Undergraduate Study / Programs / Honors & Combined DegreesCombined Bachelor's / Master's Program
McCormick’s Combined BS/MS Program allows undergraduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree (BS) and master’s degree (MS) simultaneously, shortening the time required to earn a master’s degree.
With careful planning, students may commence work on their master’s degree before completing their bachelor’s degree. For some students, it may be possible to earn both degrees at the same time, in just four years.
Students can pursue master’s degrees in the same department as their bachelor’s or in a different department.
How to Apply
Interested students should complete the BS/MS application when they are within four courses of completing their bachelor’s degree requirements.
The application requires several signatures, including:
- the student’s undergraduate adviser
- the director of graduate study in the MS program
- the undergraduate engineering registrar and the assistant dean for students, counseling and personal development
- the senior associate dean in The Graduate School.
To be admitted for a specific quarter, the application must be completed one month prior to the start of the new quarter.
All students must attach an unofficial Northwestern University transcript to the application.
Letters of Recommendation
Undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and above are guaranteed admission and are not required to submit two letters of recommendation.
Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.50 are required to submit two letters of recommendation.
- If you are interested in a master’s degree, work closely with your undergraduate adviser or with personnel in the Office of Undergraduate Engineering
- If your ultimate goal is to complete a PhD, you should consider pursuing an MS with the thesis option
- If you plan to seek a master’s degree in another department, review the list of recommended undergraduate courses that you should take as an undergraduate.
- Contact the director of graduate studies in the master's degree department. They are responsible for graduate admission to that department. Please refer to the list below and make an appointment to see them early in your undergraduate years.
Director of graduate studies for each McCormick department:
- Biomedical Engineering: Gloria Kim
- Chemical and Biological Engineering: Jennifer Cole
- Civil and Environmental Engineering: Dave Corr
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Goce Trajcevski
- Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics: Ed Olmstead
- Materials Science and Engineering: Lincoln Lauhon
- Mechanical Engineering: Manohar Kulkarni
- Master of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation: Amy O'Keefe
Master’s Program in Same Academic Department
If you wish to begin a master’s program following completion of your bachelor’s degree in the same department, you should apply for MS admission during your senior year.
Note: You are guaranteed admission to a McCormick master’s program if you finish your undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.