2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, BSME/MSME

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The Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at Purdue University Northwest offers the Combined BSME/MSME degree program in Mechanical Engineering. The program is intended to provide outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the BSME program with opportunities to continue their studies toward a master’s degree (MSME) in the department.  This enables students to broaden their studies and improve their career prospects with competitive advantage by completing both the bachelor’s and master’s programs at an accelerated pace.

Admission Requirements

Students will be admitted to the School of Engineering under the current guidelines for admitting BSME students. All incoming students will be informed of the option for the combined degree program. Only students with a 3.25/4.0 GPA or above at the start of their junior year will be accepted into the program.

Students would be expected to apply for the graduate program (MSME) at the end of their junior year, and would be expected to complete the application process for the MSME degree and the GS Form 27, and would be admitted to the graduate program as a second classification at the start of year 4 (senior year).  The students would have a primary classification of Undergrad and a secondary classification of graduate.  Once the student has completed the Bachelor’s degree requirements, the graduate admission would become a first priority (final year of the 5 year combined degree program) upon award of the undergraduate degree.

Degree Requirements

During the first year of the dual-degree program (Senior year, after admission to the combined degree program), students’ credit credit-hour loads will be identical to the load carried by students seeking just the corresponding regular undergraduate degree. This is possible because students will use required electives of their undergraduate program in order to satisfy 9 of the required 30 credit hours of the graduate degree. During their fifth year students will then typically take 4 courses totaling 12 credit hours in the fall semester, plus another 3 courses (9 credit hours) in their final spring. This represents a slightly elevated course load (of one additional course in each of the two final semesters) compared to what is typical for MS degree graduate students.

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