time and money.

The research is rigorous and the work is focused, but students get an enriching educational experience that will prepare them for doctoral studies or industrial positions by earning a BSE and MS in five years.

The program

In five years students will earn BSE and MS degrees by enrolling in up to six credit hours of graduate-level course work taken as technical electives during their senior year. Students have the opportunity to work in a laboratory/research environment alongside supportive faculty and doctoral student mentors, while developing skills in fields like biomedicine, electronics, aerospace and environmental applications.

What to expect

  • Participants will be expected to attend the weekly seminar series.
  • Students can also reserve an additional six credits of graduate-level course work for a maximum of 12 pre-admission credits if their schedule permits.
  • Until all requirements have been met to earn a BSE in chemical engineering, students are considered undergraduates.
  • Status must be changed through the Graduate College from the integrated BSE-MS to the graduate MS program.

Admission requirements

  • A minimum of two semesters of full-time enrollment in chemical 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 an ASU BSE program with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) or better must be completed before beginning the accelerated degree program. Students should complete CHE 211 and 231 as well as one full semester in the ChE program prior to 4+1 admission.

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.

Course selection

The student may reserve up to six credit hours (which includes two 1-credit seminar courses) of graduate-level coursework to be credited only toward the MS degree requirements. All courses must be taken at the ASU Tempe campus.

Helpful hints

  • Applications must be accompanied by three recommendation signatures from ASU faculty members.
  • The GRE is not a requirement for this degree.

After changing their status to the graduate MS program students will then be eligible for graduate teaching and research assistantships and related health insurance and tuition waivers.