2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Nov 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Technology, BS/MS


The College of Technology at Purdue University Northwest offers a combined five-year BS and MS degree program, in which students will receive both the BS and MS degrees in Technology. The combined program will graduate students who meet all the BS and MS requirements, by offering a supervised and seamless transition from the BS curriculum to the MS curriculum. The total credit hours required for this combined-degree program will be 141 for those students awarded both BS and MS degrees. The traditional Bachelor of Science in Technology requires 120 hours and the Master of Science in Technology requires 30 hours for a total of 150 hours. The combined program allows an overlap of 9 credit hours thereby reducing the number of required hours to 141 and making it possible for qualified students to complete both degrees in five years.

Admission Requirements


Students will be admitted to the College of Technology under the current guidelines for admitting BS students. The requirements and the sequence of courses that they will take for their first three years will be identical to those of the traditional technology majors. All incoming students will be informed of the option to pursue the combined degree program in the required freshman experience course during their first semester and then advised accordingly, on an individual basis, if they wish to pursue it. The College of Technology will also actively identify juniors and seniors who meet the program requirements. Students will be counseled that the combined program is not meant for every technology student, but is for those who demonstrate the required commitment and maintain an excellent academic standing. As such, only the highly motivated and top-quality students will be admitted to the combined degree program. Students who are admitted to the combined program will complete their application process for the MS degree and the GS Form 27 in their junior year for admission at the beginning of their 7th semester (senior year).  The students will have a primary classification as an undergraduate and a secondary classification as a master’s student. They will then be reclassified as master’s students at the end of their senior year, after the award of the undergraduate degree.

Degree Requirements


The proposed BS/MS combined curriculum consists of all required courses for the BS in Technology, as well as all of the current graduate course requirements of the traditional Master’s program.

Students will be required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 for the first 80 credit hours of course work and B- grade or higher in all technology basic core courses in the plan of study in order to be conditionally admitted to the program. The requirements will be more stringent and slightly different from the current admission standard for the traditional MS program in Technology. For example, a minimum GPA of 3.25 and a B- grade or higher in all technology basic core courses will be required.

The total credit hours required for this combined-degree program will be 141 for those students awarded both BS and MS degrees. The traditional Bachelor of Science in Technology requires 120 hours and the Master of Science in Technology requires 30 hours for a total of 150 hours. The combined program allows an overlap of 9 credit hours thereby reducing the number of required hours to 141 and making it possible for qualified students to complete both degrees in five years. Students will complete 9 hours of graduate study after their admission to the combined degree program in their senior year.

Final admission (reclassification) to the graduate program will not be approved unless the student meets the minimum 3.25 GPA requirement and receives a B or higher grade in each of the graduate courses during his/her senior year.