Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science

photo of students working on a project The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a combined Bachelor's of Science/Master's of Science (BS/MS)  degree program, which allows students to receive both BS in Electrical Engineering (EE) or Electrical Engineering with an Engineering Physics (EP) concentration and MS EE degrees in 5 years. Up to twelve (12) semester credit hours of the 6000/7000 level semester courses may be double counted and applied toward both BS and MS degree requirements.

Admission Process

At the end of their junior year, students who are interested in pursuing 5-year combined BS/MS degrees should submit the Graduate School Application to the Graduate Committee of Electrical Engineering. Required documents:

  • WSU transcript;
  • two recommendation letters;
  • a program of study approved by both the undergraduate advisor and the graduate program director.

Admission Requirements

The students must have the following to be admitted into the combined BS/MS program:

  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3,
  • completed at least 90 semester credits of 121 semester credits required for the BS degree, and
  • completed the following required EE/EP core courses with a minimum GPA of 3.3 over these core courses:
    • EE 322 (4000)
    • EE 331 (3310)
    • EE 345 (3450) 

The admission to the Graduate School will normally be at the beginning of subsequent quarter (semester) upon approval. The students will then have dual status as undergraduate students and graduate students. After admission the students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantship. The admitted students are strongly encouraged to engage research activities as early as possible with possible sponsorship from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

Program Withdrawal

The students admitted to the combined BS/MS program may withdraw from the combined program and continue as the traditional undergraduate students. However, if they are awarded the BS degree and become graduate students again in the later time, the graduate credits applied to the BS cannot be applied to the MS

Degree Requirements

Students may use up to twelve (12) semester credits of graduate courses taken after entering the combined BS/MS program to partially fulfill the requirements of both BS and MS degrees. In addition, the students need to meet the other degree requirements as explained in the respective degree programs.