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5 year BS/MS in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) offers a five-year program through which students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering within a five-year time frame. The B.S. and M.S. degrees offered through this program are identical to the individual B.S. and M.S. degrees offered by the MIE Department. The combined five-year program provides students with the opportunity to obtain these degrees in less time than would be required when pursuing them independently. In addition, the five-year program offers a fast track process for admission to the Graduate School by waiving the otherwise required GRE scores, letters of reference, and statement of purpose.

Structure of the 5 Year BS/MS Plan

To manage all the required courses for the B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years, different provisions in the B.S. degree schedule are necessary. The main provisions are:

  1. Two additional graduate-level courses* may be taken during the first four years (typically the senior year), to be later transferred into the M.S. program. (Note that these two courses cannot be counted towards the B.S. degree since university policy does not allow “double-counting” of courses.) With this provision, eight courses* need to be taken during the fifth year in the M.S. program.
  2. Two independent study courses* may be taken during the summer between the fourth and fifth years, so only eight lecture-based courses* may be taken during the fifth year in the M.S. program.
  3. The above two provisions may both be implemented to require six lecture-based courses* during the fifth academic year in the M.S. program.
  4. It may be necessary to shift some electives or general education courses to make room for the additional graduate courses necessary for the M.S. degree. Participants in the five-year program will be advised on an individual basis to ensure that their study plan meets the necessary requirements. It should be noted that, although desirable, it will not be mandatory to complete  the M.S. program in only one year, as the students may choose to prolong their study beyond the fifth year.

* Courses are assumed to be 3 credit hours.

Eligibility Requirements

The five-year B.S./M.S. program in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is open to all undergraduate students at UMass Amherst who are enrolled as majors in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.5 based on at least 30 credits of engineering courses or other courses required for the engineering degree. For the GPA requirement, the cumulative GPA at the end of the third year, including all required 300-level MIE courses, is used.

All admissions into the five-year B.S./M.S. program are conditional. Specifically, admission into the M.S. program through the fast track process is contingent upon the students completing their B.S. degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher

Application and Admission Process

Students who are interested in being admitted to the five-year program need to fill out and submit the appropriate application form. Applications should be submitted to the director of the five-Year B.S./M.S. Program (for contact information, see below). The annual application deadline is May 1 (or the first business day thereafter if May 1 falls on a weekend or holiday) of the candidate’s junior year. Decisions on admissions are made by late May (after the spring semester grades are available). Students who are applying to the five-year program are encouraged to plan their course schedule for the fall semester accordingly.

Once admitted to the five-year program, students have the commitment of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering that they will be recommended for admission to the M.S. program in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering after completion of their B.S. degree (given that the minimum GPA requirement for the B.S. degree is met.)

Once admitted to the M.S. program in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, students can transfer up to six credit hours of prior courses taken beyond their B.S. degree into the M.S. degree. The remaining courses will be taken while enrolled in the M.S. program.

All degree requirements for the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree need to be met. The five-year program does not affect the requirements for either one of these degree programs.

FAQs

1. I am an MIE student (ME or IE) and my GPA at the end of the junior year is less than 3.5. Can I sign up for the five-year program?
No, because a GPA of at least 3.5 is required. You may, however, apply to the M.S. program through the normal graduate school application process.

2. I am an ME or IE major and my GPA is above 3.5 at the end of the junior year, but I am missing one required junior-level MIE course. Can I sign up for the five-year program?
No, because all required junior-level courses need to be completed by the time of application.

3. I am a transfer student. Can I sign up for the five-year program?
Yes, if all eligibility requirements are met.

4. I am majoring in something other than Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, but I am planning on pursuing an M.S. in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering. Can I sign up for the five-year program?
No, because the five-year program is only available to students who are majoring in Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Engineering. You can apply to the M.S. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering via the normal graduate school application process.

5. I have already completed my B.S. in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering. Can I sign up for the five-year program?
No, this program is for current B.S. students. You can apply to the M.S. through the normal graduate school application process.

6. I am currently pursuing / have completed my B.S. at a university other than the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I would like to do my M.S. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Can I sign up for the five-year program?
No, because the program is for B.S. students who are enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. You can apply to the M.S. program through the normal graduate school application process.

7. I have been admitted to the five-year program and I am in my senior year. The GPA for my B.S. degree is going to be below 3.5. Will I be admitted to the M.S. program?
No, because the minimum GPA requirement is not met.

8. I have been admitted to the five-year program. Do I need to take the GRE, submit letters of recommendation, and/or Statement of Purpose to be admitted into the M.S. program?
No, because the fast track admission process of the five-year program does not require any of the above.

9. I have been admitted to the five-year program and thus into the M.S. program after completing my B.S. degree. Can I transfer a course into the M.S. program that I have used to meet my B.S. requirements?
No, because university regulations do not allow the use of any course to satisfy degree requirements in both undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs.

10. I have been admitted to the five-year program and thus into the M.S. program after completing my B.S. degree. Can I transfer more than six credit hours of courses into the M.S. that I have taken in addition to my B.S. requirements?
No, because the current limit on transfers into the M.S. is six credit hours.

11. Can I get financial support for the fifth year?
No, the MIE department does not provide support to enrollees in the five-year B.S./M.S. program. However, if a student decides to switch to a PhD program, then (s)he may be eligible for financial support as a teaching assistant (TA), research assistant (RA), or graduate fellow.

 

Contact Information
Kourosh Danai, Professor
Director, Five-Year B.S./M.S. Program
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Gunness Lab 1
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
danai@umass.edu
413-545-1561

Application Form (PDF)