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BS/MS and BS/MBA Programs

BS-MS Degree Programs

An accelerated BS-MS program enables our outstanding students to obtain a master's degree in engineering in a shorter time. Data from the National Science Foundation shows that approximately one-third of engineering and computer science degrees in the United States are master's degrees, and graduate education is increasingly necessary for leadership and management roles.

Students can choose from two options: Plan A, which requires a thesis, and Plan B, which does not. Programs are available in the following departments:

  • Chemical and Materials Engineering: Plan A only
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Plan A or Plan B
  • Computer Science and Engineering: Plan A or Plan B
  • Electrical and Biomedical Engineering: Plan A or Plan B
  • Mechanical Engineering: Plan A or Plan B

Admissions Requirements

  • At least 75 credits toward bachelor's degree completed
  • Basic science courses completed
  • At least 30 credits of engineering science or design coursework completed (minimum of 24 of these at the University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Faculty advisor selected for M.S. degree
Timeline for Accelerated Program
RequirementDeadline
Select graduate advisor Prior to submitting your program application
Apply to program After completing 75 credits toward your B.S. (typically, spring of junior year); Applications are due one month prior to course registration (Oct. 15 for Spring and March 1 for Fall)
Take GRE Before or during fall of your senior year
Apply to Graduate School During senior year

Program requirements

To enable students to earn both degrees in five years, the accelerated BS/MS program allows you to take up to six credits of technical electives for your bachelor's degree as 600-level graduate courses. These courses may also be applied to your master's degree, provided you receive a B or better.

The 600-level courses you select for this purpose must be approved by the department, your graduate advisor and the Graduate School. You can complete up to nine credits of graduate work before entering the Graduate School. Specific course and thesis requirements for the master's degree will be determined with the help of your graduate advisor.

The Graduate School requires students to maintain an average GPA of 3.0 in all courses applied to the master's degree. The College of Engineering requires all students participating in the accelerated program to maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher in required courses.

If your GPA drops below 3.2, you will be placed on academic probation for one semester, which allows you to raise your GPA to 3.2 or higher and return to good standing. If you are unable to do so, you will be removed from the program. Students who are removed from the accelerated program can continue to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree under the normal requirements.

Financial impact

In most cases, 12 units of undergraduate credit are required to be eligible for undergraduate financial aid. Graduate courses do not count during this requirement.

To maintain financial aid eligibility, students should make sure they are taking at least 12 undergraduate credits in addition to any 600-level courses.

Additionally, students must pay graduate credit tuition for the 600-level tuition. Not all scholarships can be used for graduate credit, but some financial support may be available through the graduate program.

We recommend you consult with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships if you have any questions about your financial aid eligibility.

BS-MBA

Outstanding engineering students who want to round out their technical expertise with a business education can apply to the BS-MBA program. A new partnership with the College of Business allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering and an MBA in as few as five years.

Required courses

The MBA curriculum consists of both undergraduate and graduate courses. The undergraduate courses are used to waive 21 credits of the graduate core curriculum.

Undergraduate courses:
  • ECON 102: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ACC 201: Financial Accounting
  • MKT 210: Marketing Principles
  • ECON 302: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • FIN 301: Principles of Managerial Finance
  • MGT 323: Organization and Interpersonal Behavior
  • SCM 352: Operations Management
  • MATH 352: Probability and Statistics
Graduate courses:
  • BADM 750: Information and Communications Technology
  • BADM 772: Changing Environments of Business
  • BADM 781: Strategic Management for Executives
  • BADM 729: Seminar in Management Issues
  • BADM Breadth Courses (9 credits)
  • Area of Emphasis (9 credits)

How to apply

Please follow application instructions outlined on the College of Business' application checklist. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.8, GMAT scores of at least 500 or GRE scores of at least 150.

Advising

Please contact Candice Bauer at cbauer@unr.edu with questions about the BS-MBA program.

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