Joint B.S./M.S. Degree
This program allows students to receive either the bachelor of science in electrical engineering or bachelor of science in computer engineering and a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering within a five or six-year time frame.
The Joint B.S./M.S. degree program affords undergraduate electrical or computer engineering majors the opportunity to broaden their studies and improve their career prospects. Interested students should apply during the term that they are completing ECE 3040 Microelectronic Circuits for EE students or ECE 3030 Physical Foundations of Computer Engineering for CmpE students, but no later than the drop day after completing ECE 3040 or ECE 3030.
In our highly technical and globally competitive society, the M.S. degree is frequently viewed as the "working degree" for many engineers. The M.S. degree is a valuable tool, which takes undergraduate studies to a deeper and broader level of understanding. Engineers who have completed the M.S. degree generally enter the work force with higher starting salaries and a wider range of career opportunities from which to choose. They also tend to be promoted sooner than those who have not completed graduate level degrees.
While earning the M.S. degree, students can choose to study in programs at Georgia Tech Lorraine to further enhance their graduate level experience and to broaden their education and their career opportunities. The elective hours and required minor classes taken in the M.S. program can also be a starting point for entry into M.B.A. and other non-engineering degree programs.
Benefits of enrollment into the Joint B.S./M.S. program include:
- Application fee waived for B.S./M.S. applicants
- GRE requirement waived
- Qualified B.S./M.S. students may receive GRA/GTA appointments with a stipend and reduced tuition and fees upon matriculation into the graduate program
- Early decision process eliminates uncertainty at graduation
- Students with a final cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher may double count 6 hours of credit toward both the B.S. and the M.S. degree (classes must fulfill degree requirements and only can be ECE 4000 level or higher). Courses double-counted can only be used in group IV - electives requirements. To double count hours, students must graduate with the M.S. degree within two years of completing the B.S. degree.
Qualifications for this program are as follows:
- When the application for this program is submitted, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5. Depending on demand, the required minimum GPA may be higher.
- For non-transfer students, the required GPA is based on a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit at Georgia Tech.
- For transfer students, the required GPA is based on a minimum of 14 hours of ECE coursework after entering Georgia Tech and having a transfer GPA of 3.5 from an approved ABET accredited undergraduate program. (The 14 hours should be completed by the end of the term in which the application is made.)
- Students should apply during the term that they are completing ECE 3040 or ECE 3030, but no later than drop day after completing ECE 3040 or ECE 3030.
- Students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA through completion of the undergraduate program. Furthermore, no single term GPA can be below 3.0.
B.S. /M.S. program application procedures are listed below. IMPORTANT: Applications for the B.S./M.S. program must not be submitted through the ECE or Graduate Studies on-line application system!
- The following should be submitted to the ECE Graduate Affairs Office (Van Leer Building, Room W208)
- The completed B.S./M.S. version of the Georgia Tech Graduate Program Application (pdf; 132 kb)
- B.S./M.S. Statement of Purpose (pdf; 70 kb)
- Recommendation letter (pdf; 71 kb) from an ECE faculty member. Additional recommendation letters are optional and welcome. The letter of recommendation must be submitted along with application for the program.
- Transfer students should provide 1 copy of their official transcript from the school(s) from which they transferred (if attended for one year or more).
- Do NOT apply online through the ECE or Graduate Studies web site. You will be charged an application fee if you apply on-line.
The ECE Graduate Affairs Office will make a decision regarding your acceptance when we have received all information necessary to complete the application file. Admission decisions will be made at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Applicants will be notified of our decision by letter one year from the date of the start of the graduate program. If an assistantship is offered, we will send a separate letter with all necessary information and materials.
Note that not being selected for this program does not preclude a student from applying to the graduate program in the standard fashion during their senior year.
After admission to the program, you are expected to:
- Maintain a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and no single term GPA lower than 3.0.
- B.S./M.S. applicants will be considered for a graduate teaching appointment.
- Review the "Important Information for New Students" and the "Current ECE Graduate Handbook" located in the Current Student Resources area of the ECE web site.
- Attend ECE B.S./M.S. Graduate Student Advisement session. Date, time, and location of this session will be sent to students via email.
- Familiarize yourself with the coursework requirements and options as outlined on the Master'sDegree Requirements page
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Students admitted through the B.S./M.S. program who have more than one term with a GPA lower than 3.00 or do not have a 3.50 or higher cumulative GPA at the completion of their B.S. program will be required to take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and provide acceptable scores to the ECE Graduate Affairs Office. This requirement must be fulfilled during the first term of graduate study. These students should also expect that they will not be permitted to double count any undergraduate hours toward the M.S. degree requirements.
B.S./M.S. students are welcome to pursue doctoral studies in ECE. Students are reclassified as "Ph.D." when they successfully pass the Ph.D. preliminary examination. This exam is offered in both fall and spring semesters. B.S./M.S. students may take the exam when they are classified as seniors or after they are reclassified as M.S. students.
There are differences between the coursework requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students who plan to pursue the Ph.D. can save time by choosing their M.S. classes with the Ph.D. requirements in mind.
For additional information, contact the ECE Graduate Affairs Office.
Last revised on June 11, 2013.