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Combined Degree: Engineering, B.S.E. and M.S.E.

Grand Valley State University combined degree programs offer students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree, meeting their unique personal, academic, and career goals. Pursuing a combined degree program can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both a bachelor's and a master's degree.

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Source: EMSI, 2020

Program Overview

Students are prepared for engineering careers and leadership roles by way of B.S.E. and M.S.E. degree programs that integrate academic studies with hands-on learning and paid professional co-op experiences in engineering companies.

The combined program allows the use of two courses from the graduate program to fulfill the requirements for two undergraduate electives, while applying these courses to the graduate program. Similarly, the combined program utilizes an integrated culminating experience that fulfills the requirements of both the B.S.E. and M.S.E. programs. Through this articulation, the student completes both programs through a reduction of 9 to 11 credits.

Why Pursue a Combined Degree at Grand Valley?

  • Personal attention in small classes and extensive hands-on and project-based learning supported by our student-focused, state-of-the-art teaching, laboratory, and project facilities.
  • Excellent engineering opportunities in the West Michigan area, anticipated to improve over the next 10 years because this area, centered in Grand Rapids, is one of the strongest and most innovative technical, manufacturing, and industrial regions of the state.
  • Opportunities for Industry Sponsored Graduate Fellowship (IGF) and Internships to gain valuable experiential knowledge in parallel to academic learning while getting financial support from the surrounding industries.
  • Combined bachelor's/masters programs that allow high-achieving students to complete both the B.S.E. and the M.S.E. in as little as five calendar years.
  • Accelerate your career trajectory and stay one step ahead of the competition.
  • Meet the growing national need for more master's trained employees.

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus; classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


The study plans for the combined B.S.E./M.S.E. program are very aggressive and academically demanding. Undergraduate students maintaining a GPA of 3.3 through their junior year are encouraged to apply for the program. For more information, please contact the graduate program director.

Career Options

The following are just a few career options for engineers:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Digital systems engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Mechanical engineer

Skills Employers Want

The M.S.E. in Engineering at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the engineering field.

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • New product Development
  • Simulink
  • Systems Engineering
  • Simulations
  • Powertrain
  • Design Failure Mode And Effects Analysis
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

Source: EMSI, 2020

For More Information

School of Engineering

Shabbir Choudhuri, Ph.D., Program Director
136 Kennedy Hall
(616) 331-6750