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4+1 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  Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Engineering Management  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 4+1  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 4+1 Program

  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 alone, 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 4+1  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 4+1 year BS+MS program in Mechanical Engineering,  Industrial Engineering, and Engineering Management 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 4+1 year BS+MS 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 4+1  program need to fill out and submit the appropriate application  form to the director of the 4+1 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 4+1  program are encouraged to plan their course schedule for the  fall semester accordingly.

Once admitted to the 4+1 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 Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Engineering  Management 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, 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 4+1 program does not affect the  requirements for either one of these degree programs.


  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 4+1  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 4+1 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 4+1 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 Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or  Engineering Management. Can I sign up for the 4+1 program?
    Yes,  even though the 4+1 program is ideally suited to students  majoring in Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Engineering,  those majoring in related fields, such as other engineering  disciplines, physics, mathematics, kinesiology, etc., at one of  the five-colleges may also qualify. You should contact the 4+1  program director for potential consideration.
  5. I have already completed my B.S. in Mechanical or Industrial  Engineering. Can I sign up for the 4+1 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 or Industrial  Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Can I  sign up for the 4+1 program?
    No, unless you are enrolled in a  related field, such as other engineering majors, physics,  mathematics, kinesiology, etc. at one of the five-colleges.  Although the program is ideally suited to B.S. students in  mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of  Massachusetts Amherst, it can work for other majors. You should  contact the 4+1 program director for potential consideration.
  7. I have been admitted to the 4+1 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 4+1 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 4+1 program does not  require any of the above.
  9. I have been admitted to the 4+1 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 4+1 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 4+1  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

Application Form (PDF)