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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.

Program Overview

The Chemical Engineering bachelor’s and master’s degree program is designed to provide selected high achieving undergraduate students with the opportunity to enroll in graduate coursework and accelerate graduate degree completion. This program allows accelerated students the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years.  

Students are considered undergraduates until all requirements have been met to earn a BSE in Chemical Engineering.  Chemical engineering majors will have the option to apply for a master’s in either Chemical Engineering or Materials Science & Engineering. Students in the accelerated master’s program have the option to select either a thesis or a non-thesis (applied project) track for their culminating event.

Admission requirements

All interested applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:

  1. Are in the process or have completed the following Chemical Engineering major core courses:
    • CHE 352
    • CHE 433
    • CHE 442
  2. Have a 3.5 GPA in all courses applying towards your Degree Audit Report (DARS) (You can check your GPA by downloading our 4+1 GPA Calculator)
  3. Have earned or are in the process of earning 90 credit hours

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 completing both the SEMTE 4+1 online application and the ASU Graduate Admissions Application. Interested students should meet with their undergraduate academic advisor to learn more about the program and how to apply. Three recommendations from ASU faculty members are required to accompany the SEMTE 4+1 application.

Note: The GRE is waived as a requirement for the accelerated master’s program.

Course selection

Students will have the opportunity to complete up to 12 graduate credit hours during their senior year.  Chemical engineering students can share up to 6 credit hours and reserve 6 credit hours. Shared credits will apply both towards the students undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.  Reserved credit hours will only apply towards the student’s graduate degree requirements.

To find out more information about how 4+1 courses will fit into your undergraduate program, please review your flowchart. We recommend meeting with your assigned undergraduate advisor to discuss your course options that will satisfy your 4+1 program requirements.