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4+1 Accelerated materials science and engineering program (BSE-MS)

The integrated BSE-MS degree in materials science and engineering allows students to graduate with both degrees in just five years, saving them time and money. 

Program Overview

The Materials Science and Engineering bachelor’s degree 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 Materials Science and Engineering.  Materials Science engineering majors will have the option to apply for a master’s in Materials Science and Engineering. Students in the accelerated master’s program have the option to select either a thesis or a non-thesis (portfolio or supervised 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 6th term Materials Science course:
    • MSE 420
  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.  Materials Science and engineering students can share up to 9 credit hours and reserve 3 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.