Career Outlook and Opportunities
Engineers in the Grand Rapids area could start off making an annual salary of $70,000+ depending on their area. Engineers with an M.S.E. degree from Grand Valley have job titles, such as:
- Product engineer
- Process engineer
- Electrical engineer
- Design engineer
- Hardware engineering
- Hardware design engineer
An M.S.E. degree also makes career advancement easier to achieve. The median annual wage for architectural and engineering managers was $137,720 in May 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000. The annual mean salary for engineering managers is $126K - $133K for those employed in Michigan. Employment of architectural and engineering managers is projected to grow six percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment growth will largely reflect the growth of the industries in which these managers are employed.
WHY PURSUE COMBINED DEGREES AT GRAND VALLEY?
- Highly-credentialed and well-connected faculty.
- The School of CIS has its own dedicated state of the art computer labs for hands-on equipment. A premier data communications lab and computer architecture lab are also available.
- Accelerate your career trajectory and complete your degrees one step ahead of the competition.
- Respond to emerging job markets.
- Meet the growing national need for more master's trained employees.
- Gain valuable internship and career opportunities through partnerships in the West Michigan area.
The combined program allows the use of two courses from the graduate program to fulfill the requirements for two undergraduate electives, while also 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 9-11 credit hours.
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.
Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements for this program.
Admission to major standing in the B.S.E./M.S.E. program is competitive and requires a secondary application; applicants must meet at least the following:
- A GPA of 3.3 or above in the engineering foundation courses,
- Completion of each course in the engineering foundation with a grade of B (3.0) or above with no repeats
- Completion of preparation for placement in cooperative engineering education, EGR 289.
- Transfer students must complete at least eight credit hours in engineering courses taken at GVSU before they can be admitted to major standing.
To complete the requirements for graduation with combined B.S.E./M.S.E. degrees, the following course requirements for a minimum of 163 credit hours must be met: general education and basic skills, engineering foundations courses, cooperative engineering education, engineering design capstone, and engineering emphasis. The graduate emphasis requirements are listed with the information on the individual emphases. A minimum of 45 credit hours in engineering courses at the 300 level or above must be completed at GVSU. These courses must include EGR 692 and 693.
Visit the online catalog for admission requirements for this program.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.
Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.