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

Powered by a mix of independent research and engaging experimental work alongside faculty and doctoral students, an accelerated degree in mechanical engineering is a fast-track approach to achieving educational success by earning a BSE and MS in five years.


Mechanical engineering studies at ASU feature strong partnership with biomedical, environmental, electrical and computer engineering.

Perfect for high-achieving students in the program, the dual study covers everything from heat transfer to computer-aided engineering, and gives participants an opportunity to work in a laboratory/research environment.

Enrolling in the accelerated track also lets students showcase their work at both the undergraduate/graduate research symposia in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and be eligible for travel grants to present their work at national conferences.

What to expect

  • Participants will be expected to attend the weekly department seminar series.
  • Students are considered undergraduates until all BSE degree requirements have been met.
  • 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.
  • Upon receipt of the BSE in mechanical engineering, students must change their status through the Graduate College from the integrated BSE-MS to the graduate MS degree program.
  • They will then be eligible for graduate teaching and research assistantships and related health insurance and tuition waivers.

Admission requirements

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

A minimum of 90 credit hours of course work applicable to an ASU BSE with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 (4.00 scale) or better and successful completion MAE 322 must be achieved before beginning the integrated degree platform.

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 accelerated programs in mechanical engineering. Interested students should meet with their academic advisor to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  • Three recommendation signatures from ASU faculty members.

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.

Helpful hints

  • The GRE is not a requirement for this degree.
  • All courses must be taken at the ASU Tempe campus.