The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a combined BS/MS degree program intended to foster undergraduate research and to accelerate progress toward a MS degree. This is a research intensive degree and offers students interested in expanding their research skills the opportunity to work in a research lab.
Only full time domestic students currently enrolled in Major Status in the Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program can be admitted to the combined BS/MS Program. International students are not eligible for the BS/MS degree.
Each supervisory committee consists of three faculty members. The committee chair and the majority of the committee must be tenure-line faculty in the MSE department. In compliance with The Graduate School’s policy, the supervisory committee chair must be a regular faculty at the University of Utah with at least an adjunct appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and the committee members must meet the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. If the advisor is an adjunct faculty member in Materials Science and Engineering the other two members of the committee must be tenure track Materials Science and Engineering faculty members. If agreed by the advisor, one member of the committee can be chosen from outside the Department providing the advisor is a tenure track faculty member in Materials Science and Engineering.
BS/MS students may request transfer to graduate status after the completion of 122 semester credit hours of qualified studies. The student must follow the regular University of Utah Graduate School application procedures. On the referral sheet that the MSE Department returns to the Graduate Admissions Office, the MSE Department will note the student has been accepted to the BS/MS program. Graduate Admissions will then approve admission without the BS having been completed.
Admission to the combined degree program guarantees admission to the Graduate School as long as a minimum GPA of 3.5 is maintained. The successful admission into the program is simply a matter of addition paperwork. Please note that application deadline is January 15th for Fall Semester.
Entrance criteria for the BS/MS program is consistent with criteria for the traditional M.S. program. Once the application is received it will be processed and decisions are made by the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Committee.
For more information on the application for admission to the Graduate School click here.
Upon successful completion of the combined degree program, both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are awarded simultaneously. Students must apply for graduation to the Registrar’s Office for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree to be awarded in the appropriate semester. Both applications must be completed and turned into the Graduation Office by the deadline for the appropriate semester. Students must satisfy all the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and University of Utah requirements for each degree. Reminder that Coursework may not be applied to more than one degree.
BS/MS students are required to complete two graduation applications. To apply for graduation for both the BS and MS click here.
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