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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 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 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
  • 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 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 apply during the term that they are enrolled in ECE 3030/3040, but no later than drop day of the immediate next term after completing ECE 3030/3040. This applies to students regardless of enrollment status (including summer term).
 If you completed ECE 3030/ECE 3040 in: Application due 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.

Start the application process by going to: Apply Now

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 by the end of the fall and spring semesters one year from the date of the start of the graduate program and will be accessible through your CollegeNet account. Decision available notification is sent to the email address as listed on the application. You are responsible to ensure that this email address 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 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 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.

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 August 17, 2020