Mechanical Engineering, Fast Track BS/MS
The ME Fast-Track BS/MS program was approved by TBR in November 2015 and is now open to ME Juniors and Seniors to participate, the highlights of this program are:
Advantages of the Program
- The ME BS/MS program is designed to enable Tennessee Tech ME undergraduates to accumulate up to six credit hours of graduate coursework while still pursuing their undergraduate degree. Up to six hours of graduate coursework, exclusive of directed study, taken during the student's junior or senior year can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements (" double counted"). These courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech University and must be approved as appropriate substitutions in the undergraduate curriculum for ME electives (AOE courses).
- There is no obligation to complete the master’s degree if the student’s plans change.
- Students who plan to work on a master's thesis are strongly encouraged to meet with faculty during their junior and senior year to get a head start on the research for their master’s degree.
Requirements to Apply
- Students must be an ME undergraduate student in their junior or senior year.
- Obtained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher for ME courses.
Program Rules and Requirements
To maintain eligibility for the BS/MS program after being accepted, students must:
- Maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher (ME courses) at the undergraduate level. Students who graduate with their BS degree with less than a 3.5 GPA (ME courses) will not be eligible for the BS/MS program.
- Students must complete their BS degree and then matriculate into the MS program. Students cannot graduate with a BS and MS at the same time.
- Start into 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
- Students are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout the MS degree.
Master’s Degree Options
Participation in the ME BS/MS program does not change the requirements for either the undergraduate or the graduate degree. There are two options to consider.
The non-thesis option
- 33 credit hours are required, which includes 30 hours of course work and 3 hours for a project.
- There is no funding available in this case.
- This option requires 30 credit hours, which includes 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis research.
- The time it takes to complete the MS degree depends on the thesis project, the advisor, and the student’s work ethic.
REQUEST FOR GRADUATE COURSE FOR UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT
Students who are selected for the BS/MS program will need to fill out a Request for Graduate Course for Undergraduate or Graduate Credit form and a Fast Track Program - Notice of Acceptance form for the six hours of dual-use credits you will be taking.
Since the ME fast-track BS/MS program has just been approved, the Record Office is updating the form to include ME. Please fill out the form with an added box "Fast Track Mechanical Engineering (3.5 GPA in current ME courses)" and the form will be accepted by the Registration Center and the College of Graduate Studies.