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Joint BS/MS

**You must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in the ECE program in order to be eligible for this 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-year time frame. Students completing both a bachelor’s and master’s in electrical or computer engineering may also be eligible for the Graduate Option where they may use up to six credit hours of senior/graduate-level ECE coursework for both degrees.

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 fill out the BS/MS Degree Form during the term that they are completing ECE 3040 Microelectronic Circuits for EE students; ECE 3030 Physical Foundations of Computer Engineering for CmpE students; or ECE 3058 Architecture, Systems, Concurrency and Energy in Computation; but no later than the drop day after completing ECE 3040, ECE 3030, or ECE 3058. The BS/MS Degree Form alerts the Graduate Office of your interest in the BS/MS program.  An official graduate application must be submitted during your graduating semester.

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 participate in programs such as Georgia Tech Lorraine and Georgia Tech Shenzhen 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
  • Students with a final cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher can move a maximum of 12 hours forward from the BS program to the MS program. Six of these 12 hours can be used toward both the B.S. and the M.S. degree (classes must fulfill degree requirements and only can be ECE 4000 level or higher). Therefore, a student can take an additional 6 hours of courses at the graduate level while an undergraduate that can move forward to the master's program. These classes cannot be used for the BS degree requirements; they are taken in excess of BS degree requirements (fall-through courses). For more information, please see https://www.ece.gatech.edu/sites/default/files/documents/grad/current_grad_handbook.pdf. Courses double-counted can only be used in group III - 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 BS/MS Degree Form 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 12 hours of ECE coursework after entering Georgia Tech and having a transfer GPA of 3.5 from an accredited undergraduate program as approved by the Registrar's Office. (The 12 hours should be completed by the end of the term in which the application is made.)
  • Students should submit the degree form during the term that they are enrolled in ECE 3030/3040/3058, but no later than drop day of the immediate next term after completing ECE 3030/3040/3058. This applies to students regardless of enrollment status (including summer term). An official graduate application must be submitted during your graduating semester by the admissions deadline.
 If you completed ECE 3030/ECE 3040/ECE 3058 in: Submit degree form no later than the drop date (withdrawal deadline):
Spring semester Summer semester (full summer session)
Summer semester Fall semester
Fall semester Spring semester
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA through completion of the undergraduate program. Furthermore, no single term GPA can be below 3.0 after submission of the degree form.

Start the application process by going to: Apply Now

The ECE Graduate Affairs Office will make a decision regarding your acceptance in the semester preceding the requested admission semester (Summer semester for Fall admission and Fall semester for Spring admission). Decisions can only be made once we have received all information necessary to complete the application file. This includes:

  • making sure that you have reached the number of credit hours to be eligible (see Introduction tab)
  • reviewing the latest transcripts showing a cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA
  • receiving the recommendation letter

Decision available notification is sent to the email address as listed on the application. You are responsible to ensure that the email address listed on the application remains accessible to receive communications from our office. Admitted students will be instructed how to apply for a GTA prior to the start of the graduate program. The ECE Graduate Affairs Office will track your progress through your B.S. program and will offer an advisement session prior to entry into the graduate program.

Note that not being selected for this program does not preclude a student from applying to the standard graduate program.

After declaring interest 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 (GTA). Instruction on how to be considered for a GTA is provided to admitted students program prior to enrollment.
  • Review the ECE Graduate Handbook.
  • 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's Degree 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.

If you meet the minimum requirements and wish to apply to the MSECE program, you must complete the interest form and the online application at the appropriate times.

To maintain eligibility for the BS/MS program after being accepted, students must:

  • Complete the BS degree and then matriculate into the MS program.  Students cannot graduate with a BS and MS at the same time.
  • Start the MS program immediately after graduating with their BS degree.  The only exception to this is summer semester.  Students who graduate in the spring are allowed to take summer semester off and start in the fall semester. Summer admission is not available.
  • Graduate with the BS degree with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Complete their MS degree within two years of graduating with the BS degree.

 

Begin the BS/MS Degree Form. The BS/MS Degree Form identifies interested students and offers the Graduate Affairs Office a means of communication to interested undergraduate students prior to matriculation into the graduate program.

  • You will need to create an account and then log in to review, change or submit the form.
  • Please fill out the form in its entirety to the best of knowledge.  If a question does not apply in your particular situation, the field can be left blank (i.e. unsure of recommender, undecided on the classes to be double-counted, etc.).
  • This form does not commit you to applying to the MS program should future plans change.
  • If your graduation plans are delayed, simply complete the official application to the MS program in your graduating semester. Submitting an updated degree form is not necessary.
  • A BS/MS Degree Program Form is required to be filed within the established BS/MS admission timelines. 

You can begin your application here.

The same username and password created when the BS/MS Degree Form was filed is needed to access your Gradapp account.

The admissions application consists of a range of general questions, including:

  • General background/contact information
  • Academic history
  • Unofficial Georgia Tech undergraduate transcript (Required. If admitted, Tech will provide an official transcript upon graduating from the BS program.)
  • One letter of recommendation (required)
  • Employment history (if applicable)
  • Test scores (if applicable)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Statement of purpose (1,000 words maximum)

An official graduate application to the MS program must be submitted during your graduating semester. Applications must be received by the following deadlines. The MS program does not offer a summer admission. Admissions application deadlines are firm.

Atlanta Campus 

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: November 1

Distance Learning

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: November 1

Shenzhen

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: October 1

Lorraine

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: October 1

A full academic summary of the MS program is available at https://www.ece.gatech.edu/masters-degrees.

B.S./M.S. students are welcome to pursue doctoral studies in ECE. For more details please visit the Ph.D. Degrees page and select the "Change Major from M.S. to Ph.D." accordion at the bottom of the page.

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 September 13, 2021