Joint BS/MS Degree (ECE)

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a joint BS/MS Degree. A student accepted into the joint BS/MS degree program will receive a BS degree in Engineering with a major in Electrical Engineering when all requirements for the BS degree have been completed. Students will receive an MS (thesis/non-thesis) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering upon completion of the requirements for the MS degree.

A maximum of nine (9) s.h. may be counted toward both the BS and MS degrees. Only graduate courses completed after admission to the joint degree program may be counted toward the master's degree. One additional course, constituting a maximum of three (3) additional semester hours of graduate credit, taken after admission to the joint degree program and prior to award of the BS degree, may be applied toward the MS degree requirements, provided that this course is not used to satisfy BS degree requirements. Students must have less than 15 s.h. of remaining undergraduate coursework and must be in the second or subsequent semester of their joint BS/MS program at the time that this course is taken.

Eligibility Criteria

Students applying for entry into the joint BS/MS degree program offered by ECE must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 80 semester credit hours completed (typically at the end of the fifth semester of undergraduate study) at the time of submitting an application
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher at the time of submitting an application
  • Students applying for the MS with thesis, must have an identified ECE faculty member willing to serve as the student's MS thesis advisor. The thesis advisor must serve as a reference for the joint BS/MS degree program application

Application Process

Students applying for Departmental approval for participation in the joint BS/MS program must submit a letter of application and a statement of purpose to the ECE Department Chair during the semester prior to which entry to the joint program is sought. Under normal circumstances the letter of application would be submitted during the student's sixth semester, seeking entry into the joint BS/MS program beginning in the seventh semester. Departmental approval of entry into the BS/MS joint degree program will be based on the student's academic record, references, the availability of positions, and on the availability of project funding.

Upon approval by the Department for participation in the joint BS/MS program, the applicant must then submit the appropriate completed sections of the Graduate College application, including references (one of which must be from the applicant's identified MS thesis advisor when applying for the MS thesis option) to the ECE Department and the Office of Graduate Admissions before the end of the semester prior to intended entry into the joint BS/MS program.

The departmental application form and the Joint BS/MS Degree Course Approval Form can be under the Miscellaneous Forms/Templates section at https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/ece/forms.