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.
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
Timeline of application
Interested candidates can apply to the Combined BSE/MSE program in the Summer semester of their engineering junior year. Admission decisions will be made after the Summer semester (once grades are in) and students will enroll in the Combined program in the subsequent Winter semester.
Admission to the combined B.S.E./M.S.E. program is competitive and requires a secondary application; applicants must meet at least the following:
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or above at the time of application evaluation
- Completion of the second co-op rotation
- Three letters of recommendation from the faculty members in the undergraduate program
Combined BSE/MSE degree requirements
Candidates must complete the following undergraduate engineering degree requirements - general education, engineering foundation courses, cooperative engineering education, and emphasis specific courses. Candidates must also complete 33 credits of graduate level courses. 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. So, instead of the undergraduate senior design experience EGR 485 and EGR 486, students will take EGR 693 Master’s Project (6 credits) or EGR 695 Master’s Thesis (6 credits) as their capstone experience for BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through this articulation, the student completes both programs with 9 to 11 fewer credits.