In our highly technical and global economy, a bachelor's degree might not provide sufficient skills for the complex engineering problems found in the workplace. As a result, the master's degree has become a valuable asset that provides the additional knowledge and specialization needed to succeed in a technical career. To that end, the Woodruff School offers a BS/MS Program for outstanding students who want to obtain a graduate degree.  The BS/MS Program allows students to apply to graduate school during their sophomore or junior year. 

Advantages of the Program

  • There is no application fee and you need not take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission to the program.
  • You can use six hours of electives from your undergraduate curriculum toward both your B.S. and M.S. degrees.
  • You only need one letter of recommendation, rather than the three required for the regular application.
  • There is no obligation to complete your master’s degree if your plans change.
  • Students who plan to work on a master's thesis should meet with faculty during their senior year to discuss support for their master’s degree. Support includes a graduate research assistantship (GRA) or a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA), and the appropriate tuition reduction and stipends.

Application Requirements and How to Apply

  • Students must be an ME or NRE undergraduate student and apply to the Mechanical Engineering (MSME), Nuclear Engineering (MSNE), Medical Physics (MEMP), Bioengineering (MSBIOE) or Robotics programs within the Woodruff School.
  • Students must apply after earning 30 credit hours but before 75 earned credit hours, including transfer and AP credit hours.
    • Students must have received a grade in COE 2001, Statics, before they apply. 
    • Students must complete a minimum of 12-24 credit hours at Georgia Tech, including degree applicable STEM classes.  
    • For students who are applying after 75 credit hours:
      • All parts of the application must be received before the start of phase 2 registration during the semester you take ME 3057, NRE 4208 or NRE 4350.  Applications received after the start of phase 2 registration will not be accepted.
      • ME:  Students with more than 75 credit hours can apply until the time they take ME 3057 (this means that they cannot be currently enrolled or took it previously).
      • NRE:  Students with more than 75 credit hours can apply until the time they take NRE 4208 or NRE 4350 (this means that they cannot be currently enrolled or took it previously).
  • Students have shown appropriate progress towards their degree program.
  • Obtained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher at Georgia Tech for the MSME, MSNRE, MSMP or MSBIOE programs.  The MS in Robotics requires a 3.75 GPA to apply. The grade point average (GPA) for admission to the program is based only on classes taken at Georgia Tech.  No transfer classes are included.
  • Click here for the on-line BS/MS application.
    • You will need to create an account and then log in to complete the application.
    • You only need one letter of recommendation, even though the application text says that you need three.
    • If your anticipated entry term into the MS program is not available, then select the latest term and email Katherine Drake immediately after you apply to change your start term
    • You need to upload your current transcript.  It can be an unofficial copy of your transcript.
    • You do not need to fill anything in for the GRE scores.
    • You will not have a degree document, since you have not graduated yet.  This is proof of your BS degree. 
    • Students are not required to do the video, but they are required to answer all of the essay questions.
    • For those students interested in BIOE, please apply as an ME student and for students interested in MP, please apply as an NRE student.  Once the application is complete and submitted, please contact Katherine Drake in the Office of Student Services to get your major changed in the system.

Program Rules

To maintain eligibility for the BS/MS program after being accepted, students must:

  • Maintain a 3.3 GPA or higher at the undergraduate level.  Students who graduate with their BS degree with less than a 3.3 GPA will not be eligible for the BS/MS program.
  • Students must complete their BS degree and then matriculate into the MS program.  Students cannot graduate with a BS and MS at the same time.
  • Complete their MS degree within two years of graduating with the BS degree.
  • Start into the MS program immediately after graduating with their BS degree.  The only exception to this is summer semester.  Students who graduate in the spring are allowed to take summer semester off and start in the fall semester.

Master’s Degree Options

Participants in the BS/MS Program in the Woodruff School can obtain a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, nuclear and radiological engineering, medical physics, bioengineering or robotics. There are two options to consider.

  • The non-thesis option
    • This option is similar to your undergraduate degree in that you simply take classes according to the MS degree requirements.
    • There is no funding available in this case.
    • With proper planning, the MS non-thesis degree can be completed in one year. Well-motivated students can complete the MS in medical physics in one-and-a-half years.
  • The thesis option
    • This option involves working with a faculty member on a project in one of the traditional or cutting edge research areas in the Woodruff School. This will give you hands-on experience in working with a faculty mentor; the chance to work in a laboratory or a research environment; and the chance to perform theoretical and experimental work. These events will foster your career interests and expand your selection of possible employers.
    • If you can find a professor to work with, you may receive a Graduate Research Assistantship including a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver.
    • The time it takes to complete your MS degree depends on your thesis project, your advisor, and your work ethic. In general, you can expect it to take about 2 years.

Starting the MS Program

Here are some key points to remember as you start the MS portion of the BS/MS program:

  • All students accepted to the BS/MS program should take some time to review the PPT presentation about the transition to graduate school.  Additionally, click here for a very thorough set of FAQ's.
  • Seniors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss the program. It is recommended that you begin planning your MS program 2 semesters prior to graduation or before you start taking the electives that will be double counted towards your BS and MS degrees.  Your academic advisor can answer most of your questions and put you in touch with a graduate advisor if necessary.
  • Students should carefully plan the classes that will double count towards both the BS degree and the MS degree.  Consult the graduate handbook for graduate program rules and requirements.
    • ME students will generally double count an ME elective and a free elective.
    • NRE students will generally double count two technical electives (old curriculum) or the Engineering Elective and Math/Science Elective or Free Elective for the new curriculum.
    • A maximum of 6 hours of 4000/6000 level classes can be double counted from the BS degree towards the MS degree.
  • Students are encouraged to take graduate level classes that count towards the BS degree.  This is not required, just recommended.  BS/MS students who want to take graduate level classes will need to request special permission to register for graduate level classes.
  • Well qualified students who will be pursuing a thesis are encouraged to apply for funding.  Funding is only available for students who do a PhD or a MS with a thesis. Students should apply for funding the semester before starting the graduate program. Click here for financial aid information including Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA).
  • Students can move a maximum of 12 hours forward from the BS program to the MS program.  Generally, 6 of these 12 hours will be double counted classes. Therefore, a student can take an additional 6 hours of classes while an undergraduate that can move forward to the master's program.  These classes cannot be used for the BS degree requirements; they are taken in addition to the BS degree requirements.

BS/MS Student Video