Undergraduate StudyCombined BS/MS Program
While you are an undergraduate student, careful coordination of your class schedule may allow you to complete either a bachelor of science in civil engineering or a bachelor of science in environmental engineering and a master of science degree from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Sometimes, though, additional quarters are needed.
There are many compelling reasons to consider earning a master’s degree, including:
- Increased starting salary
- Enhanced job opportunities
- Greater potential for job advancement
- Familiarity with McCormick programs and faculty
- Greater convenience prior to starting employment
Students can pursue a master’s degree in the same department as their BS, or in a different department. For the greatest success, students considering the BS/MS program should discuss their plans by the end of their junior year.
Here are the steps to be considered for admission to the BS/MS program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:
- Meet with the appropriate MS program director to develop the MS study plan necessary for application to The Graduate School.
- Submit the application forms and documents listed below to your undergraduate adviser, your MS adviser-to-be (if different from the MS program director), and to the director of graduate studies for their signatures.
MS program directors
All of these faculty members in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering may discuss with you your application package:
- Environmental engineering science: Jean-Francois Gaillard
- Geotechnical engineering: Richard Finno
- Structural engineering: Karen Chou
- Transportation engineering: Pablo Durango-Cohen
Undergraduate students with 3.50 GPA or above
- McCormick Application for Admission to Combined Degree Program
- Your official or unofficial Northwestern University transcript.
Undergraduate students with GPA below 3.50
- If you have a combined GPA near 3.5, and have demonstrated that you are in good standing in the courses that are of direct relevance to the MS program that you are considering, you need to meet with the MS program director to discuss your application. Two recommendation forms are then needed to support your application to The Graduate School.
- The other option is to apply to The Graduate School for admission as an MS student through the general application process.
Please consult The Graduate School website for application submission deadline in each quarter. The deadlines are usually at least one month prior to the start of the new quarter.